Taking Tribal Global – when it all clicks

DeirdreTaking Tribal Global – -when it all clicks — with Allie Joseph

with Deirdre Macdonald…



There’s nothing better than hearing your stories – of dancing, of costuming, music; and it’s inspiring to hear about how and where you discovered our fabulous Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance®.  Your thoughts always makes me smile—enjoying your words and hearing your joy, which then allows me to remember my own journey!

Today Allie Joseph in Ohio in the USA, tells us of her discovery of GCTB® and how she could feel the ‘click’:

Allie Joseph “My path with Gypsy Caravan Tribal Belly dance® only started 2 years ago; while attending a workshop led by Paulette Rees-Denis. It was a marvelous experience! I felt renewed, alive, wanting more! I’ve been belly dancing for 16 years mostly, Egyptian/Cabaret with some ATS. I never thought of myself as a Tribal Dancer until I met Paulette and her Gypsy Caravan Format. That’s when I fell in love with TRIBAL!

Allie Joseph, Ohio
Allie Joseph, Ohio

I love everything about the dance but there are a few things that truly resonate with me. Being part of a tribe and community; dancing, sharing with women of all ages, backgrounds coming together to celebrate the dance and life. Through this I’ve met some wonderful women and I am so excited about being part of Gypsy Caravan; and forming my own community.

Recently, as I was getting ready for a photo shoot and started the process of getting ready it made me think about my younger years I always wanted to be a gypsy. I would dress up in this long floral dress that had a huge circular skirt, tying a scarf in my hair and putting tons of jewelry on and would twirl and dance. Big skirts, lots of layers, jewelry, hair ornaments oh my! I love the costuming it truly makes me happy and makes me feel good and I am able to put my own personality into it and getting ready is a ritual experience.

Jipse Sol
Jipse Sol

Currently, I live in Chillicothe, Ohio where I just recently started teaching Gypsy Caravan Tribal Belly dance. I have studied and gained my Collective Soul Level 1 in August 2015 and Teacher Training in October 2015 and loved the programs.

I have a student troupe Jipse’ Sol’ is who I dance with currently. These girls are my family and I feel blessed and honoured to teach and dance and be a part of this wonderful diverse community.”







Thank you Allie for your words and time to share this with us, and good luck on your continuing journey — dancing and shimmying and teaching and having fun!

So my dancing friends out there around the world, what’s your story? What makes those hips sway, your energy lift, the costuming pieces you love adorning yourselves with? Drop me a note and I’d be SO happy to feature your words here.

Yours in dance and shimmies


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

Contact me here: deirdre@gypsycaravan.us

Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance® Certification Intensive–

Collective Soul, Online, Level One, starting January 10th, with Paulette Rees-Denis,

***yes we have extended the deadline and you can still register! Yay…. Join us…***

Register now!

Collective Soul certified

Are you ready?

  • For some personal time to move and write, breathe and question, and get your groove on?

This is for you if you

  • Want to be the best dancer you can be? Using Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance®!
  • And you desire the physical, spiritual, and emotional connection with yourself that you have been waiting for, for a total Tribal experience?
  • Want to improve your body skills, posture, and confidence?
    Want to dig in deep to pursue your dance dreams and desires?
  • Understand the roots of Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance® ?
  • Read more here…

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

23nd Annual  Women’s Dance and Desire Weekend

Dance and Desire: From the Body to the Page

at Breitenbush Hot Springs, in Detroit, Oregon

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

11791830_10153745056517345_1301720182_n11801170_10153745054097345_1637399724_olynea_web1-277x300Would 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  our  guest instructors, Elena LipsonTHE Divine Self-Care Mentor 

 AND Lynea Gillen, Our Healing Dancing Vibrant Goddess

Join us  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.

Plus hot tubs, saunas, massages, a walk in the labyrinth, deep rest, laughter, eat 3 fabulous vegetarian meals a day, adventure into the magical woods, and circle up in our a powerful gathering of women!

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!



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