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Classes Frequently Asked Questions

San Francisco classes are currently on hiatus. More information here.

How do I join a class at the SF Studio?
  • Current students – Please RSVP for upcoming classes!
  • New students can Drop-in. Or register for classes online ahead of time and streamline your check-in process at the studio.
How many people can take classes?

Classroom capacity is 20 students per session. Class will be closed once capacity is met, so please arrive early to secure a space!

Register for classes online and secure your spot in class ahead of time!

What time should I arrive for class?

Our classes start promptly. Please arrive 10–15 minutes prior to the beginning of class to ensure that you have ample time to get ready. The Studio is open 30 minutes before each class. Please come early to shop, meet the instructors or just get settled and grounded.

Who can take your classes?

We welcome adults of any gender, size and ethnicity (18 years and older). For insurance purposes, children are not allowed in the studio or unattended in the store/waiting area. We do not provide childcare.

What should I wear to class?

If you are new to ATS® Dance Fundamentals just wear a comfortable top and a skirt or loose pants. A scarf for your hips adds a nice touch. You’ll see dancers wearing a choli top and skirt, the official gear of ATS®, which you can purchase at the studio store when you are ready, or make your own. Bare feet, socks or dance shoes only in the studio, please.

What should I pack in my dance bag?

Come prepared with a water bottle, dance shoes (if you wear them), and a notebook and pen to take notes if you wish. You will also need zils (finger cymbals)—bring your own or purchase a pair at the studio.  Practice pairs are also available for you to try out.

How is American Tribal Style® different from other styles of belly dance?

American Tribal Style® is based on group improvisation rather than choreography. The ATS® system uses a standardized “vocabulary” of dance movements with built in cues and transitions that make it possible for dancers to improvise together in set formations.

I’ve taken other belly dance classes; can I jump into Level 2 or 3?

While you will be learning many of the same movements that are used in other forms of belly dance, American Tribal Style® has it’s own unique vocabulary and formation system.

Level 2 and 3 require a strong understanding of the ATS® system, which can only be gained by first taking Level 1. Familiarity with belly dance, or any other dance form, will likely help you progress quickly into the more advanced classes.

How can I get the most out of classes?

Beginners are encouraged to occupy the window side of the room in order to have the best view of the instructor. Be present and open minded, this is a friendly and safe environment! Don’t be afraid to make mistakes—everyone in class is a student, too. Most importantly: Have fun!

Where can I see ATS® performances?

Watching performances is one of the best ways to see what ATS® is all about. FatChanceBellyDance®, BlueDiamondsBellyDance, the student performance troupe, and various studio troupes are always busy performing in and around the Bay Area.

Visit our performance calendar to see where you can catch the next performance. We’d love to see you in the audience!

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