Meet our instructors
Debbie Ramsey: Co-Owner & Artistic Director
Debbie is Co-Founder of Music And Dance Productions and the Carolina Youth Dance Academy and is a California Swing Dance Hall of Fame Dancer. She comes to the Carolina's with over 40 years experience as a professional choreographer, actor, dancer and educator.
Dance & Acting Experience: Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA., Debbie began serious dance training at the age of 5. Debbie made her film debut as a 16-year-old, dancing, horseback riding and choreographing. Some of her partners and students have been Donald Sutherland, Brendon Fraser, Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton. Her film and television dance credits include lead dancer with Donald Sutherland in Younger And Younger, Back To The Future 1 & 2, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Hill Street Blues, Murder She Wrote, Simon & Simon, The Fall Guy and Major Dad.
Choreographer, Master Instructor: Debbie is a three time winner of the Feather Award for "Top Female Teacher in the United States", California Swing Dance Hall of Fame Inductee, two-time Humanitarian Award Winner (East and West Coast) for her impact on and support of the national Swing Dance communities. Debbie has choreographed routines for U.S. Swing Dance Champions, World Swing Dance Champions, Ballroom Champion and of course Film and Television. Debbie holds many titles on her own including U.S. Swing Dance Champion, World Swing Dance Champion, California Swing Dance Champion, Swing Jack and Jill Champion.She continues to travel nationally instructing at teacher training seminars and educating thousands of dancers each year in the art of dance.As an educator and choreographer for the social dance communities, Debbie is considered a master instructor. Many of our local dance instructors have trained with Debbie before embarking upon their own dance careers.
Wesley Boz - Co-Owner & Director
Wesley is Co-Founder of Music And Dance Productions and the Carolina Dance Club. He began partner dancing while working in New York City in 1988 and has been teaching and Djing full-time for the past 25 years.
Dance experience: In 1988, Wesley began his dancing career in New York City, NY at the Sandra Cameron Dance Studio. As a member of the Sandra Cameron Swing Performance Company, Wesley had the opportunity to performance on both television and the movies. Over the next five years, he studied with New York City based master teachers Frankie Manning (Lindy Hop), Peter Difalco (Ballroom, Tango) , Eddie Torres (Mambo), Jimmy Anton (Mambo), Angel Figueroa (Tango, Mambo) and later with Skippy Blair (West Coast Swing) in Los Angeles, CA. Wesley is a graduate of the Golden State Teachers Association, CA. and is a nationally recognized judge and touring instructor.
DJ experience: Wesley’s music and dj career began in New York City playing dance music for the swing and mambo communities. He then moved to Santa Monica, CA. in the mid 1990's with his wife Debbie before settling here in Raleigh North Carolina. He is a finalist multiple times and winner of the Indy Week Magazine "Best Club Deejay " award and is a member of the American DJ Association. Today, you will find him hosting the longest running (17 years), weekly swing dance in the Triangle, at the Raleigh Elks Lodge.
Participatory National Dance Events as Instructor & Judge:
Camp Hollywood, CA., American Lindy Hop Championships, NYC.,Swing Fling, DC.,USA Grand National Dance Championships,Atlanta, GA., U.S. Open Swing Dance ChampionshipSeattle Easter Swing Dance,Atlanta, GA., Boogie By The Bay, CA., Capital Swing Dancer's President's Day Swing Dance Convention, CA., Move Across The River, TN.,, NJ.,Big Apple Country Dance Festival,MA., Boston Tea PartyAshokan Dance Camps,CA., Chicago Rebels IL., Co-Director of Boogie In The Mountains Dance Camp & Weekend Event, NY.IL., Co-Director of Boogie In The Mountains Dance Camp & Weekend Event, NY.,NJ.,Boston Tea Party,MA.,Ashokan Dance Camps, NY.,Chicago Rebels IL., Co-Director of Boogie In The Mountains Dance Camp & Weekend Event, NY.
Ryan "B-Boy" Boz:
Travelling between Maryland and North Carolina, Ryan is a Hip Hop, Shag & West Coast Swing instructor. He is a three time US Open Jr. Swing Dance Champion, former member of the Jr. National Shag Dance Team and professional choreographer. Ryan also teaches locally and nationally on the West Coast Swing circuit.