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What is American Tribal Style®?

American Tribal Style® (ATS®) belly dance was created by Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman, founder and director of FatChanceBellyDance®


ATS® is a group improvisational format that uses a shared vocabulary of movements, cues, formations, and musicality to create spontaneous choreographies.  Every performance is a unique display of swirling skirts, ornate adornment, and camaraderie between dancers.Blending influences from the folkloric dances of India, the Middle East, Spain, and North Africa, ATS® is a modern innovation with an old-world feel.  


Since its creation 30 years ago, ATS® has expanded from its base in SanFrancisco into a worldwide phenomenon, with Sister Studios across the globe.