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LEARN TO BELLY DANCE ONLINE. BELLY DANCE VIDEO LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS. TRIBAL MUSIC
A recent movement in the U.S. called American Tribal Style Belly Dance, or ATS, represents everything from folklore-inspired dances to the fusion of ancient dance techniques from North India, the Middle East, and Africa. Created in the early 1990s by Carolena Nericcio, founder of Fat Chance Belly Dance in San Francisco, ATS has a format consisting of a vocabulary of steps that are designed to be performed improvisationally in a lead-follow manner. Pure ATS is performed in a group, typically with a chorus of dancers using zills, or finger cymbals, as accompaniment. The music can be folkloric or modern, and the costume is heavily layered, evoking traditions of any or all of its fusion of cultural influences.
Tribal Music and Belly Dance Band Gypsy Caravan
Tribal Music and Belly Dance Band Gypsy Caravan is an eclectic troupe of tribal belly dancers, founded in 1991 by artistic director Paulette Rees-Denis. They are urban berbers, a contemporary family, performing a fusion style of tribal belly dance that reflects the ancient longing to celebrate community spirit. Their name pays tribute to the nomadic tribal folk who carried their song and dance with them as they traveled from country to country. The migration into modern times is what continuously inspires the Gypsy Caravan. The band, Mizna, plays a combination of traditional and modern instruments. Percussive acoustic instruments- the dumbek, davul, tar, and djembe- match the dancers; vigorous hip movements. Melodies played on various strings--oud, cumbush, saz--and wind instruments--zurna, mizmar, arghul, ney, and didgeridoo--inspire the belly dancer's sinuous stylings.
Their new CD, Mizna, was released Fall 2006. Spectacular and inviting, the belly dancers of Gypsy Caravan transverse time and defy the borders of tribal belly dance by blending the essence of Indian, Turkish, North African, and European dances, while rooted in modern American dance. Intoxicating and powerful, belly dancers use improvisational instincts with the spontaneity of the moment. They sometimes incorporatie props-fans, veils, swords, baskets, zils--to demonstrate their skill and enrich the performance. With the resurging interest in belly dance, the Gypsy Caravan have toured throughout the Pacific Northwest, around North America, Europe, and Australia from their home base in Portland, Oregon. Their latest documentary, Tribal Travels, released in 2005, won an award for Best Historical Documentary. Please see their web pages for more information, photos, classes, and performance schedules.
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