Datura Style™ by Rachel Brice refers to both a dance vocabulary and an approach to technique that can be used for solo or group choreography and improvisation.

The aesthetic presentation for Datura's dance vocabulary is inspired by:

  • Carolena Nericcio’s polished and organised placement of the body and presentation of improvisational vocabulary for groups;

  • Fifi Abdou’s incredibly relaxed, polished, and expressive approach to both technique and improvisation;

  • Mardi Love’s musicality and dedication to authentic materials for costume.

The approach to conditioning technique for Datura's dance is inspired by:
  • The conditioning for African-Haitan dance by Katharine Dunham, called Dunham Technique

  • Viniyoga’s approach to sequencing and biomechanics;

  • Stott Pilates’ 5 Basic Principles of awareness for biomechanics of movement;

  • Horton Technique’s approach to dance training using“studies” as technique choreographies;

  • the Jazz approach to a naming convention for dance.

  • As Carolena and FatChanceBellyDance® expanded horizons they received a mixed response. Some people loved the new style; others abhorred its departure from tradition. Finally, the style was named “American Tribal Style®,” a name that distanced ATS® from classical beledi styles. The word “American” made it clear that ATS® was distinctly an American invention, not a traditional dance style. “Tribal Style” described the dancers working together as a group with a unified look.

  • Back at the studio, a system was evolving. Because of the casual nature of FCBD®’s performance opportunities, the dance was largely improvisational. There simply wasn’t a way, or a need, to choreograph because the dance space often changed at the last minute, and the dancers had to perform without rehearsal or any information about the performance space.

  • Duets, trios, and quartets worked in set formations. If the stage was two-sided, or if the dance space was in the round, the dancers could flip the lead by facing the opposite direction. In other words, as long as the dancers stayed in formation, the group could face any direction and the lead could change, depending on the audience’s location. Carolena developed cues for each step or combination, usually an arm or head movement that could easily be seen. She found that because all steps began with a gesture to the right, dancers tended to angle to the left. This angle allowed following dancers to clearly see the lead dancer.



Certified from The 8 Elements™ program by Rachel Brice, our teacher Ephedra is an official Datura Style™ Teacher.

The 8 Elements program

The 8 Elements™ program est une formation complète pour des danseur(se)s voulant approfondir non seulement le Datura Style™, mais aussi des concepts chorégraphiques et musicaux plus généraux.

The 8 Elements™ program se structure en 4 intensifs qui explorent 8 concepts clés, dans le but de développer une pratique saine de la danse et démystifier le processus de composition chorégraphique. Il s’agit de donner une base solide, créative et dynamique pour la pratique de la danse orientale et toutes ses extensions stylistiques. L’intention n’est donc pas de se focaliser sur un seul style de danse, mais d’explorer l’architecture commune et sous-jacente à de nombreux styles de danse, d’honorer la tradition tout en encourageant la curiosité, l’excellence, l’innovation et la joie.

The 8 Elements™ program englobe :
- la bio-mécanique du mouvement
- le vocabulaire de la danse, et plus particulièrement du Datura Style™
- l’improvisation
- la composition chorégraphique
- la musicalité
- la construction et le développement de la pratique technique
- l’histoire de la danse, et plus particulièrement de la Danse Orientale et de la Tribal BellyDance
- le costume et la préparation à la scène

Pour en savoir plus sur « The 8 Elements Program™ » consulter le site de Rachel Brice :   http://www.rachelbrice.com/about8elements



Carolena Nericcio is the dynamic founder of FatChanceBellyDance® and creator of the worldwide dance phenomenon known as FCBD®Style (formerly American Tribal Style®).

An early fascination with permanent body adornment lead 8-year-old Carolena to request that her father, Carl, a collector himself, to 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, FatChanceBellyDance®Style (FCBD®Style). Carolena founded the troupe FatChanceBellyDance® in 1987 and immediately captured the attention of audiences worldwide with stunning dance performances featuring majestic costuming and layers of ornate jewelry. The music, a carefully chosen collection of both traditional sounds and modern fusion, adds to the effect. FCBD®Style looks old, but it is actually new.

Students can study with Carolena anywhere in the world through online classes and private lessons. Instruction is further augmented by a collection of instructional DVDs and international workshops.  In addition to instruction, Carolena provides business consultation in the form of FCBD® Troupe Consulting.

When she’s not traveling the globe or working at her studio, Carolena enjoys exercising, sewing, knitting, and reading.