Deborah Skinner

Deborah earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California at Irvine and her Master’s Degree from Mills College in Oakland.  She is owner of the Academy of Performing Arts in Tracy, recently incorporated to APA of Tracy, Inc.  She is founder and Artistic Director of the Children’s Dance Theatre of Tracy, and is also the founder and co-director of the Heartwork’s Early Education Preschool, an inclusion preschool that partners with Tracy Unified’s Side-by-Side Inclusion Preschool and San Joaquin County Office of Education.  Deborah is a member and past president of Dance Masters of America and is the author of DMA’s preschool and children’s dance education syllabus and teaching manual.  She has been recognized by the Tracy Chamber of Commerce as entrepreneur of the year along with being recognized by the US Congress and House of Representatives as a woman who has made a difference.

Deborah has taught nearly 45 years and is an advocate of all fine, performing, and visual arts and the power of said art to change, motivate, and better lives.  She feels most blessed to have a wonderful, supportive husband and family.  And has been so fortunate to have had her life’s work be a vocation as well as an avocation.