After a wonderful first session of the Baladi Coaching Series, I’m pleased to announce the second session in the series to introduce the transformative power of baladi coaching to new participants and to continue the journey for returning dancers. SCROLL DOWN FOR AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2017 BALADI COACHING INFORMATION.
We’ll be working with improvised Egyptian baladi. This is a great vehicle to work on your energy as a dancer, since it includes moving from introspective to more extroverted feelings, and everything in between.
“IS THIS RIGHT FOR ME?”
ABOUT MY COACHING METHODS
I’ve been coaching and training bellydancers in performance skills since 1996 and began to develop my Breathwork for Performance method that same year. Over that period of time, in working with dancers of all levels, I have incorporated into my approach directorial and acting techniques from my theater background; coaching techniques from my experiences in artist coaching circles as a participant and facilitator; Taoist and Ayurvedic principles, breathwork and meditation; knowledge of kinesthetic anatomy from multiple trainings and certifications in anatomy for dancers and in exercise science; Arab and Egyptian cultural perspectives when working with traditional dance interpretation; and aspects of cognitive psychology relevant to performers, from my master’s level research in psychology. I do not take a one-size-fits-all approach to coaching. I attend closely to details of a performance that indicate some underlying issues that can be worked on.
My goal as a coach is to bring my coachees to develop a stronger sense of the connection between what is going on inside their mind during a performance and how that reads to an audience on the outside.
Over my years of coaching, I’ve worked with thousands of amateur and professional performers of all kinds. I’m observant to the patterns I’ve observed over many people, to recognize what certain signals can indicate, and how to gently dig deeper so that the performer is comfortable with the process. I also take a fresh approach to each performer, to see what they bring that might be different from similar traits I’ve observed in others or in that person on another occasion. From this, I’m able to note details that perhaps other coaches might miss, and I always gauge the receptivity of performers when I present these details to them, to have a sense of how best to offer my observations in a way that will help them and empower them in their own journey. This is a highly tailored approach, designed to produce comfort with what feel at times like a scary or difficult process, of digging deeper, to really find the gold in one’s own stage persona and technical capability.
For me, the best coaches I had in acting and in dance were those that saw what my next step should be, before I could see it myself, and presented it to me, especially with some great visualization or tool to try. That is the kind of coach that I strive to be for my coachees. Someone who helps you see something you previously could not see, or allows you to really own something that you’d like to evolve, without judgment, and to start you confidently on that path of working on it.
WHAT TO EXPECT
PRIVATE COACHING vs. SEMI-PRIVATE GROUP COACHING:
Which one is right for you?
If you feel you’d prefer to work more privately, I do offer a solo coaching package. Some people have scheduling challenges or really don’t feel comfortable in a group setting. Others may have very targeted needs and want to just address those, without experiencing others coaching processes. Some teachers prefer not to get coaching in front of potential students (although I am definitely sensitive to that when coaching fellow teachers even in group settings). And if you are my private coaching client, I absolutely keep that fact private unless you make it otherwise. Wherever you are at in your process, I can work with you.
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2017 BALADI COACHING SERIES
WHAT YOU’LL ACCOMPLISH IN THE BALADI COACHING SERIES:
Dance your own taqasim baladi progression OR baladi song of approximately 2-4 minutes (I will help select a good one: you can also work on more than one piece of music over the series).
Get helpful feedback from me and other coachees on your performances
Learn from the experiences of other coachees and my feedback to them, in a supportive, transformative process.
WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT THIS COACHING SERIES:
Normally, when someone orders a solo coaching package from me, they get feedback from me, which includes my time taking notes on their videos, as well as in-person or video/Skype coaching. That does not usually include additional video/audio training modules or coordination/support with other group members (and the opportunity to learn from them), but in this series you will get it all! You’ll appreciate the real-time coaching within the feedback videos too.
For the bonus training modules, you can use them for the audio as well as video, so you can listen to the recording in transit, or while cooking, dining, or exercising… and you may notice that having that extra auditory input helps better integrate the focused content from our work together in the series, so you can absorb it and apply it.
I’m really excited to work with you and the other dancers in the upcoming series! The baladi is so satisfying in itself, but it’s going to be even more satisfying working with all you dedicated baladi nerds on it.
SIGN UP NOW to get in on all the bonus material, and I’ll see you online!!
My coaching series are designed to accommodate dancers from all over the world, with a mix of live meetings (at times that work with your schedule), and recorded video training and coaching feedback. All these components together serve to connect you to a tight community of support from fellow participants and me, and to bring you the tailored personal feedback you need to advance your dance and gain confidence in presenting it.
WHAT YOU’LL GET: - Written and video goal-setting exercise to prepare you to get the most out of the coaching series, to set targeted goals for yourself and prepare yourself mentally to meet them- Intro meet-and-greet meeting (live session that will be recorded) with time selected based on time zones of participants; we will do two meetings if necessary, and even if you can’t attend live, you can catch the recording after.- Dedicated private (secret) Facebook group to connect with fellow participants, ask me questions, share successes, and gain accountability in your process with social support. I’ll be in the group just about every day, answering your questions and replying to your posts.
- 3 Baladi coaching video lesson modules that you can watch and digest on your own time: Breathwork & Baladi; Receiving Coaching: A Primer; and Supportive Group Coaching Techniques. These modules are designed as an intro to my coaching methods and will give you some tools you can put to use right away in your dance.
- Downloadable printable PDF references on the structure of Taqasim Baladi progression (the styles that I go through on my Baladi DVD that you probably have already!), plus bullet-point references for each of the new video training modules
- Weekly Facebook Live pop-up pep talks at different times from me in the private Facebook group, helping you all to stay focused on your goals. I’ll highlight points that I’m seeing overall in the coaching sessions and specific things I want you to work on as a group. Even if you aren’t on for the live talk, no worries, I’ll post the recordings right there on the Facebook group page, and will make each of these a “pinned post” so it’s easy to find on the group page during that week. If you are on live, you can hit me with your questions, or post them after in the comments! (8 total sessions)
- 6 personal sessions with you as the focus (3 recorded + 3 live), along with unlimited watching of others’ sessions. Live and recorded coaching feedback will generally be on alternate weeks, but this can be flexible: if you know in advance that you’ll be unavailable/away during a particular week, we can arrange your sessions accordingly. These six sessions will be available to you during the time frame of the course, with the option of scheduling one make-up session if you need it.
- Of these six sessions, 3 will be video feedback critique & coaching videos on your own dance, within the series time frame: You send me your video link, I watch it multiple times and provide tailored, targeted, and detailed feedback for you on technique, musicality, cultural considerations, and performance skills/presence. You will receive this personal feedback from me in the form of a video sent to you by email link, yours to download, keep and use as a reference forever.
- The remaining 3 feedback sessions will be live video conferencing, with in-the-moment coaching from me, witnessed by other coaching group members in a safe, supportive, and private online meeting. The conferencing service I use enables all participants to see each other, so it approximates the in-person audience experience (and it’s REALLY cool!) These sessions will also be recorded and available for participants only to watch via private links. It’s a great way to get even more out of your learning, because you’ll notice things on the replay that you didn’t even realize at the time of the actual live conference.
- Video access to all the live group coaching meeting sessions, of your own work and those of your peers in the course, for you to use as reference—all sessions will be filmed and uploaded on private pages
- Assessment by me at end of the course of what you achieved, what your next steps should be, and how to keep building on your progress made in the coaching series.
“THIS SOUNDS HI-TECH!!! I’M NERVOUS!”
If you are not super-technical, don’t worry! We can help you get set up. In fact, some previous series participants have learned how to use a webcam and how to do video uploading through preparing for this coaching series! So I know it is possible to bring you quickly into the digital age, if you are not already there. The conferencing service also has its own online tutorials, and you can even test your equipment with them before starting the series to be sure you are set up and ready to go for the live meetings (it’s pretty easy!).
A webcam (either on your computer or your phone’s camera) is needed for live video feedback, but even if you don’t have this set up, or if you prefer to have us look at your video in the live session instead of dancing live, you can still participate by submitting video in advance for me to give feedback on during the live session. It’s ideal to be on the call via video so we can see you, but if you need to audio-call in on a particular day, you can do that: My conferencing service offers the option to call in and has country-specific phone numbers if you need them.
You’d be surprised what you can accomplish in just a short time frame!
I have found, in my almost fifteen years of running targeted coaching series, that the 6-8 weeks period is quite practical: short and focused enough to create a strong drive in participants to challenge themselves, and yet long enough to see real progress—it amazes me every time how people just step up to their next level. And what is especially cool is that all the methods I developed in my years of in-person group coaching series actually do translate to the online world! So now dancers from all over can be part of this process.
Q: When are the live meetings and how long are they?
A: These will be scheduled and set after people start to sign up, so that there are at least 3 meetings per time slot over the course of the series, and they will run between 1 and 3 hours per session, depending on number of participants per meeting who have their dedicated time during that meeting. Other coaching series participants can also join as observers to witness the work and take notes. The goal for each session is to have a minimum of two participants, but ideal is 4-5 participants dancing each meeting, so you can see more people. Most of the big learning happens when you are watching each other, actually! So this has become a key element in my coaching method, and past participants have agreed that this makes the learning process even more effective than private coaching.
Previous online Coaching Series time slots that have worked well were (all Eastern Time – New York; look at http://timeanddate.com to convert to your time zone):
Friday 10:00am-12:30pm EDT
Saturday 2:30-4:30pm EDT
Sunday 5:30-7:30pm EDT
Sunday 8:00-10:30pm EDT
Wednesday 9:30-11:30pm EDT
NOTE: These are example times only! We’ll finalize exact times together after you register, but at least some of these times will be options. I can add additional or alternative times to those listed here. For example, if we have several folks from Europe, we can add another New York-morning or afternoon (Europe afternoon or evening) time that would accommodate them. In one group this past series, we had members from across the USA, Australia and Singapore… in another group, we had folks from Western Canada all the way to Sweden. Cool! The best possible scenario is to get as many people into as few groups as possible, so you can see more people at once (you’ll see why that is ideal in the meetings), but we’ll work this out when we meet everyone in the Facebook group. Even two participants plus me can witness each other’s work, but we’ll try for more in each time period. All dancing participants will get about the same time allotment each, which is why some meetings may be longer than others. And then all meetings will be recorded so you can catch them later if you have to miss one.
Q: I can’t make every live meeting in my preferred time slot. Can I still join the series?
A: Yes indeed. I recommend that people be there for at least two of three meetings so you get to know the work of the others and they get to know your work. You can do a makeup slot in another live meeting group for any dates you’ll have to miss, and I’ll offer one makeup session in early October for anyone who still needs to make up a meeting, based on those folks’ schedules.
SCHEDULE BY WEEK:
Friday August 4-11 Meet-and-greet in the Facebook group; Ranya presents on baladi format and reviews it with everyone in FB live and answering questions on the group page; personal goals setting by participants; access to Ranya’s video training modules will open this week; and setting up preferred days/times for meetings to accommodate all group members
Friday August 11-18 Live group sessions begin: for these first meetings, there will be group breathwork exercises and music-work-throughs; FB Live meeting will go over music choices, geared towards helping you finalize music to use in your first video that you’ll submit for my feedback.
Friday August 18-25 More live group sessions; submission of your first solo dance videos to me (you’ll upload your videos to either YouTube or Vimeo and give me the link—can be password-protected if you wish; don’t worry: I’ll give instructions for what method to use if you want the most privacy when you put your video online, if that is something you are concerned about).
Friday August 25-Thursday Aug. 31 We will have some live meetings in late August based on the schedule we set in the first week, and I’ll be sending you your first feedback coaching videos by Aug. 31 so you can review them and start working on the next steps!
No meetings in the Sept. 1-4 (U.S. Labor Day weekend) time frame but feel free to post in the FB group!
Tuesday Sept. 5-12 Live meetings continue based on our schedule, and FB live pep talks will address questions and concerns as you prepare for your second video.
Video #2 should be submitted by Sept. 10 (unless you have pre-arranged to submit it later). You can certainly submit your videos earlier than that too! I’ll get your coaching back to you within a few days of your sending me your video link.
Wednesday Sept. 13-20 Live meetings continue based on our schedule, and FB live pep talks will address issues I observed in the second videos, and answer questions and concerns as you prepare for your third video. Video #3 should be submitted by Sept. 20. You can certainly submit your videos earlier than that too! I’ll get your coaching back to you within a few days of your sending me your video link.
Wednesday Sept. 20-27 Final live meetings and wrap-up! I’ll give each participant a personal assessment of what you’ve accomplished and what your next steps can be to keep building on what you’ve learned.
(We can schedule a makeup session for early October if anyone still needs a makeup, but there will be more available times for makeups throughout the series this time, so everyone can try to get it in earler :-D) .
Throughout the series, I’ll be posting video recordings of the live sessions so that you can keep reviewing what you have accomplished and where your challenges are, to reinforce the mental and physical practices we are exploring, and to continually refocus on what you need to work on. These will still be available after the series ends, so you can see the journey you’ve made and keep revisiting those points.
READY TO GET STARTED?
After your payment is received, you’ll be given access to the online videos and welcome materials, and we’ll add you to the secret Facebook group where you can meet the other participants and start discussing your goals for our time together! We’ll arrange participants into preferred time groups for the live meetings (it has not been a problem to incorporate everyone at times convenient for them, no matter the time zone you are in!). And we’ll also go over tech requirements and answer questions to make sure everyone is all set up before we start the live coaching sessions. Those will begin in mid-August.
NOTE TO REGISTRANTS: After you sign up for any of the online course offerings at my shop site, the site may send you an email asking you to download your “downloadable product” –but this is not where I’m storing the materials for the course, so you can just ignore that instruction—I just have a photo there as a placeholder so the shop won’t charge people shipping! You’ll receive an email with instructions once the course material is ready. Also be sure to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred email address for communication AND your Facebook identity so we can invite you to the secret discussion group (for Salon Series and Coaching series participants).
So……are you still on the fence?
Well, I’m offering a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE:
There is no risk in trying this out! You’ll have two weeks (15 days) to test drive the series from its start date. I’m confident you’ll find it useful, fun, juicy, community-oriented and packed with value. I want to satisfy your baladi nerd cravings, I really do! But if you try it and don’t think it’s right for you, let me know and I’ll refund you, no questions asked. Well, okay, I will ask you the question of *why* you didn’t think it was right for you, because it will help me to know… but that will not stop me from refunding you, as long as it is within that two-week window.
I’m really excited to have you join me and the other baladi nerds for this online series!! Yay!!!!!!