formerly known as Debbie Lammam
Debbie is originally from Austin, Texas, but now makes her home in San Francisco. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. In her senior year, she received the Rappoport-King Fellowship to conduct research for a senior thesis project analyzing the aesthetic relationship between Arabic music and dance.
She has studied and performed Middle Eastern dance since 1990, exploring regional dance styles from North African to Persian, and eventually specializing in Egyptian raqs sharqi and folkloric styles. Her teachers, influences and role models include master teachers such as Shareen el Safy of Santa Barbara, Elena Lentini of New York, Karen Barbee of San Antonio, and Amina Goodyear of San Francisco and many notable dance artists from Egypt such as Mona Said, Raqia Hassan, Magda Ibrahim, and others. She has performed at numerous theatrical venues and at seminar shows throughout the country. Since 2005 she has been a member of Al-Juthoor Palestinian Folk Dance Company.
Debbie has worked for Dance Brigade’s Dance Mission Theater, a multicultural dance school and theater in San Francisco’s Mission district, since August 2001. As Program Manager she oversees daily operations of the school and theater, as well as programming the theater’s spring and fall seasons and coordinating all aspects of production and publicity, serving dancers, choreographers, technicians and other artists from a wide range of dance styles and backgrounds. In addition, she works part time as Cultural Events Coordinator for San Francisco’s Arab Cultural and Community Center, assisting with cultural programming, grant writing, and outreach.
An active member of the San Francisco arts community, she serves on
the Isadaora Duncan Dance Awards (Izzies) committee and has participated
in a number of panels and committees relating to dance, arts funding,
and other related subjects, in addition to volunteer stage management,
production assistance and consultation for a number of San Francisco
artists and venues. She continues to read and study widely in the fields
of dance history and ethnology, ethnomusicology, and performance studies.
Articles on Gilded
Serpent by (or involving) Debbie Smith
at the Hoover featuring Morocco February 10, 2008, Hoover
Theatre in San Jose, CA Video and photos by Lynette
Night at Wahib's Roxxanne Shelaby's "Pure Sharqi" video
and photos by Lynette
with the Reda Troupe by Debbie Smith
Interview with Magda Ibrahim by
Atef Farag: A Life in Dance Interview
by Debbie Smith
Art, Activism & Magic:
Krissy Keefer In Her Own Words by Debbie Smith
5-5-05 Initiating Dance Dialogue: Current Trends, The Panel Discussion at Carnivals of Stars Festival, transcribed from video by Andrea, Panel members included: Heather as moderator, Monica Berini, Shira, Barbara Bolan, Amina Goodyear, Debbie Lammam.
Melodies produced by Serena and Hossam Ramzy DVD Review by
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