Sign up for our newsletter: 
0 item(s) / View Cart view cart
worlds largest belly dance superstore
Beginners Shopping Guide
Belly Dance Costumes
Halloween & Party Costumes
Tribal & Gypsy Style
Hip Scarves
Bras & Tops
Finger Cymbals & Zills
Veils & Isis Wings
Belly Dance Props
Beauty, Bindis & Body Art
Dance Shoes
Dance Bags & Totes
Housewares & Gifts
Make Your Own
Plus Size Dance Wear
Kids Belly Dance
Men's Belly Dance
Casual & Class Wear
Fitness & Weight Loss
Wholesale Lots & Sets
Gypsy Sugar Collection
Mayte Collection
Folk Dance
Indian & Bollywood
Mardi Gras & Carnivale
Gift Certificates
$9.99 or less
$10 - $14.99
$15 - $19.99
$20 and up
SAROYAN Afghani Finger Cymbals (Zills) - BRONZE
6152 SAROYAN Afghani Finger Cymbals (Zills) - BRONZE
Mystic Babylon - MOSAVO - CD
6151 Mystic Babylon - MOSAVO - CD
Comfy Stretch Halter Top - TURQUOISE
6031 Comfy Stretch Halter Top - TURQUOISE
1Bollywood Jingle Slave Bracelet - GOLD
2Chain Anklet with Bells & Loops - GOLD
3Metal Coin Headband - GOLD
Home > Beginners Shopping Guide > American Tribal Style (ATS)

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
Add to Cart
BlackSheep BellyDance Format Series (3 DVD set)
Add to Cart
BlackSheep BellyDance Format Level One - DVD
Add to Cart
FatChanceBellyDance: Tribal Basics Vol. 1: Dance Fundamentals - DVD
Add to Cart
FatChanceBellyDance: Tribal Basics Vol. 3 - Zills: Yin & Yang - DVD
Add to Cart
Tribal Technique Vol. 1 - Gypsy Caravan - DVD
Add to Cart
Tribal Drum Solo Choreography - Zoe Jakes & Issam Houshan - DVD
Add to Cart
Muse Melodic - FatChanceBellyDance - CD
Add to Cart
From Berbati's and Key Largo - Gypsy Caravan - CD
Add to Cart
Caravan Rhythms by Gypsy Caravan - CD
Add to Cart
Tribal Dance/Tribal Drums - Helm & FCBD - CD
Add to Cart
Spice Box - Helm & FatChanceBellyDance - CD
Add to Cart
Sensual Goddess - Mosavo - CD
Add to Cart
From Turban to Toe Ring - BOOK
Add to Cart
25 Yard Tribal Gypsy Skirt - BLACK with RED trim
Add to Cart
Embroidered Tribal Shisha Belt with Fringe - RED
Add to Cart
Turquoise International Finger Cymbals - ORIENTAL large
Add to Cart
Velvet Gypsy Tribal Belt with Fringe - BLACK
Add to Cart
Coin Bra on Black Velvet - SILVER
Add to Cart
Short Sleeve Velvet Tribal Choli Top - BLACK
Add to Cart
ATS Drill Companion - Volume 1: The Pivot Bump Family - Krisztina Clark - DVD
Add to Cart
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
WildcardRead My Hips