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What is ATS (American Tribal Style) Belly Dance
View the video:  Who We Are - by Carolena Nericcio, Creator of American Tribal Style Bellydance and Director of FatChanceBellyDance.
Tribal Style Bellydance is both a celebration of the female spirit and a physical display of the strength and beauty of women. It's roots can be traced back to the rituals of past matriarchal cultures and to the secular entertainments evolved as the gypsies traveled through India, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Spain.
 
There are many styles of bellydance. The most authentic styles are cabaret and folkloric. Other styles have evolved as the dance migrated from the Middle East and North Africa into Europe and the US and back again. FatChanceBellyDance performs what is referred to as American Tribal Style Bellydance.
 
What distinguishes Tribal from other styles of bellydance is the way in which steps, movements, gestures, even costume, are redesigned to suit the common denominator of a group dancing together. The music is selected for it's clarity, the steps for their universal application and yet, whether performed as choreography or improvisation the result is one of simple elegance and rhythmic style.  - Carolena Nericcio
 
For more info on ATS, visit http://www.fcbd.com/about/history_rr.shtml
 
For more info on FatChanceBellyDance, visit http://www.fcbd.com/about/
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