How Race Issues Played a Hand in Making Dance Legend Debbie Allen Stronger

Debbie Allen says that, as a child, Houston’s racial divide in the ’50s and ’60s prevented her from going to her first-choice dance school. Then, after years of applying, 13-year-old Debbie was finally accepted to the Houston Ballet Foundation. Watch as she shares how these experiences made her stronger and pushed her to become the dancer she is today. Plus, Debbie reflects on the enduring power of her 1980 hit film, Fame, and her more recent work, including The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.


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