March 21, 2017

Instructors

Instructors

Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman

Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman is the dynamic founder of the worldwide dance phenomenon called American Tribal Style® Dance.

An early fascination of permanent body adornment lead 8-year old Carolena to request that her father, Carl, a collector himself, to buy a ring she could “wear always and not take off.” This concept evolved into the study of folkloric textiles, a body full of tattoos and a collection of jewelry and textiles from around the world.

The discovery of belly dance led to the creation of her own dance style, American Tribal Style® (ATS®) Belly Dance. FatChanceBellyDance® was founded by Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman in 1987 and immediately captured the attention of audiences worldwide with stunning dance performances featuring majestic costuming and layers of tribal jewelry. The music, a carefully chosen collection of both traditional sounds and modern fusion adds to the effect. American Tribal Style® looks old, but it is actually new.

Teaching at ATS Reunion:

  • Plenary Session
  • Dancing in Flow™

 

Megha Gavin

Unfortunately, Megha will not be able to teach at ATS Reunion this year.
Megha is the Director of Devyani Dance Company and Co-Director of Tribal Pura International. She administrates the Sister Studio Continuing Education program and Advanced Teacher Training programs offered by Tribal Pura International, a division of FatChanceBelllyDance®.

Megha began performing very early in life. She took her first dance classes at about the age of four and has been creating and performing ever since. Theatre soon caught her attention and that was her passion throughout her schooling years. It was in 1996 that she discovered American Tribal Style® Bellydance and immediately shifted her focus to this art form. In San Francisco, Megha studied ATS® with the originator of the style from 1996-1998. Upon returning to the Southeast, she began teaching ATS® classes in order to create a community of people to dance with. She was the first to offer these classes in this region and has continued teaching pure ATS for the last 18 years.

She continues to teach and perform at sold out workshops across the country and around the world both individually and on the Tribal Pura International tour with her teacher/partner, Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman. In 2003 Megha completed teacher certification with Carolena Nericcio (creator of ATS® and founder of FatChance BellyDance®) and entered into an exclusive partnership with her. They now take their love and appreciation of this elegant dance style in its original form on the road to co-teach the technique and artistic vision created by Carolena over the last 25 years.

Teaching at ATS Reunion:


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Angie Never

Angie Never is a dance and yoga teacher located in Columbus, OH. She is the director of Sacred Shimmy Tribal Bellydance and a 2017 ATS® Advanced Teacher Training graduate. She is also the creator of Yoga Enlarged, a yoga program for plus-size practitioners, and Digging In, and online ATS® practice intensive. In her spare time, she spends too much time practicing accordion and can’t stop drinking chai. Find out more at angienever.com.
Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Anita Lalwani

Growing up in Fairview Park, Ohio, Anita Lalwani was a bookworm. While she dabbled in athletics (tennis, skiing, and even synchronized swimming!), it was not until she moved to San Francisco and met Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman that she fell in love with American Tribal Style® (ATS®) bellydance. She has devoted her life to helping others find happiness through movement.

A certified yoga teacher since 2005, Anita currently teaches four vinyasa flow and two yin/restorative yoga classes per week at the Fitness SF gyms in the Castro and mid-market neighborhoods in San Francisco. In 2008, she added one-on-one personal fitness training to her workload, and currently averages 15 to 20 clients per week. Her clients range from young to old, injured to athletic, and businesslike to artsy. No matter what their goals, she gently nurtures them to honor the gift of the body by optimizing their posture and movement patterns.

Anita has been dancing with FatChanceBellyDance® and instructing classes for well over a decade. In her workshops and classes, Anita shares with her students her passion and belief in the transformative power of music and dance. “As a dancer, it’s taken me a long time and on my dance journey, I have made every possible mistake you could possibly make. Let me help you understand and recognize that the mistakes you are making are a crucial component of your learning process. …And maybe I can help you avoid making the mistakes I’ve made!” You can find Anita on Facebook (once in a while), on her website, AnitaLalwani.com or at Anita@FCBD.com.

Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

ATS Sisters Collective

(Isabel De Lorenzo, Silvia Grassi, Gudrun Herald, Ilhaam, and Philippa Moirai)

Isabel De Lorenzo, Silvia Grassi, Gudrun Herald, Ilhaam, and Philippa Moirai

The ATS® Sisters Collective is a project involving five experienced ATS® dancers and teachers based in four different European countries. All of them are FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studios with their own ATS® troupes: Isabel De Lorenzo and Silvia Grassi are Carovana Tribale in Italy, Gudrun Herold directs Devadasi Caravan in Germany/France, Ilhaam is based in Spain and collaborates with many dancers in her Ilhaam Tribe, and Philippa Moirai directs Moirai Tribal Belly Dance troupe, in the United Kingdom, and is a Tribal Pura International Sister Studio Continuing Education instructor. Five different mother tongues (Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, English, and German) have been united by one common language: American Tribal Style® Belly Dance.

Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Carrie Meyer

Carrie Meyer, Photographer/The Dancers Eye, has had an interest in cameras and photography from a very young age, when her parents first allowed her to experiment with several of their cameras. She fondly remembers her first Kodak Instamatic, and the variety of fun shots she was able to capture with it. Carrie began belly dancing in 2001. She sought to find a workout that would inspire her to keep the weight off, while not being tied to the gym. Little did she know at the time that this was just the beginning of a love affair with dance that has now spanned over a decade.

In this period of time, she has learned traditional Egyptian, ATS and Fusion, and has danced in groups that have featured all these styles. Carrie has actively danced in several St. Louis based performing groups for over a decade. Regardless of the photographic subject matter, Carrie’s work shares certain commonalities. The clarity of the images represented, thoughtful composition, and the meaning of the moments in time that she captures characterize her work. The foundation of her work builds out from the strength and power of the basic images, and the personality, of her subjects. Having married her love of belly dance with her love of photography, Carrie offers her dancer subjects a unique opportunity to work with an artist who truly understands the dance, and how dancers want themselves to be portrayed. Carrie’s work has been featured on the covers of Shimmy, Fuse, Jareeda, and Zagareet and in the pages of Yallah and The ATS Magazine, among other publications.

Insomniac Studios – www.insomniacstudios.net
The Dancers Eye-Fine Bellydance Photography – www.thedancerseye.com

Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Dawn Grey

Dawn Grey has been a dancer most of her life, from the time she was very little, through college as a dance major, and immersing herself in ATS ® since 2010. Her career as a corporate trainer has given her insight into adult education and the challenges of interpersonal relationships between strong established personalities.
Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Dawn Ruckert

Dawn Ruckert is based out of the Raleigh-Durham, NC area. An instructor since 2002, she has received FCBD® certification in General Skills, Teacher Training and has also been granted FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio status. In 2013, Dawn was honored to be used as the example of “Submitting, Reviewing, and Revising your ATS® Movement Dialect” in Carolena’s FCBD® Director’s Cut blog for the movement dialects devised by Dayanisma. She has also partnered with Terri of Third Eye Tribal and SuperBeth of Tamarind in 2014 to create the instructional DVD, “ATS® with Props.” Dawn is widely recognized for her use of props in ATS® improvisation. As an invited instructor for the first ATS® Homecoming in 2015, she shared her basket techniques with ATS® dancers from all over the world. Although best known for teaching her creative and masterful use of baskets, she also loves to incorporate the creative use of zilling, skirts, pots, swords, and fans into improvisation.
Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

DeAnna Freeman

In 2004, DeAnna met Megha, Director of Devyani Dance Company, and fell in love with American Tribal Style® (ATS®) belly dance. She joined Devyani Dance Company’s professional troupe in the fall of 2004 and in 2007 she was in the very first group to receive Sister Studio and Teacher Certification outside of FatChance BellyDance®. For the past ten years, DeAnna has dedicated her dance career to receiving the highest level of training and establishing herself as a leading professional in the ATS® community. ​

DeAnna is one of less than 20 Tribal Pura International Sister Studio Continuing Education instructors in the world and was one of the instructors accepted into the inaugural ATS® Advanced Teacher Training Certification. She’s had the pleasure of teaching and performing throughout the United States as well as India. She has appeared in FatChanceBellyDance® Tribal Basics Volume 7, Volume 9, in multiple performance DVDs and as an instructor in Indian Temple Poses and Yoga for ATS®. Her love of dance, movement and anatomy eventually led to her immersing herself in yoga study and teacher training. She became a registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (200hr RYT) in December 2013 with a focus on Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow. DeAnna’s continuous ATS® and yoga training creates a unique teaching style while remaining true to ATS® roots and tradition.

Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Helm

(Ling Shien, Mark Bell, and David Two Hawk)

From original compositions that have become classics in the worlds of Tribal and Belly Dance to traditional music from throughout the Mediterranean, Helm has continually expanded their repertoire since the band’s beginning in the early 1990’s.

Based in Marin County, CA, Helm has been touring internationally with recent performances in London, Rome, Lima, Istanbul, and the island of La Reunion. In addition to their 8 plus albums, Helm has provided sound tracks for both film and television productions.

Our basic trio consists of Ling Shien on Arabic woodwinds, accordion, and vocals, and with Mark Bell and David Two Hawk on percussion. Depending on the performance need, we can add oud, qanun, and violin to even better present the eclectric styles of the Middle East. Helm’s performance history includes over thirty Renaissance Faires, multiple appearances at the acclaimed San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, and numerous corporate and private functions.

Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Jen McDonald

Jen’s background as a student has lead to her belief that all women can dance, and she is passionate about nurturing a love of belly dance in all of her students. One can expect encouragement, patience, and enthusiasm in Jen’s classes, as well as a step-by-step breakdown of technique with a balance of focus and fun. Jen firmly believes that laughing promotes learning and people get better at what they enjoy and love. Jen is a student, performer, instructor, and a director dedicated to her troupes Twisted Gypsy and Crescent Rose Tribal, who perform regularly throughout Southern California. Serving as a FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio, her certifications include, General Skills (2008, 2016), Teacher Training (2009), Teacher Training II (2010), and Advanced Teacher Training (2015).
Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Jesse Stanbridge

Jesse’s love affair with ATS® began when she saw her first FatChanceBellyDance® performance in 2002. She fell in love instantly with the graceful display of feminine strength. Upon moving to London in 2005, Jesse was determined to foster and shape the UK’s burgeoning ATS® community. As co-founder of Moirai Tribal with Philippa Moirai, Jesse performed ATS® and hosted dance events throughout the UK. She continued to seek every opportunity to study with Carolena and FCBD®, and received her Teacher Training certification in 2008.

In 2012, Jesse relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. She feels incredibly lucky to study and teach at the FCBD® studio, and performs regularly with Tessera Tribal Belly Dance, a FCBD® Studio Troupe. As a teacher, she enjoys infusing students with confidence and a sense of accomplishment. She loves building the dance community and forming connections with fellow dancers. In 2016, Jesse became the co-manager of Studio SF and co-director of the FCBD® performance group alongside Sofia Salazar-Rubio.

Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Kae Montgomery

Hello everyone! I am so thrilled and honored to be teaching and sharing my passion for ATS® again at ATS Reunion!
In 2007 I packed my dreams, determination, and a bit of belongings into two suit cases and moved from Japan to San Francisco, the mecca of belly dance to study with the luminaries of this art form. I’ve studied directly under Carolena Nericcio and have been a member of FatChanceBellyDance® for seven years. Additionally, I trained under Kami Liddle and have been a member of Gold Star Dance Company for over three years. I feel so lucky to have been invited to share my passion for dance in over 15 countries and many cities across the United States. The best part of my travels has been meeting so many hard working, dedicated, beautiful dancers and I can’t wait to meet you in my workshops at ATS Reunion; we’ll have so much fun!
Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Kelley Beeston

Kelley Beeston is known for her inclusive, approachable teaching style often structuring her workshops holistically around a theme or concept. Her innate ability to break things down and simplify the most difficult steps and ideas has earned her a reputation as a thorough and knowledgeable teacher. In 2008 she launched her Oasis workshops, much loved by ATS® students, teachers and Sister Studios in the UK. Kelley’s passion radiates through, in her workshops, both at home and abroad, weekly classes and when performing with her troupe, Kalash Tribal. Based in SW England she regularly travels to the ‘mothership’ and has attended and performed at all three Homecoming events in the instructor showcase and with her special ensemble ‘Troupe Britannia.’ She became a Sister Studio Continuing Education Instructor, graduating from Advanced Teacher Training in June 2015 and is honoured to have been invited to teach both General Skills and Teacher Training alongside Carolena and Megha in 2016 and to assist in 2017. Kelley is currently working with Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman on their Sister to Sister projects empowering women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Kristine Adams

Kristine Adams counts herself lucky enough to have been a FCBD® troupe member since 2005, studying directly under Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman since 2003. This means being in the studio 3+ days a week, blood sweat and tears, side by side with the greats of ATS® ie: Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman, Wendy Allen, Anita Lalwani, Sandi Ball, Marsha Poulin, Colette Todorov, Jessie Gauld, Karen Gehrman, and the likes. Her message, “I know my ATS®. Make sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn from me as I wind my way around the world. I can’t wait to sweat it out with all you lovelies!”
Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Lacey Sanchez

Lacey Sanchez founded Florida Tribal Dance in November of 2006 in Orlando, Fl with the main goal of bringing Tribal Bellydance to the masses. She prides herself on her upbeat personality that puts students in a fun place to learn, and her meticulous breakdown of movements. Whether you are a first time dancer or a seasoned professional you will find Lacey’s teaching easy to comprehend and useful in any dancer’ s progression. With over 15 years of experience in bellydance and classical oriental dance, Lacey has an exciting, energetic and informative style of teaching that every student young and old, new and seasoned can benefit from. Lacey holds certifications in the YogaFit Method and FatChanceBellyDance® General Skills Classic & Modern. She has also completed the requirements for Phases I, II, and III of the 8 Elements Program by Rachel Brice.
Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Lisa Allred

Lisa Allred was introduced to bellydancing in 2004 by her twin sister, Terri. Soon thereafter she started attending classes with Dawn Ruckert and fell in love with ATS. The group format, challenging improvisation, shared leadership, and beauty resonated with her in a profound way. The universal language of ATS has allowed her to dance with others from around the world and to make so many new friends. She serves as the Assistant Director of Dayanisma and also dances professionally with Terri. Lisa is also a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years experience working with children, families, and communities.
Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Liz Malcom

Liz began her dance journey in 1995 by founding and performing in a Middle Eastern Dance troupe. In 2004, she discovered American Tribal Style® belly dance with Megha and was so enchanted, she immediately devoted herself exclusively to the study of ATS®. Honored by Megha’s invitation, Liz joined Devyani Dance Company that same year. In 2007 she received General Skills and Teacher Training certifications and continues to expand her training and education at every opportunity. Liz is a Tribal Pura International Sister Studio Continuing Education (SSCE) instructor and a graduate of the first ATS® Advanced Teacher Training in 2015. She has had the pleasure of teaching and performing throughout the United States and was thrilled to appear in Tribal Pura International’s “Indian Temple Poses and Yoga for ATS®” on DVD. Currently Liz is sharing the gift of ATS® and the remarkable community it cultivates as director of Dala Tribal Dance Company. She teaches weekly classes and performs regularly around the Birmingham, Alabama metro area.
Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Melody Bustillos

Melody Bustillos is the director of Salt City Tribal in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her dance back ground spans over many years which includes modern dance, classic and folk belly dance, fire performances, and over 20 years of sword dance experience. She started her ATS® journey in 2004, went on to GS, TT, TT2, achieved SS and stays current on SSCE. In 2009, she was a co-creator of the Davina Tribal Collective. Through collaborative efforts with Carolena Nerrico-Bohman, the sword dialect DVD “ATS®with an Edge” was produced.
Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Philippa Moirai

Taking her first ballet steps at the age of three, Philippa has had a lifelong passion for dance. A professional performer and teacher, her background includes classical dance, fire performance, circus skills, and performance arts. For over a decade she has specialised in American Tribal Style® belly dance, travelling worldwide to train extensively with Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman, the creator of ATS®, and many other master teachers. ATS® certified since 2007 and a FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio since 2008, Philippa feels privileged to have been invited to be a Sister Studio Continuing Education Instructor; and she strives to remain true to this dance form whilst sharing the knowledge and passion that she has for it.

Based in London, Philippa is well known for her encouraging and informative approach to teaching and her elegant dance style, regularly teaching and performing both locally and internationally. She feels honoured to have shared the stage with many amazing dancers and musicians, to have performed with Carolena, Megha and members of FCBD®, and to have co-taught the General Skills Intensive with Carolena on several occasions since 2011.

In addition to directing Moirai Tribal belly dance troupe, Philippa is an integral part of the FireWater Collective which organises Tribal events in London, and a member of the International ATS® Sisters Collective and Ter’zíMoirai.

For more information please see http://www.moiraitribal.com and www.firewatercollective.com.

Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Rita Simon

Rita Simon is a retired Family Practice physician who found JOY in ATS® belly dance in her first class in 2007. Since then, she has devoted herself to learning this JOYful, powerful dance and teaching it to women of all ages. Rita has been teaching as a FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio® since 2010.

She was a co-founder of Sofia Tribal in Eau Claire, WI, and owner/director of Spirit Horse Dance Company in Chippewa Falls, WI. Rita recently merged with her long-time dance sisters, Lasa Anahata Tribal, forming a new ATS collective in the Chippewa Valley. www.lasaanahatatribal.com

Rita’s knowledge and experience come from her intensive medical study of anatomy and physiology, insights gained from her equestrian and dance activities, her daily management of rheumatoid arthritis, and her personal yoga study/practice. Rita will help you gain insight into how to keep your dancing joy healthy and alive.

Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Super Beth

Elizabeth “Super Beth” Fish is director of Tamarind Tribal Belly Dance in Milwaukee, WI. A founding member of the troupe, she is known for her high energy performance and instruction, her passion for developing student growth, and innovative group work. Super Beth has studied with Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman, creator of ATS and Director of FatChanceBellyDance® (FCBD®) in San Francisco and was granted Sister Studio status in 2008. In addition, Super Beth is Initiation level certified in Rachel Brice 8 Elements and Key of Diamonds certified in Zoe Jakes format. Super Beth was among the dancers and has steps featured on FatChanceBellyDance® (FCBD®) Volume 9 DVD Anatomy of a Step and featured on ATS® with Props” DVD with Terri Allred of Third Eye Tribal and Dawn Ruckert of Dayanisma. In addition, she has another DVD currently available, Spirit of Seville, Fan and Skirt Combinations for ATS. Super Beth has been sought out to teach and perform both domestically and abroad and is a certified Pilates and barre fitness instructor.

For more information: tamarindtribalbellydance.com

Teaching at ATS Reunion:

 

Terri Allred

Terri came to study belly dance after a head injury left her unable to work or take care of her family. Her physical therapist suggested taking a dance class to help with dizziness and balance. When she walked into her first belly dance class, she knew she was home. Having grown up dancing ballet and jazz since Kindergarten, she was immediately drawn by the control and fascinated by the abandon of belly dance. She has studied Egyptian, Turkish, Lebanese, Persian, Indian, Hula, and Polynesian dance ultimately landing firmly in American Tribal Style®.She is a FCBD® Sister Studio, the owner of Third Eye Tribal in MN and The Belly Dance Business Academy. Terri is the Founded and Co-Produced ATS® Homecoming with Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman and is now the producer of ATS® Reunion. She is the former Business Consultant for FatChanceBellyDance® and former Program Manager and Advertising Director for The ATS® Magazine. She has recently published a book, “I Belly Dance Because: The Transformative Power of Dance,” and an instructional DVD, “ATS® with Props: Veil, Fan, and Basket.”
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