Classes

No Further Regular Classes 

All ATS classes conducted by Western Australia 's first and only USA trained American Tribal Style teacher, Alaine Haddon-Casey, Director of the Gypsy Trail Tribal Dance Company® Diaspora and West Coast Urban Tribes.  Alaine teaches and performs ATS  internationally and contributed the Australia content in Chapter 3 of the Tribal Bible USA 2nd Edition. ( see details below ). 

The Gypsy Trail Tribal Dance Company® conducted classes in North Perth, Scarborough and Quinns Rock as well as workshops throughout Australia, Singapore, China (via satellite) and in the USA (2004 & 2005)!
 

North Perth

The Chapel Space, 117 Angove St, North Perth
( 2 back from the corner of Charles Street . Easily accessible from the Farmer Freeway, Mitchell Freeway and about 5 minutes from the CBD)

ATS Level Two: Intermediate: Cues, Transitions & Variations
No longer available (ongoing)

Course Description: Open to ATS students who have completed Level One Tribal Basics. This class introduces  cues, transitions and variations on the basic movements. Use of the chorus and working in duos is introduced.

Course cost: $15 per class casual or $60 for a pre-purchased block of 6 classes
 

ATS Level One and Two: Introduction to American Tribal Style
For the beginner or those with a little ATS experience

Course description : ATS has been described at “Evocative Not Provocative" ( Ingrid ) "…a powerful yet dignified expression of our feminine energy"..."a beautiful, colourful and supportive way to dance"

Learn the basics of this beautiful dance form from W.A's only USA-trained American Tribal Style (ATS) Belly Dance teacher and international ATS performer, Alaine Haddon-Casey.  About to embark on her 4th year of training and performing in the USA ,  Alaine brings her love of ATS to you in this workshop.  You will learn ATS foundation movements,  philosophy, costuming and make-up that makes American Tribal Style so colourful and so much fun for women of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels! Suitable for beginner MED dancers as well as those more experienced MED dancers who may be new to American Tribal Style.
 

ATS Level Two & Three Combined: Movement and Technique

No longer available (ongoing)

Course Description: Open to ATS students who have completed Level One Tribal Basics. This class is technique focused and introduces drills and formats to sharpen your technique. Use of the chorus and regular partnering is introduced.

Course cost: $15 per class casual or $60 for a pre-purchased block of 6 classes
 

ATS Level Three:  Performance Skills:
No longer available  (ongoing) 

Course Description : By teacher's invitation only . This class introduces students to a broader and more complex range of movements and prepares the student for group improvisational performance. Dynamic chorus, partnering and format variations are introduced.  Generally, students in this class are keen to undertake more study to refine their dance skills. They can demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the basic movements and are enrolled concurrently in a  Level Two class. 

Scarborough

BELLYDANCE WA Scarborough Autumn Centre, Westview Rd Scarborough
(just off Scarborough Beach Rd and readily accessible from either the freeway or West Coast Drive )

ATS Tribal Basics: Level One Introduction to American Tribal Style
No longer available

Course description : ATS has been described at “Evocative Not Provocative" ( Ingrid ) "…a powerful yet dignified expression of our feminine energy"..."a beautiful, colourful and supportive way to dance"

Learn the basics of this beautiful dance form from W.A's only USA-trained American Tribal Style (ATS) Belly Dance teacher and international ATS performer, Alaine Haddon-Casey.  Just back from her 3RD year of training and performing in the USA ,  Alaine brings her love of ATS to you in this workshop.  You will learn ATS foundation movements,  philosophy, costuming and make-up that makes American Tribal Style so colourful and so much fun for women of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels! Suitable for beginner MED dancers as well as those more experienced MED dancers who may be new to American Tribal Style. 

Course cost: $85     for 8 weeks (early bird discount of $10 )

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Quinns Rocks

New ATS Introduction to ATS beginners class has just commenced at Quinns.  

A daytime class, this is perfect for women in the far northern suburbs! 

ATS Tribal Basics: Level One Introduction to American Tribal Style

Course description: ATS has been described at “Evocative Not Provocative" ( Ingrid ) "…a powerful yet dignified expression of our feminine energy"..."a beautiful, colourful and supportive way to dance" Learn the basics of this beautiful dance form from  from Diaspora member Charlotte Johnson. 

You will learn ATS foundation movements,  philosophy, costuming and make-up that makes American Tribal Style so colourful and so much fun for women of all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels! Suitable for beginner MED dancers as well as those more experienced MED dancers who may be new to American Tribal Style.

Class cost: $10.

Contact:    for details


Tell Me About My Teacher

ATS TEACHER ACCREDITATION: In 2004 Alaine proudly commenced her ATS teacher training accreditation at the Gypsy Caravan Studio in Portland Oregon . This is the only dance teacher accreditation course available in ATS. Embarking on this takes her training to a higher level and is a measure of her commitment to this dance form and her students. It is the culmination of a journey between two continents over several years.

 

United States Trained: Alaine has been dancing and performing MED since late 1995/early 1996 and has studied a wide variety of Middle Eastern Dance styles in Australia , Canada ,  UK and the USA .  About 1998 she 'fell in love' with American Tribal Style (ATS). Unfortunately there were no ATS teachers in Western Australia (or in fact, in Australia ) at that time.  She shipped in every ATS video she could lay her hands on and began working on the signature ATS movements whilst maintaining her other MED studies and performances in Western Australia .  It was inevitable that she would eventually attend Fat Chance Belly Dance (FCBD) in San Francisco to develop her ATS performance and teaching skills. 

Why the USA? Quite simply because the woman credited with developing ATS, Carolena Nericcio, Director of Fat Chance Belly Dance was there! 

Conceding that video learning was useful tool, but not as effective as direct learning,  Alaine ‘bit the bullet', checked out the bank balance ( gulp! ) and in May 2002 made one of the biggest financial and personal  investments in her life ( after the kids, the house and the car! );  for the cost equivalent of a small car, she flew the 20+ hours from Australia's West Coast to the US West Coast to undertake direct instruction through daily intensive training with Carolena Nericcio, Director of the famous Fat Chance Belly Dance (FCBD) in San Francisco, Yes, it was worth it!

During this time she was also permitted to attend regular classes at FCBD.  This exposed her to the FCBD teaching format, providing valuable first hand knowledge on the best method to introduce her Australian and Singaporean students to ATS.  Alaine regards Carolena Nericcio as her 'ever-patient and generous  primary teacher' and the driving force behind the need to perform and teach ATS and group improvisational dance to the highest possible standard. 

She also scheduled in some training with Kajira Djoumana on the 'United We Dance' multi-directional tribal format.  This proved invaluable in the development of multi-directional steps and cues when developing new moves or formats. It also provided exposure to how other groups interpret ATS and stamp it with their own individual style.
 

In 2003 Alaine returned to the 'Mother Ship' once again travelling to San Francisco to attend FCBD to further consolidate her learning in the distinctive FCBD style ( well, she didn't want that small car anyway!).

During this trip, she again checked out a number of other ATS groups and was astonished by the wide ranging interpretations of ATS.  S he again travelled to Sonoma County, California to refresh her previous training in Kajira's multi-directional format. In addition, she received some training with Romani Tribe as well as some key zambra mora moves from 'La Linda' . It was fascinating to see how ATS groups throughout the USA interpret the style based on their ATS 'geneology' or access to direct instruction. In 2004 Alaine once again traveled to San Francisco to attend FCBD and to further her ATS training. This time in addition to FCBD and Kajira's Djoumana, she added intensive workshops with Sue Erokan (her background included Jill Parker's tribal group and several years as a teacher and dancer with Romani )

TribalFest, California : Alaine was honoured when  TribalFest producers Kajira Djoumana and Ellen Cruz invited her to perform at TribalFest 02 , the American Tribal Dance Festival held in Sonoma County, California; Alaine was the first Australian to have been invited to perform at the Festival! 

She was honoured again to be invited  to perform again at TribalFest 03.   This time she was joined by Trish of the Bashirah Belly Dance Academy. Trish was undertaking ATS classes with Alaine and performed with Diaspora when time and commitments permitted.

Alaine was once again honoured to be invited to both perform and to conduct a workshop at TribalFest 04. This time accompanied by four members of Perth 's own Diaspora Tribe!

 
Writing
: As well as teaching and performing in Western Australia, Singapore and the USA, Alaine shares her love of ATS by writing for a number of local and international dance magazines, including Tribal Talk (FCBD), Tribal Corner in our wonderful locally produced magazine “Belly Dance Oasis”, DanceWest, Dance Teacher's Online and Discover Belly Dance. Alaine also contributed the Australian section in the ‘definitive' ATS reference book ‘The Tribal Bible' (2nd Ed.USA) by Kajira Djoumana. 

Class format: In acknowledgement of the skills of her teachers Carolena Nericcio, Director Fat Chance Belly Dance San Francisco and Paulette Rees-Denis, Director Gypsy Caravan, Oregon . all classes are based on the formats developed by these master teachers.

FAQ


American Tribal Style Bellydance (ATS)

Bellydance is thought to be the world's most ancient dance. American Tribal Style (ATS) is a dance of women, by women, among women. This is the way ancient women danced in their villages and tribal communities. This is the way we dance. 

The ATS philosophy is based on the unique strength of the tribe as a collective as well as the individual strengths of its members. There is no place for competitiveness in the ATS community as each dancer is encouraged to find the movements that best suit her body and personality. If you're shy - that's ok. If you love the spotlight, that's ok too. There's a place for everyone in the tribe and when we work together and support each other, we make our dance space a safe, empowering and fun place to be. 

ATS requires respect for each other, no matter what the level of skill of you or your fellow dancers. This attitude of respect and support is more important than technique. Technique can be taught! 

It is not sequined or flirtatious. It reveals only the midriff, face and lower arms and relies for its impact on precision, group ‘mind' and attitude in its presentation. In comparison to many other forms of Bellydance, it's quite modest in its costuming and strong in its movements. Even the slow movements have a hypnotic quality that mesmerises audiences and dancers alike. 

An attitude of fun, acceptance and friendship ensures the essential connectness and smiling interaction between the dancers as they learn the movements and discover the joy of the dance. 

Why is it called American Tribal Style? 
Tribal Style is commonly called American Tribal Style or ATS because it was developed by American women with a strong background or interest in MED, dance ethnography and dance history. For more information on ATS check out the 'articles'  and 'links' pages. 

But what if I've never danced before?
That's ok. That's why you come to a Tribal Basics class! 

Umm - I'm not very fit.  
The teacher has received training in Safe Dance practices. All classes start with a warm up and stretch. This ensures that as much as possible, your muscles are ready for dancing. The class finishes with a gentle cool down to reduce any stiffness until your fitness levels increase. 

What type of music is used?  
To complement the dance, the music used is world ‘fusion' . 

What do I wear to class ?
Preferably a stretchy t-shirt, singlet, leotard or crop top and a long black skirt (the Indian skirts you find at the markets are just fine). However the main thing is to be able to move freely. Jiffies or dance shoes are also a good idea. 

But I'm too fat/too thin  
Says who?? But to reassure you, the ‘body police' are banned from class!!