Welcome! to The Lunaris Dance Teacher Training (LDTT),
the multimedia, online, interactive program that shows you, step-by-step,
how to teach the traditional Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance Style
Whether you’re a troupe leader looking for a new choreography, an aspiring dance teacher, or a well-seasoned instructor interested in teaching a fresh and unique dance that will differentiate you from other teachers in your area, I am here to help turn your dreams into a profitable reality.
I am Puela Lunaris, the founder of Dances of the World Society. I am on a mission to rescuing dances in danger of extinction.
In this training, I am sharing with you a dance, from my own culture, that I passionate about: The Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance, a lost barefoot flamenco style that I have rediscovered and it’s already becoming very popular among bellydancers.
If you want to get a sense of what this dance looks and feels like, check out this joyful improvised version of the Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance that I performed at the Throne Room of Alexander the Great in the ancient city of Babylon:
Now, Let me show you what the choreography looks like so you get an idea of how it flows….
Yes, absolutely. With your one-time fee when you join this professional training, to get a life-time Derivative Works License so you can create as many fusions as you want based on the proprietary dance technique you will be learning.
As we all know, fusion is huge in the dance world. I am totally supportive about you developing your own creativity. In your classes and performances, you can blend, as you see fit, the great wealth of knowledge you will gain in this training and use in your own fusions and choreographies.
Let me show you how the elements of Barefoot Flamenco you will be learning can be put together to create vibrant fusion choreographies. In the video below, I am performing a Flamenco-Bellydance fusion choreography to traditional Rumba Flamenca Moruna using many of the elements you´ll learn in this training.
Here is an example of the Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance improvised to live fusion music of the ever popular BeatboxGuitar:
This is a professional development training in which you gain access to a full multimedia course guide with a 12 week detailed lesson plan, so you can teach an entire Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance choreography or set this piece for your troupe.
This multimedia guide will make easy for you to retain your students and take them from beginners to intermediate students able to deliver an exciting performance.
Plus you also get:
You will also learn and be able to teach the foundational elements of the Lunaris Barefoot Flamenco Tradition™ such as Floreo (hand moves), Braceo (armwork), Marcajes (marking the rhythm with your feet and body), Vueltas (turns), Contoneos (sways), Andares (traveling steps), Percusión Corporal (body percussion) and 33 awesome, genuinely traditional Spanish Gypsy Skirt Techniques. All these elements you can blend in your classes and use in your own fusions and choreographies.
In case you don’t know me, I would like to share with you why am I qualified to lead you on this path.
Teaching dance for me is a magical adventure that allows me to meet wonderful people and gives me the freedom to live anywhere I want in the world. And I can show you, step by step, how to achieve this for yourself.
I have been making a living as a dance teacher for the last 20 years and counting. During these many years I have discovered multitude of important inner and outer success strategies that you are going to benefit from.
I wish I had a training like this when I got started! It would have saved me years of trial and error trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t work.
Furthermore, besides my extensive expertise as a teacher, I am also the eternal student. I am always investing in my own professional development. And, I must tell you: it more than pays off.
Not only have I earned a B.A. in Dance Education from the State University of New York, I have also accomplished many teacher trainings and certification programs myself, including:
In the field of bellydance, I’ve completed ethnographic field research in Morocco, Iraq Jordan, and -of course- Spain.
Always fascinated by world dance diverse ethnic traditions, I have also learned a great deal of dancing in the kitchens of families from Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Armenia, Lebanon and India.
My classical ballet training under the great Adolfo Leon in Madrid, Spain, has been as well a great foundation for my dance career.
However, what I think has made me a sought after instructor in bellydance circles is my extensive research on dances of Morisco, Gypsy and Sephardi origins from my native Spain. Specially, my dedicated work to save Zambra and different Barefoot Flamenco styles from danger of extinction, like the Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance that you will be learning (and teaching) during this training.
Thousands of successful, smart women around the world are learning, practicing and enjoying my Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance. I can humbly say that this choreography is an Amazon best-seller. So, there is a warm market waiting for you.
This dance appeals to women in general and to Bellydancers in particular because is very different from the footwork-based Flamenco style you see around.
Instead of sounding like a human machine gun, you sway your hips and ripple your skirt into passionate flames with a feminine mystique that leaves your audience wanting more.
This is a trophy photo! These Gypsy grandmothers are the matriarchs of several clans of the most famous Gypsy performers in Spain called Gypsy Dynasties. If you are like me, having had the opportunity and the honor to learn directly from them is the ultimate dream come true for a cultural dancer.
As the founder of Dances of the World Society, my mission is to rescue dance and music traditions in danger of extinction by documenting them audio-visually in their natural environment. I have exclusive footage illustrating the essence of Gypsy culture in Spain, some of which I will be sharing with you during our training.
As far as my teaching experience goes, my list is too long. So I will only highlight a few special places: I have taught at Peter Gabriel’s W.O.M.A.D. Festivals, The Omega Institute, Hollins University, The Performing Arts Network in Miami Beach, The Centro Andaluz de Danza in Seville, The Escuela de Música y Danza in Madrid, The Rakkasah/Spring Caravan Festival, The Juilliard School, The CUNY Dance Department, The New York Open Center, and The Instituto Cervantes in New York City. Furthermore, I have been a dance Teaching Artist with the prestigious New York City Center for 11 years and a licensed per diem dance teacher with the NYC D.O.E for 4 years.
Some of my most memorable performances have taken place at Alexander the Great’s Throne Room during The International Babylon Festival 1999 (Iraq), Teatro de la Villa (Madrid), and Goddessdance (New York City). It was a delight to perform for members of the Royal Jordanian family in Amman, as it was to perform for Former Vice-president Al Gore and Dr. Deepak Chopra at the Alliance for the New Humanity in San Juan (PR). I have also had the pleasure to enjoy numerous TV appearances including all major National Television Networks in Spain, R.A.I. (Italy), Univision, NBC, CNN and PBS in the U.S.A.
Moreover, based on my 20+ years as a dance teacher and workshop leader, I have developed the Successful Presentations Skills™ methodology used by top executives and dynamic entrepreneurs whom I coach in New York City.
I am not telling you all these things about myself to impress you. I only wish to impress upon you the fact that I have the capability and expertise to nurture you. And, that throughout our training, I will be lovingly dedicated to your success as a dance teacher.
In a confusing and stressful world, this training is meant to be an oasis where you can renew yourself, enjoy community, connect with your essence as a dance teacher, leave your mark in the world by passing down this dance style in danger of extinction and make money teaching the uplifting Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance.
I know how logistically challenging and expensive it can be to travel and spend weeks in New York City to study with me in person. To make it more convenient and save you money on travel costs, I have created this multimedia, interactive Dance Teacher Training Online, so you can learn everything you need from the comfort of your home.
I believe in the power of the internet to connect us all. I love it because because it is interactive and international. Actually, I am not only a professional dancer, I am also a multimedia producer. It is my mission to bring together the primordial and magical aspects of dance with the ground-breaking aspects of technology.
I have produced this exciting multimedia home study training, so you can have access to quality professional development anywhere in the world, at your own pace. Plus, taking this training you can also interact with me and connect with an intenational community of wonderful dance teachers like yourself.
I am often asked if people need to be technologically savvy to participate in this online training?
The answer is NO. You don’t need to be technologically savvy, but you need to be technologically literate on a basic level. That means you need to know how to press play on a video, you need to know how to login onto a web site using a user name/password and you need to know how to use email.
I am a tech queen. If you need some basic support, I can help. A fringe benefit you’ll get from this course is that your level of comfort and intimacy with computers and technology can soar exponentially! A great skill to enjoy in our media-rich culture.
You will receive a great wealth of knowledge in succinct segments of valuable information filled with super practical applications, so you can obtain quick results and take you dance teaching career to the next level right away.
As soon as you sign up, you will gain access to exciting multimedia content clearly structured for easy assimilation. Each unit might include step-by-step training videos, lesson plans, done-for-you templates, wisdom sheets, action guides and resource lists.
I could have written for you a 500 page manual to give you information for hours to end and keep you busy for several months. But, getting you into more information overload is not what’s going to make you money teaching dance.
Instead, I have done the leg work for you. I have taken difficult subjects and made them easy, digestible and actionable, so you can get tangible results within 5 weeks. Once a week, the multimedia content for the week is released, so you have it at your disposal to study it whenever is convenient.
During these 5 weeks you can easily learn more hands-on strategies and principles for a satisfying dance teaching career than many students learn in 4 years of college.
All the Course Core Materials will be available to you for life, in unlimited streaming format. Yes, you read well: You only pay a one time fee and you will have endless access to the training materials for as long as the course is in existence.
You are very important to me! I am paying attention to every detail I can imagine so your Lunaris Dance Teacher Training online learning experience is user-friendly, easy and pleasant.
Plus, I totally welcome your feedback throughout the course. You can ask for what you need to make sure you can confidently teach this fun and thrilling Gypsy Skirt Dance or take this exciting traditional techniques and integrate them in your own fusions and choreographies.
I am here for you 100%, to support you and to provide what you need to the very best of my ability so you feel totally self-assured as a dance teacher.
We all need different amounts of time to process and learn new information. This is a self-paced training. Therefore, there is no mandatory homework
Whether you prefer to assimilate the substantial wealth of information provided in this training fast or slowly, I am very supportive of you working at your own pace. That will get you where you need to go on a schedule that’s perfect for you.
It’s totally fine if you want to go at a slow pace, as you have unlimited lifetime access to the content.
However, you can also take this training as an intensive and obtain quick results. In that case, I recommend that you put aside 3-5 hours a week, to get the dance in your body and start practice teaching right away in front of real students.
* If you are a current teacher, or a troupe leader, practice teaching the dance to your students or integrate some of the elements in your own fusions.
* If you are an aspiring teacher, volunteer as a dance teacher somewhere in your community, or teach it to a couple of friends, so you can practice teaching dance in a no-pressure environment.
During the training, you are welcome to submit videos with a samples of your teaching or performing this dance. You may also submit samples of how you are using these dance techniques in your own fusions, as we might conduct reviews and feedback sessions during our group coaching.
And remember, as a graduate of the Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance Teacher Training, you’ll have access to the course content for as long as it is in existence!
We have a wonderful community of dance teachers from different parts of the world who have graduated from this training. Here is what they have to say:
“Puela Lunaris has far exceeded my expectations for this training!
Her level of expertise and ability to break down every detail in every step has made this online course feel as though I was taking it in an actual dance class rather than virtually. Puela provided so much information that covers not only the technique of the dance but the culture, history, and life behind the dance, which made me feel more and more comfortable and knowledgeable of the Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance.
Since I’ve started my online teacher-training, I have developed a more in-depth warm up targeting muscles throughout the entire body. In addition, I have become clearer in my breakdown of combinations by applying the Lunaris’ numeric, kinesthetic, and syllabic technique.
Every dollar spent has been worth it!
Jesska, Founder BaileDance Company, New York City
My main hesitation in taking the course was around having the confidence to think that I would ever be able to be a dance teacher. During the course I learnt techniques for teaching, was provided with a wealth of background information and was given a clear and strong teaching structure. This gave me the confidence to begin teaching dance, and to enjoy teaching dance.
I was amazed and impressed by the level of detail covered by the course, and the clear, concise way in which it was organised into bite size chunks which made it feel accessible. I would recommend this course to all those who love Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance and would like to teach it.
Thank you Puela !!”
Natasha Dunlop. Norfolk, United Kingdom
“Puela made sure everyone got what they needed!
This online course is structured very well. The multi media approach is fantastic, backed up by email and facebook support. Although I couldn’t work around the office hours, I felt I was included in what was going on, and was able to feel very encouraged and appreciated. The set up is comprehensive- Puela has made sure everything the student needs is there, with the updates, links and homework.
I have benefited from this training by learning about the Spanish gypsy skirt dance; choreography, musicality, palmas, also the subtleties of flamenco styles, as well as being able to say what you think and comment on articles and ideas. I appreciated the articles and videos very much, as I know how much hard work, dedication and care that all took.
Puela made sure everyone got what they needed, and if there was any problem, she was very patient and bent over backwards to make sure it was solved. The pastoral care on this course is excellent. I also feel I can talk much more knowlegeably about flamenco. This training has filled in a lot of gaps for me.
Now I have the vocabulary to break down the moves, as well as the imagery!”
Maureen Theresa. Dancer, soloist; writer/blogger. Walsall, United Kingdom
“Puela is THE source to learn from!
I have benefited from this training in many ways. I gained knowledge about the Spanish gypsy culture, notable figures in the flamenco dance and music, learned dance terminology, developed and improved my musicality. We were provided with great structure and format for our class in lesson plans. The marketing modules were great and very thorough.
My hesitation was if I had the time to complete exercises and be as involved as I need to be since I had started a new job. I love having the modules and videos to read and watch over and over again. Having the ability to print out the lesson plans and other information. I enjoyed having the facebook group and being able to see the other teachers’ comments on this dance subject. Puela made herself available for discussions each week and she set up a time to go over and give helpful insight after we submitted our teaching videos.
This training has helped me to have a better ear to listen to the music and work on my musicality and counting out the phrases. Puela has given different options as to help our students so we can teach them in different ways to stay on time with the music.
Yes! I would recommend this training. Puela pays attention to detail and provides a wealth of information. She is very passionate about preserving these dances and I am so happy that she is willing to share and to provide historical information along with great music as part of the Spanish Gypsy skirt dance teacher training program. I am happy to be a part of this program for I believe Puela is THE source to learn from.
Thank you Puela for taking the time to provide this Spanish Gypsy skirt dance teacher training experience and all your hard work in putting this together along with the production of the video modules!”
Elena Rose. Spring Lake, North Carolina
My mission is to help you realize your full potential as a dance teacher, so you feel completely confident that you can make money doing what you love. That’s why I invite you to participate in the Lunaris Dance Teacher Training (LDTT) totally risk free for a whole week.
If you don’t think this program is for you or you are not getting the value you expected, I’ll happily refund 100% of your money.
So you’ll have a whole 7 days from the program start date to drive-test the course. If after giving it an honest try, you think this is not the course for you, I’ll happily refund you 100% of your money. Risk Free. Guaranteed.
This training is offered entirely online, so you can access it from anywhere in the world, saving you tons of time, travel and money.
I love the fact that we can dance together in cyberspace and that we can actively connect with each other anywhere in the world.
This is truly an awesome and unique opportunity to experience an in-depth, multimedia, interactive dance training with a loving and dedicated teacher who will answer your questions and with a wonderful global community, so you can expand your knowledge based on interaction with others.
Yes! You can easily arrange a payment plan of up to 6 months through Paypal Credit, with 0% APR for six months.
No interest and no finance fees!!
(Just choose the Paypal Credit option upon check out – formerly Bill Me Later -).
With this system, you, actually, don’t have to pay anything upfront. You can sign up today and start paying in a few months from now.
Or, if you prefer to break your payment in comfortable weekly installments, you can pay about $33/ week, which is pretty much the cost of 2 dance classes.
The benefit is that at the end of this training you will have under your belt a professional skill that will serve you for the rest of your life.
I am glad to guide through the check out process and show you how to take advantage of the Paypal Credit installments. Call me, Tel: 1-212-675-9485 (M-F -9:30am-5pm EST)
Yes! Every month there are a few partial scholarships available for dancers in need. Also, depending on your skills, there are some work-exchange positions available. Use the form below to contact me. Write: Scholarships in the subject line. Tell me your name and cell phone number if you are in the US. If you live overseas include your Skype ID. Let me know what is the best time to reach you, so we can make an appointment to talk. Don’t let money be an obstacle. Let’s explore how can we work something out.
Or, if you prefer, you can contact me by phone.
Tel: 1-212-675-9485 (M-F -9:30am-5pm EST)
Whether you are an aspiring professional dancer/teacher or a well-seasoned one, after taking this training you will have under your belt a new and unique dance that will differentiate you from other dancers/teachers in your area. Through this dance you can embody the elegance of the Statue of Liberty and the sex-appeal of Marylin Monroe! Join Us Now!
But, if you are wondering whether the Spanish Gypsy Skirt Dance Teacher Training is Right for you, I would love to offer you a FREE coaching session!
During our call you will have the opportunity to have all your questions answered and understand if this program is right for you. We can also discuss what are your main concerns and your goals for your dance career this year. I will be glad to share with you strategic tips that can be helpful and inspiring!
Please fill out the contact form below, with the world Coaching in the subject line. Tell me your name and cell phone number if you are in the US. If you live overseas include your Skype ID. Also let me know what is the best time to reach you, so we can make an appointment to talk.
Or, if you prefer, you can contact me by phone.
Tel: 1-212-675-9485 (M-F -9:30am-5pm EST)