Tribal Arms Workshop, Fri 17 Aug

This workshop will focus on the basic arm positions in American Tribal Style® belly dance; how they’re related to each other; and what moves they’re found in. We’ll look at details of elbow, forearm and hand posture; the back muscles that are involved, and how hand movements interact with the basic positions.
Friday, August 17, 2018
Kolos studio (2730 Montague St, lower level, #8)
This workshop is for those with some experience with ATS or tribal style belly dance. Space is limited, so please register in advance to reserve your spot via the Contact page. Preferred payment method is e-transfer. Bring finger cymbals if you have them.
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What is American Tribal Style® Belly Dance?

American Tribal Style® (or ATS®) looks old but is actually new, having been created by Carolena Nericcio (now Nericcio-Bohlman) in 1987.

ATS® movements are inspired by folkloric dances of the Middle East and India. Aesthetically ATS® is based on the richness of textiles and jewelry from North Africa and India. ATS® is a method of improvisational choreography, using a vocabulary of natural movements and cues allowing the dancers to communicate via gesture and eye contact when dancing together. (From the FatChanceBellyDance® website)

The foundation of ATS is primarily Middle Eastern dance. Moves may be modified from their traditional antecedents to fit in with the ATS group improv format in terms of cues, the number of beats taken up, and angle of the body, among other things

The music, movements and costume come together to create a rich and vibrant look that, despite appearances, doesn’t belong to any traditional culture. ATS is a pastiche of traditional elements, unified and embellished with modern creativity, assembled in the USA a mere 30 years ago and still developing.