has been dancing with Tony since 1998. She met him at
one of his Salsa classes in London. How did she discover
Salsa? A good friend invited Debi out to a Salsa club
in London. She went, not having any idea as to what
it would be like. What Debi saw took her breath away
and changed her life forever!
Debi stood watching for about 3 hours with her mouth
wide open. There were over 500 people in the place,
all dancing with each other to this fabulous Latin music.
There wasn’t any floor space that wasn’t being used.
She saw one particular couple dancing and decided then
and there that she wanted to dance like them. Later
on Debi found out who the dancers were; Tony Ainsley
De Brito (who became the UK Salsa champion a few
years later). Debi still rates Iris as the best Salsa
dancer she has seen!
Debi started attending Tony’s classes and was soon partnering
him in class, demonstrating moves to the advanced students.
Things moved on and Debi accompanied Tony to many of
his venues, demonstrating Salsa and helping to teach.
She helped Tony to set up the Kiddies Salsa classes
in North London. She has performed in Salsa shows in
London before moving to Goa in January 2000.
Debi is a qualified teacher and worked for Haringey
(London Borough) for 12 years teaching in schools in
Wood Green and Tottenham. She was responsible for Science,
Design and Technology and was a member of the schools’
management teams. Before leaving teaching Debi had been
Acting Deputy Head for six months.
Debi majored in Art and Design whilst at college studying
for her B.Ed and still enjoys putting her talents into
practice whenever she gets the opportunity. She is also
a qualified trampoline instructor and a skilled swimmer.