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?
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, 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.
SPRING 2017 BALADI COACHING SERIES
mid-April to mid-May (with makeup slots in late May if needed)
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:
My current 4-hour private lesson coaching package is $399, and the single à la carte hour lesson rate is $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 BY APRIL 12 for the April-May series, you can save fifty bucks on it, because we’re kicking this off with a bang! That’s how much I want you to join me in this pioneer voyage of this program.
Please note too that the rate will definitely be higher for the next series–this is a special rate because it’s the first time in this format. I am so excited about this, because coaching is my favorite thing to do! (Besides shimmying, that is!)
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!!
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!!!!!!
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).