Taking Tribal Global – Meeting Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance ‘fabulous-ness’!

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Meeting Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance ‘fabulous-ness’!

with Deirdre Macdonald….

I’ve been taking some summer time-out for reverie and re-energizing, how about you? Or is it winter where you are? Missing a little shimmying however I know the second half of the year holds some great classes, workshops, Collective Soul Certifications and haflas and Caravan Project UK to look forward to – and then there’s planning for 2016!
So I’ll enjoy the ‘thinking-time’ for now, appreciating the breathing space…

I’m enjoying the gathering of stories from our growing band of Gypsy Caravan dancing sisters from around the globe. Our stories are SUCH a powerful way of sharing and connecting, just like this wonderful dance. Today I wanted to share Amanda Jowett’s story, from Nottingham, England. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, teaching and dancing with her!

Amanda writes:

MajmaphotoTribal Rocks Majma!

Attending the Majma Dance Festival in 2014 transformed my dance journey. After years of dancing different styles, my weekend with GC Dance Company dancers and instructors Paulette Rees-Denis, Deirdre Macdonald and Cinzia DiCioccio became one of the most inspiring moments of my life.

Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance® (GCTB) challenged my mind and body; to think differently, to move differently – and at first my body resisted! Differing postures, diverse physical, mental and spiritual expression…and using the left side…wow! It was exhilarating! Craving more, I signed up for Collective Soul Level 1 (CS1) in September 2014 with Master Teacher Deirdre inGlasgow (Scotland). I felt the need to evolve as a dancer in a format that felt rousing and ‘right’.

amandaCS1Participating in the CS1 certification not only built my confidence; it encouraged a personal journey of knowledge, sharing, discussing and relaxing…taking time for ME!…revealing to me that Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance® is much more than dancing; it promotes a positive and balanced lifestyle.

Thanks to Paulette, continuing with the GC style here in the Midlands has been maintained by utilizing wonderful and globally accessible media/music. However, I quickly began to miss the group solidarity I experienced in Glasgow, which is when I realized my desire to share my GC experience with others; and those others are Tribe Calutara, Nottingham.

– Amanda with with first Tribe Calutara member Becky JamesonAmanda andBecky

Looking forward, my future endeavours include attending CS Level2 with Deirdre (October 2015), socializing/training at Gypsy Caravan events, dancing with Tribe Calutara and eventually Teacher Training Level 1. So much to learn, so much to share, and so many opportunities to feel fabulous!



Thanks for taking the time to write your story Amanda and I look forward to seeing you soon!

How about, you, fabulous readers, and join us in this dance of color, life, connectivity and energy?

Thanks for reading and you are welcome to get in touch to share your dance magic too!

Yours in Dance


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