Director and Master Teacher
Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman is a name synonymous with Tribal Style as we know it in American subculture today.
An early fascination of permanent body adornment lead the 8-year old Carolena to request her Father, 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® Belly Dance. It’s 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 when dancing together. The effect is a vibrant thread drawing the audience into the tapestry.
Her troupe, FatChanceBellyDance®, is a Bay Area phenomenon that has become known around the world. The majestic costuming, including full headdresses and layers of ethnic jewelry, celebrate folk art of the old world. The music, a carefully chosen collection of both traditional sounds and modern fusion adds the effect… American Tribal Style® looks “old” but it is actually “new.”
The worldwide popularity of ATS® led Carolena to create a substantial series of Tribal Basics DVDs bringing the instruction, performance and inspiration for the dance to an global community. Musical CDs were also created in collaboration with renown artists.