Dance Studios

A Time To Dance

Dee Dee has choreographed the following full length ballets, performed by The Youth Ballet, The Original Theater Dance Company, and Dancing for the Lord.


Swan Lake: 1996, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013

Nutcracker: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

The Christ: 1999, 2007

The Creation: 2006

Discovery of Purpose: 2004

The Maharajah's Wedding: 1997, 1998, 2005, 2007, 2010

Giselle: 2004

The Russian Orthodox Easter Festival: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012

The Glory of Christmas: 1996

The Awakening Of Women: 1985

Aladdin and the Cave of Wonders: 2009



Students under the instruction of Dee Dee Doell at A Time to Dance have been accepted in to the following pre-professional and professional dance institutions:

American Ballet Theater (A.B.T)        Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

Ballet Arizona School                         Long Beach Ballet Arts Center

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet    San Francisco Ballet School

Burklyn Ballet Summer Intensive     University of Arizona Dance Dept. Ballet Magnificat!                                On Stage Academy in Barcelona, Spain

    Dee Dee studied dance locally under Richard France in the Tucson Civic Ballet and France Theater of Ballet, George Zoritch, Jose Valenzuela, Dina Raker Rosenbaum, Stepahnie Stigers in Tucson Dance Gallery and Western Ballet Theater, Ellen Ray, Rita Wolgemuth, Dolores Mitrovich, Neil Cowhey in the Original Theater Dance Company, Frances Smith Cohen, Sandra Knoll Hammond, and Lil Liandre. She began her early training in New York City, and studied under internationally known master teachers: George Zoritch, Rudolph Nureyev, Bela Karoly, Natalia Krassovska, Delphino Larrossa, Alonso King, and Kelly Browne. Dee Dee has also studied tap in an intensive setting with Gene Kelly and Gregory Hines, and locally with Richard France, Ellen Ray, and Neil Cowhey. In addition to choreographing and directing all of the ballet productions for A Time to Dance Youth Ballet and Dancing For The Lord and teaching ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, drama, elocution, and drawing at A Time to Dance, Dee Dee has also taught dance, drama, voice, art, and choreographed in many academic, studio, and recreational settings since the age of 16. At 16, while still in high school, Dee Dee choreographed for the Poor Man's Theater at Salpointe Catholic High School, where she was the Dance Captain. She was a choreographer for the Original Dance Company under Neil Cowhey, presenting her first full-length ballet at the age of 30, "The Awakening of Women" in 1985. She was the choreographer for Shakespeare in the Parkin Tucson from 1991-1995, and for community theater events. In 2006, she served as the entertainment director for the Tucson Slavic Festival.

    Dee Dee also studied music and classical voice, elocution, and public speaking under Evangeline Urquides, May Montgomery, and Norma Bodanis and has sung in local light opera productions and musicals. She played Guinevere in "Camelot" in 1980 with the Poor Man's Theater and PlayBox and has sung in many local choirs. Having the possibility of a singing career, Dee Dee chose to follow her dream of a dance studio instead.

    Dee Dee graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology in 1977with minors in chemistry, mathematics, religious studies, and dance (under George Zoritch). Secondary education major added in 1978. Course work for a full fine arts major completed in 2002. Founded Dancing for the Lord in 1994, and A Time to Dance Studio in 1996.


    In 2010 the website examiner.com did a story on Dee Dee, to read the article  Click Here.

Donna (DEE DEE) DOELL

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