Deborah A. Ricker
Master Dance InstructorBarbara Ellis Studio of Dance

Ms. Deborah’s pedigree and lineage in the world of dance is very strong. She began her 58 years of dance training in Leominster, Massachusetts under the direction of Mr. James Caisse, owner and director of the Dance Art Center. Mr. Caisse is a life member of Dance Educators of America, serving 15 years on the Board of Directors and receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for his endless contributions to the dance world. Ms. Deborah also studied classical ballet under the direction of Ms. Rainor Mayer, previous student of Maestro Pianowski, Director of the Boston Ballet Center. Additionally, Ms. Deborah has attended Dance Masters of America TTS Seminars at Kent State University and State University of New York at Buffalo.

Ms. Deborah was the Owner, Director, Lead Instructor and Choreographer of the APIS Dance (Accelerated Pre-Collage Intensive Study), and the Dance Bravura School of Dance for twenty years. She also served as Adjunct Professor of Dance at Olivet College for six years. Ms. Deborah’s company performed on many occasions with the Battle Creek Symphony, Battle Creek Community Chorus, and the Cereal City Concert Band of Battle Creek Michigan. They performed with the Russian Ballet Company tour of “The Nutcracker”, as well as performances at the Augusta Theatre, Discovery Theatre, Marshall Theatre, Kellogg Community College and Olivet College.

Ms. Deborah has choreographed for a number of college and civic performances, including the Olivet College performance of “God Spell”, the Battle Creek Community College performance of “The King and I”, and the Battle Creek Civic Theatre performance of “Stepping Out”, for which Ms. Deborah also played the leading roll of Mavis. Additionally, Ms. Deborah choreographed for the Kellogg Community College Show Choir and was instrumental in their first place victory at Nationals at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Ms. Deborah is honored to have become a faculty member at BESD and serves as director of the Ballet Department. She loves teaching and guides her students to progressively higher goals.