Deborah Mason: Artistic Director (CYDP Dance Company)
Deborah Mason, Artistic Director, recently profiled in The Story Exchange, in partnership with the New York Times 2014, takes her passion and commitment to the class and community. She inspires young dancers, setting high standards for creative excellence and physical prowess. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Deborah Mason School of Dance, which has served as a training ground for dancers since 1975. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Cambridge Youth Dance Program, a non-profit dance and performing arts program for serious dancers. Her credits include a leading role in the musical Cinderella in SummerStock, touring New York City, Chicago, Kansas City, and Boston. Deborah has worked with some of the finest dancers such as Brenda Buffalino of the American Tap Dance Foundation, Leon Collins, Sue Ronson, the Nicholas Brothers, Gregory Hines, Nina Pillar, and Luigi. Having served the City of Cambridge for 40 years, she was commissioned by Mayor Reeves to serve on the Board for the Arts in Cambridge. She has been honored with the Key to the City of Cambridge and has been cited from the city of Boston for her continued success. Deborah has been honored by Mayor Sheila Russell and Hillary Clinton for her dedication to young women’s development, received the Galluccio Award for her commitment to youth sports, and was cited by the United States Senate in Washington, DC for providing a high quality arts education for decades. Deborah was nominated for Coca Cola Company’s Distinguished Teachers in the Arts award program, as well as Energizer’s “Keep Going” Hall of Fame. The studio was awarded Boston.com A-List's Best Dance Class, 2011-2016. Deborah’s expertise in training continues to produce accomplished dancers and the studio’s outstanding faculty is the tradition of excellence that is synonymous with the company.