History of FCBD® Style

A two hour lecture, presentation and Q&A on the history of FatChanceBellyDance® Style (formerly known as American Tribal Style or ATS®).

Join Carolena, creator of FatChanceBellyDance® Style, as she guides you through a presentation on the history of this beautiful art form. Reflection, personal stories, costuming and experiences that shaped the evolution of this dance form are just part of this lecture. Recorded live at Elevation festival in 2019, this video also has a question and answer session with the audience.


Your Instructor


Carolena Nericcio
Carolena Nericcio

Carolena Nericcio is the creator of FatChanceBellyDance® Style.

In 1974, Carolena began dancing with Masha Archer and the San Francisco Classic Dance Troupe. Masha’s style was an eclectic blend of classic Egyptian, Folkloric, and any other influence that she found enticing. In 1987, after the SF Classic Dance Troupe disbanded, Carolena began teaching in a small studio in the Noe Valley Ministry. Her only goal was to teach people to dance so she could have dance partners.

Being young and tattooed, Carolena attracted other young people living alternative lifestyles. The Modern Primitives movement was also underway. Tattoos and primitive styles of body adornment were the vogue. Carolena and her students performed at tattoo shows and conventions and became well known in the City by the Bay.


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