Dance icon Debbie Allen recalls ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ castmate singing ‘Fame’ on set

Debbie Allen's legacy will definitely be much more than dance.

The iconic choreographer, actress, producer and director rose to fame in the 1980s with the film and television series "Fame."

Since then, the Houston native has choreographed numerous Academy Awards and directed show's such as "A Different World," "Girlfriends" and "Scandal."

She's showcasing her talents as a director, executive producer and actress for ABC's hit medical drama "Grey's Anatomy."

The 68-year-old tells PIX11 about her fellow co-star Patrick Dempsey singing tunes from "Fame" on set.

Allen also shared the importance of using art to give back to the community. In honor of World Aids Day on Saturday, Allen is partnering with The AIDS Healthcare Foundation for an event at The Apollo Theater titled ICONS of Dance.

She's also advocating for change by mentoring the next generation of dancers. This includes producing an annual holiday show to raise funds for arts education.

The “Hot Chocolate Nutcracker,” starring members from The Debbie Allen Dance Academy, will be held from Dec. 6-9th in California.

For Allen, giving back is essential to her life's work.

"It makes me feel like I have a real purpose," she said.