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Tribal Belly Dance

This page is dedicated to the many styles of Tribal Belly Dancing.  From it's creation in San Francisco to its spread world wide touching on all the new styles born from American Tribal Style® (ATS®) or Classic Tribal.

I have compiled articles, books, costuming, videos and websites on tribal belly dance and as this style of dance is ever evolving so will this page.




Articles - below are various articles on tribal belly dancing.  From the definition of tribal belly dance to the history of this art form and some pieces in between. 

American Tribal Style® Belly Dance - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

ATS® Costuming: the great equalizer - by Sharon Moore

ATS® vs. Tribal Bellydance: what's the difference? - from Tribal Bellydance.org

Belly Dance ‘N All that Jazz: trends in Tribal Fusion - by Jasmine June and Kimberly Mackoy

A Brief History of ATS® - by Julia DiVerdi

The Elusive Definition of Tribal Bellydance - by Sharon Moore

History and Background Information on Tribal Fusion Style Belly Dance - scroll down the page to see the article

Improvisation is Boring! - a thread by Palika of Heavy Hips

An Intro to Tribal Fusion Belly Dance - by Jasmine June

Is ATS®/Tribal a Historical/Authentic Dance? - by Sharon Moore

A Moment with Amy Sigil - by Lynette Harris

Tribal Fusion: an evolving dance form - by Jasmine June

Tribal is Easy - by Sharon from Tribalbellydance.org

The Trouble with Tribal (Fusion) - by Asharah

What is Tribal Belly Dance? - from MED website

What is Tribal Style Bellydance - a video by Manca

Costuming - below are articles, books and patterns of tribal costuming.

From Turban to Toe Ring - by Dawn Brown
From Turban to Toe Ring is a guide for designing and making tribal-fusion belly dance wear. This style, which originated in the San Francisco dance community and has spread world-wide, is fast becoming one of the most popular costuming options. Tribal-fusion costuming is an assemblage of design elements pulled from many different tribal, rural, and nomadic peoples from North Africa, across the Near and Middle East, and as far away as India. Surface design techniques, articles of clothing, and jewelry components are fused together to create a look that blends all of these items into an exciting and uniquely individual image for each dancer.
Spiral-bound: 102 pages 
Publisher: Ibexa Press (March 24, 2000) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 0967817013 
ISBN-13: 978-0967817019 

Cowrie Shell Hair Fall Tutorial - by LJ

How to Alter a Rajasthani Choli - by Sharon Moore

Indian Shisha (Mirror) Embroidery - from Joyful Abode

Tribal Looking Hair Tassels - by LJ



YouTube Clips - YouTube is a fabulous place to find clips of Tribal artists from ATS to tribal fusion.  Enjoy the clips below these are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tribal belly dance clips.

ATS® - various artists using search term ATS®

Blacksheep Belly Dance - various clips

FCBD® - various clips

Rachel Brice - various clips

The Roots of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance - video collection from Rachel Brice

Tribal Fest- various artists performing at Tribal Fest Annual festival in CA

Tribal Fusion - various artists using search term tribal fusion

Unmata - various clips

Urban Tribal - various clips

What is Tribal Style Bellydance - by Manca
Interviews with well-known artists and who considers themselves "tribal"

Zoe Jakes - various clips


Websites - contained here are informative websites on tribal belly dancing.  For tribal soloists and troupes please visit the "links" page.

Google - Image Results - photos of tribal dancers, costumes, art work and more

Pedraltra Magazine - UK website with articles and more

Tribal Bellydance.org - a resource for tribalists from ATS® to zills



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