ATS® bellydance classe level1

Week 1

I am absolutely delighted we started this class. I wanted to give you a recap of what we covered in our first class
I introduced our dance format ATS®. I gave a brief introduction about the formations (duet , trio, quartet) and about the relationship leader/follower.
I introduced the zils.
I briefly introduced the 4 basic ATS® fast steps

During the classes will will be learning a vocabulary of steps that I will be introducing gradually. There is some free material available to you if you want to see the steps online.
You can check the ATS® steps using my apps available online
and for mobile phones on Google Play and the AppStore
The videos show the steps in show situations, they are not broken down.

FatChanceBellyDance® provides copyrighted learning options such as DVDs or online streaming classes that are very good.
But they are absolutely optional and you won’t need them for our classes.
Let me know if you have any concerns, difficulties, if something is unclear, if you need further explanations on anything.

Week 2

Fast steps:

Slow steps:

For those of you who already have their zills, I recommend to practice the longa pattern at home rlR_rlR_rlR_rlR_..... (right left right pause right left right pause....)

Week 3

Fast steps:

Slow steps:

Week 4

Fast steps:

Slow steps:

Longa zill pattern


Military zill pattern (3,3,7)


I recommend to start drilling the zill patterns at home using slow paced tracks the one we used in class is Slow Maqsoum loop by Radio Laria

Week 5

Fast steps:

Slow steps:

badass baladi zill pattern

(B= both right and left at the same time)

I recommend drilling the longa, military and badass baladi zill patterns at home using slow paced tracks the one we used in class is Slow Maqsoum loop by Radio Laria

Week 6

Fast steps:

Slow steps:

alternating pattern


I highly recommend using the Zill drill video by Reshamka-Ka Tribal to drill the longa, military, badass baladi and alternating patterns.
Zill Drill Video - Resham-Ka Tribal

Prepare for improvisation and leading

We highlighted the importance of having a go-to step in case you can't think of anything to do next.
We introduced combos, in class we used:

fast combo

  • shimmy step
  • egyptian
  • egyptian half turn
  • arabic
  • sunanda

slow combo

  • corkscrew turn
  • taxeem
  • barrel turn

A big thank you to the Photographers : David Hegarty, Ankie Janssen, Urzula Beatrycze Szterner, Eadaoin McCarthy

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