Deborah Scott Robertson
Debby moved to Utah 20 years ago from New York City, where she was deeply involved in the rhythm tap scene beginning in 1979. After receiving her Master’s degree in dance education from Columbia University she began training in the jazz-tap style now known as rhythm tap, studying with such masters as Brenda Bufalino, Charles “Cookie” Cook, and Honi Coles.
Robertson performed with Bufalino and was an original member of her company, The American Tap Dance Orchestra. She also performed for several years with Anita Feldman, and was a founding member of the company NYCTapworks. Over the years she has shared the stage and/or collaborated with tap artists Brenda Bufalino, Tony Waag, Barbara Duffy, Josh Hilberman, Heather Cornell, Sara Petronio, David Parker and Katherine Kramer.
Though her childhood dance studies were centered in tap, Robertson holds a BFA degree in modern dance from the University of Utah, and has for many years taught at the college level, recently retiring from Salt Lake Community College. In 2003 she was awarded an individual artist grant from the Utah Arts Council for a tap choreography project, the first local dancer to do so. She directed SLC Tap for six years, producing several concerts in collaboration with other dance artists. She currently teaches rhythm tap classes Sugar Space in downtown Salt Lake City, and is the Utah representative for the International Tap Association. SLC Tap is now a 'pick-up' company that performs a couple of times per year.
Robertson has regularly attended tap festivals and workshops nationwide, honing her skills at NYC's Tap City, the Portsmouth Percussive Dance Festival, Chicago’s Rhythm World, Sole to Soul in Austin, Rhythm Explosion in Bozeman, and Southern California Tap Fest in Costa Mesa.
In the winter of 2013 Robertson became a partner with Brittany Reese in the new Sugar Space Arts Warehouse property and has been teaching classes on her "dream floor" ever since. In 2014 she received City Weekly’s "Arty" Award for “Best Tap Ambassador.”
Beginning in 2014 Debby began producing tap workshops. This year's Salt City Tap Fest marks the sixth intensive tap workshop experience she has produced in Salt Lake City at Sugar Space. Her 2016 festival, then named "Utah Tap Fest", received a special project grant through the Sugar Space Foundation from the Utah Arts Council.
Debby is proud to have encouraged, trained, and given her enthusiastic support to many Utah tap dancers.
May the next generation rise, and take tap to new heights.