Elysium Tribal Blog

Video clip of American Tribal Style® group improvisation June 01, 2017 12:00

American Tribal Style® dance: a set vocabulary of movements and system of non-verbal cues that allows a group of dancers to improvise a performance... it can easily be mistaken for a choreography!
American:  because the dance form was developed in the late 1980's at the FatChanceBellyDance® studio in San Francisco, California.
Tribal Style:  because it combines elements of Egyptian bellydance and Flamenco with traditional dance movements from tribal people living in Northern Africa, India and Central Asia. 

Every year American Tribal Style® dancers from around the world gather together for three days of intensive workshops called the ATS® Homecoming. During the participants showcase, dancers from thirteen FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studios, including Elysium Tribal, perform here as the 'Lone Wolves' troupe. The music and costuming choices were selected ahead of time, but many of the dancers had never met before the event. With no time to rehearse prior to the show, we confidently walked onto the stage and let the magic of group improvisation take over!

This edited musical clip contains a portion of "Nefertari's Dream" by Phil Thornton and Hossam Ramzy. (available on iTunes)


Studio Open House with Performances & Free Class - #HamArtsWeek May 30, 2017 23:17

Elysium Tribal Bellydance Studio Open House for Hamilton Arts Week 2017Come to our Studio Open House in celebration of Hamilton Arts Week! Join us on Wednesday June 7th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm for dance performances and a free class. Elysium Tribal is Hamilton's first and only dance studio to specialize in American Tribal Style® bellydance. Feel welcomed into our gorgeous studio and let it become your dance haven! American Tribal Style® bellydance is naturally inclusive, supportive, intuitive and joyful. If these qualities appeal to you, your tribe is waiting for you!

Enjoy Open House Performances: The evening will begin with the Elysium Tribal Advance Class students performing to a few songs especially for you!
Take a Free Class:  Then it's time for you to get moving! Claim a spot on the dance floor to discover a few foundation moves like graceful hand floreos and knock out shimmies. Based on group improvisation, it's just like a game of follow the leader. It's a workout for your body and your brain and by the end of the night you'll be moving right along side the dance troupe ladies!

Please note that space is limited and an accurate headcount is required. Please RSVP to info@ElysiumTribal.com in order to attend! You will receive a confirmation email with studio details and parking info etc.   

Get involved in this MixUp! May 20, 2017 22:52

Elysium Tribal appears in The MixUp variety show at The Staircase Cafe Theatre The Mixup is a monthly performance event for artists and non-artists to come together and share their work! Each performer gets 10 minutes of fame. Elysium Tribal is dancing because our juggling skills suck!
May 25th - Doors & cafe open @ 7 pm - Show @ 8 pm.
Food and drinks available throughout the show!
$5 cash at the door.
This month, all our proceeds will be going to the Every Plate Full food bank fundraiser (IATSE Local 828 team). Our goal for this year’s campaign is $1000. Help us get there!
https://foodbankscanada.akaraisin.com/pledge/Team/Home.aspx?seid=14322&mid=75&tid=131079
None of our neighbours should have to go hungry this summer.
Food bank donations are lowest during the summer and every dollar that Hamilton Food Share receives buys $5 of food! Hamilton Food Share uses our dollars to buy food from local farmers, so our donations doubly support our community!

Harem Vol. 20 at the Casbah May 18, 2017 07:34

Elysium Tribal and Tribe Maya Fire dance at the Casbah in HamiltonA celebration of the Hamilton bellydance scene is held every month at the Casbah at 306 King St W. Dancers in the May 13th line up were treated to a packed audience and lively applause. Elysium Tribal was joined by our pal Sherry from Tribe Maya Fire to show off the improvisational fun of American Tribal Style® bellydance and a good time was had by all!  Upcoming shows in 2017 at the Casbah are scheduled for the following Saturdays: June 10, July 8, August 12, October 21 and November 18.  Doors are at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 cash at the door. Make plans to attend!


May 12 - James St N Art Crawl in Hamilton May 09, 2017 09:20


Elysium Tribal & friends perform at James St N Art Crawl May 12We're laying down our dance floor and bringing you ALL the shimmies! We'll be joined by other Hamilton based bellydance studios to showcase a non-stop lineup of dancing from 6 to 10 pm. The ladies of Elysium Tribal will be joined by Leanna from BellaDance and Julie from BellyFlow. Our talented musician friends from Troupe Obskurah will also be on hand for some live beats! We are aiming to set up in front of the Bank of Montreal on James St N, just south of Barton. Drop by and see what's shaking!

Elysium Tribal performs in "Wild at Heart" April 22nd April 18, 2017 16:55



Wild Orchid Bellydance Studio 10th Anniversary ShowWild Orchid Belly Dance Studio is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a fantastic show at the Spice Factory! The ladies of Elysium Tribal are really thrilled to be included in the line up and encourage everyone to come on out for an evening of great dancing!

Doors @ 7:30pm - Show @ 8:00pm 
While you're there, have a drink from the cash bar and pick up something pretty from one of the various dance studio vendors...like Elysium Tribal!
Tickets are $15 + a non-perishable food item and kids under 12 get in free.  Advanced tickets are highly recommended and can be purchased by e-transfer to wildorchiddance@gmail.com. Food donations can be dropped off at Wild Orchid Belly Dance Studio (72 Wise Crescent, Hamilton) or at the show. Proceeds / donations will go to Mountain Kidz Klub, a non-profit organization offering low cost programs for children and adults, as well as a food bank. 

It's going to be a fabulous show so we hope to see you there!


International Women's Day performance March 13, 2017 13:55


Improvisation Elysium Tribal and Tribe Maya Fire with Troupe ObskurahIt's a blurry little snapshot of a fantastic evening that made my heart sing. Look at all those smiling faces! This is a moment from my impromptu duet with Sherry from Tribe Maya Fire to live music by Troupe Obskurah at BellyUp's Because I am a Girl Fundraiser on International Women's Day. Even though we're in different troupes, Sherry and I speak the same dance language!  Improvisation at its best... the lively music played and we let ourselves be taken over by it! 

 


International Women's Day Fundraiser Performance March 01, 2017 13:12

Because I am A Girl Fundraiser PerformanceCan you imagine what your life would be like if you weren't able to attend school....simply because you're a girl? That is a sad reality many girls are facing in some developing countries. Let's see what we can do to change that!  Plan International's "Because I am A Girl" initiative is a fantastic program that is working to empower girls around the world through improving access to education. Please join us Wednesday March 8th at BellyUp BellyDance studio in Oakville for a fundraising event to benefit the girls! Enjoy an evening of dance performances, snacks and raffle prizes! Advanced tickets are available here: https://bellyup.ca/?q=content/all-about-girls-fundraiser THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Glorious post performance photo! February 02, 2017 01:43

American Tribal Style bellydance Lone WolvesI was thrilled to perform for the third year running, the annual ATS® Homecoming conference in San Francisco. The ladies joining me are all FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studios, like Elysium Tribal. We come from all over the world, some of us have met before and some are complete strangers...but we speak a common language in our dance! We agree on a piece of music in advance, then at the conference, we'll meet up to plan how we will enter and exit the stage. All that is left is to get into our dance gear and hit the stage. No choreo, just awesome group improv! Special thanks to Carrie from The Dancers Eye for the lovely photo!


Elysium Tribal & Friends @ James St. N Art Crawl May 16, 2016 21:32

May 13, 2016:  We're throwing down a dance floor and showing you ALL the shimmies! Elysium Tribal Bellydance Studio will be dancing throughout the evening along with performers from other local bellydance studios. This month, we have dancers joining us from BellyFlow Fitness, Leanna BellaDance and Mahasti - The Bellydance Emporium. Our talented musician friends Troupe Obskurah will provide us with some live music too! Don't miss it!


We're aiming to set up in front of the Bank of Montreal building on James St just south of Barton. Keep your eyes on Facebook for updates on the day just in case something changes!

Elysium Tribal at James St  Art Crawl Hamilton


Sew Hungry bellydance performances on Ottawa St N May 02, 2016 15:24

Elysium Tribal Bellydance Studio performs at Hamilton Sew Hungry 2016

Elysium Tribal has your Friday night dinner and dancing plans sorted! We've teamed up with our friends at Aloft Registered Massage Therapy for the Sew Hungry street festival. From 4 to 8 pm, the Ottawa St shopping district will be chock full of food trucks, fantastic merchants and entertainment. Come see us perform at the corner of Ottawa at Barton and enjoy a mini chair massage too!

Aloft Registered Massage Therapy is newly located at 327 Ottawa St N, Unit 208. Whatever your aches or pains may be, Maureen can fix you right up! Make plans to enjoy some dinner & dancing and welcome Aloft Registered Massage Therapy to the neighborhood!


Performance photos - Sears Beauty Gala May 02, 2016 14:54

Thanks to all of you who came out! It was a pleasure to share the 'dance floor' with the lovely Leanna of Bella Dance too. Here are a few snapshots of the evening.

Elysium Tribal performs at Lime Ridge Mall Hamilton Elysium Tribal dances at Lime Ridge Mall Hamilton

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Sears Lime Ridge Mall Hamilton 2016 Beauty Gala


How's that saying go...adapt or perish? February 25, 2016 00:29

Tonight's Intermediate/Advanced class was all about adapting. I have a dedicated student who is living out of town during the week because of a temporary work situation. We've been trying various forms of web cam programs so she can 'attend' class. Skype was a dismal failure due to really poor connection quality. This time we tried Google Hangouts chat. There we lots of camera angle adjustments, audio delays that would come and go, music or my instructions that may or may not be heard. Can you hear me now? What if I face this way instead? Can you see my feet if I stand here? You've danced out of the frame! 

Towards the end of class we played a three song set of music to 'perform' to. When we finished I realized my virtual student only had a partial view of our bodies. Luckily she could still figure out the moves to follow along. A testament to her adaptability! It reminded me of my early days as an ATS dancer, when proper formations didn't always happen. Somebody would be out of position but we'd be on a small stage with nowhere to move for a better view of the leader. You'd have to rely on half the information! 

I was also reminded of something Kristine Adams said in the three day intensives I attended last month at the FatChanceBellyDance studios. Everyone wishes for the perfect performance conditions, in a theatre with a wood stage, the amazing sound system, fantastic lighting and the undivided attention of your audience. But she said we'll never learn to be a professional dancer there. We learn to be a professional on the tiny stage where only three people fit but four of us are dancing. Adapt! We'll learn on the uneven asphalt where the sun gets in your eyes and your boombox cuts out mid-song. Adapt! That is how we learn to keep smiling and continue dancing unfazed by it all.

So we closed our class tonight being really thankful that we have a virtual student in a hotel room with erratic WiFi, because we're learning to adapt and we'll ALL be better dancers for it! 


Dance Party Fundraiser! February 15, 2016 17:05


Invoketress Hafla to benefit Syrian RefugesOh Dance Fans... come out to an evening of impromptu performances for a great cause! Our dance friends in Guelph, Invoketress Dance Theatre, are hosting a hafla on Saturday February 20th, and all proceeds will help support local Syrian refugees. Elysium Tribal will be among the performers getting our groove on and we'd love to see you there. For more info, visit the Facebook event page here and plan to attend!