Tribal Belly Dance
What is Tribal Belly
The concept for tribal
belly dance originated from Jamila Salimpour credited by many as the creator of
what is now known as American Tribal Style (ATS). Her idea of the half moon chorus and the dancers coming out
individually to do a small two or three minute routine and then going back into
the chorus is thought to be where the expression "tribal dancing"
One of her students Marsha Archer took
the dance to another level by performing at cultural events,
she brought about an awareness that showed Bellydance can be seen as a theatrical event.
Carolena Nericcio began
studying with Marsha at the age of fourteen. She trained with her for seven
years before starting FatChance BellyDance (FCBD) in 1987. By combining the dance style of Jamila and her use of heavy costuming and Marsha’s style of having the same fusion look for
everyone the costuming and stage format for ATS was created.
ATS describes Carolena and FatChance style of bellydance
One of Carolena's students Paulette Rees-Denis further developed this style with her troupe Gypsy Caravan, also blending folkloric, nomadic and classical dances of the Middle East,
North Africa, Spain and India. She introduced her own dance vocabulary and renamed her style Tribal Bellydance, This dance is about empowerment and dancing as a community, it's spiritually, physically and creatively energising - a dance
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Dancing Tribal Style
Tribal Style belly dance is about dancing together in the moment with your tribal sisters, using a vocabulary of moves & combos, the focus is on connection and trust there is no room for ego
It's an improvised dance performed by two or more dancers, solos are performed, but are generally supported in a group environment.
The connection made with others is a vital part of
this dance style, It's about drawing strength from the group and building up the whole
unit in fellowship and fun.