Debra White-Hunt is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy. She has been awarded several honors for her community development work including being granted a Milken National Educator Award, being named Michiganian of the Year, and being named a Crain’s Notable Woman in Non-Profits. She also was awarded the Kennedy Center Fellowship and Kresge Arts Fellowship. Debra established the DWDA mentoring program which has trained 300+ student dancers in classroom assistance and business assistance. From this program there have been 10+ young women who have opened successful dance studios throughout the greater Detroit community and country, and several students have realized their love for teaching through being a student assistant and are now teaching locally and throughout the country and world.