Behind the Hustle: Debora Balardini (@dbalardini)

I have been a performer, theater instructor, director and producer for the past twenty five years. I have an extensive dance background in classical ballet, jazz, modern and tap dancing, as well as Hatha yoga. As an actress, I have credits from numerous performances in different countries ranging from United States, Argentina, Japan, France, Chile and my native Brazil. I’ve been exposed to various movement and voice techniques such as Suzuki, View Points, Heller Work, Ideocinese and most recently Choreographic Theatre and Roy Hart Technique with Enrique Pardo, Linda Wise, Liza Mayer and Izidor Leitinger at the Pantheatre Company in Paris through whom I met my current voice master teacher Jonathan Hart Mcwaia. I currently lead workshops for performers of all backgrounds. I am a Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Nettles Artists Collective and formerly the Director of Training and Development for East 3rd Ensemble. Most recently I found PUNTO -Event and Performance Space in midtown Manhattan. I am currently working on a solo project as well as a new multimedia performance with Group .BR.

“hi, my name is…”

The world knows me as: Debora Balardini

I’ve also been known to respond to the names: Debora York, Baby Love, Dedi or Debs​​

I am wicked good at: Systems

Least favorite house chore: Organizing closets and shelves​​

My go-to guilty pleasure food is: creme-brulee

Favorite App: duolingo

Favorite quote: Lack of time is an excuse for not having a method​​

“The Hustle”

Job Title: Di​​rector of Operations & Artistic Affairs

Professional Superpower: Organizing

My primary role in the events industry is: Venue Owner​

Years in the events industry: 1 (one)

To me, being an event hustler means: Making sure the client is 100% satisfied.

The top 2 most surprising things I’ve learned about the events industry since starting are:

  1. Events are just like theater productions only with more “glitter” on it. ​​
  2. The drama is the same.

How did you get your start in the events industry? I blame it on my business partner, Sandie Luna.​​

My biggest event industry pet peeve is: Step and repeats. Hate them!

“No such thing as TMI”

One thing that would really surprise people to learn about me is: I don’t know how to ride a bike.

You can only keep 2 albums in your entire music collection -those albums would be: 1) HeadWig and the Angry Inch. 2)​​The Magic Flute by Mozart.

10yr old me thought I’d grow up to be: An artist. Which I did!​​

Text or phone call?: Text​​

Android or iphone?: iPhone

Toilet paper roll – Over or under?: Over​​

Connect with Debora:


Telephone: 917-402-7961





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