Debbie Wilson began her professional dance career at the age of 12 with the Cincinnati Ballet Company, where she became a soloist and one of the company’s rehearsal assistants. Leaving the ballet world, she worked for The American Dance Machine, touring Japan and the U.S.A. as a performer and the company’s dance captain. In 1980 she moved to Canada to work with Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, as a dancer and the company’s rehearsal director. Wilson went on to work with Ballet Jörgen, Howard Richard & Dancers, the Judith Marcuse Repertory Dance Company, the Randy Glynn Dance Project, and many independent choreographers across Canada and the United States.
As a choreographer, Wilson created a repertoire of critically acclaimed productions including Aphrodite Unveiled, and Raphael is whispering. In 2002 her Homo Office Sapiensis received a Dora Mavor Moore nomination for Outstanding New Choreography. Through her international collaborative works like Diary of an Exile (with Trinidad and Tobago), and Planetarium (with Macedonia), she has introduced exceptional foreign artists in dance, music, and art to Toronto, while representing Toronto and Canada on the world stage. In October 2005, Wilson was honoured to be invited to present Planetarium at the United Nations’ Assembly Hall in Geneva, Switzerland, as one of the events celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations.
Since 2009, Wilson has been mentoring female dance artists who have been developing their own unique choreographic voices, including Roshanak Jaberi, Esie Mensah, Natasha Powell, Lua Shayenne, and Victoria Mata Soledad.