About Carolena Nericcio

Carolena Nericcio is the dynamic founder of FatChanceBellyDance® and creator of the worldwide dance phenomenon known as FCBD®Style (formerly American Tribal Style®).

An early fascination with 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, FatChanceBellyDance®Style (FCBD®Style). Carolena founded the troupe FatChanceBellyDance® in 1987 and immediately captured the attention of audiences worldwide with stunning dance performances featuring majestic costuming and layers of ornate jewelry. The music, a carefully chosen collection of both traditional sounds and modern fusion, adds to the effect. FCBD®Style looks old, but it is actually new.

Students can study with Carolena anywhere in the world through online classes and private lessons. Instruction is further augmented by a collection of instructional DVDs and international workshops.  In addition to instruction, Carolena provides business consultation in the form of FCBD® Troupe Consulting.

When she’s not traveling the globe or working at her studio, Carolena enjoys exercising, sewing, knitting, and reading.

Carolena Nericcio

Photo by Danielle White Studios

About FatChanceBellyDance®

Often imitated, but never replicated, FatChanceBellyDance® is the world's premier FCBD®style troupe.

Personally trained and hand selected by Carolena, FatChanceBellyDance® is dedicated to providing the highest caliber of FCBD®Style performance and instruction.

FatChanceBellyDance® is Juhay Ahn, Yuka Sakata, Sofia Salazar-Rubio, Michiyo Salisbury, and Jesse Stanbridge.

Meet the Members of FatChanceBellyDance®