08 August 2015

What's In A Name?

What’s in a name?

As our ATS® family grows and we continue to add more opportunities for advanced training, we began to ponder what to call each new designation.  After much deliberation, we have created a “cheat sheet” for you to use when explaining who you are and what your relationship to FatChanceBellyDance, Inc. entails.

Please feel free to use these titles on your business cards, marketing materials, etc.

Stay tuned for our NEW CUSTOMIZABLE FatChanceBellyDance® business cards, postcards, and other promotional materials coming soon!!


FatChanceBellyDance® Studio Instructors- “FatChanceBellyDance® Studio Instructor”
The designation FCBD® Studio Instructor or FCBD® Instructor is reserved for only those instructors who teach at the home studio in San Francisco.

GS graduates- “American Tribal Style® Certified”
If you have completed your GS, but not your TT, then you are ATS® Certified.

TT graduates- “American Tribal Style® Certified Instructor”
If you have completed GS and TT, but not sought Sister Studio status, then you are an ATS® Certified Instructor.

Sister Studio approved TT graduates- “Sister Studio” or “FCBD® Sister Studio”
Sister Studio status is only for approved TT graduates.  You may also list that you carry the GS and TT certifications if you wish but you don’t need to do so.

SSCE participant- “Sister Studio re-certified 2015 (or insert year)”
Once you have completed your re-certification, then you can use the re-certified designation.  Re-certification must continue annually to keep the title.

SSCE instructors- “Sister Studio Continuing Education Instructor”
For those who have been invited to issue SSCE credit through teaching private lessons or workshops.

ATT graduates- “Advanced Teacher Training Certified”
For those who have successfully completed the Advanced Teacher Training

Please remember to use our ® when referring to:
FatChanceBellyDance®
FCBD®
American Tribal Style®
ATS®
Dancing in Flow®

13 July 2015

Sister to Sister Project

When I was 10 years old, my mother asked me if I wanted a microscope or a sewing machine. After carefully weighing the options I chose the sewing machine. Little did I know that receiving that sewing machine was the equivalent of being given the keys to a rocket ship. It exploded the world where I felt trapped, and gave me the tools to a life of self-sufficiency.

By the age of 13 I had started to learn about the rest of the world. Ever an empathetic kid, I was shocked and sickened when I learned that there were cultures where women were forced to marry, work as slaves, experience rape, bear more children than they could care for and die in childbirth. I decided that I was never going to have children, out of solidarity with those women.   I knew that I was fortunate to have access to contraceptives that allowed me to make that decision for myself.

Fast forward to a conversation with Kelley Beeston in 2014. I couldn’t believe that she was supporting the women of Congo with contraceptives and sewing machines! Sewing machines that promise those same keys to self-sufficiency that I had received as a child.  When she asked if I’d help promote the cause I felt as if my life had finally come full circle.

I have always wondered why the universe chose a shy little girl from the suburbs to represent the world-wide culture of American Tribal Style® Dance. This was the reason: so that I could use my influence and connections to extend aid to women.

The Sister to Sister project will establish a sewing co-operative in the North Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo to help women who have been tortured and raped to re-integrate into society.  Through sewing, the women can earn money and regain a place in the society that rejected them because of their suffering.

Kelly Beeston, Sister Studio and Advanced Teacher Training graduate, is working with local community leaders to make this dream a reality. You may have read the article “Sister to Sister” by Kelley Beeston on page 40 of the inaugural issue of The ATS® Magazine outlining how she and her husband set up a community interest company www.luminosity.org.uk  to support people in the Democratic Republic of Congo who are working to improve daily life and build businesses for the common good as well as their own.

I’d like to invite everyone in our dance community and beyond to participate in the Sister to Sister project .  We have launched a fundraising campaign through StartSomeGood  http://startsomegood.com/sistertosister  which fully explains the project. Sponsored a shimmy fundraiser,  ask for collections at the ATS® flash mob, organize a haflah or performances, or give generously.  We need to raise $15,000 to set up and run the workshop for one year.  The StartSomeGood campaign ends at 9.00pm EST on August 21st.

Thank you for making a difference.

05 July 2015

Sat 4 July 2015 L1,L2 & L3 class notes with playlists




Listed under music in the L3 class notes is Country Dance; it is on the Sirocco Vol. 1 CD, and is not available through iTunes.  You will find it available for purchase on our online catalog: http://catalog.fcbd.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=67_69&products_id=205.