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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.
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