Debbie MacKay Tiffany has been an accredited instructor in the Rochester dance community for over 47 years. Beginning her training in Rochester under the tutelage of Donna Throumoulos, she went on to receive her professional training from Brian Foley and Deborah Lundmark in Toronto, CA, Ronn Daniels in Miami, FL, and Judy Bassing in New York City, NY. Her continued studies included many summers and master classes at Broadway Dance Centre, Steps, Woodpeckers, David Howard Dance Centre in New York City, as well as the School for the National Ballet of Canada. Debbie has choreographed many musicals for local organizations and schools, has juried final practical exams at SOTA by personal invite, and runs the after-school Musical Theater program at Klem North.
Graduates of her school have gone on to pursue long-standing professional careers with companies including Carolina Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance, and Santa Fe Opera, as well as contracts with the Metropolitan Opera House and the Kennedy Center. Alumni of her school have been accepted into many elite summer intensives.
Debbie is certified to teach through the Fred Astaire Performing Arts Association and Dance Master of America. This begins her school’s 40th year in business.
Claudia Swinson has been teaching at Deborah Mackay School of Dance since 2021 and is also an alumni of the studio. She came to the studio as a student at the age of 8 and graduated in 2017. During her time at DMSOD, she received a term scholarship and was a recipient of the Outstanding Dancer Award in 2015.
After graduation, she attended the University of Dayton and graduated in May of 2021 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. During her time at UD, she participated in a student-run dance organization called Life Itself Dance. LID gave her the opportunity to perform during semester recitals, teach classes, and lead as President of the organization.
After college, she wanted to continue her love of dance and decided to return to DMSOD and teach current students. She loves sharing her love and passion for dance each year and is excited to see what the future holds.
Nicole Lanzafame has been teaching at Deborah MacKay School of Dance since 2015 and is an alumni of the school. She began dancing at Deborah MacKay SOD at the age of five and continued there until she graduated from the school in 2014. Following graduation, Nicole went on to Nazareth College, where she pursued a degree in Physical Therapy, and continued her education and love of dance through various master classes, participation in ACDA, and performances in Spring Dance Concerts.
Nicole graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2020 and enjoys working with dancers following injuries, on injury prevention, and in targeted strengthening to improve dance technique, both as a teacher and through her profession.