Who are we?....
First and foremost, we are a community of diverse individuals who gather in the name of dance. We are known for being the home of East Coast Tribal Style Bellydance. Many of us are new to dance, and many of us have trained in other dance-forms and have found a home in this style and community. Our community began with Sera Solstice's classes in NY and slowly grew to what became a larger, but intimate community of dancers, instructors, and supporters. We pride ourselves on originality and artistry.
East Coast Tribal is a movement discipline, a dance-style, and a perspective: grounded in Bellydance, with light influences of Hip hop, Modern Dance, and Martial Arts. East Coast Tribal strives towards artistic expression, over spectacle. The goal is to use Bellydance as an physical response to current times, emotions, and influences, both within the dancers personal life, as well as her broader community.
This dance style is given it's distinction through performances by Solstice Dance Ensemble, led by choreographer Sera Solstice, and the instruction offered by Solstice Instructors in New York City. Musical collaborations are a defining element of East Coast Tribal, with tendencies towards non-mainstream electronic music. East Coast Tribal performances are usually highly choreographed, and are approached as a language form. Dancers continuously search for new ways to reflect their world, both outside and inside, through performance. Movements are typically bold, aggressive, expansive, contrasting with pop'n lock elements.
What style of bellydance is this? This is not your traditional bellydance that you may see in a restaurant, (although many of our instructors are originally trained in this style: Egyptian, Turkish, and American Cabaret). Our style is called East Coast Tribal. It falls under the "Tribal Fusion" umbrella of Modern Bellydance. Check out this video to see if this is the style that you are interested in (made by core members of our
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