MEET THE

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The RBSDMA was founded in 2010 by Shaked Sebag and Jezliah Villarreal.  With a deep desire to connect to the women and girls of the community, they established a professional studio where students could develop their talents and use dance and music as an expression of their inner selves.  A place where performing arts is the vehicle of connection to our Creator, to those around us, and to our purpose in this world.  

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Shaked Sebag

Born in Israel and raised in Arizona, Shaked has been dancing since she was 3 years old and has never stopped.  After becoming baalat teshuva while studying at the University of Arizona and completing her BFA in Arts Education, she made aliyah with her husband and family and soon after opened the RBSDMA in Ramat Bet Shemesh together with Jezliah Villarreal in 2010.   She is so honored to serve the community in such a special way and finds great purpose in providing a place for girls and women to grow artistically, emotionally, and spiritually.  In addition to running the academy and it's classes and curriculum, she has performed to international audiences, produced high caliber concerts for women and girls, choreographed for some of the biggest names in the Jewish music industry, directed and was featured in top music videos permeating the Jewish music scene, and still of course LOVES teaching and spending time in the studio with students of all ages.  Running the academy together with Jezliah for its first 8 years was a tremendous honor and Shaked is so thankful to have such a brilliant and inspiring friend to have started out the journey with.  While directing the academy solo over the past 3 years, Shaked is thankful to continue to work closely with Jezliah on various projects and is looking forward to new projects together on the horizon. 

 

Continuing to spread the love of dance and music and inspiring girls and women through the arts is her joy, and Shaked prays that she will continue to do so for years to come.

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Jezliah

Jezliah (also known as Jezliah Villarreal) is a Singer/Songwriter/Choreographer and Performer. Jezliah was born into a Christian family where her father was the Pastor of a Spanish speaking church and where her whole family was heavily involved in the ministry. She has been performing since the young age of eight and dreamed of pursuing a career in missionary and outreach through the performing arts. In 2006, Jezliah and her family left the church in search for truth in Judaism. She and her husband converted in 2010 and made aliyah.  Since then, Jezliah has been involved in her community and is the Co-Founding Creative Director of the world-renowned RBS Dance and Music Academy in Ramat Beit Shemesh, up until the summer of 2019. She has performed all over Israel, and produced shows for women. Her story and journey to Judaism has inspired women and girls from all hashkafas. Jezliah currently lives in Ramat Beit Shemesh, with her husband, Yosef Daniel, who is also an established Singer and Musician, and her seven children. She has recently pursued a singing career in the growing industry of Female Jewish Entertainment and has released her own original music which can be found on all digital platforms. Jezliah aspires to be a vessel for Hashem to inspire women and girls all over the world. To learn more about Jezliah's journey, click on the links below. 

 

Kan 11 Interview - https://youtu.be/OPtNCxckNQY

Hidabroot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr2rIxEOBN0

Aish - https://aishlatino.com/la-historia-de-jezliah-villareal

Jewish Press - https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/interviews-and-profiles/to-be-a-vessel-for-god/2018/02/05/

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