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Melanthia began studying bellydance in order to properly be in-character for a Halloween costume, fell in love, and immediately decided to continue learning the dance. Having studied Cabaret and Tribal Fusion with teachers across the U.S. since 2006, she began learning ATS in 2011. The subtle communication between dancers and strong, feminine movements of ATS drew her in and she loves belonging to this tribe of women. She also researches and performs the vintage American bellydance of the 1960's and 1970's.
Angela took her mother-in-law’s advice and gave bellydancing classes a try in 2006, and is so glad she did. She found this dance form to be a wonderful form of expression and exercise. Angela discovered American Tribal Style in 2009, when she saw TerraNova Tribal perform at the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market and was immediately smitten with the grace, strength, and elegance of the ATS vocabulary. She began taking classes with Datura as soon as she could and has been dancing with TerraNova since 2010.
American Tribal Style® Belly Dance (ATS®) is an elegant system of steps and group improvisation mechanics, allowing the dancers to achieve unity without choreographies. This dance style is meant to be a language that dancers use to communicate nonverbally. Therefore, every performance is different and created in the moment. Visit the FatChanceBellyDance website to learn more about ATS®.
Diana specializes in American Tribal Style® and Tribal Fusion because she loves how these dance forms promote body positivity. As an advocate for healthy lifestyles, she uses these dance forms to help people of all skill levels foster a love for creative movement, for the world needs more happy dances. Find more about her story at drifterdance.com.
We are a tribe of dancers and musicians who work hard to shatter expectations and outdated misconceptions about belly dancing. Ever since 2009, we have spent years honoring cultures both inside and outside of the United States through American Tribal Style® and lively world music. We take pride in our certified instruction and our dynamic performances, so naturally, we share our family-friendly experiences all over the Mid-South and our hometown, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Pictured from left to right: Drew Henley, Joe Moquin, Rachelle Prince
TerraNova Tribal has the distinction of not only featuring talented dancers, but performing alongside talented musicians as well! Our live performances usually feature Drew on Tupan/Davul, Joe on Doumbek and Rachelle on Djembe and Guitar. Melanthia and Diana often join in on Violin and Clarinet, and Angela and Tina add to the melody with their beautiful voices. All together, we combine our passion for music and dance to create a fun, globally-inspired live sound.
Authenticity is of the utmost importance to TerraNova Tribal, and we tirelessly research and practice genuine dance and folk songs from all over the Middle Eastern region.
Having first fallen in love with the beautiful art of Middle Eastern dance and bellydance while taking lessons in Little Rock, Arkansas, Tina longed to find a dance family once she moved to Northwest Arkansas. Her loving husband bought her a gift certificate for ATS lessons with TerraNova Tribal, and Tina found a deep love for American Tribal Style and the sisterhood that goes with it. She has taken lessons for several years and joined the troupe as an official member in 2016. She looks forward now to sharing the sheer joy of dance with the world and her dance sisters.