Deborah Vinton is a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), London, England, and Fellow of the Cecchetti United States of America (CUSA). The Maestro Cecchetti Final Diploma was awarded to Ms. Vinton in 1995, in London, England. She became a Cecchetti Examiner in 1986 and has served on the CUSA Board of Directors for the past twenty-five years. Ms. Vinton received four years of intensive professional Cecchetti training in London, under the tutelage of two former students of Enrico Cecchetti, Nesta Brooking, and Laura Wilson. Ms. Vinton performed with the Royal Ballet Choreographic Group, and Maryland Ballet, where she performed respectively in London and in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. During her professional career, Ms. Vinton worked with Danny Diamond, Anton Dolin, Edward Villella, and Violette Verdy among others. She has been on staff for twenty-two years and continues teaching at the Visual and Performing Arts Center at Booker High School in Sarasota. In 2003, Ms. Vinton founded the West Coast Civic Ballet in Sarasota, Florida and served as Executive and Artistic Director.