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TL;DR: Tribal Dance Camp is in danger of being cancelled TONIGHT. This Southern Texas retreat features a top name that no dancer should go without hearing. Space is limited to 50 people, but there is PLENTY of room to register! And please, don’t think that someone else will fill the space for you because they will probably think the same thing! Pictures on bottom.
Not a lot of people have signed up for TRAMP.
There is still plenty of space for filling!
TRAMP is the Southern Texas tribal belly dance event that I will advocate for life! There are over 20 hours of teacher instruction, free meals, free bunking, plenty of space to roam and feel free and fresh, ACTUAL INDOOR PLUMBING CONNECTED TO YOUR CABIN (which is nicely climate controlled for cold nights!), and PLENTY of time to get to know the headliners!
So what makes this event different than other workshop events?
Well, for starters this is a weekend intensive! While the learning may be fast paced for the three days you get the headliner, every class is three hours! NINE FULL HOURS of leading teacher expertise just for you! That’s an equivalent of six to nine class days!
On top of all of that, there are times between classes to get to know other students, teachers, and even sit down and talk for a few hours with the head liner! Or you can always go jump in the river for a refreshing dip after a hard workshop session!
So what else is there?
You get to have a bunk! There’s no fighting over beds, no fighting over bathroom rights, and definitely no fighting over hot water! Each cabin has indoor plumbing, hot water, showers, working toilets, working sinks, working lights, and even heaters for when the nights get cold (But this is Texas in April, so usually we don’t have to turn on the heaters). There are even fans for when things get a little too hot for yourself, and if you can’t seem to beat the heat, the shower is just around the corner to help cool you off! While the bunks make it seem like a summer time camp (which it is), they will always feel like heaven after that first workshop day.
There are three meals a day! Each entree has veggie or carni (hehe…) options so no one gets left out! There is tea and water served every day with a coke machine out by the gym if you want something sweet (but, boo, you have to pay for it!). You can also bring your own drinks whether they are liquor or not and have such a hayday down by the river at night!!! Oh the wildest parties drunk belly dancers throw… Usually you can hear them all the way to the cabins and the place is about 1/8th of a mile from them… Well… I don’t know how far, but it takes a few minutes to walk over there.
So who’s all coming to this event? Who’s the headliner?
This year we have:
Victoria Whitecotton with a lecture about the Middle East and its history.
Z-Helen for belly rolls and to teach us her VERY IMPRESSIVE coin rolling trick. If you haven’t seen her roll coins, you need to.
Michelle Manx will be doing her signature pin up belly dance style! AND she’ll be teaching us how to do pin up hair styles!
Theresa Wyatt will be showing us new Black Sheep Belly Dance SGI movements.
Angela Sparks will start off the day with yoga classes!
And last but DEFINITELY not least, we have JILL PARKER as the headliner! Wooooooooooooo!!!
So here’s the deal guys: This place is great. It has connected me to others, professionally and personal, in a great bond all over the US. Even though it’s an intensive it also feels like a vacation. The end date for early bird pricing and early deposit plans ENDS TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT, CENTRAL TIME. Every time TRAMP is mentioned in this post, it is linked to the registration page. The deposit plan is 150 for a spot, then you can pay the rest by 3/20. I plan on paying for the rest during income tax time!
I hope that you all can make it out! Please don’t hesitate to sign up!
Pictures below of the camp!
Cabins Pre-Belly Dancer
Cabins Post-Belly Dancer
Bathrooms (toilets on the left, showers on the right)
Ms YET painting trees behind the pavilion (AKA Drunk belly dance party place)
The Guadalupe River
Where the party starts and sometimes ends.
Michelle painting her shirt on the first night! This place is where the classes are held.
Shy, me, and Amy Sigil from 2012 in the cafeteria!
Ashley Lopez and Michelle from 2012 in the cafeteria! I had to get pictures, it was the last time I was going to see them for a while.
You can have a quick glance of what Tribal Dance Camp, or TRAMP, has to offer next year here!
Set in Ingram, Tx (about 70 miles from San Antonio) surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains, and right along the Guadeloupe River, you will get to experience Tribal belly dance in a whole different way!
Imagine getting to talk to the headliner, who is Jill Parker this year, for more than just a few moments. Imagine getting to KNOW the headliner while you sit by a river, sit on the porch of your cabin, or just after class.
And this is for a whole weekend!
Make some new friends! You owe it to yourself and your dance!
So… If you live in the Texas state (heck, anywhere really), you MUST go to Tribal Dance Camp, lovingly called TRAMP.
CRYIN’ OUT LOUD, WE GOT JILL PARKER COMING NEXT YEAR!!!
There were a lot of things that got me flowing.
First, Amy Sigil and Shy from Street Team were telling me that I would work well with a personal friend of theirs. They wanted to hook me up with her but were afraid of the long distance between us.
Second, Ashley Lopez came up to me after my performance and complimented my stage presence. I nearly cried.
Third, Amy offered me something UNBELIEVABLE. I haven’t obtained it yet. I hope to soon.
Fourth, Amy’s Ghostwork workshop really made me rethink why I wanted to dance. It really changed my dance for good.
Fifth, there’s nothing like a dance orgy…
Too bad we didn’t get a picture of Ashley getting crowd surfed!
You see this woman, right here?
This is Amy Sigil, the creator of Unmata. Amazing skills, amazing speed, amazing endurance.
Also, amazing passion.
This woman changed my life for good. NEVER have I EVER been so fond of someone in my dance career. Sure, there was Rachel Brice, but I was in love with her for her skills. I’m in love with Amy because of her passion.
She cares about you and your dance career and wants to see you advance. She doesn’t do this for the money; it’s her way of coping with her problems and is an emotional release for her.
I promise you after taking a workshop with her, you’ll have renewed vigor in your dance just by watching her.
I had this lady for THREE DAYS of THREE HOUR WORKSHOPS back to back. The first workshop I sat out after an hour (she’s INTENSE!!!) and just watched. Her emotional response to all of her music was energizing and affected the whole group that managed to stay standing. Even though she was doing the same thing over and over and over for THREE HOURS STRAIGHT, she NEVER ONCE looked fatigued, unmotivated, or dissatisfied. Every movement had a renewed energy in it, the same amount of passion, through out her workshop. I had to tell her that same day that she really changed my outlook when I saw that passion. I have never seen anything like it.
She is INFECTIOUS!
The next day, I went about 2 hours with her, same passion, same energy with the exact same combo. It gave me motivation. A lot of motivation to keep going. Though, I was in unfamiliar air with so much humidity, I overheated myself and had to lay down on the cool cement floor before I died of heat stroke. But I didn’t even realize it until we took a water break.
I really bonded with Amy, taking any time I could to talk to her and get to know her. I enjoyed sitting around with everyone, but her presence really made it even better. I was more interested in what she had to say on certain topics, what her opinions were, or what her funny stories were.
She’s a blast to be with, alone and with company.
Friday night, her and Shy did a piece that debuted in Tribal Fest 11 and I cried. So much emotion in it. It was pure unadulterated emotion. I cried so hard.
Today, Sunday, we did a final workshop, but it was all lecture. The lecture was Ghostwork. I’m not going to ruin it for anyone, but…
ANYONE and EVERYONE NEEDS TO TAKE THIS WORKSHOP IF YOU EVER SEE IT BEING OFFERED!!! It really makes you face your fears head on on what’s holding you back. It makes you realize things that you never even thought about.
It’s very emotional.
Amy Sigil is now my newest and always will be my obsession from now on. She will be my mentor, whether it be through emails, phone calls, watching her videos, or taking her workshops.
I’m all Amy, now.
So we’re going to be extremely tight on money these two weeks and I’m going to TRAMP (Tribal Dance Camp) next Thursday. All of this money will go to gas and a small percentage of food cost.
I’m doing a $5 Tarot reading!
PayPal is available.
Please message me if you are interested!