Category Archives: Deirdre’s Dance Den

Taking Tribal Global – meeting Mexico City talents!

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with Deirdre Macdonald…


Hopefully the hips are swaying to the right kind of rhythm these days? Have you met some more wonderful dance sisters in class, at shows, haflas, workshops, festivals?

Part of the joy of being part of this dance world and lifestyle of our Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance® sisters is finding out more about them, their talents and what they are doing with their dance. Today is no exception and I’m delighted to introduce you to Janna Amarok who is a Member of Ghytias Tribal Bellydance in Mexico City, Mexico. ( …and a great graphic designer! I can recommend from experience!)

…..So Janna – tell us what makes you and your GCTB® dance tick?


I’m Janna Amarok , and I live and dance in Mexico City. I’m a graphic designer, make-up artist, tv producer, but mainly I’m a tribal bellydancer. A dancer in progress and an eternal student of the Gypsy Caravan format.

I describe myself as a chronic insomniac, addicted to coffee, not a morning person, a night owl by choice, a perfectionist and obsessive by nature, and a nomad by circumstance.

I am a mystical, magical, cathartic, utopian girl; speak a little, think a lot. I’m a tattooed amazon, complex and alien, tribal hazardous dancer, eclectic gypsy designer, stubborn traveler and wise universal navigator.

janna 01I’ve been dancing in this fantastic world for 5 years. I have found myself deeply in love with the format, the energy, the feelings and the symbolism that each step transmits. I take my zills, put a skirt on and move my body with the music. And. Just. Dance.

In 2013 I had the opportunity to meet Paulette visiting and teaching a GCTB® workshop here in Mexico City and I got hooked immediately! Her energy, the way she danced. Later in 2014 I took Collective Soul Levels 1 and 2 and Teacher Training Level 1 – all of them in 2 weeks! (And I am still  working on my CS2 and TT1!).

Walky Ardaat is my teacher, my tribal sister and my troupe company director. Walky , introduced me to tribal bellydance and she is the reason that I am part of Ghytias Tribal Bellydance. Later when we met Paulette we decided to start under her guide the Collective Soul workshops and the Caravan Project Mexico (dancers using strictly the GCTB format) that is ongoing.ghytias 03

Tribal Bellydance is a crazy world, it is a lifestyle. You could take away the tribal bellydancing from you, including the style you dress, your make up, or even the jewelry, but it gets attached into your daily life –the heart and soul — and it’s amazing. I love it!

Be wise, be real, believe in yourself!

Janna xxoo




I can feel the energy all the way to Scotland from Mexico City with this lady!

I love to share your stories about the different aspects of the tribal lifestyle and dance so get writing and sharing, and it could leave a little shine on someones day!

Yours in dance and shimmies,


Gypsy Caravan Dance Company, writer, coach, and GCTB Certified Master Teacher!

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GCTB Calendar Update for 2016!    2016 coming in strong and beautiful…

Mark you calendars for next year’s Online Courses, and GCTB Certification Intensives!    

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Dance and Desire online–From the Body to the Page, Online with Paulette Rees-Denis

***Starts again March 20th, 2016, eight weeks online!

Registration opens November 15th!


Collective Soul certified Certified Teacher

Collective Soul Level One, starts Sunday January 10th, four weeks plus testing
Teacher Training Level One, starts Sunday February 14th

Collective Soul Level Three, starts Friday January 15th
Teacher Training Level Three, starts Friday February 19th

Collective Soul Level Two, starts May 22
Teacher Training Level Two, starts June 26th

**and in person with Amanda Richardson in   Milwaukee, Wisconsin

November 7-8, 2015 and February 19th-22nd, 2016, Collective Soul Level 1 & Level 2



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Apr 22-24, 2016… Paulette Rees-Denis presents

23nd Annual  Women’s Dance and Desire Weekend

Dance and Desire: From the Body to the Page

Dance. Words. Desire. Write. Honor. Celebrate. Pleasure. Feel good. Feel you. Move. Now…

at Breitenbush Hot Springs, Detroit, Oregon

Would you like to feel more alive in your body and your heart?
Let’s celebrate your inner and outer passions and desires.
Let’s do some deep diving,  dig in and spill it out, with clarity and  love…

with Paulette Rees-Denis and   

and  our  guest instructor, Elena Lipson 

THE Divine Self-Care Mentor 

Join me  for  our Dance and Desire  weekend, where we gather, dance, share, listen, write,  create,  workout, and gain clarity about  what we truly desire,  in our bodies and our hearts.

To live in wholeness, wellness, with pleasure. To walk tall, breathe deep, move forward with intention. With abundance, prosperity, and a body that moves with you, as a woman, a powerhouse, a sensual creature, ALIVE!

Life is a ceremony as we create magic with our bodies and our words…Join us!
Paulette Rees-Denis  is a catalyst for feminine celebration, awesomeness and expression, as she guides women on Dance and Desire journeys – with Tribal  bellydance, movement, words, and personal creative beauty. She has been teaching and guiding around the globe for over 25 years, and is the author of  Tribal Vision: A Celebration of Life Through Tribal Belly Dance.  

REG  &  INFO:  or  BEGINS: Fri dinner  ENDS: Sun lunch  COST: Cabin with bathroom $385 (early  reg  by 2/1 $355), Cabin w/o bathroom $360 (early  reg  by 2/1 $335) DEPOSIT: $160

Registration opens December 28th, 2015!

Make sure to check out all my

online classes,


Tribal Technique DVDs,

for  digitial  downloand,,

plus all of our

fabulous music CDs…

many thanks!



Deirdre’s Taking Tribal Global – Special places and happy dancing

Deirdre’s Taking Tribal Global – Special places and happy dancingIt’s well into 2015 now dancers, I hope your dance journey is progressing as you would like? Are you dancing regularly, challenging yourself, being kind to yourself, reinforcing and enjoying what you know? We Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydancers® always know how to challenge ourselves, with so… Continue Reading

Deirdre Takes Tribal Global — Dancing in the streets with Elena Mellai

       Deirdre Takes Tribal Global- Dancing in the streets, with Elena Mellai Don’t you love a great story? Today I have one a friend of mine shared – she has energy, passion and all the ingredients I love in a dancer (and who this fab Gypsy Caravan Tribal Style Bellydance ® format attracts)! From Ferrara, Elena… Continue Reading

Taking Tribal Global – Rockin’ the Global and Personal Learning!

Deirdre’s Dance Den     Hello! A warm welcome from Deirdre’s Dance Den in winter-time Scotland with the weather cool and the leaves fallen. Any seasonal change can provoke thoughts and reflection. I enjoy these moments to take stock. I recently taught my first Collective Soul Certifications here in Glasgow, Scotland in the Gypsy Caravan… Continue Reading

Taking Tribal Global – Sharing the Tribal Spirit

Deirdre’s Dance Den with Richelle Spencer Last week in Deirdre’s Dance Den, I shared with you the thoughtful words that one of our Australian Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance ™ groups uses when they meet to ground themselves and to set their intention for their dance. It’s not essential:  Sometimes it’s organic, unspoken, or in the moment,… Continue Reading

Taking Tribal Global – Invoking the Tribal Spirit, Part One

Deirdre’s Dance Den Taking Tribal Global – Invoking the Tribal Spirit , part one Connecting to such wonderful goddesses around the world is one of the magical benefits for me in Deirdre’s Dance Den (and for everyone in the Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance™ world and beyond).  Through Nina Martinez, a Master Teacher and member of… Continue Reading

Taking Tribal Global – Personal transitions and connections , with Cinzia DiCioccio, Part Two

Deirdre’s Dance Den…. Taking Tribal Global – Personal transitions and connections , with Cinzia DiCioccio, Part Two Welcome to part two of my conversation with Cinzia DiCioccio here with Paulette…. She’s from Milan, Italy and a Master teacher and dancer with Gypsy Caravan Dance Company International (GCDCI).   Last week in part one of my… Continue Reading

Taking Tribal Global – Dance discovery and understanding , with Cinzia DiCioccio, Part One

Taking Tribal Global Dance discovery and understanding , with Cinzia DiCioccio, Part One The first of a two-part interview from Deirdre’s Dance Den  This summer while driving to Ferrara from Milan, Italy, I had the pleasure of chatting with one of my fellow Master Teachers and Gypsy Caravan Dance Company dancers, Cinzia DiCioccio. Not only… Continue Reading