Pen & ink and funky texture courtesy of super cheap watercolors.
I’ve taken belly dance classes on and off for several years now, and recently started taking ATS classes (Wikipedia article on American Tribal Style Belly Dance). Last year it occurred to me, and was pointed out to me, in a workshop that what I really thrived on was dancing with a partner, moving in sync and tying into each other’s energy. A group dance with diverse folkloric roots and so many of the moves I’d grown to love seemed perfect for me to try, and I’ve been having so much fun. One of the beautiful things about ATS is that it has its own language, so dancers who have never met can dance together, communicating with subtle cues and switching leads. I’m a long way from being able to jump into a public group (lots of “vocabulary” to learn, transitions to smooth out, and trust me, you don’t want to hear my zills yet), but I’m looking forward to the day.