Kindred Tribal, featured 9/2011

Kindred Tribal Belly Dance combines precise technique with a genuine love of the dance to entertain audiences with fun, earthy, dynamic and visually stunning shows. Lively, upbeat songs send skirts swirling, coins clattering, and jewelry sparkling as the dancers shimmy and spin. When the music slows to a mysterious taxeem, bellies undulate and arms arch in graceful sweeps and turns. And throughout the performance, the profound sense of connection the dancers have with each other and with the music is palpable to the audience.

Kindred Tribal Belly Dance, based in Eugene, OR, performs American Tribal Style Belly Dance (ATS) in its original form, as developed by Carolena Nericcio of Fat Chance Belly Dance more than 30 years ago. The dance is improvisational: rather than choreographing a routine, the dancers use the guidance of the music, a shared vocabulary of movement and a lead-and-follow formation to create the piece in the moment of the performance. The improvisational nature of the dance highlights the beauty and strength of a group of women working together, interpreting the music and communicating through movement to create the dance on the spot.

Both dancers, Jenny Helms and Lindsey Tandingan were trained in ATS in different parts of the country by different instructors. Life circumstances brought them each to Eugene, Oregon where they met in the Fall of 2010. From their first practice together, it was obvious they shared not only an appreciation for the technique of ATS, but also a deep respect for nuanced aesthetic that makes ATS unique from other Tribal Belly Dance forms. They are a perfectly matched duet, able to dance with uncanny unison and complete trust in each other. Their smiles are evidence of the sincere joy they feel dancing together, a joy shared by the dancers and audience members alike.

Both Jenny and Lindsey have completed Carolena Nericcio’s General Skills Certification and Teacher Training courses. Kindred Tribal Belly Dance is acknowledged by Fat Chance Belly Dance as a Sister Studio and offers classes in American Tribal Style Belly Dance in the Eugene area. Kindred Tribal Belly Dance is honored to be the Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene’s featured performer for August and thrilled to be presenting their love of ATS on the guild stage.

MEDGE offers regular monthly shows the third Friday of each month at The Strand/Cozmic Pizza, 8th & Charnelton in Eugene, OR.  Shows are family-friendly.  8:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation.