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.
Photo by Danielle White Studios
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.