As an instructor at Studio Rincon in Menlo Park for the last three years, Deborah Stevens-Sterling — known as Deb — has gained a loyal following. The fans of her combination zumba/hip hop class on Monday and Wednesday evening refer to it as DebGroove.
“I love it when I teach a class and the people are smiling,” she says. “I know I’ve touched them.”
Deb grew up in Baton Rouge where her parents still live. “I learned to play the flute and violin as a child,” she says. “I didn’t get interested in dance until I was in my late 20s. In fact, my early career was in IT.”
One of the things she enjoys most is choreographing flash mobs, which her class is currently working on in advance for a March 15 appearance at 5:00 pm at Courthouse Square in Redwood City.
“The point is to show up and dance and leave quickly,” she says, adding, “But some people like to hang around and take photos.”
While Deb admits to picking up some good Southern cooking skills from her Louisiana upbringing, she has no yearning to return to her home state: “When I visit my parents I can’t stay longer than seven days — California calls my name.”
She’s just as sure she’s not about to change careers: “I’m doing what I’m supposed to do.”
Photo by Rebecca Flanagan