Deborah Goodman began her dance training at Northern Illinois University. She began teaching dance at The Academy in 2006.
In 1990, she moved to New York to study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance where she received a full scholarship and took part in the reconstruction of Ms. Graham’s original work, "Prelude to Action" from Sketches from Chronicle. From 1998-2005, Goodman had the great pleasure to work with Yuriko as her assistant and demonstrator. While in New York, she performed with Richard Move, Sandra Kaufmann Dance, Goldhuber & Latsky, Pearl Lang, Colleen Heffernan and Lacy James’ Merriminne dancers among others. She also performed in Martha Graham’s Panorama in The Martha Graham Company’s 1993 season at City Center, New York, City Center’s 50th anniversary celebration, Spoleto Festival Charleston, South Carolina, and the Festival of Two Worlds, Spoleto, Italy.
Goodman has served on the faculty of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, New York University, Long Island University, The Connecticut Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. She has taught at The Alvin Ailey School, The Neighborhood Playhouse, Marymount Manhattan College, and SUNY Purchase. Additionally, she has taught workshops at Interlochen Center for the Arts and St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire and has conducted science and dance workshops to foster excellence in learning.