Springs Oasis Belly Dance is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is owned by instructor Barb Ferrill Van Hoy, who loves teaching this wonderful dance form. We are your local source for both American Tribal Style®* and Traditional Middle Eastern Belly Dance instruction. Find our listings here:
Belly Dance is:
Fun and creative – Belly dance students learn to develop graceful, fluid movement and dynamic hip and torso isolations.
A great workout – Belly dance is a gentle, low-impact exercise that is a great workout and especially good for core strength and lower back health.
Self-affirming – Belly dance is for all ages, body types, and talent levels and those with the desire to develop a freedom of movement infused with feeling.
- A wonderful cultural art form – Among the oldest dance forms, belly dance is rooted in a rich cultural history accompanied by captivating musical traditions from the Middle East.
Because belly dancing is so forgiving, it can be learned and accomplished at a later age and with a more natural body type than most forms of traditional western dance. – Sabrina Tarulli
Belly dance (Oriental Dance, Middle Eastern Dance) refers to a collection of dance styles from a variety of countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Among the most common forms is Egyptian Raqs Sharqi (translated as Oriental Dance) that is most often presented as a women’s solo improvisational dance form that evolved from Egypt’s beledi, or country, folk dances. Similar and related dance forms are found throughout the Middle East including Turkey, Lebanon and across North Africa to Morocco. (See links page for more in-depth historical and cultural background, including A Primer on Middle Eastern Dance Styles and History of Oriental Dance)
American Tribal Style®* Belly Dance
American Tribal Style (ATS) ® Belly Dance was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s in San Francisco by Carolena Nericcio of FatChanceBellyDance. It combines dance and costuming elements from the Middle East, North Africa, India (and South Asia), and Spain (Flamenco). It is primarily a group improvisational dance form where the dancers take turns leading the group through improvised combinations of movements to create dynamic, captivating performances. (See links page for more in-depth information including History of American Tribal Style and Sharon Moore’s TribalBellyDance.org)
* FatChanceBellyDance®, FCBD®, ATS® and American Tribal Style®, are federally registered trademarks of FatChanceBellyDance, Inc. For more information, please visit www.fcbd.com/about/legal.shtml
Check out this great article Oriental Dance; Myth and Reality.
About Barb Ferrill Van Hoy, Owner & Instructor