Debbie Allen wears many hats, but she’s best known as a dancer, teacher, director, producer, philanthropist and founder of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA). In 1980, starring in a Broadway revival of “West Side Story”, Allen earned herself a Tony nomination and landed a role as a dance instructor in the movie “Fame”. The film evolved into a cult classic and successful television spin-off in 1982, in which Allen co-starred and won three Emmy awards for choreography. She also starring in the sitcom “In the House” (1995-99), “Grey’s Anatomy” (2005-13) and wrote, produced and directed countless TV shows. In 2001, Allen opened the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles. Located in the heart of the Crenshaw District, the nonprofit school offers a comprehensive dance curriculum for students ranging in age from 4 to 18, regardless of financial status. Today, DADA is one of the top dance schools in Los Angeles featuring multiple programs focusing on a variety of dance genres.