Founding members

Debbie Pualani Blackmon, one of the four original founding members, creating Desert Dance Theatre in 1979, attended Arizona State University on a full academic scholarship and graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor’s Degree is Secondary Education. During her time at ASU she was awarded the Wanda Turke Top Choreographer Award for her Senior Performance, “Estrus”, which was also chosen to represent the ASU Dance Department on tour through-out the state. After graduating from ASU, Pualani worked in modeling and choreographing fashion shows. She later joined her family in starting a family real estate business, “National Schofield” located in Glendale, Arizona. Over the years, Pualani continued to do volunteer work for the community. She was one of the persons instrumental in organizing and bringing the “Phoenix Youth at Risk” program to the valley. She also led transformational seminars for Landmark Education. Pualani currently holds the office of Secretary on Desert Dance Theatre’s Board.
Billbob Brown is an associate professor of Dance at UMass Amherst. He received his BFA from Arizona State University and Master of Arts (in Dance History and Criticism) from the University of New Mexico. Billbob was the co-founder and artistic director of Desert Dance Theatre, from 1979-1989. He has created and directed shows at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, and choreographed and performed in TV work and commercials for the Chicago Cubs, Molson Canadian Beer, Disney Studios, and ABC-TV, several of which have received national advertising awards. He has toured nationally with the Bill Evans Dance Company, and, in Albuquerque, was director of Buen Viaje Dancers, a group of people with disabilities. His Emmy-award winning video, “Opening Doors,” with Buen Viaje, continues to be seen on PBS stations across the country. He has taught and performed in Japan, England, Switzerland, and throughout Mexico and the United States. Billbob presently performs solo and duet works, and sets choreography, around the country with Rebecca Nordstrom as part of Chaos Theory Dance, a Science, comedy, and video-based dance company. Recent residencies include Harvard University, SUNY Potsdam, Roger Williams College, Western Wyoming Community College, Colby-Sawyer College, Rhode Island College, and Bush Hall in London.
Margie Romero Wolf grew up in Phoenix, and is a graduate of ASU with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in dance education. She was awarded the Outstanding Graduate of both the Dept. of Dance and the College of Education. She has studied with Alwin Nikolais, Murray Louis, Bill Evans, Bella Lewitsky, Cliff Keuter, Elina Mooney and the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. She has served on the Board of Directors for Desert Dance Theatre, Daniel Nagrin Dance Foundation, AZ Dance Arts Alliance, AZ Alliance for Arts Education, and chaired the AZ Arts Standards for Dance Committee. Margie has also served on the Artists Roster Selection Committee for the AZ Arts Commission, has been a Presenter at the National Dance Educators Organization annual conference, and is a Fulbright Memorial Scholar which took her to study the educational systems in Japan. She was the first teacher to be honored with the Kathy Lindholm-Lane Outstanding Teacher Award in 2005. In 1983, she began the AZ State HS Dance Festival which continues to this day. Margie taught and directed the dance program at Dobson High School in Mesa, AZ from 1981-2010

Dorothy Garant received her BAE and MA degree from Arizona State University.  She also received her Certification as a Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York City.  While in New York she performed with Synergic Threatre and choreographed several loft performances.  She acted in a traveling murder mystery with Los Angeles based Murder by Design and danced in a Canadian national comercial for the Stanley Cup playoffs. She is a founding member of two Southwestern companies: Desert Dance Theatre and Aurora Mime Theatre.   She has performed and choreographed in musicals such as Brigadoon, West Side Story, Peter Pan, Cabaret, My Fair Lady, Carnival and many others.  She has taught dance for several colleges and universities including Mesa Community College, Arizona State University and Auburn Unviersity.  She has been part of Saddleback College’s full-time faculty since 1990.