About Us

Deborah Morgan established the Deborah Morgan Dance Studio in Turlock, California in 1977 on a part-time basis with 50 students while she completed her studies at San Jose State University, which led to the 1978 Bachlor's Degree with Honors in Performing Arts, with a concentration in Dance and a Music minor.  Deborah is also a Credentialed Certified Instructor for American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in New York, New York. 

Conitnued expansion of the Turlock studio enrollment necessitated a move to larger quarters in 1984 with two separate studios and dance floors.  1994 marked the opening of the North Modesto site to serve the demands of the area.  January 2008 marked the opening of a new location in Turlock, which enabled DMDS dancers to enjoy a wonderful, new, safe location. 

Over the 44 years that the Deborah Morgan Dance Studio has been in operation the studio has not only been successful at the local level, but has also received recognition both nationally and internationally.   Deborah Morgan Dance Studio has competed and won top honors at many national dance  competitions across the United States and has performed at the World Fairs held in Canada and Australia as well as having received an invitation to perform at the 1990 Fair in Japan.  

In 1993, a 15-day, six-country performance tour of Europe was inititated by a special invitation to perform twice at Euro-Disney Paris, France.  1994 and 1995 honors included performances by Deborah Morgan Dancers at Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line.  Deborah and her nationally recognized "Bodies Electric" production group have earned over 40 national and regional dance awards.  The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and  performance tour throughout England were the focus of the 1997 tour; the reception that the Deborah Morgan Dancers received was heartfelt and overwhelming. 

2001 was an exceptional year for Deborah and Bodies Electric. Their invitation to return to Disneyland Paris was the impetus of an unforgettable trip through France and England as the Production Group celebrated their 20th Anniversary.  The past several years  Deborah has given her Production Groups the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas, Disneyland and New York. 

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, New York has been an added event to the dance studio for the past 14 years with 6 invitations and completed trips to Deborah and the Group's credit.  It is an opportunity that should not be missed.  

Beyond Deborah's success with grooming her dancers for performance and competition, she has also been highly regarded individually by her peers through award recognition (regional "Teacher of the Year" award; national listing in "Who's Who in American Business:) and by her repeated teaching invitations to national dance conventions. 

A reliable, professional, caring approach to dance education has been the cornerstone of the Deborah Morgan Dance Studio. Through the years Deborah has been the example of quality without compromise.  "Be the example" is the studio motto.


Julie Jergenson  has been a part of the Deborah Morgan Dance Studio family for over 30 years, starting like all our beginners do by taking ballet, tap and tumbling.

At age six, Julie was accepted as a member of the dance studio's newest division of the production groups, "Baby Bodies," a new group that became the pride and joy of the studio.  Julie's enthusiasm, along with her talent, helped enable the group to perform at many local and regional venues as well as attend regional dance conventions and competitions. 

Julie became a part of the class assistant program at the age of eleven and she continued with the program throughout high school where her success evolved into part time employment at the studio.  From the time that Julie auditioned and was accepted as a "Bodies Electric" member,  she assisted at both Modesto and Turlock studios and added studio office management to her schedule as well. 

In 2001, Julie toured as part of  "Bodies Electric" to Las Vegas where she attended Tremaine Dance Convention and Competition; the following summer she was part of an unforgettable "Bodies" trip to France and England that included an unprecedented two show performance at Euro Disney Paris. 

In 2003, Julie attended the Hoctor Dance Convention and Competition in Disneyland,  Anaheim.  During this trip the "Bodies" group performed at the Carnation Stage in Disneyland.  The icing on the cake was the opportunity to participate in a mock audition for the Mickey Mouse Club. 

In 2005, Julie travled with "Bodies" to New York once again, where she attended a Tremaine Dance Convention; this trip included taking class at Radio City Music Hall, (which was led by a world famous Rockette) and participating in a mock audition for the Rockette Dance Line. 

While an active member in Bodies Electric for over fourteen years, Julie attended numerous dance conventions and competitions, traveled to Europe, Las Vegas, Disneyland, and to New York on mulitple occasions.  "Bodies Electric" membership also meant that Julie would have the opportunity to perform at the Miss Stanislaus Scholarship Program for a number of years.  Having completed the DMDS teaching program, Julie has taught Summer Dance Camp at the studio for several years, regular combination classes, Zumba, and has played a major role in office management for both Modesto and Turlock studios.  Julie's expertise and experience has benefited the studio to the point of her being named Assistant Director of DMDS. 

Julie is a graduate of California State Univeristy, Fresno, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and Dance.  While purusing her degree, Julie took part in the extra-curricular University Dance Theatre, a student run performance group where she instructed and choreographed in various dance styles, including hip hop, modern, contemporary, cultural dance, baton twirling, and Zumba.