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Global Caravan Tribal Bellydance (GCTB) nurtures my creative soul, it allows me to connect to self, it’s a moving meditation that helps to quieten my mind and energise my body. I love the feminine energy of the dance and the challenges and opportunities that dancing, teaching, performing and studying provides.
I am passionate about sharing this dance with like-minded women and endeavour to grow (and showcase!) the Global Caravan community in Cairns and worldwide.
I first started Tribal Bellydance in 2002, Innisfail, as a student with Nina Martinez of Temple Rain. It was during this time that we 'discovered' GCTB and our collective devotion to the format began.
I began teaching and started the Tribal Zest troupe in Cairns, March 2007. Along the way I have deepened my commitment to Tribal Bellydance and have done intensive GCTB® study with Paulette Rees-Denis having achieved Collective Soul certifications Levels One to Seven, Teacher Training Certifications Levels One to Three and Tribal Grooves Teacher Training Levels One and Two.
About Global Caravan Tribal Bellydance®
Words from format creator Paulette Rees-Denis:
Moving your body just plainly feels good— gets the blood moving, the heart pumping, the joints juiced up…and brings you right into the moment—the be here now factor! When you move and dance, it strengthens the body, tones the muscles, and loosens you up, releasing tensions, aches, thoughts, whatever needs to go. Plus it is super energizing—oh yea.
This Global Caravan Tribal Bellydance® signature styling is an eclectic, invigorating, and elegant fusion based on urban, folk, ritual, trance, bellydance, and modern dances. With a background in classical dance training, I have created this rich blend of contemporary movement, based on our common non-verbal language and group improvisation, which is aesthetically pleasing, spiritually grounding, and physically rewarding.
While this dance evokes a feeling of ancient times, of tribal spirit and camaraderie, of family, of personal freedom, it is important for it to be recognized as a dance of today. It is a dance for all of us. The community aspect of the dance, the circle, with its exciting creative synchronicity, brings dancers together in total acceptance and support of each other, as they make magic together. When you do this dance, whether on your own or in a class, you can feel the flowing energy of the dance, from your intuitive creative core, from your womb, your energy center, your whole being. Now that’s powerful stuff. The beauty of the dance is that it is different for everyone and every body. Dancers around the world learn the language of our dance, and with artist’s visions, adapt the style to evolve into a tribal version unique to them but with roots grounded in my traditions. Way cool!
To read more from Paulette, please visit globalcaravandance.com