Dance discovery and understanding ,
with Cinzia DiCioccio, Part One
The first of a two-part interview from
Deirdre’s Dance Den
This summer while driving to Ferrara from Milan, Italy, I had the pleasure of chatting with one of my fellow Master Teachers and Gypsy Caravan Dance Company dancers, Cinzia DiCioccio. Not only is Cinzia a great dancer but a lovely person, a great yoga teacher and now a good friend. She has worked hard to bring Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance™ to an eager Italian dance community. How did she discover Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance™ and why was she so attracted to it?
Q: So tell me about your background and how you got into GCTB™?
Cinzia: I discovered Tribal style in 2005. I went to Germany for an intensive weekend taught by Paulette. I saw Tribal Fusion in 2004 when I went to the theatre to see BDSS. I saw Rachel Brice and was fascinated by her. I went backstage after the show and asked Rachel to teach a few workshops over the next few days. She agreed.
She taught the ATS format. I had a workshop with FCBD a few months later in Germany, with the same lady that hosted Paulette the next year. I was receiving her newsletters and getting info on Tribal which included the story of Tribal and the background. I wanted to learn more as I didn’t know there were differences in styles and formats. I went to Germany to Paulette’s workshop and I really liked it. She was a very joyful and nice person. I loved the dance but I also loved the way she was with the students. With her humor, she made students feel good as dancers.
Q: So you started looking up other tribal styles and the dance roots and history – how important was that for you?
Cinzia: I am a perfectionist, so when I started doing Tribal I loved it but I wanted to know WHAT I was doing. I wanted to know who, why, what, where, and when! I had created my troupe, Les Soeurs Tribales. We started to add GC moves and ATS moves to our dance.
At that time, we were the only real tribal style group. We were invited to a big Bellydance festival, which at that time was the most important festival in Italy. They contacted us and said they would like to include Tribal. I suggested they invite Paulette.
We had an extended weekend workshop with Paulette in Turin, Italy in March 2006. We also did Collective Soul One, which was my first deep contact with the format.
Q: And what did that mean to you?
Cinzia: I decided I wanted to teach. It wasn’t enough to learn from DVDs. Paulette introduced us to the wider tribal philosophy, which is more a philosophy of life.
Q: How did that connect with you?
Cinzia: I loved it! I loved the way we were connecting and making dance in the moment. Also Paulette was very cool. She said that we would perform together. I thought it was crazy! I thought, She’s a very big teacher and she wants us to perform together? She was very supportive and we really had a good time. I remember that I cried for about an hour afterwards with the happiness from the emotional shock of it. She kept saying ‘stop crying’! But for me, I had such a strong connection with her that it made it more authentic.
Also there were a couple of things she told me right from the start. She told me that I didn’t have to look like her. She was giving the dance to me to make my own. I hadn’t felt that from other formats. I showed her my moves and she was interested in them.
Cinzia, Paulette and Deirdre Deirdre, Paulette, and Cinzia
More of the interview with Cinzia to come soon – meanwhile as a Master Teacher she has just completed her first student certifications in Collective Soul One and Two in Italy – yeah! Dedication, hard work and talent!
Wishing you a good week in life and dance, and let me know if you’d like to be featured in the Dance Den!
contact me at: Deirdre@gypsycaravan.us
Cinzia is one of the featured instructors in the upcoming
The Tribal Quest Experience — a six week online course!
Starting Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 and every Sunday for six weeks (through December 7th).
Tribal Bellydance and Beyond…
Let me bring you the dance, the workout, the ideas, with several creatives–
a bevy of amazing women to share their life’s work with you, plus more tribal goodness to guide you to be in your now space–
with Paulette Rees-Denis (Gypsy Caravan Dance Company), along with Karen Hunt, and
Tami Lynn Kent–womanly health and empowerment, author
Cinzia Di Ciocco–yoga and meditation coach
Sarah Rose Jarolimek– fitness coach
Cristi Nicholson– nutrition coach
workout, write, sweat, laugh, stretch, meditate, read, share, and dance some more…add a bit of finger cymbal playing too…oh yea… got our tribal groove going on!