Tribal Belly Dance

Dea Robson
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Tuesday 5th and 12th April , 11am- Come along for a Taster!

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  • We will be re-capping moves -

  • Flat Circle

  • Shoulder rolls/taqs

  • Shoki

  • Drag Step

  • Homage to Mother Earth

  • Praising Universe

  • Side step

  • Shoulder drops

  • Twisted leg

  • Hand flick

We are welcoming newbies and those who have been before.

Raks Sharki  

6 week course- Belly Dance Basic Moves, commences Tuesday 11am,  3rd May 2022 

Basic Raks Sharki Techniques
After six weeks of attendance will:-

1.  Have gained an insight into bellydance & it’s history
2. Be able to execute half of the moves listed, smoothly & with precision
3. Be able to participate in drill exercises of moves learnt, in time to varied musical rhythms
4. Recognise & follow given moves
5. Be able to link at least 4 fluid movements
6. Participate in choreographed dance (Barsha Saber El Robaey)
7. Participated in warm up & cool down exercises


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A Little History...

It all began in America in the middle of the 20th century. So when you consider how old traditional Egyptian or Turkish bellydance is for example, dating back to ancient times of Tutankhamen and Cleopatra, really tribal bellydance is very young.


Jamilia Salimpour started the Tribal beginnings, when she started classes in 1949. She developed her own vocabulary (some terms we still use today), for the moves she taught. Her troupe Bal Anat (Dance of the Mother Goddess), performed her version of dance styles, that fused Middle Eastern, Indian, Spanish, North African et al. The troupe was made up of dancers, singers and musicians, they performed at festivals, fayres and public events.


In the 1970's, Masha Archer, student of Jamilia's, set up her own classes, but as she had never learned to choreograph, came up with improvising, to fill in the gaps. A student of Masha's' was Carolena Nericcio/Bohlman, who went on the start her own troupe 'Fat Chance Belly Dance'.

This name came about because belly dancers have an image of being prostitutes and strippers, so when asked for a private show, Carolena, would reply 'Fat chance'. When Morocco of New York an American Belly Dancer, saw a performance, she coined the phrase 'American Tribal Bellydance' (ATS). Which Carolena adopted and registered.


Paulette Rees-Denis was a friend of Carolena and attended her first classes. They enjoyed dancing together even though they didn't know what it was called, it had no name then. They began to develop a unique style of dance. Their very first performance was for Paulette's birthday in her backyard. They continued to dance and perform together and the troupe grew in numbers. The dance became known as ATS. They began to develop a style of costuming, by making and adapting pieces to wear, big, full skirts, large pantaloons, decorated bras and cropped choli tops. All adorned with lots of big, chunky and ethnic jewellery and headwear - turbans, flowers.

They continued to dance together until Paulette moved to Portland, Oregon in 1991. It was there that Gypsy Caravan was born ( the dance format we use at EB ). Paulette decided to carry on with the dance but with her own interpretation of tribal style bellydance. Incorporating the left side of the body as well (ATS is predominantly right sided). Paulette has gone from strength to strength with her teaching, her travels, her blogs, online classes, online training and her continued development and dedication to this dance.


Her book "Tribal Vision - A Celebration of Life Through Dance" was published in 2008 and documents her journey of dance.

Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance is so much more, with new and exciting things coming at you all the time. Since the early inception of Tribal Bellydance, there are now many other dance troupes with their own take on the genres that come under this umbrella. Tribal fusion, gothic, folkloric, gypsy style, tribal style to name just a few. The word Gypsy has now been dropped from Gypsy Caravan Style due to its potentially offensive connotations and is now known as Global Caravan Tribal Style ( the dance format we use at ENERGYBODi)