Need to find yourself? to reconnect with your body? meet new friends? express yourself?
Look no further. Come join our classes of ATS® Bellydance in Cork City.
I have just completed my ATS® teacher training certification with Megha Gavin and Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman!
I have a lot to share with you!
Classes take place on Thursdays at the Olympic Karate Club in Shandon Street at 7:30pm.
Price: 6 weeks for 60 euros.
level 1 classes: No single drop-ins allowed unless you are a returning student or already have experience in ATS®. Beginner Students are expected to commit to the 6 classes unless they have physical conditions or limitations and genuinely need reassurance that they can attend classes.
ATS® short for American Tribal Style®, was created in the 1990s' by Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman director of FatChanceBellydance® the style combines different influences such as Indian dance, Egyptian bellydance or Flamenco, the format is based on group improvisation using a vocabulary of steps. The feeling is at the same time elegant, wild and extremely empowering. It's all about being part of 'the tribe' and being stonger and happier together. From ATS® evolved newer forms of dance such as Tribal Fusion bellydance or ITS. What is ATS®?
After the 6 first classes you will have gained basic knowledge about the ATS® bellydance format. You will have drilled the basics in terms of steps, zil patterns, formations and practiced improvisation. Each class will introduce new steps and a new focus. The first round of class is thought as a solid introduction to the format. You should repeat it and work on your skills at least until you feel comfortable and ready to start working on a more advanced level. Even advanced dancers need to drill basic steps on a regular basis, so it is a good idea to keep working on level one even after you have started working on a more advanced level.
Classes typically start with a short warm up and conditionning section inspired by yoga, pilates and general fitness. We then break down new steps and introduce new topics. We drill. We finish with a short cool down/meditation section.
Bellydance is a low-impact activity that is not hard on the joints and is suitable for people with varying levels of fitness. It's going to be very good for you if you have not had a physical activity in a while and no special fitness level is required to attend class.
Something comfortable.. leggings... yoga pants... a hip scarf if you have it. You can dance bare feet.. with socks or dance shoes. You can bring a yoga mat if you have one for the conditionning and cool down sections. The only thing you will need to get is zils.
I got my zils from Shaila.de I was advised to choose saroyan zils, I picked a set that is medium size (I tried bigger and it was not comfortable for my small hands) and medium price called nefertiti (35 euros) and am very happy with them. There are very affordable options on eBay but I have not tried them.
I recommend that you get a decent pair of zills because you won’t have to buy them everyday and your set could last a life time and they are nice objects anyway. the sooner you get them the sooner they will be familiar the sooner you will get comfortable with them.
Zils are used to accompany fast steps in ATS® and they are also used in other styles of bellydance like Tribal Fusion ; being comfortable playing them is a good idea if you are serious about bellydance.