Debbie Zehnder

About me

Debbie Zehnder discovered her love for Dancehall in her teens and continues to increase her knowledge throughout europe, the united states and jamaica ever since. She has spread her passion for Dancehall in various dance schools and events throughout Switzerland for over ten years. With the choreographer A NI MAL and the company Dem-A!-Dis she gathered unforgettable memories on international stages (MC Hip Hop Contest Italy, DHM Paris, Top Up Berlin, etc.). 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 and Medical Athletic coach, she is lecturing in Dancehall and Dance Medicine at the "Höhere Fachschule für Zeitgenössischen und Urbanen Bühnentanz" in Zurich since 2016. Spreading not only her love for dance but as well her passion for anatomy, physiology and sports science with the future generation of professional dancers. Debbie always keeps on working on being the best version of herself one day 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. Combined with influences from other urban styles, choreographies can be developed – this is also called Ragga in Europe.

Dance classes with Debbie are energetic and suitable for all levels, with a combination of Dancehall basics and choreography 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 & strength & conditioning coaching

As a certified physiotherapist with further specialization in dance science and medical athletic coaching, Debbie started lectures (anatomy, physiology, sports science) and training programs with a variety of dancers. Additionally she created Skilllab GmbH, 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 dancers such as compagnie Teki Tekua, Teki Tekua Junior, Jazzy Jes & Ez Mike, B-Girl Ida and various alumni of the HFZUB.  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 learning more about anatomy, physiology, or dance specific strength & conditioning coaching feel free to contact Debbie anytime.

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