Dunyah, I used to love ATS and ITS but it doesn't grab me anymore. I think I liked it when it was new to me because it was refreshing to see something completely different, but after a few years I started to find it too repetitive. ITS is a bit different, I had a teacher who was rather innovative. I followed her YouTube clips for years and she would come up with new things all the time. I think the fun part of ATS/IT'S is that it's improv in group form. But that can be done too with other styles if a group is really in tune with each other.
Yeah, that's why I said there are SOME ATS/ITS and tribal fusion performances that I love. Many of them don't move me, but sometimes they do. The music choices have a lot to do with it for me, I dislike seeing belly dance to Western music in most instances.
AmCab - which means a little bit of everything, including American. But I enjoy any style of Belly Dance as long as its done to something that at least vaguely resembles ME music! Veil routines get a pass, so do some Tribal-Fusion styles, and I might make an exception for so-called "gypsy" skirt dances; but anything else needs to be decent music! Rock doesn't cut it, neither does Celtic or other non-ME ethnic music. I love Greek music, particularly Zembetiko songs - but won't do Belly Dance to them. Heck, I once saw a dancer performing to a Syrto tune! Belly Dancing doesn't work so well with Ballet music either, although "Swan Lake" is my fave music EVER - wouldn't Belly Dance to it though. And what's up with Belly Dancing to Mariachi or Hip-Hop music?!?
If I had to pick a style from "over there" that I like best, it would probably be Turkish, maybe Lebanese. Egyptian is very beautiful, but I find it somewhat constraining. OTOH, if you can dance Egyptian, you can dance anything!
I have mixed feelings about ATS/Tribal Fusion. I adore the costumes, and seriously, I have nothing against it; but it seems heavily choreographed (personal preference!)
[...]as well as Balkans European (i.e. Greek); whereas I've seen a lot of videos and some performances where rock/contemporary music
FCBD's style is probably the best place to start. There are other good groups out there, some more famous than others, but you can hook into the FCBD system directly or through Datura.Any recommendations of who has the best original ATS?