Karsilama Tribal Belly Dance LLC was born from a desire to share a love of Tribal and Fusion Belly Dance with the Memphis community and was formed under the direction of Natasha McCallister.
Natasha began belly dancing in 2010 under Liz London of Memphis Raqs as a fun way to exercise but quickly fell in love with the freedom of movement, artistic outlet and feminine bonding it offered. It didn’t take her long to realize she had a penchant for belly dancing. With a broad musical and performance background Natasha has had a passion for performing since she was young. She regularly attends classes and workshops with notable belly dancers to maintain and advance her dancing skills. Natasha teaches belly dance through Karsilama Tribal Belly Dance and performs at various stage, convention, private and festival venues and has performed with the Memphis Raqs troupe (now TCB), other Memphis belly dance groups and with the International Shimmy Mob charity (team leader 2017). She also plays the doumbek and zills and dances with veil, sword, cane and other props. Natasha has choreographed many solos and group pieces and enjoys performing and making her own costuming. She even enjoys the occasional overly dramatic and theatrical “just for fun” dance piece. Natasha was an original member of Alima Tribe, founded in 2012. In 2015 she began to pursue a professional teaching and dance career and in 2017 was invited to join the Mystic River Dancers as part of their multi-cultural troupe. Natasha continues to expand her belly dancing world by incorporating other dance styles such as American Tribal Style (ATS), Persian/Turkish, Romani and more.
Natasha has taken workshops under Donna Mejia, Jules Downum, Kami Liddle, Mira Betz, Kassar Tribal, Devilla Raks, Isidora Hart, Zoe Jakes, Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman, Devi Mamak, Megha Gavin, Jennifer Nolan, SuperBeth and other prominent belly dancers.
On a personal note, Natasha enjoys historical reenacting, camping, canoeing, baking, reading to her son, travel, has a Masters Degree in Geology, makes soap and cans food, loves historical reading and can be very silly.
Natasha also makes and sells unique belly dance costuming and accessories. Karsilama Store
What kind of Belly Dance does Karsilama teach?
Karsilama teaches Tribal Fusion and American Tribal Style (ATS) Belly Dance. These styles are modern Western forms of Middle Eastern style belly dance which was created by fusing American Cabaret belly dance, classical Indian and Spanish Flamenco styles. Tribal Fusion belly dance frequently incorporates elements from Popping, Hip Hop, ‘Egyptian’ or ‘Cabaret’ belly dance, as well as movement principles from traditional forms such as Flamenco, Kathak, Odissi, and other folkloric, urban and classical dance styles. American Tribal Style (ATS) belly dance is an original American styled form of belly dance that relies on combinations and cues that allow the group to dance together.
The Karsilama Tribal Belly Dance teaching style is grounded in improvisational tribal style (ITS) belly dance but also includes other urban, folkloric, fusion, alternative, interpretive and modern styles. Belly Dance gives the artist the opportunity to expand their dance genre and incorporate the mediums they feel suite them best. Don’t be afraid to explore other dance styles and bring them in to your belly dance routine!
Why belly dance?
Increase positive body image
Increase balance, endurance and strength
Anyone can do it
No special skills, background or equipment needed
Fun and energetic
Go at YOUR pace
Learn about other cultures
You never have to show your belly or perform if you don’t want to