ATS Costuming Guide...
I am attempting to construct my first ATS costume (all have been cabaret or whatever-I-felt-like-at-the-time style in the past!).
ATS is pretty new to me and the class I am currently attending is a FCBD sister studio, so it is pure ATS, not fusion.
I would therefore like to make a pretty authentic costume, but I cannot find anything which outlines what the traditional ATS costume includes. I know that my teacher has guidelines on what she has to wear, so I can ask her, but just wanted to see what everyone else on here thinks.
I would like to know what the basic make-up of the costume includes so that I can add a little bit of my artistic interpretation without losing the original style!
Have you checked out FCBDs tuition DVD vol. 2 Make-up and costuming or their webshop? You could also take a look at Costume Goddess Book 5, Tribal Vibes for Bellydancers.
I'll leave the rest for the tribal ladies in here.
Last edited by Daimona; 01-17-2010 at 10:20 PM.
Fat Chance styling
Last edited by lizaj; 01-18-2010 at 12:31 AM.
Morai Tribal taken at JoY last october
The troupe I belong to in our 2008 show .
All these reflect the more "traditional" look.
Look at Fat Chance Belly Dance Fat Chance Belly Dance - American Tribal Style, gypsy caravan Tribal Bellydance | Tribal Belly Dance Fusion | Paulette Rees-Denis for examples of "founding troupes" Tribaldancer here on OD has some of the best information and discussion on ATS. Welcome to the new Mandala Tribal Website! | Mandala Tribal Bellydance - Shay Moore - Seattle
Last edited by lizaj; 01-18-2010 at 12:40 AM.
You know, there are times (SSSHHH!!!) I'd love to do tribal style just for the costume fun! (Don't tell Kashmir!)
If your group is a Fat Chance Belly Dance sister studio, it may help to look at a lot of FCBD pics. Their flickr photo gallery is here: Flickr: FatChanceBellyDance's Photostream There is also the FCBD store to see what costuming items they sell Costume : Fat Chance Belly Dance, Catalog
One key question would be: Under what circumstances would you wear this costume? Performing with your teacher's troupe, or otherwise?
Because if you're planning to perform with your teacher, then you'll need to choose a costume that fits with her specific guidelines. In other words, FatChance as a whole may allow for some personal flexibility, but your teacher may have guidelines requiring certain skirt colors or certain coin bra vendors in order to get a uniform troupe look.
I second Daimona's recommendation of Volume 2 in the FatChance video series. There's a review of it on my web site at Belly Dance Instructional Video Review: Tribal Basics, Volume 2 - Makeup and Costume, by Carolena Nericcio
To add to Shira's point..yes a troupe usually decides on its' own look. They create it to suit themselves. Many of us followed the lead of the FCBD look initially then just as they didd start to vary what we wore..maybe doing following what the music "appeared" to dictate. But I look back and nothing beas that original big bloomer, big skirt,choli and turban look for me
The costume often seemed to be so time-consuming in the putting on and the performance er 3 ,4,5 mins that it came as a relief to ditch the turban and go for the "garden on the head" look.