Our Dance Form

Tribe Nawaar, Boulder Creek Festival 2012
Tribe Nawaar, Boulder Creek Festival 2012

American Tribal Style® (ATS®) is a dynamic and powerful dance, derived from ancient belly dancing techniques. Carolena Nericcio, the originator of ATS® and director of world famous FatChanceBellyDance® in San Francisco created this strong and beautiful art form in motion. Drawing on influences from the Middle East, India, Central Asia, North Africa and Spain, the roots of ATS® are in using a unique and finite group of steps to facilitate dancing in an improvisational style. The music is generally earthy, often using acoustical rhythms of the Middle East and North Africa. Although much of the costuming is made up of traditional pieces, they are not region-specific or traditionally worn

Tribe Nawaar, Elevation 2014

Tribe Nawaar is dedicated to preserving classic ATS® aesthetic, embellishing the form with their own dialect of moves and occasionally mixing things up with a bit of theatricality so don’t be surprised to see them dancing in orange jumpsuits with a gold glitter mini van to disco music or dancing the Charleston in polka dotted skirts!

Tribe Nawaar’s director, Jennifer Secrist Goran, comes from the San Francisco Bay Area and began taking classes with Carolena Nericcio in 1989

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