I have been doing American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance since 2003 and teaching since 2011. My formative experiences in Ukrainian dance (Poltava Ensemble) and taekwon-do have given me a foundation of physical movement and strength and have informed my aesthetic approach to dance. These have since been supplemented by classes in Egyptian style belly dance, bhangra, kathak, Cuban salsa, taiko, and karate. I’ve taken a variety of belly dance workshops with Sonia, Kami Liddle, Sahira, Lava, Cera Byer, Lisa Zahiya, Lisa Hyde, Mira Betz, and tribal fusion pioneer Rachel Brice. I’ve taken ATS-specific workshops with Sandi Ball, Megha Gavin, Devi Mamak, and ATS creator Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman (of Fat Chance Belly Dance). ATS is performed as group improv. Classes will impart a solid foundation of both the “fast” and “slow” movement vocabularies, the concept of “cues” and the importance of communication among dancers, familiarity with follow and lead positions, a sense of musicality, and an introduction to zilling, in an environment that supports learning and is body-positive.