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You might know Paulette Rees­-Denis as a globe trotting, honkytonkin’ nomad, tribal bellydancing instructor, but really, as an instigator of feminine empowerment, her work is ultimately about guiding women on a Dance and Vision journey to empower them through movement, words, and personal creative beauty.

As a writer and an international dance force for the past twenty­ five years, her bio is impressively long, but to share a few: she wrote the book, Tribal Vision: A Celebration Of Life Through Tribal Belly Dance, has been featured in magazines (such as Zaghareet, Fuse, Shimmy), and other books (The Tribal Bible, The Bellydance Book). She teaches workshops and Certification Intensives at festivals around the world, and has produced several award­winning DVDs and CDs with her performing group, The Gypsy Caravan Dance Company.

Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance™, often considered a lifestyle along with the dance, is based on core centered movement and wellness, a structured, improvisational format, with a community spirit.

When she’s not teaching and writing, you can find her glamping with her man and two corgi dogs in one of her vintage trailers, or playing guitar and washboard in her with her friends and family.


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Paulette Rees­Denis is the instigator, innovator, and initiator of this soulful Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance™ style that has become more of a lifestyle, full of that bountiful creative force found deep within. Assembling her lifetime of dance, music, art, and healing work, and since initiating this life­changing style over 25 years ago, Paulette teaches around the globe, to casual dancers and the pros, and also online.


Paulette Rees­Denis has been an instigator and an innovator not only in her hometown of Portland, Oregon but world­wide, as an international cutting edge dance force since 1991, with her enigmatic style of dance­­Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance™. Her part memoir, part experiential book, Tribal Vision: A Celebration of Tribal Belly Dance (Cultivator Press, 2008), has received glowing praise, telling her stories and sharing other dancer’s tales around this dance. Paulette performs with he rglobal dance troupe, Gypsy Caravan Dance Company, International; and being constantly on the road, as she is Taking Tribal Global, she takes her in­ demand Tribal workshops, Collective Soul and Teacher Training intensive certification programs around the world.

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Her Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance™ 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, Paulette has created this rich blend of contemporary movement, based on a common non­verbal language and group improvisation, which is esthetically pleasing, spiritually grounding, and physically challenging and rewarding. While the dance evokes a feeling of ancient times, of tribal spirit and camraderie, of family, of personal freedom, it is important for it to be recognized as a dance of today. 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. The beauty of the dance is that it is different for everyone and every body.

Sharing the passion of the dance, along with words, Paulette blogs weekly at her Taking Tribal Global blog, and contributes regularly to magazines such as Fuse and Zaghareet. She was a featured guest blogger at Tattoo Road Trip for over a year, and for Jareeda Magazine. She combines teaching writing and dance in several of her courses, sharing other’s experiences with the dance.

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