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

Aureel Ball

Aureel grew up dancing at Deborah's Stage Door. She has studied every type of dance extensively. Aureel is happy to be at DSD passing on her passion and knowledge of dance to children of all ages. Aureel has a smile that lights up a room and an energy that is contagious. Aureel's talented daughter is a member of the Teen Repertory Company. We are fortunate to have her on our staff!

Julie Berg

Julie Berg attends Oakland University on an academic scholarship. She is majoring in biology and plans to be a doctor in the future. Outside of school Julie loves to spend her time teaching dance. Julie has studied dance for over 16 years and excels in all styles. She is an excellent technician and a great performer. She was a member of our most advanced group, the Repertory Company. With this group, she has not only been a national award winner who has performed extensively, but has also had... 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

Jarell Gordy

Jarrell Gordy is a free, open minded person that exemplifies the meaning of dance. He considers himself to be a true hip hop dancer that's dedicated to the art. He is a member of CORE Dance Crew amongst some of the most talented dancers in Detroit. As the Choreographer for CORE, he tries to step outside of the box with his choreography and style. He has appeared on the T.V. dance show called Dance Party as well as So You Think You Can Dance. He was thrilled to show the world what Detroit has ... 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