Debi D'Iorio

(back to staff bios)
Communications Director
Twirl Director, Ballet, Tap, Jazz

My experience in the Dance industry spans over 40 years. Studying at RI Ballet Arts Academy with Nancy McAuliffe as a teenager, I became a company member with the original RI Ballet Theater under the direction of Christine Hennessey and Winthrop Corey. In order to pursue my love of dance I attended Rhode Island College majoring in Physical Education with a concentration in Dance. At that time, dance was merely offered as a concentration through the Phys Ed department. Myself, along with other company members, were the creators of the Dance Minor at the college in the early 1970’s. Under the direction of Fannie Helen Melcer, as a member of the RIC Dance Company I was offered full college scholarship at RIC through dance, that was very exciting! I was chosen to represent RIC at the American Dance Festival at Connecticut College under full scholarship through RIC Dance company and studied with some of the “great” dancer/choreographers of that time. I fell in love with dance that summer! In 1977 Dance RI was created and it fulfilled my dream of teaching children the art of dance. As the years went on I realized how much more there was to this career. I had built a family of love and respect through the discipline of dance and theater. Nothing can be more satisfying than to touch the heart of a child. Building self-efficacy and self-esteem became a major focus for me. I can’t describe the feeling when I receive a message from one of my students (now all grown up and a parent) that I made a positive imprint on their childhood. I could cry! There have been so many other accomplishments in my business career but none as satisfying as watching a child reach for the stars!


The Talent Factory Reviews

Hi Dana,

I just wanted to tell you what a great experience I had observing this week!! 

Backing up a bit, when we were carefully selecting which studio we were moving to, Taylor participated in a camp week last summer (2012).   Even though you were in a temporary studio, the atmosphere was exactly what I hoped it would be.  Everyone was so friendly and truly passionate about dance. It was fun and serious at the same time. We were hooked. 


Last year she grew so much as a dancer thanks to the dedication of you and your staff. I felt like she was so far behind other dancers of her age when she started. Although she still has so much to learn, I am amazed at how far she has come. Not only has her skill improved but her love of dance is immeasurable. I can't thank you all enough, especially Miss Keryn, who has totally transformed my little girl. 


So, to my point, this is my first time ever observing classes. I can't tell you how much this week affirmed my choice to become a part of TFDC. The classes were very professional, organized and effective.  But what I knew in my heart, I finally saw with my own eyes. Every teacher was so passionate and really cares about every student.  Their energy and enthusiasm was so intense that I wanted to dance!! Lol. Miss Tara, Miss Keryn, Miss Kayla & yourself are truly special people. 

I'm so glad I finally took the time to sit in on classes and was able to feel the pure joy that she does for dance. What an amazing program and we are thrilled to be a part of it all. Thank you for all you do. 

Thank YOU. The hard work, talent and caring you and your staff put into everything you do is apparent and appreciated. Looking forward to next year's show! -June
Dana: Thank you for doing such a great job. You are really very gifted at your art. You push the kids to reach their best during the year and then are so supportive during the recital. You are complete grace under pressure. Enjoy some relaxation -Amy
THANK YOU for all your hard work in putting together yet ANOTHER fab recital. It's really so amazing to watch it all come together so "professionally"! -Cathy
The show was extremely professional and ran so smoothly it was amazing. I credit you and thank you for providing a wonderful experience for our family.
Thank you for all that you and your staff do! Talent factory is such a great place for to grow up and we feel so lucky. Thank you for all you offer our daughters.