Dance

Catherine teaches courses of Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance most Monday evenings in Whitianga at Beginners Level 1 & 2 as well as Intermediate Level 1.   This danceform is a celebration of womanhood as well as  an excellent way of working our bodies for health, fitness, toning, strengthening and gaining flexibility.  It uses different muscle groups which help to improve mobility whilst giving joyful opportunities to play, laugh, dress up and connect with other dancers using this structured non-verbal language of dance.  

Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance is based around the movements, rituals and history of traditional Middle Eastern Bellydance, combined with other cultures and dance traditions from North Africa, India and Spain for instance.  The dance can take a wide variety of forms, styles and moods reflecting the creativity and dynamics of the group as well as the special interests and experience of the teacher, but links back to this international language of movement making us one tribe, one family and one entity within our circle. The circle is an ancient and universal symbol of wholeness and unity. Dancing in a circle is one of the most ancient of ways in which people celebrate community and togetherness.

Catherine has been circle dancing since 1989 in the UK where she had the good fortune to learn from many teachers.  Belly dancing came into her life in 1990, when she learned from Suraya Hilal and her students.  Catherine has also learned and teaches many dance styles including Saidi, Folk, Greek, Armenian, Romany and Russian as well as dancing with veils, shawls, canes, big skirts, voi, poi, finger cymbals and a sword (not all at the same time!)   She is proud to be a  member of MEDANZ  (Middle Eastern Dance Association, New Zealand).

In 2011 Catherine met Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance through our  New Zealand Master Teacher, Christine Haviland.  Wow....life changing!  Catherine has trained intensively with Paulette Rees-Denis, the creator of this danceform and now holds the following qualifications:  Collective Soul Levels 1 & 2, Teacher Training Levels 1 & 2. 

Catherine also teaches World Dance on request. The World dance repertoire draws on the rich and diverse folk traditions from around the world as well as modern choreographies to all kinds of music. It is wonderful to learn about and keep cultural traditions alive by dancing as well as creating new ones. 

Anyone of any age can dance, you don't need to bring a partner or have any experience of dance. It is reassuring to move together, beyond words, following some gentle and some exhilarating rhythms which stretch consciousness to a more global sense of humanity. It's good exercise and fun too.   Get in touch if you'd like to sign up for a course and join the tribe!  Enjoy these photos of Catherine and friends dancing: