The setting is reflected in the dance
styles, the costuming and naturally the music. But here I am getting
TRIBAL IS WHAT THE TRIBE DECIDES IT
Itís kind of the whole
point of being a tribe. Take into consideration that everybody has a
say in the group. Make up your own rules and create your own style.
No one wants to see a cheap and probably not so good copy of the
latest and greatest.
COSTUMES ARE WHAT THE TRIBE DECIDES
THEM TO BE!
Keep in mind, that the
costumes should be comfortable and well fitted. If you are at a Ren
faire, you will be in costume the whole day. Have everybody wear a
similar skirt or top, to give it that consistent look. You are after
all, in a Tribe. Costuming should reflect the style of music you are
dancing to as well. Other than that, you have free reign.
Make sure you check on
what everybody already has and go from there. Tribal is supposed to
be fun, not lead you into bankruptcy!
Dance Formation (positioning of the
Fist and foremost: the
best tribal group is only as good as its weakest member. Donít make
the routine/ chorus so difficult that less experienced dancers canít
follow. Cues should be clear and not too abrupt in changes. This
gives everybody the chance to catch up. If you are the leader at
this time, take into consideration that less experienced dancers
might not be in tune with you yet and are not ready to change very
quickly. When you lead, you are responsible not to make them look
bad. Donít show off, you will get a chance to showcase your talent
during a solo performance. When dancing with the tribe you are NOT a
soloist performing in a group, you ARE part of your
If you take all of this
into consideration, everybody will have a great time dancing with
each other and that will show in your performance and impress
viewers. There is nothing worse than a bunch of uncoordinated
dancers flailing all over the place.
We at Wicked Hips Tribal
have an assigned leader position that is easy to see from all
positions. It is never in question who the leader is. We take turns
leading, to mix things up a bit.
Is ATS always improvisational or are
choreographies learned too?
I have found that mixing
and matching is not only a good idea, it is fun. Beginners rarely
feel comfortable improvising. That doesnít mean you shouldnít learn
though. Have a well rehearsed group that does sectional
choreographies or little combinations and improvise the rest of the
time. Again, the rules are what you make them to be.
It is very important that
you establish a common dance vocabulary, so you can ďspeakĒ to the
music, no matter what kind of music you have. It needs to be
structured on where your hands, head, hips and feet are to achieve
the consistent look that is true tribal. You can interpret the music
by your own rules while dancing a solo. In return, the person
leading the Chorus while a soloist is dancing should not overpower
what is going on in the front. Small, subtle moves are great so the
rest of the tribe is not taking the attention from the soloist.
I guess to make a long
story short (there I go again), know your sister tribal members as
well as their strengths and weaknesses. Be aware of your
surroundings and the music, be considerate and open for visual
communication and HAVE FUN!
My goal is to express my
creativity, to lose our everyday selves in the music and to recreate
myself within the dance. What other people see and interpret is
their business. I donít stress about what other people think. I just close
my eyes and dance. If you dance with all your heart, only then is
your dance pure. Then it doesnít matter if you have the latest
costume or the most complicated steps and combinations. Then the
dancing becomes what it was intend to be, a reflection of your soul.