Culture Shakti Dance

Culture Shakti Dance


The roots of "Tribal Fusion" belly dance begin with Jamila Salimpour's codification of a belly dance form. She taught that form to Masha Archer (San Francisco Classic Dance Troupe), John Compton (Hahbi' Ru), Katarina Burda (Aywah!), her daugher Suhaila, and thousands of others who have gone on to form their own interpretations of the dance. Masha Archer taught Carolena Nericcio, the founder of American Tribal Style. Carolena Nericcio taught Jill Parker, who was an ATS dancer for over 8 years, then began to fuse American Cabaret, and Tribal Fusion was born. These groups and individuals are the primary influences for what became known as Tribal Fusion, as it fuses what is commonly known as Tribal Style with many other dance forms, including Kathak Classical Indian Dance. Here's a brief and chronological look at the dances of our foremothers and fathers. Respect, RB


We accept 25 teen girls (13-18 yrs old) in the Seattle community for one academic year of after-school classes, 1 1/2 hours each, two times per week. They are taught the elements of American Tribal Style dance, a rich, diverse, artistic, cultural dance form that spans the regions of India, the Middle East, North Africa and Spain and its expression through the varied and complex music of these same cultures. The girls also participate in talking circles and journal writing during which they discuss issues affecting them. Each girl identifies a personal goal that she would like to achieve during the course of the program. Guest speakers cover a wide range of topics from nutrition and body awareness to financial education, etc. Many successful women of various fields that are of particular interest to the girls, address the girls each week. There are two Student Salons (student performances) each session. Entrance into the program does not depend on demonstrated talent, standard beauty, or ability to pay the fees the program would require.

January 2014, we are launching the SEEDs Program at Chief Sealth International High School in West Seattle

Classes will take place Tuesdays & Thursdays 3pm-4:30pm Beginning on Jan 14th and will run through the 1st week of June

Classes will not be in session during school holiday breaks.

There is no fee for students to attend this after school program as it is funded by the YMCA at Chief Sealth High School. However, the girls will need journals, costumes and finger cymbals. The fee for one girl would be $250 for the year to cover the cost of all supplies.

Please help a girl by donating today!

Please contact us for more info!

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