Taking Tribal Global – Personal transitions and connections ,
with Cinzia DiCioccio,
Welcome to part two of my conversation with
here with Paulette….
She’s from Milan, Italy and a Master teacher and dancer with Gypsy Caravan Dance Company International (GCDCI).
Last week in part one of my conversation with Cinzia, we discovered how Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance™ hooked her into a new direction of dance. Today, Cinzia shares more about how she delved deeper into her learning and what changes she made to focus on GCTB™ and her teaching:
Q: In meeting and training with Paulette you said this changed the way you teach and also dance with students?
Cinzia: Yes it did. I was still with Les Soeurs Tribales and our dance was still about the dance form as the shape aesthetic of the dance. Now, the difference now was the connection. The turning point came a few years later when I went to the USA to see Paulette. We went to Tribal Fest together. I had a very big revelation from the sharing and the connecting the first time I danced with Nina, Amanda and Hilary (from GCDC). I had a special connection with Paulette. She was the teacher and my dance partner at home, but here I was dancing with my GC dance partners. It was so special and powerful that I was cried (again!)
I loved the format and the moves! The more I learned the more I wanted to learn! But at that particular moment it was blowing my mind. After the festival I went to back to Paulette’s home. I learned more of the Collective Soul journey.
I realized I was burnt out. I didn’t want to dance the style I had been doing before, and particularly not on stage. I resisted but after a year I split with my dance partner, as I really couldn’t do that dance after I had experienced GC style. That was what I wanted.
Q: And, as a teacher what have been the changes?
Cinzia: Paulette suggested I go deeper, as all my experience with GCTB™ had been as a dancer. I had to think about this, as its one thing dancing and another to teach. She gave me great insights as to how to give feedback and also how the structure of the class works. It helped me to feel ready. I wanted to teach with a feeling of Tribal Spirit.
Q: What do you think the dance can give to students and the community?
Cinzia: There are many tribal teachers but many don’t know get the tribal spirit of sharing. The most widespread formats are choreo and more limited formats but GC is deeper. Its a different approach.
Q: Can you sum up what Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance™ means to you?
Cinzia: Sharing, connecting, building something that goes beyond the dance to a lifestyle. What I’ve learned from Paulette – my life has changed completely. She taught me how to take care of myself. From eating to reading to treating my body a certain way to relating to other people, Paulette is more than a dance teacher — she’s a life coach. I’ve tested her on me. She’s a leader and she knows how to get the best from people.
Thank you Cinzia for your openness and thoughtful words. Its good to hear the detail and reasons that dancers choose this fabulous dance!
Hey dancers out there…do you want to tell your story and share it? Please contact me and we can start chatting…
Yours in dance
Cinzia is featured in several of our online classes and courses…
Online class #9, just released…. with Cinzia! Check out how she uses the GCTB moves and creates fab variation…
GYPSY CARAVAN’S ONLINE TRIBAL BELLYDANCE CLASS #9…WITH CINZIA DICIOCCIO–NEW FUN, FAST, AND FUNKY COMBO VARIATIONS
AND STARTING SOON, with Cinzia leading us with meditation and yoga, as well as five other women to get you moving and feeling great!