Deb Rubin, MA, CMT, RYT, is an internationally-acclaimed teacher and performer of tribal fusion belly dance; a yoga teacher; holistic health counselor; and transformational coach specializing in women's empowerment and lifestyle design. Coined “The Queen of Slink” for her captivating performance style, and named "The best kept secret in Tribal" from Fuse Magazine, 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, Clozee, Emancipator, as well as her solo works and collaborations. Founder of SattyaBody Health, SF Mecca Immersion retreat into the heart & soul of San Francisco Tribal, Project Merkaba Dance Co., and her signature Dance Therapeutics multi-leveled certification training for dancers, yogis, and movement practitioners, Deb teaches retreats & workshops around the globe, fusing yoga, world-class tribal fusion belly dance technique, performance artistry, and therapeutics.
Deb has been a dancer since age 3. Her love of ballet, modern, jazz, musical theater, and 10 yrs in competitive gymnastics as a child planted the seeds for her deep dive into Yoga and Tribal Fusion Belly Dance as a young adult. Deb is a proud product of the vibrant San Francisco Bay Area Belly Dance scene--the mecca of where it all began. Her strong foundation of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance was rooted through study with her first teacher, Jill Parker, and 4+years in UltraGypsy Belly Dance Theater under the direction of Jill Parker. Her 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 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 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, Amy Sigil, and Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour, as well as modern, ballet, jazz, West African, and contact improvization. She currently enjoys taking class from various colleagues such as Sherri Wheatly, and Sadie, and studies contemporary dance, and Yoga in Los Angeles, CA.
A health/wellness coach, yoga teacher, and integrative bodyworker for over 15 yrs, Deb specializes in helping people get out of pain, unlock trauma and tension in their body/mind, lose weight, feel healthy, vibrant, & motivating in their life, and injury rehab for dancers. She is most influenced by her Yoga studies with IYT, Shiva Rea, 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. With a B.A in psychology and pre-med from Princeton University, an MA in holistic health education from JFK University, with a focus in somatic psychology, her professional experience as a neurology research assistant at Northwestern University in Chicago, a massage therapist in integrative medicine settings, as well as private practice, and 20+ years study and deep dive into integrative health 7 trauma unwinding from both Western & Eastern perspectives, her workshops showcase her integrative approach of the ancient wisdom of yoga and modern, leading edge somatics, fascia, and movement research, as the core basis to unlock & align your body, and from which to build your dancing.
Deb is published in Yoga Journal Magazine, and FUSE magazine.
You will find Deb's cross-discipline, body/mind focused training approach sprinkled throughout all course in this online school--weaving technique, artistry, & therapeutics into an integrated and holistic method to developing your craft. Our goal is to help you reach your maximum potential in your dance, fitness, and lifestyle goals, and feel empowered, motivated, and positive while you do. Thanks so much for joining us!