There is no dance form quite like Tribal Belly Dance.
The roots of the dance are firmly in the Middle East, but with added influences from North African, Indian and Flamenco dance.
But it is in the improvisational nature of the dance that the true magic happens. No two dances are ever the same. The dancers are in constant communication with each other as one move flows into the next, following the cues given by the leader.
As a dancer you learn the moves and the cues which tell you what is coming next. As a troupe you learn each others' bodies and gestures, which unite you into one dancing unit.
Tribal Belly Dance was created in the 1980s on the West coast of America by Carolena Nericcio of Fat Chance Belly Dance. Following on from the work of Jamila Salimpour and Masha Archer, it was Carolena who developed the concept of leaders and followers that is the true genius of improvisation. She called the style American Tribal Style (ATS) to distinguish it from classical belly dance.
The style has become very popular throughout the world and has evolved in numerous ways. There are now many different styles that have developed out of ATS as each troupe adds their own creativity and develops their own moves and character. Most of these troupes, like Majidah, have remained faithful to the core idea of group improvisation that gives the dance its special energy.
One of the wonderful things about Tribal Belly Dance is the dressing up! Our costumes are very elaborate, full 25 yard skirts are layered over voluminous harem pants, fringed scarves and tassels accentuate the hips. Bras heavily adorned with antique coins are worn over choli tops. Many flowers adorn the hair and the look is completed with lots and lots of jewellery.
Majidah love strong colours and although no two costumes are identical we are united by our choice if colour, a different combination for each occasion.