Deborah & Stephen Cullip
Debbie started dancing classical ballet on a Ford Foundation Scholarship and then American Ballet Theater Scholarship at age 7. A former Actress who appeared in Charlie’s Angels, the original Hawaii Five-O, Magnum P-I and several movies. She was also a model and owner of her own production company and event planning company – DLC Talent – for 15 years in San Francisco. She choreographed and produced shows herself for much of San Francisco’s talent at events such as SF Ballet’s Gala events, Chamber of Commerce, Union Street Merchants Assn, Robin Williams, and many Silicon Valley Companies.
Debbie loves Ballroom Dancing and is wife and partner to Stephen Cullip, former twice U.S. Professional Ballroom Champion. Stephen and Debbie have performed many shows around the Bay Area in the past several years. Together they have the largest most successful group classes in the Bay Area three times per week. Her dedication and patience makes her a much sought after teacher. She has students ranging from age three to age 80. Many of her students are competitors and have achieved great things in the ballroom world. She has also danced Pro/Am with students and choreographed formation routines at Stanford and Berkeley Universities.
Debbie’s family still owns and operates the largest dance and theatrical supply business in Northern California – D’Lynne’s Dancewear in San Rafael – named after Debbie Lynne herself
Stephen Cullip has been Ballroom dancing for over 50 years. He was Junior Champion, Amateur Standard U.S. Champion many times and 10-Dance Champion, and is a two-time United States Professional Standard Champion (Official Title). He has competed, and won major Professional competitions across North America & Europe. He is a Master Teacher born into a lineage of great dancing (his parents were the dynamic British Champions, Jim & Olive Cullip). A resident of the East Bay, Stephen has been selected to represent the United States no less than thirteen times in the the Official World’s Championships. He was also Ohio Star Ball Professional Standard Ballroom Champion 3 times and has won practically every major Professional Competition and Championship throughout the U.S.
Stephen formerly helped create, and organized the Galaxy Dance Festival which currently runs in Arizona and successfully ran his own schools in Seattle, Washington and Hollywood California for many years. Both studios are still very successful since Stephen sold them.
Recently he was selected as the U.S. Judge at THE Worlds Professional Ballroom Championships in Seoul, Korea, a singular honor. He is Licentiate certified and qualified (the equivalent to a Masters degree) in all five branches of the U.S. Terpsichore Association – one of the teaching organizations officially recognized by the NDCA (National Dance Council of America): Int’l Standard & Latin, American Smooth & Rhythm, and Theater Arts
Stephen teaches and coaches at many Bay area locations and is on staff at UC Berkeley to coach the dance team.
He is the only U.S. Professional Standard Champion (Official title) living in the San Francisco Bay Area. There is no substitute for experience.