Debbie Allen shows off her dance skills in red top and long white skirt

Aug 03, 2018
05:17 P.M.

The American actress, dancer, choreographer, television director, and television producer took to social media with a unique 4th of July message for her avid followers.


68-year-old Debbie Allen has had an incredibly successful career throughout her life, having first hit it big in 1980 when she starred in a Broadway revival of West Side Story. Since then, she has racked up 53 acting credits to her name.

She is also a successful director, with 47 credits to her name, and producer, with 19 credits. Allen also has a deep love of dance, and even started the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, a non-profit organization that teaches a comprehensive dance curriculum to students.

Allen herself is quite a talented dancer, a skill she decided to demonstrate on the 4th of July with an Instagram post in celebration of the American holiday.


In the clip, Allen wore a tea-length flowing white skirt, a red shirt with a cape-like sleeve, and a pair of white sneakers.

Allen danced around the small floor, showing off her skills to an enamored audience, as the band played the tune behind her.

While the rest of the United States celebrated the day at home likely surrounded by friends and family, Allen was in Havana, Cuba at the time.

The post already has close on 200,000 views, and over 50,000 likes.


After her starring role in West Side Story, Allen went on to appear in the movie Fame as a dance instructor that same year. The movie was later adapted into a series spin-off, and Allen ended up winning 3 Emmy's for her choreography.

While she opened her dance studio in 2001, she has continued to act, and is currently a series regular in the hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy, playing Dr Catherine Avery/Fox.

Allen earned an honorary doctorate from the North Carolina School of the Arts, a school she had been rejected from as a teenager based on the color of her skin. It was not the only school she had been rejected from on the basis of race.


When she was 12, Allen auditioned for the Houston Ballet School in Texas. Despite an excellent audition, the school denied her entry for being black. Later, a Russian instructor who had seen her dance enrolled her in the school in secret.

By the time th administration realized what had been done, they were so impressed with her dancing that they allowed her to stay.

Her rejection from the North Carolina School of the Arts was even more shocking, as during her audition she had actually been asked to demonstrate tenchniques to others auditioning.


She was later told her "body was unsuited for ballet," something that, according to Biography.com, was something often said to dancers of color to discourage them.

During her career, Allen has also been given a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Women in Radio and Television.

Allen is currently married to former NBA star Norm Nixon, with whom she has two children. She was previously married to Winnfred Wilford.


Allen also credits a great deal of her success to her mother's example. When Allen was 10, her mother decided on a whim to move the family down to Mexico.

"She didn't know anybody in Mexico," Allen recalled. "She didn't speak Spanish. She was looking for another level of experience...I respect that so much."

Vivian Ayers Allen is now 95 years old, and her daughter took to her Instagram account with a special happy birthday message on the day.

Allen's mother grinned a huge smile in the photo, wearing a loose-fitting white dress with lace inserts on the sleeves, and a colorful lei around her neck. She appeared to be enjoying a Hawaiian themed birthday party.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Mark Sanchez's Wife Is the Renowned Actress Perry Mattfeld

November 23, 2023

Boss Pressures Employee to Wear Miniskirt and Makeup, Her Response Shuts Him Down – Story of the Day

January 16, 2024

Jennifer Garner Busts Out Her Dance Moves in a Video and Fans Are Amazed by Her Energetic High Kicks

December 03, 2023

Blake Shelton Fell in Love with Miranda Lambert While Married to His First Wife Who Later Excelled as a Teacher

October 26, 2023

Nambitha Ben-Mazwi: The 'Black Is King' Star with a Heart for Philanthropy

November 14, 2023

Denise Gordy Is Reportedly the Mother of Late Singer Marvin Gaye's First Son

December 05, 2023

Millionaire Mocks Poor Woman with 3 Kids on Business Class Flight until Pilot Interrupts Him — Story of the Day

February 06, 2024

I’m a 91-Year-Old Queen – I Still Dance, Wear Skirts and High Heels

January 24, 2024

Colin Cowherd's Daughter LIV Cowherd Is Already 23 – Facts about Her

January 16, 2024

David Bromstad’s Siblings Stay Close despite Their Different Life Paths

January 23, 2024

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Youngest Son Dies at Home after Losing Battle with ‘Terrible Disease’: Details

January 23, 2024

Jennifer Grey Was Married to Clark Gregg for 19 Years and Share a Child — She Cried When They Separated

November 25, 2023

Boss Pressures Employee to Wear Miniskirt and Makeup, Her Response Shuts Him Down – Story of the Day

January 28, 2024

Does Trevor Donovan Have a Wife? A Look inside the Actor's Love Life

November 28, 2023