You don't mess with Deborah.

Eldon, "Changes"

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Deborah is James and Piper's overprotective mother, Kathy's older sister and Enzo's sister.


Before the show

Deborah gave birth to James, Piper, and two other girls.[4]

Season 1

Deborah is concerned about James, as he has border line failing grades. Deborah feels that James has been spending too much time at dance and has not spent enough time concentrating on school. She threatens to take him out of the studio unless his grades improve; Chris promises that he will tutor him.[5]

Deborah james season 1

Deborah watches James expectantly as he tells his peers about his situation.

When James grades worsen, Deborah decides to permanently remove James from the studio.[6] When James tells his team that he's leaving indefinitely, A-Troupe is devastated and Michelle begs her to reconsider. After thinking about it, Deborah decides to take James out of the studio for two weeks with complete omission from dance and promises that he will return if his brings his grades up.[6] However, if James's grades don't improve he'll never set foot in the studio again. Deborah grounds James until his grades get better.

Season 2

Deborah, along with Riley, accompanies James to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for his driving test. When the driving instructor informs her that James failed, she is automatically defensive and goes on about James's conscientiousness and great driving; she is relieved to discover it is a joke.[7]

Deborah introduces Kathy to Arthur.[8]

Season 3

Deborah is very worked up about Kathy and Arthur's wedding and is happy when it works out in the end.[8]


Deborah is greatly invested in James's education, proven when she threatens to pull him out of The Next Step Dance Studio for life due to his poor grades.[6] She can also be extremely high strung and she has a no-nonsense personality. Deborah doesn't necessarily approve of James doing dance.

Physical appearance

Deborah is a very short, light-skinned, dark-haired woman with brown eyes.



Main article: James

James is Deborah's only son.


Main article: Piper

Piper is Deborah's youngest daughter.


Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4


  • Deborah only wants what's best for her children.
  • She allegedly used to put hot sauce on everything.[9]


Main article: Deborah/Quotes


Kathy Riley season 3 episode 13 "Look at that painting!"

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  1. "Dance, Dance." Wikia. Retrieved on December 23, 2015.
  2. "Just the Two of Us." Wikia. Retrieved on September 6, 2015
  3. "Work It". Wikia. Retrieved on October 26, 2015.
  4. "Just the Two of Us." Wikia. Retrieved on September 6, 2015.
  5. "Dance, Dance." Wikia. Retrieved on August 27, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Changes." Wikia. Retrieved on August 27, 2015.
  7. "Better Than This." Wikia. Retrieved on August 27, 2015.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Marry Me." Wikia. Retrieved on August 27, 2015.
  9. "Bad Moon Rising." Wikia. Retrieved on August 27, 2015.
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