Debbie Belue has been a part of the Belmont University faculty since 2000 and teaches dance technique classes in Modern, Jazz and Tap, as well as Dance Composition and The Dance Experience. As Director of Dance at Belmont she also choreographs for the Belmont University Dance Company, coordinates their activities and performances throughout the year, and works closely with the Musical Theatre Department in the School of Music. Since 2004, Debbie has served as the Artistic Director of Epiphany Dance Company, a professional modern dance company known for its innovative presentations of sacred dance. Epiphany performs throughout the Southeast, and under the direction of Ms. Belue has established apprenticeship and internship opportunities for Belmont students.
Ms. Belue holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Iowa, a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in Dance from Oklahoma City University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Math from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She is a member of the National Association for Schools of Dance, the International Tap Association, and works diligently with the Tennessee Association of Dance to promote dance activities in Middle Tennessee. Debbie’s teaching career includes positions on the dance faculties of the University of Iowa, Oklahoma City University, Middle Tennessee State University, Nashville Ballet, Vanderbilt Dance Group, Nashville School of the Arts, and Metro Parks of Nashville. She has conducted master classes and workshops for national organizations and private studios around the country. With an extensive professional background in performance, her favorite personal performances include roles in 42nd Street, My One and Only, Jesus Christ Superstar, the National tour of Evita, and West Side Story (as Anybodys), and her solo performance of the “shadow” in her original concept piece, Dream Boogie, based on the poem by Langston Hughes.
Debbie’s primary specialties lie in the areas of American dance forms and in utilizing these unique forms in her choreography to connect dancers and audiences. Her choreography has been produced nationwide for numerous musical theatre productions and other dance groups. Debbie’s former students have been seen performing worldwide in jazz and tap companies, on cruise ships, in theme parks, in several companies of the Rockettes, and in Broadway productions of shows such as Fosse, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Millie, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The King and I, and many others.