Costume of the Week - Rachel Brice American Tribal Fusion

Costume of the Week - Rachel Brice American Tribal Fusion

Can we all just pause for a moment to celebrate the glory of that ring that Rachel Brice is wearing?

Ok. I feel ready to move on to the wonder that is Rachel Brice. To describe her as an amazing bellydancer is grossly inadequate.  When she arrived, the bellydance world had never seen anything like her before. But there was no denying it: a star had been born. It was an intoxicating mix: she could move her body in a slow, sinewy, almost contortionist way, the music she performed to was not traditional, it was industrial and her costumes…well she just had her own style.

Before Rachel, there was American Tribal Style (ATS). This style (made popular by Caroline Nericcio of Fatchance Bellydance) was labeled tribal partially because of costuming. They were adorned with a lot Kuchi (from Afghanistan) jewelry, devoid of the traditional sequins and beaded fringe worn by traditional cabaret or Egyptian style bellydancers. Her style resembled ATS more than the traditional style, but she added her own panache. She added cowrie beaded falls from her hair, fishnet stockings, combat boots and vintage costume pieces. It caught on like wildfire. She created what is now called Tribal Fusion Style Belly Dance. 

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1 comment (Add your own)

1. Rebecca wrote:
I really like this one. Although I am not *gasp* a huge fan of that ring. Lol. I guess I just don't like how it covers up almost the entire hand. But the rest of the costume, I enjoy very much.

Fri, January 1, 2010 @ 4:55 PM

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