Dance Artist, Choreographer, and Artistic Director of the FloydDANCE
Debra K. Floyd believes that "Dance, creative movement-whatever one wants to name it-is an integral part of our everyday life." Spanning over 40+ years, Debra's career as a dance artist has presented her with opportunities to perform, choreograph, and teach all over the United States as well as internationally. She has worked in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Francisco; her experience abroad covers Paris, France; Martinique, Caribbean; and Havana, Cuba.
Harold Nicholas, Bill T. Jones, Fred Benjamin, Yvonne Johnson, and N. Delores Cayou are among the many instructors from whom she has received professional training. She has worked with several acclaimed choreographers including Talley Beatty, Donald McKayle, Diane McIntyre, Leon Jackson, and Tyrone Murray. While living in the California Bay area, Debra was a founding member of CitiCentre Dance Theatre and the Artistic Director of both Jazzy Feet Dance Studio and Middle Ground Dance Company, an all women's dance ensemble. Since moving to the DC area in the mid '90s, her choreography has been presented at numerous venues to include Jack Guidone Theater, Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater, and Joe's Movement Emporium. Trained in American Sign Language, Debra has often incorporated this communication form into her choreography. In 2000, she founded FloydProject Dance Company, thereby continuing her mission to use dance as a vehicle for supporting women. The company of diverse women emerged onto the DC dance community, striving to build positive images, raise audience awareness of broad issues and empower people to uphold women and their aspirations.
Debra has presently formed FloydDANCE a "pick-up" style dance company consisting of the same talented dancers from FloydProject Dance and is teaching Urban Contemporary Jazz Dance at the Seber Method Academy in Washington, DC. Debra also choreograhs for the Gallaudet University Dance Company, and directs senior work programs at several DC locations. In addition to running her e-Commerce, health and wellness business, RDFloyd Marketing International, she also conducts workshops and master classes, coaches other dance companies and dance
professionals, and provides technique development training for teen and adult students.