Tribal Summit 2017

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Kendall Mountain Community Center

1 Kendall Place

Silverton, CO 81433

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This event is sold out, but we are accepting wait list requests.

Join Caldera Tribal in historic Silverton, Colorado for an intimate mountain retreat filled with autumn leaves, camaraderie, and American Tribal Style® belly dance workshops with none other than Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman, the creator of American Tribal Style® and director of FatChanceBellyDance®!

Tribal Summit includes 9 hours of workshops, vending, a lecture, meet & greet, and a community hafla featuring performances by workshop participants! All workshop hours count toward FCBD® Sister Studio Continuing Education. Dancers of all stripes are welcome, but a basic working knowledge of ATS® will be helpful. A limited number of private and semi-private lessons are also available; please inquire for details by emailing

Class size is limited and this event will sell out, so reserve your spot today!



Friday, Sept. 15th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Location TBD

Learn about the evolution of the American Tribal Style® costume, its essential elements, and how they contribute to the overall aesthetic of the dance form.


Friday, Sept. 15th, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, Location TBD

Join Carolena and your Caldera Tribal hostesses for a fun dance jam and some social time. BYOB and a drum if you have one, and let’s dance!


Saturday, Sept. 16th, 10 am - Noon

Review the foundational movements of ATS® and their correct technique, including Taxeem, Bodywave, Hand Floreo, Arm Undulations, Shimmy, Arabic Basic, Egyptian Basic, Pivot Bumps and Choo-Choos. Then drill the basic steps and their variations in combinations and mini-choreographies, using partnering and group work to emphasize communication between dancers. Who should take this class? EVERYONE! If you are attending the weekend and need a review before delving into partner work, please embrace this class as a way to clarify your steps and transitions in order to work effectively with your fellow dancers. It is your responsibility to know the material in order to meet your partners on the dance floor. Don’t intend to “just follow along,” you must be able to visualize the next step or transition in order to be a functioning part of the group. If you are a teacher, plan on both taking this class as a student, and absorbing this class for its rapid transmission of content. Chances are you are using too many words and leaving your students standing still for too long. Watch Carolena reach out to all learning styles and get the whole room on track while covering a vast amount of information in a short amount of time - all without leaving anyone behind.


Saturday, Sept. 16th, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Look inside your steps and see how they work. Then, understand how to add shape, angles and motion. Using the playground of anchor and release we’ll explore your favorite steps.


Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Yes, you can play your zils and dance at the same time! Learn how to hold your zils so you can play fast, what to do with your zils during a slow song, which zils are right for you, how to get a consistent sound, and a few other tricks. We’ll look at five tribal zil patterns (Basic RLR, Alternating RL, Military, Moroccan Six, Baladi), and apply them to your dance.


Saturday, Sept. 16th, 3:30 – 4 pm

Ever wondered what the hands are doing in the third section of the Sahra Turn? How to keep the lifting hip weightless in the Taxeem? Do your arms get tired after a few minutes of dancing? You asked for it, you got it! A class devoted to your specific technique questions.


Saturday, Sept. 16th, 7 – 9:30 pm

Shop for unique and beautiful items with our vendors, savor light appetizers and drinks, and enjoy fabulous belly dance performances by workshop participants! This event is open to the public and there is no cover! Performer applications are due by 8/1/15. If you or your dance troupe would like to perform at the hafla please register for the free "PERFORMER REQUEST" or email for more information.


Saturday, Sept. 16th, 10 pm - ??, Location TBD


Sunday, Sept. 17th, 10 am - Noon

Group presentations are strengthened by solid formations, where each dancer knows their position and can quickly and easily respond to cues from the leader. These formations morph, changing shape and size as the performance progresses. In this workshop, Carolena will discuss the fine points of ATS® formations, giving insight into the positions, sight lines and placement. She will discuss the importance of clear and exciting transitions between formations, and also include transitions between dancers and between moves, including what your feet are doing under your skirt.


Sunday, Sept. 17th 1:30 – 2 pm

A second class session devoted to your specific technique questions.


Sunday, Sept. 17th, 2 – 4 pm

What is your favorite song? What is it that makes it special? What did you feel when you first heard it, and can you express that feeling when you dance to it? In this workshop, Carolena presents a series of drills to help you find the suitable combinations and exact formations to match your favorite music. Learn how to let the music push you, giving the freedom to simply respond, particularly when you know the steps and formations, and trust your partners and audience.


Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman is the dynamic founder of the worldwide dance phenomenon called American Tribal Style® Dance.

An early fascination with permanent body adornment lead 8-year old Carolena to request that her Father, Carl, a collector himself, buy a ring she could “wear always and not take off.” This concept evolved into the study of folkloric textiles, a body full of tattoos and a collection of jewelry and textiles from around the world.

The discovery of belly dance led to the creation of her own dance style, American Tribal Style® (ATS®) Belly Dance. FatChanceBellyDance® was founded by Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman in 1987 and immediately captured the attention of audiences worldwide with stunning dance performances featuring majestic costuming and layers of tribal jewelry. The music, a carefully chosen collection of both traditional sounds and modern fusion adds to the effect. American Tribal Style® looks old, but it is actually new.

Carolena has compiled a montage of different “tribal” elements into what has been coined American Tribal Style® Belly Dance. ATS® movements are inspired by folkloric dances of the Middle East and India. Aesthetically ATS® is based on the richness of textiles and jewelry from North Africa and India. ATS® is a method of improvisational choreography, using a vocabulary of natural movements and cues allowing the dancers to communicate via gesture and eye contact when dancing together. The effect is a vibrant thread drawing the audience into the tapestry.

Students can find studio classes in San Francisco, or study via Skype,and On-line Classes. Instruction is further augmented by a collection of instructional DVDs and international workshop travel.

After 30 years of promoting ATS® and directing FatChanceBellyDance® in San Francisco, Carolena is enjoying semi-retirement at her new shop, Studio 508 in Half Moon Bay CA. She is a consulting member of the newly formed FatChanceBellyDance® Teaching Collective and minds the business side of the Nakarali Jewelry Company, co-owned with Colleena Shakti. When she’s not traveling the globe or working at Studio 508, Carolena enjoys spending time with her partner Loretta Nericcio-Bohlman, exercising, sewing, knitting and reading.


Dress in stretchy layers of exercise clothing, or traditional ATS® class attire of a 25 yard skirt and choli. Bring a refillable water bottle, a notebook/pen and perhaps a yoga mat. Don’t forget your zils! Please arrive at least 15 minutes before each class to settle in.


We will have a variety of vendors on site for your shopping pleasure! Vending hours will be: 9 am – 4:30 pm and 7:30 – 9:30 pm on Saturday and 9 am – 2 pm on Sunday. If you are interested in vending please email for an application. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come first served basis.


While Silverton does have a small grocery and many restaurants, offerings for those with special dietary needs can be limited. If you have food allergies or aversions we recommend you bring food with you and inquire about ingredients before ordering at local restaurants. Durango and Montrose both have great grocery shopping options, including several natural foods stores.

We have provided a generous 1.5 hour lunch break for those preferring to have lunch in town. You may also bring a sack lunch and, weather permitting, enjoy it on one of the two large decks at Kendall, which are equipped with picnic tables and lounge chairs.


Two airports are roughly equidistant from Silverton: the Durango La Plata County Airport (DRO) and the Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ), which are 62.3 and 60.25 miles from Silverton respectively. Airport shuttles can be arranged through Silverton Shuttle: 970-769-2259. Once you are in Silverton pretty much everything is within walking distance, so no car is necessary.

With the exception of the Friday night meet & greet and the Saturday night after party, all workshops, vending and the hafla will take place at Kendall Mountain Community Center. Classes and the hafla will be in the Grand Ballroom, which is a beautiful timber framed space with hardwoods floors, ample natural light and fantastic mountain views. KMCC is a short walk from Silverton’s downtown area, or if you prefer to drive, the facility also has a large lot with ample free parking. For more information about KMCC visit

We have secured a block of rooms at the historic Grand Imperial Hotel (, which is offering a 20% discount for dancers. This special rate is available for the nights of September 14 - 17th, 2017. Deadline for booking is July 14, 2017. A credit card is required to hold your reservation and will be charged 72 hours prior to arrival. There will be no refunds after cards are processed within 3 days of arrival. To book, email and tell them you are part of the Tribal Summit group.

Private vacation homes can also be rented through VRBO, Airbnb or Silverton Property Management:


Silverton is a quaint and historic Victorian mining town located 50 miles north of Durango in the heart of Colorado's majestic San Juan Mountains. The town is a National Historic Landmark, and is surrounded by public lands, so opportunities for outdoor recreation including hiking, mountain biking, camping, jeeping, etc. abound. September is a wonderful time of year to view the fall colors. More information on Silverton area activities can be found on the Silverton Chamber of Commerce website:

Please note that Silverton sits an elevation of 9,318 feet above sea level and is accessible only via high mountain passes. While altitude sickness is not a problem for most visitors, you should be aware of its symptoms which include headaches, dizziness and shortness of breath. One of the best ways to avoid altitude sickness is to drink lots of water before you arrive and while you are here. Allowing a day or two to acclimate, eating light meals, reducing your alcohol intake and getting plenty of rest will also help.

The weather in Colorado can be unpredictable. It can be very warm and sunny in September, or we may experience snow. Nighttime temperatures can vary by as much as 30 degrees from daytime highs. Your best bet is to be prepared for anything Mother Nature may dish out! Bring everything from tank tops to warmer layers and flip flops to closed toe shoes.


Please note that workshop registration fees are non-refundable, however they are transferable. If you have registered and are unable to attend, it is your responsibility to sell your spot to another dancer. Please email with your name and the name of the dancer who will be taking your place.

Please note that registration is for the full weekend package only (not individual workshops) and packages may not be split between multiple dancers.


Please check with your doctor before beginning any exercise or health regimen. Caldera Belly Dance, any Tribal Summit instructors, the Town of Silverton, and their associates accept no responsibility for personal injury that may take place during the classes or while arriving at or leaving the facilities.

By making a Tribal Summit purchase you are accepting this agreement to waive, release and discharge Lisa Branner and Caldera Belly Dance/Caldera Tribal, heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives and assigns from all liability for or by reason of any damage, loss or injury to person and property. You hereby acknowledge and agree that you have carefully read this waiver and release agreement, that you fully understand the same and that you are freely and voluntarily executing same.

Questions? Please contact Lisa at

We look forward to seeing you in Silverton!

FatChanceBellyDance®, FCBD®, ATS®, American Tribal Style®, and Dancing In Flow™ are federally registered trademarks of FatChanceBellyDance, Inc.

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Kendall Mountain Community Center

1 Kendall Place

Silverton, CO 81433

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