Continuing our panelist/judge profiles for tomorrow’s Battle for Fresno State, next up, @deborahlmccoy Deborah McCoy has been dancing in Fresno since the 1970s. Deborah first learned to dance on Fresno’s west side at a time when popping was king. Alongside her brother Ken, Deborah drew off of influences as diverse as local street dancers and French mime Marcel Marceau to develop a unique style that kept Deborah and Ken in high demand in local showcases, fashion shows, and festival while also racking up victories in talent shows across the Central Valley. A true renaissance woman, Deborah also excelled at modeling, photography, and martial arts. Deborah began teaching dance in the early 1980s traveling across Fresno and the Central Valley offering dance instruction to schools (including a long-running and popular hip-hop dance class at Baird middle school), companies, police departments, and anyone else who wanted to learn to dance. Starting in 2007, she began to offer studio classes, culminating in the opening of McCoy hip-hop talent studio located in the Manchester Center. Students at McCoy hip-hop are provided an opportunity to immerse themselves in hip-hop culture while also having the opportunity to take classes in art, photography, and martial arts. True to her renaissance woman background, Deborah also finds time to judge beauty pageants, offer training for aspiring models, actors, singers, and pageant contestants. Over the years, Deborah’s commitment to teaching and motivating local youth has been recognized and documented by Central Valley media sources including both local news broadcasts and newspaper articles.