Maybe you are inspired and want to learn the complete art form and get involved in the ATS® Community, or perhaps just find exercise that doesn’t feel like work and want to  drop in for a class.

Whatever your reason, belly dance classes at FatChanceBellyDance® will provide you with the opportunity to achieve all of those goals.

Take a Class at FatChanceBellyDance®

Visit the home of American Tribal Style® dance.

Nestled in the Mission district, you will find the new location of FatChanceBellyDance®  at 672 South Van Ness Ave.  All classes are taught by FCBD® Instructors, trained and certified by Carolena Nericcio.

Currentry we are offering
“6-week Spring Series with FCBD® Formation Exploration”

This six-week series will explore all of the exciting formations in the ATS® vocabulary from power duets to Dueling Duets! Each week will focus on specific movements, beginning with technique breakdown and refinement, before exploring how these movements can be used effectively in the featured formation.

All levels are welcome! Familiarity and experience with ATS® is recommended but not required.

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Fees & Schedule

6-week Spring Series with FCBD® Formation Exploration


  • February 24th – March 30th
  • Mondays 6:30pm–8:00pm at Symbolic Dance & Fitness, 672 South Van Ness Ave. 


  • Single Class / Drop-in: $30 cash ($31 Credit Card including Eventbrite fee)
  • Series Pass $150.00 + $10.76 Eventbrite Fee

Class space is limited, register online to save your spot!

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Because I will not be bold enough to say this in person, I wanted to let each of you know that by offering your studio and classes and work to me you have offered me something monumental, something megalithic.

I am usually awkward at the studio and often feel like I say “the wrong thing” or blurt out something that I should maybe keep in, like being frustrated at how, after 3 months, I’m not a perfect dancer yet!

I feel very humbled and inspired whenever I enter the studio, as the vibe is palpably magickal and welcomes one into a higher level of existence, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and sensually!

Each teacher I have had so far brings something new to the dance, even though they teach the same things!!

I love how patient and thorough the instruction is, and that’s universal, regardless of who’s teaching. Each step is explained, questions are always encouraged so nobody feels left out, and the message that it’s ok not to get it right away is there in case you need to hear it! I feel that the teachers understand that the students are often their own worst enemies, especially when you’re struggling to learn so much that is new.

For 14 years belly dance has been my secret passion, but I have spent most of that time dancing alone in my living room because I was so ashamed to show my body in a classroom setting, to say nothing of actually considering performing!

For the first time in my life I feel that doesn’t have to be the status quo anymore. I can be a dancer too.

Because you’ve welcomed me, I can belong.

And so I thank you, Carolena, and everybody at the studio, and I thank Masha Archer and Jamila Salimpour.

With hope and devotion,

Observe a Class

You are always welcome to observe a class; if you’ve never taken a belly dance class and want to see what we’re about, check out Level 1: ATS® Dance Fundamentals Drill It! and Dance It! If you’ve completed 6 weeks of Level 1 and want to know what’s next, observe Level 2: ATS® Tribal Combinations. Wondering what happens in Level 3? Drop by on Saturdays afternoons for ATS® Drills and Improv.

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Got Questions?

You can learn more about us on our About page. To learn about our studio, including directions & accomodations, click here. You can learn about our Instructors here. If you are unfamiliar with ATS®, click here to read all about the dance style invented by Carolena.

We also have a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Still have questions? Click here to contact us and we will get back to you!

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