Debbie Zehnder

About me

Debbie Zehnder is a professional dancer, teacher and lecturer. She has spread her passion for Dancehall at numerous dance events, education programs and dance schools nation wide for over ten years. With the choreographer A NI MAL and her company Dem-A!-Dis she gathered unforgettable memories on international stages and was part of various national dance ventures either as a solo dancer or collaborating with other dance professionals (Gessnerallee, Goodnews, Smart, etc.).

Furthermore, since Debbie is a qualified Physiotherapist and Medical Athletic coach, she is working as a personal trainer and athletic coach for dancers at Skilllab in Zurich. Supporting dancers in reaching their potential and physically sustaining the dance business on a longterm basis. Additionally she is lecturing in Dancehall and Dance Medicine at the "Höhere Fachschule für Zeitgenössischen und Urbanen Bühnentanz". Spreading not only her love for dance but as well her passion for training science, anatomy and physiology with the future generation of professional dancers.

Debbie always keeps on working on being the best version of herself as a dancer, coach and most importantly human being. 

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. In Debbies classes it is very important for her to create a positive and safe space with her students to help them grow in their dance individually. Her classes are energetic and suitable for all levels, with a combination of Dancehall basics, exercises and choreography diversity. Let's enjoy digging deeper together.

Personal training & coaching for dancers

As a certified physiotherapist with further specialization in dance science and medical athletic coaching, Debbie started lectures and training programs with a variety of dance companies and dance schools. In 2021 she created Skilllab together with a fantastic team of sports physiotherapists and a sport scientist. Skilllab is a safe space for dancers to turn to for rehabilitation and coaching in strength & conditioning (  So far she already collaborated with a variety of professional dancers, companies and festivals (Teki Tekua, Jazzy Jes, RedBull BC One, Breakthrough, Chibu Education, etc) Her mission is to spread knowledge, help dancers understand their own body, 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 personal trainings or learning more about dance specific strength & conditioning feel free to contact Debbie anytime.

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