Debbie Zehnder

About me

Debbie Zehnder grew up around music and dance and discovered her love for Dancehall, Ragga and Hip Hop in her teens. Ever since she continues to increase her knowledge in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Jamaica and in her home country. She has spread her passion for Dancehall and Ragga in various dance schools and events throughout Switzerland for over ten years. Her experiences with the choreographer A NI MAL and the company Dem-A!-Dis gathered unforgettable memories on international stages (MC Hip Hop Contest Italy, DHM Paris, Top Up Berlin). Additionally she was part of various national dance ventures either as a solo dancer or collaborating with other dance professionals (Gessnerallee, Goodnews, Admeira, Smart, FM Records, etc.).

Furthermore, since Debbie is a qualified Physiotherapist, she is lecturing in Dancehall and Dance Medicine at the "Höhere Fachschule für Zeitgenössischen und Urbanen Bühnentanz" in Zurich since 2016. With Dem-A!-Dis, Debbie keeps on building her profile in the European Dancehall scene and continues to develop her personal body language to physically express herself as honestly as possible in every given moment.

Class description

Dancehall is based on numerous steps, which are built on earthy movements and body isolations. Each step tells a story and reflects a different aspect of the Jamaican culture. Combined with influences from other urban styles, choreographies are developing – this is called Ragga in Europe.

Dance classes with Debbie are energetic and suitable for all levels, with a combination of Dancehall basics and Ragga diversity. It is important for Debbie to create a positive and safe space with her students to help them grow in their dance individually. Let's enjoy digging deeper together.

Dance medicine & training theory description

As a certified physiotherapist with further specialization in dance medicine and currently medical athletic coaching, Debbie started lectures and training programs with a variety of dancers. Collaborating for example with the company Teki Tekua, Jazzy Jes & Ez Mike and the dancers of the ''Höhere Fachschule für Zeitgenössischen und Urbanen Bühnentanz''. Her mission is to spread knowledge, help dancers train smartly and making sure they are prepared for the physical demands of the professional dance world on a long term basis.

If you are interested in learning more about anatomy, physiology, dance medicine or dance specific training theory feel free to contact Debbie anytime.

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