American Tribal Style (ATS®) is a style of belly dance developed in California by Carolena Nericcio and her troupe FatChanceBellyDance®. This improvisational dance form is known world-wide and is based on steps in formations and patterns with a system of cues. Alexandra will up the ante with props as well. This is rolled into a fun group dance experience!
FCBD® classes and workshops can lead to ATS® certification. Alexandra has been a FCBD® certified instructor since 2015 and renews yearly. She is honored to have had teachers of Carolena Nericcio, Megha Gavin, Sandi, Wendy, Kae, Kristine, Colleen, Anita, Jen, Devi, Elizabeth, Kelly and Michiyo, considered to be the heart of ATS®.
Yes, I started in ballet as so many of us did. My adult dance included CanCan as well as belly dance performing, producing and choreography, with first cabaret then tribal ATS® and Fusion. I have learned from the best like Rachel Brice, Zoe Jakes, Alexis Southall, and Amira. In 2015, I was immersed in Moroccan culture while learning fusion from Jill Parker in the Sahara Desert.
Cheerleading and gymnastics were part of the early years leading to a gymnastics scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin. I toured with the team through the South with ex-Olympic coach Patrick Yeager. Under his leadership, I learned to coach, mentor and became a USGA regional judge.
Alexandra and her dance troupes have performed in juried events in Kansas City, San Francesco, Houston and Chicago. And of course you can catch them on home turf at various community, charity and private events in and around the Wichita, KS area.
Alexandra is known for choreography that sparks the imagination and awe from an audience. She is just as comfortable working with soloists as a full stage of dancers. She was Director of Choreography in the first belly dance show at Wichita's historic Orpheum Theatre with a grant from the Wichita Arts Council.