In your words: Misha Cain Nell
I love to get my dancers and clients writing.
Expressing, releasing, diving in, searching, sharing, so much good stuff goes on in that brain, and to get it out and on paper is full on CLARIFICATION! and I talk a lot about clarification these days! And then I love to share their words with YOU… to read another’s story is so powerful, and can be liberating and inspiring as well… So today I bring you some words from Misha, who happens to have her own newsletter and this was borrowed, with her permission, to share here with you!
Misha Cain Nell is a tribal bellydancer and instructor in Florida, who has been studying with me for the past few years…
The Collective Soul Experience
In November of 2014, I just happened to see a post on Facebook announcing an online certification course in Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance®. Maybe it was providence or just luck, but it’d been a while since I’d truly been able to dance and I decided that, since my life had been missing the sparkle dance brought it, I would give it a go. I didn’t know too much about it but I realized I really wanted to get back into Tribal and figured that this would be the perfect opportunity. Well, it certainly was that…and much more. Never in a million years could I have imagined what this experience would bring to me!
Collective Soul (CS) courses are more than just a certification where you learn a bunch of movements. That’s in there, of course – in each level you’ll come away with so many new movements and combos you’ll find yourself bubbling over with new dance inspiration. But Paulette also brings a magic to the entire process that encourages each dancer to look beyond the dance itself and consider her or himself on a larger level. As a busy career-focused woman who had long since put herself pretty far back in priority, I found this magic to be exactly what I needed to help me rearrange my life and I’m now feeling great about that! The emphasis on journaling, setting goals and identifying desires and dreams, and on making time for self care was absolutely valuable. I also found myself with instant family! Through the CS process, I’ve gotten to know and meet dancers from all over the world. Last March, I traveled to Portland and met a dancer I’d only known through the CS process and overcame my usual shyness (yes really) and jumped in a car with her to head to training with Paulette. We were instant sisters, fast friends together on the tribal road, and she’s since become a friend and mentor to me. How cool is that? (That’s her in the picture, beautiful Angie, with me and Paulette!).
I’m especially grateful that I didn’t let things like price or timing stop me. If you do the online course, Paulette is just great about working with you to help you finish and set a schedule. She walks you through doing that and emphasizes it throughout the class. In person, of course, you have an exact date to meet. And in either case the price is on par for certifications/workshops in general. The online class is especially reasonable considering you’re getting 4 weeks of material and personal critiquing and guidance from Paulette of the dance videos you send her.
So, is it right for you? Well, I’d recommend saving up your pennies and participating in at least CS 1. I found that preparing for the test challenged me to get serious and do my best. And I also found that working to do the assignments and dancing brought a refreshing to my practice and deeper connection to my dance. Regardless of where you are at in your practice, there’s something for everyone in these trainings. And once you do one, trust me, you’ll be hooked!
Thanks Misha for sharing your experience! I so love watching how you’ve grown as a dancer, a teacher, and have come into your own so fast and so far! Misha is also now certified in CS and TT Level Four! Woo hoo, as well as starting and running her own Caravan Project workshops and troupe in Sarasota, and is now certified to teach Tribal Grooves too… Wow… that is dedication and commitment and believing in following one’s dreams!
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Thanks so much for being here… in gratitude!
What’s coming up?
Need some guidance with your dreams and desires?
I love to inspire your wild spirit, to light up your heart, and to guide you to bring your own true everyday magic back! And I’ve got the tools and mojo to help… Read more here
Our certification intensive starts October 9th, 2016! Registration opens July 30th, 2016…
Paulette will be in Ohio (yes in 2 weeks!!!!–you joining us? you still have time–Tribal Grooves Teacher Training and 2 dance workshops–July 30& 31) in Columbus and Chillicothe! Contact Allie here…
Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance ® Online Class #16
with Paulette Rees-Denis And Amanda Richardson
Upbeat Hip Action
Get those hips moving, do some traveling, and add some faster moves to your dance!
New, review, refine, and drill! Put a smile on your face and get your tribal on!
This 30 minute class includes technique info, and several bits of drilling so you can practice along with us! Super fun…
AND NEW PORTLAND CLASSES
NEW SESSION STARTING MONDAYS, OCTOBER 10TH, 2016,
Tribal Grooves™ with Paulette and Amanda Richardson, 7-8 pm!
Tribal Grooves ™ is an exciting new dance form of Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance® to activate your body, mind, and spirit! We move with non-stop, high-powered blood pumping moves combined with sweetly sensual and slow circular, feminine patterns using body isolations with some improvisation, lead and follow, and choreographed dances. Dancing with worldly exotic, stimulating music and contemporary tunes will raise the energy and momentum and get your groove on!
Dance and Desire: From the Body to the Page! 8-9 pm
Body Love & Belly Dance,
Soul Diving & Celebration
an Six week dance & written word class…at Znama Studio in Portland!
a great duo of classes! Join us…
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