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.
Carolena has compiled a montage of different “tribal” elements into what has been coined American Tribal Style® Belly Dance. ATS® movements are inspired by folkloric dances of the Middle East and India. Aesthetically ATS® is based on the richness of textiles and jewelry from North Africa and India. ATS® is a method of improvisational choreography, using a vocabulary of natural movements and cues allowing the dancers to communicate via gesture and eye contact when dancing together. The effect is vibrant thread drawing the audience into the tapestry.
Students can find studio classes in San Francisco, via Skype, and On-line Classes. Instruction is further augmented by a collection of instructional DVDs and international workshop travel.
After 30 years of promoting ATS® and directing FatChanceBellyDance® in San Francisco, Carolena is enjoying semi-retirement at her new shop, Studio 508 in Half Moon Bay CA.
She is a consulting member of the newly formed FatChanceBellyDance® Teaching Collective and minds the business side of the Nakarali Jewelry Company, co-owned with Colleena Shakti.
When she’s not traveling the globe or working at Studio 508, Carolena enjoys spending time with her partner Loretta Nericcio-Bohlman, exercising, sewing, knitting and reading.
Cues & Tattoos 2018 Workshops
Friday April 6th, 2018, 3:00 pm -5:00 pm- Picky Technique
Ever wondered what the hands are doing in the third section of the Sahra Turn? How to keep the lifting hip weightless in the Taxeem? Do your arms get tired after a few minutes of dancing? You asked for it, you got it! A class devoted to your specific technique questions. Please be versed in the basics: Taxeem, Bodywave, Hand Floreos and Arm Undulations, Shimmy, basic Arabic, basic Eygptian, Pivot Bump and Choochoo. Bring: zils, a full skirt is recommended but not mandatory.
Saturday April 7th, 2018, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm- The Tricks to Spins and Turns
Understand how to position the body so that you don’t have to work as hard, or get as dizzy. This class will cover slow turns as well as fast turns and spins. This class is for intermediate and advanced dancers skilled in ATS®. You will need to know and be able to execute the basic steps: Taxeem, Bodywave, Hand Floreos and Arm Undulations, Shimmy, basic Arabic, basic Eygptian, Pivot Bump and Choo-choo. Bring: zils, a full skirt is recommended but not mandatory.
Sunday April 8th, 2018, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm- Formations That Work
Group presentations are strengthened by solid formations, where each dancer knows their position and can quickly and easily respond to cues from the leader. These formations morph, changing shape and size as the performance progresses. In this workshop, Carolena will discuss the fine points of ATS® formations, giving insight into the positions, sight lines and placement. She will discuss the importance of clear and exciting transitions between formations, and also include transitions between dancers and between moves, including what your feet are doing under your skirt.
Please be versed in the basics: Taxeem, Bodywave, Hand Floreos and Arm Undulations, Shimmy, basic Arabic, basic Eygptian, Pivot Bump and Choochoo. Bring: zils, a full skirt is recommended but not mandatory.