Leigh Anne Shaw
Leigh Anne is certified in teaching American Tribal Style® (ATS®) belly dance by the famous FatChanceBellyDance creator, Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman. With a B.A. in Theater and history of performance art throughout the Bay Area, Leigh Anne is a veteran of the FatChanceBellyDance® school since 2004. She led the FCBD® student troupe Nefer Tem from 2007 to 2008 and founded her own professional troupe, Al-hambra Tribal Dance, in 2009. Leigh Anne earned her FCBD® General Skills certification in 2010, FCBD® Teacher Training in 2010, and additional certification in 2016. Leigh Anne’s dance training includes years of study of modern cabaret by Nanna Candelaria, folkloric Middle Eastern dance by Asia Arabesque, tribal fusion by Cera Byer and Ariellah, Salimpour and Jamila format by Andrea Sendek, and World Fusion by Wendy Marlatt.
Leigh Anne Shaw instructs the following:
American Tribal Style belly dance
Experience a dance of empowerment, camaraderie, and joy! American Tribal Style® belly dance is a classic-yet- modern American fusion of dances of the middle east, Spain, India, and North Africa; its powerful poses and sassy steps become a vocabulary that you can learn to “speak” with other dancers. No choreography is needed; this dance is designed to be done improvisationally in a fun, supportive, collaborative environment. With slow, slinky moves and fast, energetic steps, this dance offers cardiovascular workout, artistic grace, refinement of posture, core strength, and personal empowerment. Dancers in this class will have a solid warm-up, some drills, and an opportunity to realize the dance through improvising with fellow dancers. In this once-monthly class, dancers with previous dance experience will learn and drill a featured set of steps while beginners will get a foundation of the dance. A set of support videos is available online to continue practice in between classes.