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Debra Giunta

Debra Giunta


Design Dance

I'm an entrepreneur, arts educator and native Chicagoan. I'm passionate about building non-traditional educational opportunities for K-12 students.





Design Dance, Founder + Director

In 2008, I founded Design Dance as a way to bring dance education to children in all communities regardless of age, experience level, background and income through partnership with schools and community centers. We serve over 1300 students through weekly programs in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area, building courage, connection, and self-awareness.

Poetry In Motion

In 2014, Design Dance began seeking new ways to inspire our students to connect and build empathy. We began collaborating with local poets and spoken word artists to teach students the value of shared storytelling through poetry and movement.

Prismatic, Founder + Executive Director

Today, my passion for education has grown to a variety of projects involving advocacy, mentorship and curriculum design. Most recently, I founded Prismatic, an organization rethinking the ways we prepare students for success. Our program uses project based learning to teach students leverage their ideas in the real world.

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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
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