In my classes, we talk a lot about the importance of body line American Tribal Style. In my experience, I find Carolena Nerriccio to be a visual artist of the human form–when developing moves over the years, every creative decision has been anchored in strong lines, presenting the body in the most flattering and powerful way. It is these striking, editorial shapes which make tribal bellydance so uniquely riveting.
In class, we often discuss the moves as a smooth and seamless series of moving images. We talk about the idea that a photographer snapping away should be able to capture the key shapes–those magic moments when we are expressing the innate power and grace of the movement.
So ya wanna play a little game with me? Let’s play “What move is this?” Below are a series of ATS dancers and troupes performing, followed by a list of common ATS movement names. You try to match the image with the move they are demonstrating. Take a look and see how every movement has an iconic shape, body line, gaze, presentation–every element of the Classic and Modern ATS vocabulary considers the body line to suit the overall aesthetic.
For example, here’s an easy one, from the lovely dancers of MOIRAI TRIBAL in London:
B. Shoulder Shimmy Hip Drop (Sweet n’ Sassy)
C. Arabic Arm Sweep (ASWAT)
D. Body Wave
E. Shimmy (Ghawazee Shimmy)
F. Barrel Turn
G. Warp Turn (Wrap Around Turn)
H. Sahra Turn
I. Torso Rotation
J. Hip Bump
+ 2 bonus partner moves/combos