Deborah T. Agrusa, M.Ed

Deborah Agrusa is the owner and artistic director of Deborah's Stage Door Center for the Performing Arts which is now in its 32nd year. Debbie received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in dance from Michigan State University and a Masters of Education Degree from Wayne State University. Debbie was chosen by the faculty of Michigan State University as "One of the Top Ten Graduating Seniors" upon the completion of her Bachelors Degree from Michigan State University. She has taugh... read more

Our staff members consists of over 25 experienced instructors, many of whom have degrees in dance, have studied at studios in Los Angeles and New York or have performed professionally in movies and television.

Ashley Agrusa

Ashley Agrusa has studied jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet, pointe, tumbling, hip hop, and contemporary for the past 17 years. She is a seasoned performer and is also an experienced actress and singer. Ashley has grownup at DSD and has been a member of the National Championship Repertory Company. Ashley has opened for "The Cheetah Girls”, "Raven", "The Jonas Brothers" and "Corbin Bleu". This diverse young lady has also appeared as "Sharpay" in High S... read more

Jacqueline Agrusa

Jacqueline is honored to be a part of the staff of Deborah’s Stage Door where she has grown up. She has been dancing for 21 years and is a versatile performer and teacher. Jacqueline has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, tumbling and lyrical extensively. In addition, Jacqueline has trained in acting and voice performance. Jacqueline holds a BFA in Performing Arts with a minor in Vocal Performance from SCAD - Savannah College of Arts and Design where she was the recipie... read more

Erin Bishop

Erin Bishop is a gifted teacher who has been a dance educator for many years. She has extensively studied jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, tumbling and hip hop. Erin especially loves working with the preschoolers. Erin has studied extensively with Deborah Agrusa, Mia Michaels, Savion Glover, Gregg Russell, Dee Caspary and various other teachers in New York and California. She has performed at Disneyworld, Disneyland, the Children's Miracle Network Telethon, the CBS nationally televised America's T... read more

Karl Bishop

Karl Bishop grew up at DSD and was a part of numerous national championship dance groups while here. Karl is famous for wowing Ben Vereen, host, on the CBS nationally televised Showstopper American Dance Championships with his huge, high side leaps in the Senior Championship dance number "Hot Stuff". Karl has studied jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, tumbling and hip hop extensively. Karl studied and worked in Los Angeles and was a part of numerous television commercials, MTV videos and f... read more

Benjamin E. Hogg

Benjamin E. Hogg (aka Benny Edwards) is thrilled to be a part of the Acting and Music Programs at DSD this year! Ben has performed on stage for over 20 years. His acting roles include: Che’ in Evita, Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Vernon Hines in The Pajama Game, Captain Corcoran in HMS Pinafore and Pish-Tush/Poo-Bah (understudies) in The Mikado along with various roles in Richard III, She Stoops to Conquer, The Merchant of Venice, Inherit the Wind, and Taming of the ... read more

Victoria Hogg

Victoria grew up at DSD and was a proud member of the national award winning Repertory Company throughout middle and high school. She has studied every type of dance and is a motivated and experienced teacher. Victoria graduated with honors and a Bachelors Degree from MSU in elementary education with minors in English and Communication. Victoria also has a Masters Degree from MSU in Curriculum and Teaching. After college, she lived in North Carolina and performed with the Raleigh School o... read more

Stephanie Lafata

Stephanie Lafata is an alumni dancer from Deborah’s Stage Door. She danced at DSD as part of the National Dance Championship group, the Repertory Company. Stephanie studied every form of dance for numerous years and has been teaching at Deborah's Stage Door for over 15 years. Stephanie holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Hospitality and Hotel Management from Central Michigan University. While attending college, Stephanie danced with Orchesis Dance Theatre, she also instructed various ... read more

Larisa Walega

Larisa, like so many other proud members of our staff, grew up at DSD and was a proud member of the Repertory Company. She won many national dance championships and performed at Disney World, Detroit Piston half-time shows, Rochester Art and Apples, America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,the Rochester Christmas Parade and many more! She has studied under many great teachers and choreographers including Deborah Agrusa, Gregg Russell, Dave Carter, Jackie Sleight and many others. Larisa graduat... read more

Christina Saari

Christina has a passion for teaching and a love for dance. She started dancing at the age of 2 ½. For 16 years, she studied various forms of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, pom, and folk dance. As a child and young adult, she had numerous performance and competition opportunities and was invited to join many special performance teams. She is a graduate of Oakland University with a Masters degree in education and is employed by Utica Community Schools. Christina has been an elem... read more

Rebecca Englehart

Rebecca is new to our staff this year and is very excited to be teaching voice and piano at DSD! She graduated from Wayne State with Degree in Vocal Performance. She loves teaching piano and voice to all ages! We are lucky to have her here at DSD