"there was a time in history, a long time ago, when the bounce and sway of a woman’s hips was
considered so beautiful they set it to music and made a dance out of it"
- Carolena Nericcio creator of American Tribal Style® belly dance
Kalash Tribal, formed in 2008, are a dance troupe who regularly perform at celebrations, events and festivals
They are directed by Kelley Beeston who also teaches classes in Tiverton and Exeter and workshops both here in the UK and abroad
We are passionate about our dance and absolutely love sharing it with others
We also fundraise for our Sister to Sister projects which empower women in the Democratic Republic of Congo
What is American Tribal Style belly dance?
ATS® is a relatively modern style of dance, inspired by traditional belly dance and the folkloric dances of the Middle East and India with further influence from Spanish flamenco. Mesmerising slow sensual movements combine with earthy energetic steps as the dancers talk to each other using a vocabulary of steps and movements, cues and gestures - a bit like playing ‘follow my leader’ - to weave a tapestry of improvisational choreography.
The effect is stunning - vibrant, eclectic costuming mixes old and new with authentic tribal textiles and ethnic jewellery from along the Silk Road to create a spectacular display of flying skirts and twirling tassels as the dancers spin and shimmy in unison, playing their finger cymbals to exciting world music and Middle Eastern drum rhythms
meet the troupe
we are one of the UK’s best known and much loved American Tribal Style (ATS®) belly dance troupes
we’re a really mixed bunch of women based in Devon but we all have one thing in common – a passion for ATS®
did we tell you - Lesley loves her van!
We were originally named after The Kalasha people, a tribe tucked away in the Hindu Kush mountains of northern Pakistan, partly because our traditional American Tribal Style® belly dance costume has similarities with theirs and partly because of Kelley's passion for travelling and staying with different tribal peoples of the world.
There are many Indian influences in ATS® and our logo depicts a 'kalash' a special water pot used in Hindu puja. We carry out a short gratitude meditation / puja before each performance or class which our master teacher Carolena Nericcio learned whilst studying Indian classical dance. It helps us focus and become grounded and connected with what we are about to learn or perform
We also have a step named the Water Pot which mimics both the shape of the pot as well as a woman carrying a large pot of water on her head