In Their Own Words…Nina Martinez – Master Teachings (Australia)
Today we hear from Nina Martinez, a Gypsy Caravan Dance Company dancer from Australia, who shares the passion for our Tribal dance. What’s life with a challenge? A story about tribal challenges – giving and receiving them!
Earlier this year, in February, I was honored by Paulette ,who asked me to facilitate the Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance (TM) Certification Intensive, Collective Soul Level One, in Kuranda, Australia. This was an amazing experience for me to both facilitate and observe, as I shared not only the instruction and training with the CS dancing women, but also to delve into their dreams and aspirations as dancers. This opened my eyes to the intention and integrity we have as dancers, the hard work, the determination, and the passion needed to be the best we can be. Paulette checked in everyday with us from Oregon, through Skype and audio files. I loved seeing the joy and happiness even though we communicated through time and space! This dance is truly GLOBAL!
Then after presenting CS1 in Feb, I travelled to San Francisco to complete my Collective Soul Level Six and the first to partake in the Gypsy Caravan Master Teacher Training with my fabulous mentor Paulette Rees Denis. Joining me for our trainings was Hilary Giovale and Amanda Richardson. And it was an intensive week! Paulette gave us an amazing insight into how the Collective Soul program works. Not only did we learn how to facilitate and guide the attendees on their dance journey, through movement, meditation, journaling and of course, our dynamic Tribal Bellydance, but we learned how to allow the individual dancers to truly dig down deep and shine, and how to create that sacred and safe space for them to shine in. We are now certified to teach dance in Collective Soul Levels One and Two, but I am more than thrilled because this format offers so much more…..self-esteem, strength, connection, lifestyle, joy.
The lovely ladies in the photo with Nina (middle) are Laurie McKenzie and Cara Johns from my course, and both Collective Soul Level One certified dancers!
More about Nina!
Paulette and Nina dance together on Tribal Technique #10, along with sister dancer, Sienna….click here to check it out!
**Nina and Paulette will be in Auckland, New Zealand, starting January 28, 2014, with Collective Soul Levels One and Two, and Teacher Training Level one, plus a weekend of Tribal Bellydance workshops!….Contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org
**Nina will also be hosting Tribal in the Tropics…around Cairns, Australia, a week of Tribal Bellydance and more, with guest instructors- Becky Forster and Rachel Spencer, plus Collective Soul Levels One and Two, next September 30-October 5th, 2014…contact Nina@gypsycaravan.us
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