27 April 2016

ATS® helping the world one woman at a time

When I created American Tribal Style®,  I never imagined how far it would reach. Like the proverbial drop of water in the pond, I can see the ripples reaching far, far away.
Not only does this dance connect communities of dancers world wide, it also connects those that know nothing about us. I am so proud to see ATS® and the dancers that are drawn to it, reaching beyond itself to support those in need. 
There are many wonderful projects created by ATS® dancers around the world, and I wanted to share a few of them with you. If you know of other projects, please post to the comment section so we can all be aware of the change that ATS® has created in the world.

Sister to Sister project

Kalash is an American Tribal Style® dance troupe directed by Kelley Beeston. Kalash started their Sister to Sister projects in early 2014 as a result of Kelley’s visits to the Congo with Luminosity.

Sister to Sister - Contraceptive implants from Kalash Tribal on Vimeo.

Many of the women are the victims of gender based violence, including sexual violence during conflict. Many have lost their husbands, including hundreds of women on the Island of Idjwi whose husbands have drowned on Lake Kivu. These women turned to Kelley for help and support, simply because, she too is a woman.



When I found out about Kalash's Contraceptive Project I made a donation ($7 gives a woman in the Congo access to birth control for 3-5 years!) and contacted Kelley to find out how I could be involved. The result was the Sewing Project. Together we raised $15,0000 and created a workshop where women have access to a variety of sewing machines and tools so they can gain independence and contribute to their families income.
Find more information about Kelley Beeston and her Sister to Sister project here.

13 April 2016

The Power of Dance a documentary about Colleena Shakti

Please enjoy this video featuring my beautiful co-conspirator in the Nakarali jewelry company, Colleena Shakti.




03 March 2016

Costume requirements for the Cues and Tattoos Crafting an ATS® Set Intensive

 Come dance with me at Cues and Tattoos 2016!
http://cuesandtattoos.com/wp/carolena-nericcio-bohlman/

Let’s keep it simple and elegant: black skirt and choli or choli dress, any color pantaloon and hip shawl, and a headdress.
Coin bra and tassel belt optional. Headdress can be a hair garden, plait wrap or full headwrap.

Don’t buy anything: you probably have all of these items in your costume wardrobe, borrow them and bring extras if you can share.
Buy something: if you’d like to purchase any of these items, please visit: www.catalog.fcbd.com. We are happy to bring items up to Seattle if you order soon. Caveat: if you want a pair of taffeta pantaloons, Carolena needs to start sewing them now, so get that order in before you finish reading this email!

For a basic illustration of the ATS® costume, the Folkwear Tribal Dancer pattern: http://catalog.fcbd.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=89_199&products_id=273

Choli:
black long or short sleeve, drop shoulder OK: http://catalog.fcbd.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=89_129

Choli Dress: http://catalog.fcbd.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=167&products_id=1224

Skirt: a black 25 yard skirt, black rajasthani skirt (trim ok), 10 yard skirt or anything full: http://catalog.fcbd.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=89_113

Pantaloons: here’s where we want to see a “pop” of color: http://catalog.fcbd.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=89_113

Headdress:
- old school headwrap Best Black Base Scarf: http://catalog.fcbd.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=89_118&products_id=353
- ideas for old school headwrap (video): http://www.powhow.com/videos/fatchancebellydance-studio/classic-ats-headdress-tutorial-with-carolena-nericcio-bohlman/8336#
- hair garden of your own design or the Bessie plait wrap (video): http://catalog.fcbd.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=89_118&products_id=1036

Shawl: just a pretty triangular scarf or shawl, or a square folded in half.
- large balkan shawl: http://catalog.fcbd.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=89_117&products_id=942
- medium balkan shawl: http://catalog.fcbd.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=89_117&products_id=1001

Please bring a palette of make-up
and we’ll go over basic stage make-up and headdress options at the workshop.
Suggestions: foundation, blush, brown eye shadow, black eye liner, dark brown brow pencil, red lipstick, mascara and or/false lashes, bindi.
Make-up and headdress booklet: http://catalog.fcbd.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=89_199&products_id=274
Vintage Vol. 2 video (streaming): http://catalog.fcbd.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=89_199&products_id=232

Thanks and see you soon!
Carolena


21 February 2016

Sat 20 Feb 2016 class notes and playlists

The first song in the Level 1 playlist is Sirocco Nai. It is part of the song Country Dance.
CD: Sirocco Vol. 1.
Available: FCBD® Catalog