Deborah Székely "say kay" started dancing when she was three years old. At the age of 10 she performed at the famous Harvest Moon Ball with her Jr. company dance troupe, and at 16,
competed on "Star Search" with Tyce Diorio from "SYTYCD" She has been dancing and competing ever since.
Formally trained in ballet, tap, and jazz since the age of 3 and teaching since the age of 15 at Horizons Dance Centre. Deborah has also been trained at The Joffrey Ballet and Miss Christine Neubert at Carnegie Hall. She was a summer dance scholarship winner at Theatre Dance for two years owned by Lisa Danias, sister of famous Joffrey Ballet Dancer and the Ballerina Starr Danias in the “Turning Point” movie.
During Deborah’s first year of med school she decided to follow her one true passion: dance. She left med school and began teaching line dancing at the famous "Denim and Diamonds" in NYC, and jazz at Dance Manhattan. She also waited tables to make ends meet in the tough world of being a dancer in New York City.
In 1995 she was introduced to WCS. In 1996 She began Competing the swing circuit with Steve Neeren. After a year of much success she was approached by then 3x US Open Swing Dance Champion Robert Cordoba. In 1997 Deborah and Robert became partners for 15 years. In that 15 year span they together accumulated four more US Open Titles. two in Showcase and 2 in Sophisticated and a US Open Jack and Jill win for Deborah. They won NASDE 4 years straight from 1997-2000. Deborah was also voted favorite female dancer in 1997. in 2011 Deborah Decided to pursue her West Coast Swing without a partner and is the top Female traveling on her own teaching to this day.
Deborah has 8 Grand National Titles. She is a Dallas Dance and California Swing Dance Hall of Famer. She was White Hatted In Calgary in June 2014. In November of 2014 she was Inducted into the National Living Legends of Dance. She also competed at The 2018 Open with PJ Turner in the Classic Division
Deborah Continues to travel the world spreading her love and knowledge of Dance and West Coast Swing. Deborah also still competes In Jack and Jills and Strictly Swing in the Champions division and consistently places in the top 5. She continues to work on her craft to make her a better Dancer and Teacher. Deborah currently hosts a podcast "The Naked Truth: Real Talk about West Coast Swing" with her long time friend Eric Jacobson.