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BALADI COACHING

For the first organized group coaching series of 2017, we’ll be working with taqasim baladi awadi. This is a great vehicle to work on your energy as a dancer, since it includes a journey from introspective to more extroverted feeling, and everything in between. I recommend you join us for the Baladi Salon Series first if you can, as you’ll have a stronger focus in the coaching series and be able to see greater benefits—and you’ll also receive a nice discount on the coaching package if you sign up for the Baladi Salon Series at the same time. 

IS THIS RIGHT FOR ME?

  • Are you ready for some coaching? You can be a first-time coachee or someone who has received coaching in the past.
  • Do you genuinely want to receive honest, supportive feedback on your efforts?
    You should be ready for growth. You will be encouraged to reach beyond your comfort zone, and I will back you up all the way, with the goal of helping you attain a new feeling of confidence in your work.
  • Do you want to discover your own “next steps” as a performer in this style, to advance to your own next level in your development as a dancer and artist, no matter where you are starting from?
  • Do you have a cell phone, computer, or other video recording device for uploading your videos? (NOTE: you can share these with the group OR receive private feedback on a privately posted video if you provide me with the link—see below for private vs. group sharing options). If you are interested in solo-only coaching, Skype or Google Hangouts is a good option, but you may still want to record videos separate from that—it’s usually helpful to have that possibility, so that you can look at your work with me from a “third-person” perspective, not in the same moment you are dancing it.

 

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.

 

MY BACKGROUND
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I started acting in childhood. I experienced coaching from a great range of acting teachers and directors. Some were friendly and supportive and others were less sensitive. I used to have a hard time myself receiving critical feedback, until I started viewing it as a tool to help me, rather than as some thing personal. Because of that, I’m quite conscious when dealing with resistance to feedback, and I try to give you reflective information in a way that empowers you.

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
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It’s important to me that you feel taken care of in the coaching process: I approach my coachees with respect for where they are now and for the journey they are on. I also don’t consider any single performance moment to be something that identifies you definitively, or as any failure (or success!) as something to be “taken personally”: That is, a performance is just one moment in time, and it doesn’t necessarily reflect positively or negatively on the actual owner of that performance. Might it affect your image? Sure. Which is why we work on those things. But I don’t judge you at all by it, and neither should you judge yourself on it. A goal of my approach as a coach is to reduce attachment (and therefore pressure) on the results of any one performance, to make it more about the process of development and less about “nailing it” on any particular day. Nevertheless, I’m in the business of helping you to feel in control of your performances and to be able to even rescue your performances from mishaps to put you even more on top. What I give you are simple, effective tools that you can apply immediately, in the moment, during your practice and in performance, to address confidence or disconnection issues as they come up. These tools, linked to performance concepts include physical practices, breathwork, character work, slogan-training, and visualizations, for direct application in your dance. I especially try to provide tools that combine physical and engergetic/intentional work, so that you can “kill two birds with one stone” in integrating your physical performance with your emotional world. Armed with a personalized toolkit of the best tools for you, you can take to the stage feeling like you can handle whatever comes your way, and that you can save your performance when something goes off—because it will! And: that doesn’t have to be a problem. Rather, it’s an opportunity to build an even more powerful onstage persona, when you take charge of your performance.

“WHAT IF I’M NOT A PERFORMER?”My coaching methods are not only for those interested in public performance: I work with energy both for performance and for self-healing and connection. Some people dance for self-development, exercise, emotional release…  whatever your application, this style of coaching is likely to offer you something beneficial. I have coached many dancers who didn’t have a performance goal but were looking to unlock or unblock certain parts of themselves, or to keep energy flowing, or just to develop in the dance as a dedicated hobby. I can help address your needs and goals through this process.

PRIVATE COACHING vs. SEMI-PRIVATE GROUP COACHING:

Which one is right for you?
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I usually recommend dancers go for the group option if they can arrange that, because then they can learn from others’ feedback too. I find people often make faster progress that way. In a group setting, I can point out things for you personally but also things that you AND your co-coachees can work on. Some of you in the group might find you have similar challenges you are working on. It’s often hard to identify things in yourself but so easy to see them in others! When you see someone else go through the problem-solving steps, it gives you the focus and confidence to try it too.  In my experience people make very fast progress this way, and as they are “all in it together,” there is an element of support from the group as well as from me.

If you feel you’d prefer to work more privately, that works too. 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.

For this series, the fee for the group or solo coaching package will be the same, and you can decide later which you’d like to do, AFTER you’ve seen some live or recorded video coaching demos that I’ll be doing before the actual series starts.


WINTER 2017 BALADI COACHING SERIES

January 22-March 5

WHAT YOU’LL ACCOMPLISH IN THE BALADI COACHING SERIES:

Dancing your own taqasim baladi progression of approximately 2-3 minutes (I will help select a good one for you)

Submitting three separate “drafts” of your performance on video for feedback from me and from Nabawy, accordionist to Egyptian stars including Fifi Abdo, with decades of performing experience (you may remember him from my Baladi DVD too)

Learning from other coachees and from our 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! Plus, I’ll be doing something new with the personalized feedback, adding an audio synch component so that you can get real-time feedback while watching your performance draft video and listening to me :-) 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.

 

WHAT YOU’LL GET FROM ME:

  • Notes from me on your videos with key points and associated counter numbers
  • Audio recording of my feedback synched with your videos so you can refer back and listen to it later (included for solo or group package option)
  • Three half-hour blocks of live video coaching time with me to get your key “next steps” to work on: technique points, musicality, eye focus, breathwork, audience connection and any other relevant areas (included for solo or group package option)
  • Feedback from Nabawy on two of your three videos
  • Participation as a “witness” to others’ coaching and the chance to share support in live group discussions and on the private Facebook group (group package only)
  • Baladi sections reference checklist
  • Access to brand-new bonus video training modules:
  • Breathwork for Baladi  (included for solo or group package option)
  • Receiving Coaching: A Primer (included for solo or group package option)
  • Support Techniques for Coaching Group Practice (included for group package only)

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For many years, my four-hour coaching package, which is approximately equivalent to the amount of time I’ll be giving each person in the series on their work, not including all the bonuses, was $350. On January 1, 2017, that coaching package rate will go up to $399, and the single à la carte hour rate will go up to $150. 

BUT I’ll be offering the baladi coaching package for this season at just $350, because this is the maiden voyage! I’m confident you’ll find this to be a great value, and more than the sum of its parts.

And if you sign up before December 15, you can save a lot more on it, because we’re kicking this off with a bang!

Get the coaching package along with the Baladi Salon Series (including bonus Baladi From the Ground Up video training module) by December 1, and get the coaching package for just $199. Wait, really!?!  Yes. That’s how much I want you to join me in this pioneer voyage of this program. If you sign up by December 15, it’s $250. Then up to January 22, it’s $350.

If you sign up for the full VIP PACKAGE of all three programs: Baladi from the Ground Up, the Baladi Salon Series, AND the Baladi Coaching Series, by DECEMBER 1st, you will pay just $297 for ALL THAT!

Only if you are in it to win it!  If you are, you’ll see how everything builds on each other, for a truly deep dance development experience. Yay! I’m very excited to work with you on this.

Got QUESTIONS on the coaching?
I’ll be offering LIVE demos of my coaching method via a video platform (e.g., Google Hangouts) in late December and in January before the start of the Baladi Coaching Series. Then I’ll take questions from interested viewers for up to about a half hour after each coaching demo, about the method and any questions about my coaching approach. The demos will give you a taste of what the coaching work will be like. We’ll have these at different times to accommodate different time zones. Stay tuned for announcements of dates and times, and feel free to post your time zones and preferred times on the Baladi Video Study Group on Facebook or email office@ranya.net with requests. I’ll try to honor them as best I can!

I’m really excited to work with you and the other dancers in these 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. :-D

SIGN UP NOW to get in on all the bonus material, and I’ll see you online!!

 

So……are you still on the fence?

Well, I’m offering a MONEY BACK GUARANTEE (for Baladi Salon Series and Baladi Coaching Series):

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!!!!!! Sign up now to grab your spot!

“Baladi from the Ground Up” Module – $29 button2-ground_up
“Baladi Salon Series” ( Vol. 1) – $99 button2-salonseries


“Baladi Salon Series” ( Vol. 1)
$128$99 

with “Baladi from the Ground Up” module FREE

ONLY until 11:59pm (23:59) EST on December 1st

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 $478  –  $297

“Baladi Salon Series” ( Vol. 1) $128 

with “Baladi from the Ground Up” module FREE

PLUS “Baladi Coaching Series” $350
ONLY until 11:59pm (23:59) EST on 
December 1st

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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 office@ranya.net 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).

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