"The general category Tribal Style is accredited to Jamila Salimpour who fostered a fusion of costumes and
folkloric dances styles from the Banjara gypsies of Rajasthan and began teaching what she knew and performing all
over California and the West Coast. Using traditional folkloric dance elements and costumes inspired by traditional
and ethnographic traditions, she presented on stage through Bal Anat a colorful dance company which included
musicians, singers and dancers to create a "souk" or almost circus feel. Taking what she herself had learned from
native dancers from Morocco, Algeria, Turkey, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon who were dancing in the United States, she
began to catalogue "belly dance movement" and began creating a basic repertoire terminology which is still the
basis for Tribal Style and American Tribal Style repertoire.
Tribal Style today represents everything from Folkloric inspired dances to a fusion of ancient dance techniques
from North India, the Middle East, Spain and Africa. As a general category, Tribal Style covers many flavors of
American Belly Dance both the folkloric inspired like Dalia Carella and fusion and cross over styles which explore
modern, jazz, dance theatre, and hip hop with belly dance, as well as fusion with traditional classical ethnic
dance forms like Bhangra, Bharata Natyam, Flamenco and now even Polynesian and West African Dance.
American Tribal Style Belly Dance or Tribal Style Belly Dance (also known as ATS
or Tribal) is a modern style of bellydance created by FatChanceBellyDance director, Carolena Nericcio.
American Tribal Style Belly Dance is clearly defined and documented with the primary characteristic being that of
group improvisation. Tribal is generally performed in a group, often at community events such as festivals and
parades, with tribal dancers typically favoring a look provided by wide-legged pants gathered at the ankles (aka
pantaloons), tops known as cholis and full skirts.
Tribal Fusion Belly Dance is a modern form of belly dance which has evolved from American
Tribal Style belly dancing, blending elements of ATS with any other style of dance. It frequently incorporates
elements from Popping, Hip Hop, Breakdance, 'Egyptian' or 'Cabaret' belly dance, as well as from traditional forms
such as Flamenco, Kathak, Bhangra, Balinese, and other folkloric dance styles."