Our Resident performers are committed to the growth of their community and artform- we are extremely thankful for their hard work and talents!
Angela started belly dancing a little over 4 years ago in Fairbanks, Alaska. She moved to the Bay Area a year and a half ago, and now dances primarily with Jill Parker and the Foxglove Sweethearts. Angela has a background in Raqs Sharqi and Tribal Improv, as well as previous training in jazz dance. As a soloist, she now focuses on Fusion belly dance. As a performer, her primary goal is to let her dancing reflect her deep love of music and movement.
Chandala Shiva is a bellydance artist and instructor from the Santa Cruz Mountains. She is the owner of White Tara Studio, a certified Practitioner of Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements of Bellydance, the director of Satinka Bellydance and a proud member of Arcana Music & Dance. She trains hard, dreams big, loves bigger and always dances from her heart.
American Tribal Style® Belly Dance (ATS®) is a modern style of dance created by FatChanceBellyDance® director, Carolena Nericcio.In 1974, Carolena began dancing with Masha Archer and the San Francisco Classic Dance Troupe. Masha’s style was an eclectic blend of classic Egyptian, Folkloric, and any other influence that she found enticing. Masha, a trained painter and sculptor, taught her dancers to create art through dance. In 1987, after the SF Classic Dance Troupe disbanded, Carolena began teaching in a small studio in the Noe Valley Ministry. Her only goal was to teach people to dance so she could have dance partners.
The core concept remains in place: leader to the left, followers to the right. Watch for interaction among the dancers, who always have their attention trained on the lead position, looking for the cue for the next step. When the dancers face each other and make eye contact, the lead is neutral, falling to the dancer who presents the next cue. But don’t think too hard! Allow yourself to see the whole picture: women working together in cooperation; a group focused on presenting the dance as one entity.
Laila Astar was introduced to belly dancing in 2000 as one of the youngest founding members of the ATS belly dance troupe Banat Casablanca based in Macomb, IL. She moved to Chicago, IL in 2007 where she began a successful solo career in both performance and teaching. She taught belly danceclasses for four years at the University of Illinois Chicago Student Recreation Center where she lead a student troupe that performed four consecutive semesters for a breast cancer fundraiser in Champaign-Urbana, IL. She enjoyed a short time in Monterey, CA in 2011 where she danced at a local restaurant for a weekly performance with a live drummer. She then moved to Atlanta, GA in 2012, where she was a regular performer at 7 different establishments. She moved to San Francisco in August 2013 to pursue an MA in Philosophy at San Francisco State University.
You could say that Shanti is a bit of a bellydance nerd, or even a lot of a bellydance nerd! Big, brassy finger cymbals and ooey-gooey isolations are where it’s at for this girl! Shanti was first exposed to this crazy dance form in 2002 and has fallen very deeply in love over the years. Within that time she has explored many styles of bellydance (American Cabaret, ATS, Turkish Rom, Arabic Folkdance, etc.), most recently focusing on Tribal Fusion and dancing with those who inspire her.
Shanti is 8 Elements Phase II certified and enjoys collaborating in group projects as well as performing as a soloist in Los Angeles and throughout the West Coast. She is currently a member of Aubre Hill’s Qabila Folkdance Company and co-directs Mas’uuda with Scotie Clark.
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Shondell was born at a very early age. She grew up poor and wuzzled and didn’t discover dance until she was already an adult. Anyway … now she loves dance, bunnies, anddancing bunnies. HA. If you’re a fan of super weird music, Shondell just might dance to it. Check her out.
Director of the acclaimed Dangerous Beauties dance troupe and Co-director of Troupe Scimitar Surreyya is a an award-winning, international performer and instructor. She sings in English and Turkish, and dances regularly solo as well as with several world fusion and rock bands. Surreyya’s performance is full of excitement, and is inspired by Egyptian, Turkish and American Tribal flavors of dance. She has performed for Cirque du Soleil and is an annual entertainer for Apple, Sandisk and Yahoo corporations. Surreyya is currently working toward her masters degree in dance performance/production.
T. fell in love with dance “at gun point” at the age of 5 in the Soviet Union, where she was introduced to Ballet and Ballroom via the infamous Russian instruction methods. She has since found other forms of dance to love, including fusion belly dance. Her influences come from wonderful teachers and mentors, the poetry of genuine human experience, and the music itself.
She has had the pleasure of performing with The Lady Fred’s Black Heart Ballads, The Americano Social Club dancers, DJ Amar and Calamity Sam at Taverna Nights, Jill Parker’s Student Dancers, and Elizabeth Strong & Rose Harden’s Shtetl Shakers.
Tessera Tribal is a studio troupe at FatChanceBellyDance®, performing American Tribal Style® Belly Dance in the classic improvisational style. These dancers have all come from elsewhere to further their dance practice at FCBD, and together they showcase the community spirit ATS is best known for.
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