ATS® in Chile

There is something undeniably magic about the bond of ATS®. 
After 276 days and 15 countries plus 10 odd years in the FCBD® studio in S.F I am still awed by the way this brings people together. I've never seen anything like it, the silent ties that will always be wrapped around your heart, once a dance sister, always a dance sister, or a sworn enemy, it could go either way.

The ATS® scene in Santiago, Chile is amazingly strong. I can say the strongest and most advanced troupe that I've seen so far.

The group itself is lead by Victoria Vasquez, the group is called Banjara and they have a school in the coolest (as in artsy not cold) part of Santiago with classes almost everyday of the week. In addition to that Victoria also teaches ATS® in prison once a week. I'm fascinated by ATS® being taught in prison and really wanted to go but access was denied.

We just filmed the group dancing in Santiago yesterday and we have a busy couple of workshops coming up this weekend in Santiago, next weekend in Conception and Valdivia, Chile. Thank you ATS®ers for giving me a home, for at least a little while.


  1. Beautiful! But I am so sorry to have heard of the loss of your BDBD sister Stasi this week.

    1. Thank you Foodycat, and thank you for your condolences, she will be missed. <3

  2. Kristine, can you tell us more about ATS in prison? What a fabulous idea! My dancers go to a women's shelter once a month with dance meditation, and I've thought about taking Nia or the meditation dance to a woman's prison, but not ATS. I think it's a wonderful idea.

    1. I agree, it's been very interesting to talk to Victoria about it, and I'll share what I can, ATS® really is a beautiful healing art form.


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