Nina Martinez - Teacher and Performer

Dance Director, Master Teacher, GCTB troupe member

Nina Martinez is a Master Teacher in the Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance format. She has been studying with international dance teacher and founder of GCTB® Paulette Rees Denis since 2006. Nina started her Teacher Training in Melbourne with Paulette in 2006 and has now attained her certification to instruct teachers-MT TT1. She has also reached her accreditation to teach students to Collective Soul 4-MT4.

As a master teacher and performer this dance style has taken her around Australia and internationally to, NZ, Japan, USA and Mexico. Since 2014 she has been honoured to teach workshops and dance at WAMED, Fremantle, what a fabulous festival to be part of!

Through her workshops and Collective Soul instruction Nina has gained the reputation as a generous, patient teacher with a commitment in creating community and sisterhood. As a performer she is known for her elegant style and goddess presence.

Although Nina’s main dance passion has been GCTB, she has studied and been influenced by many amazing teachers, including, Terezka, Rachel Brice, Amel Tafsout, Carolena Nericcio, Kajira, Colleena and Devi Mamuk. Nina is inspired by the passion of Flamenco, the grace of Indian classical dance, folkloric circles and pagan rituals. She has also been studying drumming for more than 10years.

At home at her rainforest studio the Temple, near Innisfail she is the Director of her troupe Gypsyrain and teaches 3 weekly classes. Every month at the Temple there is a delightful Sunday workshop, a gathering of the tribes, with GC sisters coming from around the surrounding areas.

In 2013 Nina created a GCTB festival in Cairns, Tribal in the Tropics[TTT]. This is a wonderful celebration of dance, women and ritual. Bringing together the format, she also invites women who have other skills to share in the circle. TTT attracts dancers from around Australia and NZ for the workshops and fabulous GCTB performances!

Nina has her own costume label- GYPSYRAIN- designing and creating tribal and tassel belts, bras and headdresses, imports gorgeous tribal goods and fashions jewellery from vintage pieces and upcycled beads, she sells on her website, ETSY shop-TEMPLEGODDESSBAZAAR and FB- GYPSYRAIN BAZAAR.

At home she enjoys being surrounded by beauty and nature, living a simple life, cooking slow food and loving life!