American Tribal Style Belly Dance or Tribal Style Belly Dance (also known as ATS or Tribal) is a modern style of bellydance created by Fat Chance Belly Dance director, Carolena Nericcio. American Tribal Style Belly Dance is clearly defined and documented with the primary characteristic being that of group improvisation. Tribal is generally performed in a group, with tribal dancers typically favouring a look provided by wide-legged pants gathered at the ankles (aka pantaloons), tops known as choli and full skirts. The early roots of tribal belly dance is accredited to Jamila Salimpour who fostered a fusion of costumes and folkloric dances styles from the Middle East, North African, Spain, and India and began teaching what she knew and performing all over California and the West Coast. Using traditional folkloric dance elements and costumes inspired by traditional and ethnographic traditions, she presented on stage through Bal Anat a colourful dance company .Taking what she herself had learned from native dancers from Morocco, Algeria, Turkey, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon who were dancing in the United States, she began to catalogue "belly dance movement" and began creating a basic repertoire terminology which is still the basis for Tribal Style and American Tribal Style repertoire. Jamila's Bal Anat "paved the way for others to use a fusion of the various regional dances of the Middle East and North Africa as inspiration for their own version of belly dance. American Tribal Style belly dancers always use finger cymbals or zills, but the focus is on the group as opposed to emphasizing solo performance. There are two families of movements: slow movements and fast movements. Zills are worn but not usually played while performing "slow movements." (However, for example, if the featured duet trio or quartet are dancing to a Moroccan 6 rhythm, members of the chorus may choose to accompany them through playing their zils.During "fast movements" the zils are meant to be played. The most common rhythm played on the dancer's zils is the right-left-right pattern. Certain "fast" movements require the dancers and chorus to play the military zills pattern. American Tribal Style features call-and-answer performance with other dancers or as a whole group as well as, more uncommonly, solos. Often there is a chorus that provides a moving back-drop while the featured duet, trio, or quartet is the focal point. Dancers take turns coming out of the chorus in duets, trios and quartets because if, for example, five dancers were to come out into formation, the sight-line (view of the leader) is not as effective. Groups of 5 or more are generally used towards specific formations to improve this site-line issue. The principle dancers and the chorus work in an improvisational manner. Formations for the principle dancers and the chorus is also formalized in the ATS format to maximize dancer visibility to the audience and likewise maximize group visibility of the leader. The leader is always farthest to the left, followers to the right. Dancers angle their bodies to the left to be able to clearly read the leader's cues. The same rule applies for members of the chorus. When the dancers face each other in a circle, the lead is neutral. The next movement can be proposed by any dancer in the circle. The cues and formations are the secret behind group improvisational dance. They allow the dancers to move together without choreography. Sometimes, troupes will create formal choreography while still using the ATS specific formations and cues. The style is also characterized by costumes derived from many "folkloric" and various traditional tribal costuming resources and is often composed of layers of large tiered skirts or 10–25 meter/yard skirts, a short choli often with a plunging neckline, over which a bra decorated with coins and textiles sits, a headdress or hair decorations, one or more hip scarves with yarn, tassels or fringe, and a. Dancers frequently "tattoo" their faces with kohl or kajal. Make-up is usually eye focused with heavy use of kajal We wear choli, bra, pantaloons, skirt, shawl and/or tassel belt, headdress mandatory and of course lots of jewellery