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Working with me

Alongside my corporate coaching and HR career I have also been developing and coaching women in another colourful and connecting way. I’ve been belly dancing since 1989, discovering my hips’ purposes while travelling through Egypt. I’m qualified in Josephine Wise’s Academy of Arabic Dance (JWAAD) in London and continue to progress in Teacher Training Tribal Bellydance through Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance® in Portland OR, USA, attaining my Master Teacher status in 2014.

I use my knowledge of the culture and history of the dance to underpin classes and hope to encourage all students to develop an understanding and respect and enjoyment of all styles of bellydance. I’m excited to share my learning of this earthy, funky, connecting dance! I’m also certified in Pilates mat training and practice yoga and teach this to complement working with the core.

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What we’ll do

Thinking of having a team event to raise awareness about health – mind, body and spirit?

I can customize workshops for groups, either team days, or series of workshop interventions for women’s groups, or teams in private and non-profit.

Discussions on managing energy, stress, wellness, mind and body balance through:

  • Journaling
  • Visualisation and meditation
  • Discussion
  • Mindfulness- techniques for being present
  • Interactive group moves and connections using basic world dance moves
  • Group movement and dance

Contact me to discuss and develop a process or event for your team

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Tribal Bellydance

  • This is an exciting contemporary blend of ancient dance forms, drawn from many roots including Egypt, India, Africa and Spain.
  • It is a group dance, Gypsy-like in feeling. In twos or many more dancers and based on learning moves so that you can dance ‘in the moment’ with others to some fabulous music.
  • It’s a great way to meet others and to exercise, reaching the core muscles to develop strength, stamina and flexibility and, ultimately your self-confidence.
  • Deirdre is the UK’s only Master Teacher of Gypsy Caravan Tribal Style Bellydance®, a format developed by Paulette Rees-Denis of Oregon, USA. It is a dance that is now global, uniting the tribes one set of hips at a time.
  • More info – link to www.paulettereesdenis.com

I am proud to be working with Paulette and directing this new dance venture and collaboration to spread the Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance® love in the UK! Read on… the door could be open for an invitation for your hips to shimmy on thru. If you would love to invite us to your Festival or Show to perform please get in touch…..

“Coming together. Dancers in different corners of the world, with a chosen guide, to use this format, to connect and strengthen the bonds and our personal dance, to have a great time. Linked over the internet in a variety of ways, sometimes about performing, sometimes about the connection and the study, to become our best, to highlight our individual heartfelt awesomeness and share it with others.” – (Paulette Rees-Denis)

November 2014 saw the Caravan Project UK’s debut performance – all from different parts of the UK – dancing, enjoying, spreading the Gypsy Caravan Tribal Style Bellydance® love….woo hoo, tribal rocks! We have performances planned on an on-going basis so watch out for some Tribal fun!

Watch us at Majma in Glastonbury in March 2017:  https://vimeo.com/207910737

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Workshops, festivals & holidays

I pride myself on being an energetic and professional teacher. My philosophy is to “move your body, explore the moves, challenge, connect and have fun while teaching challenging workshops and classes”. I’m passionate about “inspiring and coaching others through the adventure of improvisational bellydance”. I’ve taught at great UK festivals including Jewel of Yorkshire, Majma, Fantasia, Tribal Goddess, Glasgow Festival of Arabic Dance (GFAD) and BellyFusions in Paris. My workshops range from Moves and Combinations to Styling and using Props. You’ll also get a chance to enjoy and explore dancing in the moment…without choreography!
I offer a range of workshops or I can custom design something that works for specially for you …

Here’s what I got up to in 2016 On the Road – from Scotland, England, Ireland, Italy and Morocco:

https://www.magisto.com/video/K1YAZEEQQzVtVgViCzE

2017

Catch Deirdre when you can in 2017 or book her in or join her for Collective Soul, June 2017 in Troon, Scotland and October 2017 in South Wales!

4-5 March MAJMA Dance Festival, Glastonbury 2017

4 workshops and a Saturday Night Show (performance by the Caravan Project UK)- woohoo!

http://www.majmadance.co.uk/index.php/unrestricted/programme

5-12 May 2017 – Florida Tribal Quest Summit! For Workshops, Hafla and Show and further training for me! With Paulette Rees-Denis!

http://www.bellydanceswfl.com/Paulette.html

3 June 2017 – Saturday  Glasgow Festival of Arabic Dance, Glasgow – Teachers Workshops and a Saturday Supper and Shimmy (on the GFAD Team)

http://www.glasgowfad.com/

June 17/18th – Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance – Collective Soul Level One – in Troon, Scotland

July 23rd – Taste the GCTB® Range! Workshop
With Deirdre, Master Teacher, Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance®!

Drill and learn a range of basic to more advanced moves in this taster workshop to experience some of huge range of moves and combinations in the Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance® repertoire!
And then we will work it to dance them in the moment!…And…Smile, you’re on stage…Performing !
Part of this workshop will be the opportunity to work on and discuss performing your tribal dance 
£15 paypal (F&F) to hipswithattitude@yahoo.com
Contact me directly or via FACEBOOK event

October 25-29th – Abergavenny, South Wales

Collective Soul Level One – Wednesday 25th October 10am-5pm
Collective Soul Level One – Thursday 26th October 10-3pm

Collective Soul Level Two – Thursday 26th October 4-8 pm
Collective Soul Level Two – Friday 27th October 10am – 6pm

Collective Soul Level Three – Saturday 28th October 10am- 4pm
Collective Soul Level Three – Sunday 29th October 10am- 4pm

4/5 November 2017 – Weekend Workshops and Show, Glasgow – full details will be available from http://www.glasgowfad.com/

9 December 2017 – Fantasia Day of Dance, Camden, London

Talks, Workshops, Performances – come along! 10-6pm
Deirdre is teaching an Indian Styling GCTB Workshop and Caravan Project UK performance part of the dance celebrations and community building

https://jwaadtraining.uk/fantasia-festival/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Classes

From January 2017 I will be based in Madrid, Spain for a while! Ole!

My weekly classes in South Ayrshire, Troon, Scotland will be taught by the fabby Eleanor Shirkie! they take place from September through June each year.

And I teach workshops regularly if you have no local teacher. Tribal Style Bellydancing is an exciting contemporary blend of ancient dance forms, drawn from many roots including Egypt, India, Africa and Spain. It is a group dance, Gypsy-like in feeling. In twos or many more dancers and based on learning moves so that you can dance ‘in the moment’ with others to some fabulous music.

It’s a great way to meet others and to exercise, reaching the core muscles to develop strength, stamina and flexibility and ultimately your self-confidence. No need to show your belly if you don’t want to! You can wear any type of clothing that you can move in such as: leggings, gym/crop trousers, sport tops, midriff tops, any form fitting top, sweatshirts, pantaloons, skirts… but no big baggy t-shirts as seeing your posture is important. Dance shoes , pumps or slippers or bare feet please and bring some fabric, a belt or a scarf to tie around your hips.

Want to join in the fun? Got questions? Want some classes on SKYPE, FaceTime, in person?

Email me at hipswithattitude@yahoo.com, or call me in Spain +34 684 345 451

7-8pm Beginners Class

The class will be suitable for complete beginners and those with some previous experience of Tribal Style Bellydance.

Classes include warming-up, cooling down, and learning basic moves and combinations and dancing together.

To buy before term starts in September www.troonleisureclasses.co.uk/course/sports-and-fitness

8-9pm Improvers Class

For those who have previously taken a couple of terms of tribal style bellydancing this is a great way to further your dance repertoire of moves and combinations, build on your confidence and enjoyment of this fabulous dance, and increase your stamina and flexibility. This class may be taken by itself however, it is recommended to be taken along with the earlier class so that you are fully warmed up and not forgetting core moves and technique.

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Certifications

Dig deeper! The Collective Soul Certifications are a Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance® twelve-hour (usually two-days)  intensives to help you be the best dancer you can be. As a Master Teacher I now offer Collective Soul Levels 1, 2 and 3 – dates are planned well in advance to allow students to prepare, practice and build their knowledge before the two days.

  • Improve your technique with Gypsy Caravan Beginning Level One and Two moves and Three, building over each certification. Learn new steps and refine the moves you already know
  • Build your confidence as a dancer, leading and following
  • Strengthen your improvisational skills
  • Learn rhythm identification and different zil patterns, and start to dance with them!
  • Participate in discussions about tribal bellydance history, artistry, and integrity.
  • Have a great time dancing together as a circle of women, building and feeling the community spirit of this dance!

2017 : From Madrid with love!

Gather Your tribe for Collective Soul Tribal Bellydance Intensive Certification courses… dance hard, honour and celebrate our dance and ourselves!

Master Teacher, Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance®, Deirdre Macdonald, UK and Madrid, can lead you in your home area through our two-day intensive (6 hours each) in your local area where you have four or more dancers gathered!

Commit to yourself and get ready for your 2017 gift to yourself and your dance:

  • CS1 Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland: 17-18th June  – book your spot, send your deposit using Paypal
  • CS1 – Abergavenny, South Wales 25/26th October  – book your spot, send your deposit using Paypal
  • CS2- Abergavenny, South Wales 26th/27th October – book your spot, send your deposit using Paypal
  • CS3 -Abergavenny, South Wales 26th/27th October – book your spot, send your deposit using Paypal below
Choose your deposit

Keep watching for more Levels, dates and places to be added

Our desire is

  • to guide you to follow your dance dreams
  • to teach you dance technique, strength training, and body awareness skills
  • to assist you in acknowledging and becoming the artist you are/can be
  • to challenge and empower you as a dancer
  • to honour your body, your spirit, and your mind
  • to joyfully bring you together with other like-minded dancers and join a global sisterhood

Contact me to set up dates and details

  • emailhipswithattitude@yahoo.com
  • phone07561 224 080 or +34 684 345 451

What CS students have said

  • “ I love this style of dancing, I love the fact that you can improvise moves within a group of dancers wherever you go, it’s like learning the alphabet and exploring each letter to perfection it and give it your own unique twist/signature enjoying the playful side interacting with the dancers. It brings you out your comfort zone to give you confidence. It’s addictive in a way that you could keep on dancing and forget everything happening outside.”
  • “A deeper understanding of moves and a tightening of technique. Being sure of techniques has boosted my confidence”
  • “I felt fit and energised after several hours of dancing over 2 days… I needed that, and could do with that level of exercise and application on a weekly basis!”
  • “Oh wow, it’s all about the fun! Don’t get me wrong, it’s hard work, but the fun factor was always there. It’s so enjoyable. Such an amazing group of people to share the experience with, it was always going to be fab fun! The social side of this course was amazing and all round a brilliant confidence booster! I’ve made friends and memories I’ll never forget.”
  • “I’m so completely and utterly proud of my certificate. I worked hard for it, and it’s framed in my front room! It also means I can move on to the next level :)”
  • “Pleased that I’d got through the challenges set, and came out the other end feeling confident, encouraged and fired up. (In no small measure thanks to Deirdre’s teaching and coaching skills.) Fired up to practice GC…”

Hear more from Pauletee Rees-Denis about Collective Soul
www.paulettereesdenis.com/collective-soul/

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Resources

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Watch the magic

I am a member of Gypsy Caravan Dance Company International, loving dancing with all or some of these fabulous women when I can! Tribal is a group dance however sometimes I will perform solo when circumstances necessitate. Enjoy these performances to get a flavour of tribal magic…

...And also a quick overview of what I got up to and the lovely dancers I met in 2016:

https://www.magisto.com/video/K1YAZEEQQzVtVgViCzE

Tribal Fest May 2015, Sebastapol, California with Gypsy Caravan Dance Company International. Watch our perfomance!

Open Stage in Madrid June 2017 - Gypsy Caravan Style with Deirdre Macdonald and Melanie Swisher

Majma March 2017. Caravan Project UK, with dancers from Scotland, England and Wales

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