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About Debbie Lee-Anthony MA

Debbie is a Senior Lecturer in Choreography & Dance at the University of Winchester, where she has been working since 1999. A dance practitioner for 35 years, Debbie has worked in a broad range of professional, education and community contexts, managing and directing choreographic projects with youth and community groups nationwide. Collaborating with artists and academics, her choreography and performance work has taken her further afield to Scotland, USA, Holland, Portugal and Malta, where she has led summer schools and undertaken choreographic commissions. 

After completing her training at the London Contemporary Dance School (1978 - 1982), Debbie became a founder member of Wiltshire based companies Theatre of Motion (directed by the late Pete Purdy) and Tacit Dance Theatre (Director Lesley Crewdson, choreographer Neil Fisher) both with whom she performed for several years. Debbie has extensive experience as an independent dancer, performing in project-based work whilst an Associate Lecturer at the Laban Centre (1989-92) and member of faculty at Swindon Dance (1985-1996). 

In 1997 Debbie co-founded Obelisk with Kate Dalton, where they were invited to be dance company in residence at Salisbury Arts Centre as part of a Southern Arts funded Dance Artist & Venue Collaboration Scheme. In 2000, Debbie and Deborah Dunn together formed Soma/Numa undertaking regional tours of Arts Council funded projects Flipped (2002), 3fold (2003) and FastTrack (2004). In 2006, under the auspices of Soma/Numa and UKFD, in partnership with Project Manager Tim Tubbs, Debbie performed in and curated 'Body of Experience' an evening of multi-cultural solo dance works which toured Nationally to critical acclaim. 

Debbie is a Trustee for Springs Dance Company, London and was a Board member for Hampshire Dance from 2004-2010.  Debbie sat on the Swindon Dance Advisory Board between 1988-1996 and reported on small-scale dance touring for Southern Arts for many years. 

Debbie has worked in a number of collaborative contexts with dance, live music, text and video. Her area of research is concerned with exploring issues pertinent to dance and ageing in performance. Her articles on the subject have been published in Animated (Autumn 2007, Winter 2008, Winter 2012). She presented a paper and solo 'Holding the moment' at the Marks of Time conference, Hope University, Liverpool, (January 2007). In 2010 Debbie took her paper 'Sharing the dance through the lived body' and accompanying solo 'On middle ground' to the International 'Dancing Through Maturity' conference, at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.  Debbie also presented these works at the Moving Boundaries: Dance and Academia series of talks and presentations as part of the Oxford Dancin' Festival (March 2011). Debbie’s writing – ‘Dancing with Difference’ where she reflects upon her teaching and dance work post hip replacement, was published in Animated January 2012 .Debbie's choreography for students and professional performance work has been presented in a number of venues across the South East and South West of England.

Her latest work 'Do not go gentle' (2017) is a collaboration with her daughter, dancer Lauren Anthony and her brother, musician Hamid Mantu (aka Hamilton Lee).  The piece was presented at Resolution, The Place in January 2017 to critical acclaim.