Debra Gierling Poole is honored to be a part of Space Coast Ballet Company, bringing together the community of dance in Brevard County. Having begun her dance training on the Space Coast, she has long been established in the local dance community.
At the age of 12, Debra was offered full scholarships to train with the Bolshoi in Moscow, Russia and the Kirov in Washington, DC. Although she did not accept either of those engagements, she went on to pursue a professional career in dance as a performer, choreographer, teacher and coach.
Debra has been dancing for three decades, teaching for a quarter of a century and has been coaching pre-professionals for the last 15 years. She is a graduate of Belhaven University, having obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet, Magna Cum Laude. She is the Founding Director of Cornerstone Dance (cornerstonedance.org), a non-profit organization, which utilizes dance as a medium to serve, love and share the message of hope. She is the Director of Gateway Dance Academy. She was the founding Event Producer for Project Dance Orlando and has been a part of Project Dance in New York, London, Hong Kong and Puerto Rico. Debra has been blessed to teach and perform all across the United States and globally in China, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania and the United Kingdom.
As a performer, she has danced with East Coast Dance Theatre, Jacobs Pillow, Ballet Magnificat!, Belhaven Dance Ensemble, Phoenix Dance Theater, Polarity Dance Theatre, Doxa, Space Coast Ballet, Japan Mission, Glory Dance, Living Stones, Illume, International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem, Arrows International, Beijing International Christian Fellowship, Dánzale, Dawn Branch Works and many others.
She looks forward to using the knowledge and experience she has gained to help bring together dancers on the Space Coast! We are thrilled to have her on board to share our vision of bringing quality dance to the entire community of the Space Coast!
Since 2003, SCBC has been building strong community relationships and inspiring young children by promoting personal connections with dance through performances at a variety of events. Dancers have performed at the Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s Cultural events, Junior League’s Festival of Trees, Barnes and Noble Story Time, Eau Gallie Art Festival, Light Up Viera annual Christmas parade, Back to School Mall events, and local schools. Dancers have also supported local charities, such as The Women’s Center, by sharing dance performances at their fund raising events.
Space Coast Ballet Company brings local, under-served youth in-theater through complementary tickets to Title 1 schools and health and human services organizations benefiting children. We emphasize creativity and collaboration. Our performances reach across barriers to build the next generation of audiences for dance.