Q. What is your favorite thing about Tribal Style Belly Dance?
Dancing with people I have never danced with previously. It's such a joy! It was the whole reason I started to begin with...meet new people and take on amazing adventures!
Q. Tamarind Tribal Belly Dance has been going strong for a while now, is that your full time occupation and how often do you & your group perform?
It is a full time job in terms of my time (training, teaching, performing) and commitment, However, it is not a full time occupation in the traditional sense. I do have a "normal" job that I balance with it. I perform more than my group especially since I teach extensively. I perform roughly 30 times a year as a soloist and with the troupe. The troupe (without me) performs about 10 times a year at a variety of events.
Q. What inspired you to add fans to your ATS® performances?
I was at an event that had a cabaret dancer performing with fan veils. She was the most lovely creature and I was hooked instantly! I thought "I would love to learn how to do that!" I bought my first pair of fan veils and started practicing right away. When it came time to introduce others to the concept, I opted for the shorter version to get people used to the concept.
Q. How long did it take to make your section of the ATS® with Props: Veil, Fan, and Basket instructional DVD & what was the most fun/most challenging part?
All 3 of us filmed that whole DVD in 2 days! The most challenging part was narrowing down what I wanted to film (I have more material than what was ultimately released to the public). The best part was hanging out with such an amazing group of women! Terri and Dawn are just wonderful women! Their troupes contain amazing and talented women. It was like a big family reunion.
Q. I hear that your 2017 schedule is pretty hectic – are there any key events or happenings that you are particularly looking forward to?
I'm performing at the Fission Show during the Mega Massive in Las Vegas. I'm teaching and performing in Sandpoint, Idaho in April -- that should be an absolute blast! Neats Camp in September in New York should be great! The last time I was there, I had to drive - but that's a different story). I have my sights set on another 1 or 2 overseas locations, but those aren't confirmed yet. www.TamarindTribalBellyDance.com
Q. I see that you are in the process of making another new DVD – what is the focus of that?
It's called the "Spirit of Seville: Fan and Skirt for ATS®" I'm doing a poster session on the concept at ATS® Homecoming this January in San Francisco. It presents the use of a single fan and skirt used in concert. I tried to make the instruction on this DVD simple enough, with detailed break downs of the moves, to make them readily digestible even for those dancers who aren't traditionally ATS® dancers.
Q. Adding new props to ATS® performances seems to be growing in popularity internationally & it’s slowly becoming prevalent here too – what do you think might be the next prop or other trend that we may not have come across way down here in NZ yet?
Oh I have some ideas, but perhaps it's best left as a surprise.
DVD Review - ATS® with Props: Veil, Fan, and Basket
By Tracey of TribalDiva Belly Dance Company (Christchurch)
This Instructional DVD is actually a 3 DVD set with a separate DVD focussing on each prop with the following FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studios:
Each DVD follows a similar format with an introduction from the tutor, a performance from the featured group, then an instructional section followed by a drill session. For each prop there are breakdowns of 10 – 12 ATS® steps adjusted for the specific prop. These breakdowns are clear, easy to follow and demonstrated from all relevant angles so should be easy for the viewer to follow. The instructional sections include thorough information on prop options and choice, handling, posture and choice of music to complement the props.
The tutors discuss having kept the steps used as close to the original ATS® step as possible while allowing for the prop to be best displayed, and as an ATS® dancer it is easy to see the base steps and make the adjustments for each prop. This DVD does assume that the viewer is already familiar with the ATS® format, as although each step is broken down thoroughly and references are given to the original step on the FCBD® instructional videos there isn’t any instruction included about ATS® improvisational techniques. This DVD was made with the support of Carolena Nericcio (director of FatChanceBellyDance, creator of American Tribal Style® Belly Dance) – there is an intro from her on the DVD & she can be heard counting for the tutors during the instructional sections.
To fund the making of this DVD the tutors set up a Kickstarter project with a goal of raising US$6000 (which they achieved with 103 people pledging money to fund the project – a pledge of US$35 or more got backers a copy of the DVD, which considering that the DVD is currently on Amazon for US$44 is actually a pretty good deal!), behind the scenes updates & photos posted on the Kickstarter website:
Overall I think this DVD set is well made & good value – the TribalDiva Belly Dance Company dancers have already had fun adding these props to their repertoire!