Kelley Beeston - Kalash Tribal
In 2007, after attending Egyptian belly dance classes, Kelley discovered American Tribal Style® (ATS) now called FatChanceBellyDance®style and embarked on the most amazing journey of self-discovery. She fell in love with this dramatic and eclectic dance form - the cultural roots, rhythms and music together with the camaraderie, costumes and ethnic jewellery encompassing her love of all things tribal – the people, cultures and history.
Kelley’s passion radiates through when performing with her dance troupe, Kalash Tribal, in her weekly classes and workshops both at home and abroad, for her there is something magical and empowering about this style of dance which she absolutely loves to share.
She is well known for her inclusive, approachable teaching style often structuring her workshops holistically around a theme or concept. Her innate ability to break things down and simplify the most difficult steps and ideas has earned her a reputation as a thorough and knowledgeable teacher.
In 2008 she launched Oasis attended by dance students, teachers and Certified Studios from all over the United Kingdom. Oasis is a much-loved event in the tribal calendar providing quarterly structured workshops with tuition from an experienced, dedicated, warm and friendly teacher. As a self-confessed FCBD®style ‘geek’, she loves to explore the intricacies of group dynamics, communication/interaction, connectivity and confident
performance – in other words delivering our dance – from dramatic entrance to rapturous applause. Over the years Kelley has nurtured a growing tribal family which now includes a truly international dance troupe "Panacea" who came together during the Covid 19 pandemic to dance and perform together albeit online.Based in SW England Kelley maintains her training with her master teacher and creator of FCBD®style, Carolena Nericcio in San Francisco and has completed General Skills and Teacher Training certifications several times. She became a Certified Teacher and Studio in 2010 and was handpicked by Carolena and her Tribal Pura International partner Megha Gavin as one of only ten teachers worldwide to undergo their first ever Advanced Teacher Training and in June 2015 she graduated and qualified as a FatChance Continuing Education (FCCE) Instructor. She is honoured to assist Carolena in teaching both General Skills and Teacher Training and is part of the team teaching General Skills Online.
As so many of us have had limited access to dancing with others over the last couple of years the theme for Kelley’s workshops is about re-connection. All of her workshops will concentrate on the things we have been unable to do effectively via online classes.
So if you’re feeling a little rusty or maybe have never had the opportunity to have a go at fading, working with a partner or being part of a chorus line then now’s your chance.
Faded Glory (SSCE approved)
We’ll be taking an in depth look at how to set up and execute fades, from the very simplest to some full on fun with modern and dialect steps. We’ll explore what you can and can’t do and the concept of ‘just because you can doesn’t mean you should!’
Experience Level: Improvers and up
Chorus Connections (SSCE approved)
The chorus is the ultimate in teamwork. We’ll be working on strong group ethics and synchronicity as the Chorus can make or break a performance.
We’ll explore a variety of scenarios from entering and exiting with different formations to picking up and dropping off plus what makes a good chorus leader.
Then in the evening we’ll put it in to practice with a Showback Performance at the "Frida & Frankenstein Haflah"
Experience Level: Open
Two’s Company (SSCE approved)
Grab a partner and explore the magnetism and dynamics of two dancers working together in close proximity. From slow and slinky passing moves to fast duet combos to keep you on your toes and add drama to your performance
Experience Level: Intermediate and up