ATS Belly Dancing
Meets: Mondays, 3pm - 4.30pm, weekly
Venue: The Dance Studio at The Earthbeat Centre, Saltburn
Group Leader: Val Grainger
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The dance group is now more than three years old. And all love this dancing as much as I do.
American Tribal Style (ATS) Belly Dance is a strong and powerful form of dancing, containing elements of Egyptian Belly dance, Flamenco, & Middle Eastern Folk dance, with bits of Indian influences. It's only called American because that's where it was started in the 1970s by Carolenna Nerrico.
All ATS dancers in the world dance the same way, so it's easy to dance with someone you have just met. ATS dancers learn the steps one by one - they all have names. And then the steps are put together into dances. Music sources are diverse too but I like that from the Middle East, Balkans, and Spain.
Costuming is colourful and glamorous. For women it includes a big cotton skirt, a short or long (coverup) choli top, a hip belt with tassles, and huge pantaloons which go under the skirt. Also big head dresses of silk flowers, cowrie shells, and coins. Plus much ethnic jewellery. The biggest outlay is for the skirt, the rest can be made or sourced from charity shops or Ebay. Costume for male dancers is pantaloons, a hip belt, a sleeveless tunic and a turban.
Dancing helps strength, co-ordination, balance, posture, and really lifts the spirits. We have lots of fun learning the steps and dancing together to lovely music from the Middle East. The group has danced at several haflas (dance party for groups of dancers), carehomes and at SDU3A Update meetings.
Then come and join us on Monday afternoons at 2.30-4.00pm in the dance studio at Earthbeat Centre. Or message me using the button on the top right of this page. At first you will need some soft dance shoes, socks, or bare feet. No noisy coin belts please, but do bring a hip shawl if you have one. See you there!