Artistry in Motion: Cultivating Performance Quality & Dynamic Dancing  OPEN TO ALL  Saturday 12-1:50pm

Description: Dance is the visual representation of the music. Our bodies  are the vessel of creative expression and art in motion. In this workshop, we will move beyond the bellydance box and explore ourselves as artists, creating shapes, stories, and captivating performances from beginning to end. This workshop will pull from Deb’s studies of dance, music, somatic inquiry, theatre, and yoga to push our edges, encourage choreography development, and push one’s own personal style, intention, and innovation- to be applied to either solo or group pieces. We will explore concepts such as “throwing energy”, “the tension of opposites”,  pacing, and “the art of doing nothing”, as well as as practices to become more comfortable in our own skin, and being seen/interacting with the audience. Exercises in this workshop will help build performance confidence and help build your own voice. Please bring journal, water bottle, and playful spirit.



The Ultimate Slink Factor: Uncoiling the Serpent’s Kiss   INTENSIVE $45  Friday 1:30-3:20pm

Description: Next Level Slink! This workshop will begin with Deb’s signature core-integrated yoga for belly dance warm-up as the foundation for slow/slinky tribal, with a focus on asana which will increase space and articulation through the upper thoracic spine/ribs/sidebody for maximum expression in the traditionally ‘stuck’ places. Class focus is on refining your torso and upper body technique, and new slow combos will be introduced to drill the concepts. Moving beyond the basics, however, this TF workshop edition will focus strongly on how to create deeper, core-integrated, jaw-dropping movement quality, suspension, and hyptonizing subtleties and transitions to bring your slow&slinky dancing to the next level of intoxication, presence, and decadence.  She has been coined “The Queen of Slink”. Come learn Deb’s unique tribal stylization and critically-acclaimed teaching perspective of some of her favorite material.

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The Tension of Opposites  INTENSIVE  $45   Sunday 10-11:50am

Description: In this workshop, we will explore the delicate interplay between 2 opposing forces—balancing slow, sinewy, serpentine, fluid transitions and movements, with quick, sharp, crisp, isolated hits and accents to give any combination ‘punch’ and create more dynamic dancing and performance. We will also explore the elements of contrast and creating tension within single movement phrases.  Workshop includes: Deb’s signature core yoga for dancers warm up and technique drills (may include: torso isolations, hip work, traveling footwork, and/or layering).   All material will then be incorporated into a new Deb combo, inspired by the heart of SF tribal, which we will then manipulate and add to, using the concepts explored in class, to encourage dancers to think outside the box and explore their own creative process. Please bring yoga mat and be ready to sweat!

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Deb Rubin, MA, CMT, RYT,  is an internationally-acclaimed teacher and performer of tribal fusion belly dance based out of the SF Bay Area.  Coined “The Queen of Slink,”  for her captivating performance style, she is honored to have shared the stage as a guest artist with the musical inspirations of: Balkan Beat Box, EOTO, David Starfire, Brass Menazeri, Zilla, Vibesquad, Lynx&Janoever, Fishtank Ensemble, Beats Antique,  and more.  Founder of SattyaBody Women’s Health & the SF Mecca Immersion retreat into the heart and soul of San Francisco Tribal, Deb teaches retreats/workshops around the globe, fusing yoga, world-class tribal fusion technique, performance artistry, and therapeutics.

Deb received her foundation in Tribal Fusion from 5 years as a member of DjunDjun and then UltraGypsy BellyDance Theater, under the direction of Jill Parker,  known by many as the mamma of tribal fusion, and–with much gratitude–by Deb as the inspiration who started her on this path.  She was a regular sub for Jill’s classes until Fall 2007.  Deb’s dance technique and stylization is most influenced by inspiration from her long-time teacher, Rachel Brice, whom she  had the honor to assist at Tribal Massive, 2008, and has so  much gratitude for her guidance on this path, both in and out of the studio. A product of the SF dance community, during the boom and global expansion of tribal fusion,  Deb is honored to have studied intensively, over a 5-10 year time span, with many of the masters and innovators of this genre.  She draws from all of her long term intensive studies with: Mardi Love, Zoe Jakes, Mira Betz, Kami Liddle, Carolena Nerricio & Fat Chance Belly Dance, Cera Byer, Amy Sigil, and Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour, as well as modern, ballet, jazz, and contact improvization.  She is level 1 certified in Suhaila Salimpour’s method.

A holistic health counselor, yoga teacher, and integrative bodyworker, Deb’s private practice specializes in women’s health and injury rehab for dancers. She is most influenced by her Yoga studies with IYT, Shiva Rae, Gary Kraftsow, AcroYoga, Darshana Weil, and Rachel Brice, her Thai-Yoga Massage studies in the hilltribes of Northern Thailand under the lineage of Asokananda, and her vision quest experiences in the Northern California desert.  She has a B.A in psychology and pre-med from Princeton University,and an MA in holistic health education from JFK University.  Deb received her  Massage Therapy Certifications through the San Francisco School of Massage, and Sunshine Network in Thailand.  For over a decade, she has worked as a massage therapist in affiliation with chiropractic offices, integrative medicine centers, and/or private practice.  She developed the curriculum for and taught the  very first Thai-Massage course at McKinnon Massage School, in Oakland, CA, in 2007-8.  Her writings are published in Yoga Journal , and FUSE magazines.

Deb was coined “The Best Kept Secret in Tribal” by FUSE magazine, Winter 2011.  She is currently working on a DVD of her unique Dance Therapeutics Material.  With 15 years experience working in the field of mind/body medicine, and 30+years in dedicated study and performance of dance, her focus in 2012 is to be a bridge between those two areas, bringing a keen, integrative approach to the study and embodiment of this evolving art form, while still maintaining the high level of training and artistry that our art form inspires.


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