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American Tribal Style (ATS)



Tribal Style Belly Dance has become its own subculture in the Belly Dance community. The movements are similar to Cabaret and Egyptian styles, but have been redefined to suit this new urban art form. The costuming often shares many elements with other forms of Belly Dance, such as coins and ornate jewelry, but many elements are unique to Tribal style. As this diverse dance has evolved, it has split into two major sub-categories: Group Improvisational (American Tribal Style) and Tribal Fusion Belly Dance.

Tribal style belly dance was born in San Francisco, California, with Jamila Salimpour and her troupe Bal-Anat. However, the style was defined and refined by Carolena Nericcio and FatChanceBellyDance, creating what is now known as American Tribal Style (ATS). Carolena's unique group improvisational technique based on a series of predefined cues was an instant hit with hip underground artists and performers as it was a style that welcomed all ages and shapes, and modern urban culture. Tribal dancers became well known for their multiple tattoos and piercings, along with their unique, earthy costuming that originally consisted of large gypsy style skirts, large tassel belts, sea shells, ornate jewelry influenced by Middle Eastern, African, and East Indian cultures, and decorated turbans worn on the head. As the dance evolved, some elements became less common, such as the head turban, but much of the basic costuming and the spirit of the look have remained.

The music most commonly used by American Tribal Style (ATS) is traditional Middle Eastern music. Due to the nature of the dance – having multiple dancers interacting with one another - this style is not very common in nightclubs or restaurants. However, it is extremely fun to participate in and has created a sisterhood that is unrivaled in the Belly Dance community.

Here our some great items that can help you get started with your American Tribal Style Belly Dance library and wardrobe:
 
 Products (Total Items: 21)
Tribal Belly Dance Starter Kit
Tribal Belly Dance Starter Kit
Your Price: $124.99
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BlackSheep BellyDance Format Series (3 DVD set)
BlackSheep BellyDance Format Series (3 DVD set)
Your Price: $54.99
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BlackSheep BellyDance Format Level One - DVD
BlackSheep BellyDance Format Level One - DVD
Your Price: $19.99
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FatChanceBellyDance: Tribal Basics Vol. 1: Dance Fundamentals - DVD
FatChanceBellyDance: Tribal Basics Vol. 1: Dance Fundamentals - DVD
Your Price: $24.99
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FatChanceBellyDance: Tribal Basics Vol. 3 - Zills: Yin & Yang - DVD
FatChanceBellyDance: Tribal Basics Vol. 3 - Zills: Yin & Yang - DVD
Your Price: $19.99
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Tribal Technique Vol. 1 - Gypsy Caravan - DVD
Tribal Technique Vol. 1 - Gypsy Caravan - DVD
Your Price: $24.99
On sale: $17.99 
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Tribal Drum Solo Choreography - Zoe Jakes & Issam Houshan - DVD
Tribal Drum Solo Choreography - Zoe Jakes & Issam Houshan - DVD
Your Price: $19.99
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Muse Melodic - FatChanceBellyDance - CD
Muse Melodic - FatChanceBellyDance - CD
Your Price: $14.99
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From Berbati's and Key Largo - Gypsy Caravan - CD
From Berbati's and Key Largo - Gypsy Caravan - CD
Your Price: $12.99
On sale: $7.99 
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Caravan Rhythms by Gypsy Caravan - CD
Caravan Rhythms by Gypsy Caravan - CD
Your Price: $14.99
On sale: $9.99 
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Tribal Dance/Tribal Drums - Helm & FCBD - CD
Tribal Dance/Tribal Drums - Helm & FCBD - CD
Your Price: $12.99
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Spice Box - Helm & FatChanceBellyDance - CD
Spice Box - Helm & FatChanceBellyDance - CD
Your Price: $12.99
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Sensual Goddess - Mosavo - CD
Sensual Goddess - Mosavo - CD
Your Price: $12.99
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From Turban to Toe Ring - BOOK
From Turban to Toe Ring - BOOK
Your Price: $22.99
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25 Yard Tribal Gypsy Skirt - BLACK with RED trim
25 Yard Tribal Gypsy Skirt - BLACK with RED trim
Your Price: $69.99
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Embroidered Tribal Shisha Belt with Fringe - RED
Embroidered Tribal Shisha Belt with Fringe - RED
Your Price: $26.99
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Turquoise International Finger Cymbals - ORIENTAL large
Turquoise International Finger Cymbals - ORIENTAL large
Your Price: $54.99
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Velvet Gypsy Tribal Belt with Fringe - BLACK
Velvet Gypsy Tribal Belt with Fringe - BLACK
Your Price: $19.99
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Coin Bra on Black Velvet - SILVER
Coin Bra on Black Velvet - SILVER
Your Price: $29.99
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Short Sleeve Velvet Tribal Choli Top - BLACK
Short Sleeve Velvet Tribal Choli Top - BLACK
Your Price: $22.99
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ATS Drill Companion - Volume 1: The Pivot Bump Family - Krisztina Clark - DVD
ATS Drill Companion - Volume 1: The Pivot Bump Family - Krisztina Clark - DVD
Your Price: $19.99
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Some of the most popular American Tribal Style (ATS) Belly Dancer performers include:

Carolena Nericcio and FatChanceBellyDance, Paulette Rees-Denis and Gypsy Caravan, Kajira Djoumahna and BlackSheep BellyDance, Read My Hips Dance Company

Fat Chance Belly DanceCarolena
JamilaAminaKajiraPaulette
WildcardRead My Hips