What is American Tribal Style® Belly Dance?

American Tribal Style Belly Dance® (ATS®) is a modern style of dance created by

FatChanceBellyDance® director, Carolena Nericcio

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In 1974, Carolena began dancing with Masha Archer and the San Francisco Classic Dance Troupe. Masha’s style was an eclectic blend of classic Egyptian, Folkloric, and any other influence that she found enticing. In 1987, after the SF Classic Dance Troupe disbanded, Carolena began teaching in a small studio in the Noe Valley Ministry. Her only goal was to teach people to dance so she could have dance partners.

Being young and tattooed, Carolena attracted other young people living alternative lifestyles. The Modern Primitives movement was also underway. Tattoos and primitive styles of body adornment were the vogue. Carolena and her students performed at tattoo shows and conventions and became well known in the City by the Bay . . .


Participants in Carolena's two-day performance intensive worked on the fine art of crafting an ATS® set. These hardworking and dedicated students joined Carolena and FatChanceBellyDance® onstage at the Cues & Tattoos 2017 Instructor Showcase.