Colette Todorov

    Colette Todorov began belly dancing in 1997 with Carolena Nericcio of FatChanceBellyDance®  and was immediately intrigued by the many facets of American Tribal Style® (ATS®). She was a member of the professional troupe for over 6 years and a teacher at the FCBD® studio. Colette relocated to Oregon in 2008, establishing Scarlet Thistle Studio and founding a performance troupe. In 2011, Colette became the resident ATS® and Tribal instructor at Datura, Rachel Brice’s studio in Portland, bringing a decade of belly dance teaching experience to both studios and to workshops throughout the area.

    Colette is a self-proclaimed workshop junkie and continues to study and train with renowned dancers and musicians. She completed FCBD® General Skills in 2008 and FCBD® Teacher Training I/II in June 2012. In the spring of 2011, she was part of the first group to receive a “Certificate of Initiation” in Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements™ Format. Colette has studied at the Suhaila Salimpour School of Belly Dance, trained with Mira Betz in Mira’s weekly classes and has completed multiple zil and rhythm workshops with the group Helm and master musician Tobias Roberson. Her goal is to continue to develop as a dancer and to inspire others to discover how dance and creativity can drastically improve their life.

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    Cues & Tattoos 2018 Workshops


    Friday April 6th, 2018, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm- Make It Big: Formations For Groups & Ways To Play


    This workshop takes you beyond standard duets and trios, exploring formations for five or more
    dancers and multiple options for using the stage. Using Classic and Modern ATS® vocabulary, we’ll
    play with lateral fades, finding and keeping sightlines, and drill dancing in odd-shaped performance
    spaces. All formations are group improvisation friendly!


    Saturday April 7th, 2018, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm- Scarlet Universe


    Scarlet Thistle is known for their movement dialect that clearly represents and honors their ATS®
    foundation, but takes group improvisation to the next level. Based on the distinctive uplifted posture,
    adherence to ATS® rules (and exceptions), and a dedication to group improvisation, these moves tap
    into the dance forms that inspired ATS®, reinterpreting them in new and exciting ways.