I’ve been in this business, my dance business, my world of Global Caravan Tribal Bellydance, and all the different paths of work it has taken me, for over 30 years (really all my life)…amazing, right? And I continually pinch myself to make sure it is all still going on! I am constantly humbled, and filled with gratitude, that this is my life, my choosing, my dance, my body, my opportunities, my dance mates, students, and teachers.
And because of that I have grown my lifestyle and business coaching practice, working with creatives to step into their dreams and goals and zone of genius too, as well as becoming a 4 x book author, poet, and world traveler. So much more…I look back and see what I have done, filled with pride too, and honored, to see all who have grown and blossomed out of some contact with my work. As an artist, that type of creation is the fulfillment, the reward, the acknowledgment of all the hard work and sweat and tears and laughter and time. I see how much I have grown as a dancer, a teacher, a teacher’s teacher, a writer, a Life Coach, a director and performer, a choreographer, mostly an inspirator of a creative, healthy, and positive art form and lifestyle, and that I have been able to pass that on to you, in many different ways.
Wow…a quick recap–this includes all the different pro-, semi-pro, and student troupes over the years–Sister Caravan, Caravan Daughters, Urban Berbers, Kiddie Caravan, Caravan Dance Collective, even my first troupe called Maya Dancing! Of course, Global/Gypsy Caravan Dance Company, International, has continued in many morphs for those 30 years, the amazing dance studio I had for 8 years, the Tribal Quest–5 day music and dance festival I produced for 6 years, and now the growing global community of the Caravan Project troupes (mind-blowing), along with all the families of band and music, and CDs, and technique DVDs, online classes, and documentaries, and my dance-influenced memoir, (Tribal Vision: A Celebration of LIfe Through Tribal Bellydance), plus all the magazines and other books. There are all the dancers I’ve trained to also carry on the dance and the ethics and the legacy of Global Caravan Tribal Bellydance, and all their troupes and tribes they have created, and all the dances they have changed and built and their businesses and their hobbies and their passions. And all so healing, on so many levels.
There are always new ideas brewing, new desires I want to fulfill, new creations to be made– my full-on passion to guide you fulfill your desires and to live your everyday magic, plus the coaching and writing programs (From the Body to the Page!) — you dancers have so many amazing stories to tell and I want to help you tell them! Share your heart and soul and find a new way or expression…
Tribal Grooves Teacher Training has also gone global, I”m so proud to see the teachers out there, getting others up dancing and feeling good in their skin and enjoying grooving and enjoying the freedom of movement and toning the body, adding this on to the plethora of levels of my certification courses–Collective Soul and Teacher Training, and my Master Teachers (who bare carrying on the tradition and the legacy with so much love, elegance, and dedication)–to keep you on your path and guide you to be the best dancer, artist, creative, human you can be -! This is spreading the tribal love…
There is always need for reflection. This is not written here to toot my own horn, my friends, but to show me all that I have done and to own it and be so happy, to look back and see how years in the creative world can change and grow and to be able to continue in creation and passion!
And that YOU TOO, can continue to carry on, fulfill your desires, make those moves, take action, and continue on, sometimes when the going is hard. It is worth it. You are worth it. The world needs you and what you have to share, to give, to create, to offer!
I am often asked how I don’t suffer from burnout. Well, I do, peeps. Oh yes…and often… So I have to take really great care of myself. Sometimes I have had to step back to do that. This has not always been easy, but necessary. Especially as an empathic sensitive creative! And I know sometimes that has been difficult for you to understand or accept!
I say this because most of what I do teach is extreme self-care, so you can do the work you are here to do, to make the most of your dreams. Then you can hook into your discipline, your magic action plan ( what I can your MAP), and take the steps to move forward–Movement, Momentum, and Magic!
You always come first, for yourself.
I have chosen this type of lifestyle, to be my own boss, to create freedom, of living, and of creation, and making beauty in the world. Also because of connection and building communities… because I believe in all the perspectives and the awareness that come to be, as one becomes the dancer of life, and any of the paths that one takes. Wellness, spiritual connection, body fitness, determination and pride, adornment, magic, creation, teacher, student, performer, mover and shaker, making music, making love, joining community, the hugs and love, the encouragement, gathering dreams, stepping it up, with pure pleasure and enjoyment, and hard work, commitment, dedication and the giving back…
Because it is about the whole circle,
not just one,
I need you, you need me,
I want you, you want me,
us, all, everyone…
It takes all of us to complete the circle.
It takes all of us to support each other.
The beautiful flowing, open spiraling circle of this dance…
I give thanks to all that have come before me, that have given me the teachings, the integrity,
The desire to keep going, to not give up
The inspirations to dream and create
I give thanks to all whom have grown with me, and
From my womb of creation
To enjoy and prosper and love and move
With the sensuousness, the feminine force, the ancient roots, the modern way
To make themselves into their own desires
Yet with loyalty and knowledge and connection
With me, to stay with me as well as me with them…
I always love to hear what you have to say, or how what I share inspires you…
Have a great weekend,
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From the Body to the Page!
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Our once-a-week gathering on Zoom with focused time to journal to the varied prompts of poetry, stories, magic and soul searching phrases!
Time to write together and time to read aloud your journaling, with no critique or judgment, only encouragement and support. This is time for you to take the pen to the page, listen deep within your body, and enjoy this hour of YOU and your creativity unfolding.
No experience necessary, all levels of writing welcome. Together we can build our creative community of self-expression and inspiration!
Plus we have a private group page to share our writings with each other.
Every Tuesday, 3:00-4:00 PST on Zoom…
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