Debra Rose is a founding member and Executive Director of San Francisco GYROTONIC® primarily created to serve the San Francisco Bay Area's dance community in 1988. Since that time, San Francisco GYROTONIC® has grown to become one of the world's foremost GYROTONIC® training facilities serving a variety of individuals and needs. Debra is not only a certified Master Trainer in all aspects of the system and equipment, but she is one of the few Master Trainers authorized by GYROTONIC® creator, Juliu Horvath to teach the Level I Final Certification Exams in Miami and Asia, previously taught only by him. As one of the first GYROTONIC® Master Trainers, Debra has worked closely with Mr. Horvath in developing and implementing a syllabus that has been used throughout the world and is responsible for training hundreds of GYROTONIC® trainers currently working everywhere.
As a dancer, Debra completed her training at New York City's School of American Ballet, after which she danced with the Oakland and San Francisco Ballets before becoming a founding member of Alonzo King's LINES Ballet where she danced for 20 years. In addition to being a principal dancer, Debra served as a Ballet Mistress for LINES and assisted Mr. King in setting choreography on various companies that include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem, and the Joffrey Ballet. Debra also danced for the San Francisco Opera Ballet for 30 years, performing with artists such as Placido Domingo, Marilyn Horne, and Renee Fleming. She retired from the Opera in December 2013. Debra created the first syllabus and GYROTONIC® manual associated with a dance program for the LINES/Dominican University Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance program. She has also created a unique GYROTONIC® curriculum for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, San Francisco State University, and, most recently, The San Francisco High School of the Arts.