Debbie Lamontagne graduated from the Dance Teachers Club of Boston Education Course in 1973 and is a 40 year member of that organization. While attending Castle Junior College in Windham, New Hampshire, Debbie became the co-director of Marilyn’s School of Dance in 1973. She then became the director of North Andover School of Dance & Gymnastics in 1986.
Debbie’s early dance training took place in Lawrence, Massachusetts under the direction of Madeline Mahoney and her sister Marilyn Twomey. She studied during the summer months with the late David DiMarie in Buffalo, New York; Gene Murray in Salem, Massachusetts; and with Gus Giardano, Diane Walker, Julia Boynton and David Howard, just to name a few. Debbie has performed in summer stock and attended numerous dance festivals across the country.
Debbie has taught all levels of dance, preschool through advanced, special needs children and adults, for 38 years. She has taught in many afterschool and child care programs, choreographed many school musicals, and brought her students to perform on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship and at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. She has won numerous awards and trophies and is most proud of the Village Hero Award from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) for her contributions to children and their families of our community.
For her generosity, Debbie was awarded the Project Motivation Award For Excellence. The plaque was presented to her on July 30, 2006 and read:
“Thank you for setting the example for all dance educators. Your unselfish desire to help a fellow dance teacher and her students in their time of need has taught us all that appreciating, respecting and assisting each other can be accomplished among the dance profession. You are a SHINING LIGHT in the DANCE TEACHING WORLD.”