After fleeing a terror-filled marriage of twenty-three years Deborah Lysholm a professional dancer summoned unbelievable courage and passion to start a new life for herself and daughter Kristin. A cosmic slingshot propelled them into an unknown universe traversing discriminatory court battles including a first-ever domestic violence trial in civil court and staking their place in the performing arts by building a celebrated performing arts center. Along their journey from darkness to light they captured the attention of entertainment luminaries and embarked on exhilarating world travels discovering the women they were meant to be. Deborah and Kristin's inspiring odyssey is a hero's journey as they go from victim to victorious. Dancing to My Heartbeat is a candid insightful and educational memoir that answers the question "Why didn't you just leave?" It conveys the beauty ahead when you do.
Deborah Lysholm is an accomplished dancer whose professional career spans more than four decades-from performing choreographing and teaching thousands of students to building her own performing arts center Heartbeat Studios in Apple Valley MN. In addition to a lifetime devotion to dance Deborah and her daughter Kristin are survivors of two decades of domestic violence they won the first U.S. domestic violence lawsuit in civil court. Their story of survival has been featured in major newspapers and television news shows. Deborah is also a sought-after speaker on the subject enlightening audiences that violence in the home still affects 25 percent of U.S. women and that we all have it in us to start over.