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 bimonthly 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 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.
Collective Thought Bubble
We know that FCBD® style is a group dance and we are each a part of the integrated whole but we do pay attention and connect with each other. Since the start of the pandemic we have had little opportunity to dance with each other in person so this workshop will ease us back into working in formations. We'll explore ways of developing our 6th sense, the flock of birds, and spatial awareness, to help us synchronize and tune in so that we dance as one, work as a tribe, and stay centred.
Experience Level: All
A fire needs air to burn but water can extinguish the flames.
Working in groups we will look at how the four classical elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water relate to some of our steps and concepts and explore the effects of combining elements with each other to create a unique performance
Experience Level: Intermediate and up
Patting your Head & Rubbing your Tummy
The concept of patting your head and rubbing your tummy can be difficult but for many of our FCBD® style steps that is precisely what we have to learn to do. We have to isolate our top half from our bottom half and carry out a different action in each half. Just think of the Double Back or WetDog. In this technique workshop we will break down several steps to see what is happening both above and below the waist then combine the two to perfect our technique. So even if you've never tried some of these steps why not have a go to see what's in store as you progress
Experience Level: All