American Tribal Style or ATS is a modern style of bellydance that draws on the dances roots in the Middle East, parts of Asia and Africa. ATS takes on different characteristics of other styles such as Flamenco to create a unique form of bellydance. ATS is essentially a group improvisation; where cues such as head turns, vocal changes or head movements indicate the next move. The beauty of ATS comes from a group of dancers working together in cooperation to create a brand new dance each time. The cues for ATS may vary in style depending on the teacher but the core moves remain the same, meaning that any tribal dancer in the world can perform with another tribal dancer no matter what their background. The dance removes cultural, language and age barriers to bring together women united in dance as one tribe.
What to wear
Come to class in a fitted or mid-driff baring top – basically something that will allow you to see the movements of your stomach to ensure you are doing the moves correctly. Comfy pants or skirt. A long silky scarf that can be tied around your hips. Bare feet. Towel. Water.