Amen and hallelujah

“This is the true joy in life — being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one… being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.
Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.” 
~ George Bernard Shaw


ATS® Uruguay

Filming on the streets of Montevideo with La Casa Tribal Uruguay run by Monika Hakma and her troupe Compañia de Danza Yacumenza Tribal, the audience was very thankful.


Happy Birthday FromtheBellyofaTraveler

Hi friends, I find myself in Manaus, Brazil, in a hotel room with the fan on and the wifi chugging away.
The first year feels as if it's flown by.
I have meet so many amazing dancers and wonderful new friends they keep my heart full and my spirits high as I wander this wide world.
This first year was more amazing than I could have anticipated or planned, and it couldn't have happened without the beautiful ATS® community.
This community is the most amazing thing I have ever experienced it is so full and strong and growing day by day.

I feel very blessed to be there, doing what I'm doing and meeting as many of you as I can.

Thank you for everything, you guys mean the world to me, so in celebration of a successful first year this is my gift to you:

It's not perfect, and I know the music is gone at one point, but it's mine and I love it and now it's yours, I hope you love it.



ATS® Argentina

I once read that you should never start a blog with an apology.
So I won’t apologize, I’ll just say life has been way to awesome to sit down and write about.

I reached the End of the World, aka  fin del mundo, a definite notch on the bucket list, but more than that, a milestone in my sojourn. 
I had really made it as far south as possible.

I sat on that high, surrounded by the mountains, breathed it in, and I danced.

Well I tried, here's my first attempt: 

The second time I got it right:

ATS® is crazy global, you can even find it in Ushuaia, Argentina, literally the southern most city in the world. Here I am with Debora Contreras Arroyo, the only ATS® dancer and teacher in Ushuaia.

The Navimag, a boat I took in Chile took twice as long as I had planned at left a week later than I thought, so that meant precious time in Argentina was gone, I was sad that I had to take a plane to Buenos Aires, so many roads left unknown. The shock of going from the end of the world to what felt like the center of the world was intense. One moment I'm in a quiet winter wonderland dogsledding, the next I'm in the heart of a hotblooded culture.
People from Buenos Aires are in a class of their own, I mean this in a good way, part Italian, part Latin and all insane. I learned more slang and hand gestures here than in my entire travel combined. I was swept up in the loudest  most engaging community and I couldn’t keep my head on straight.
Here's what was waiting for me on my first night.

About Me

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I study and teach ATS style belly dance with FatChanceBellyDance.

I am about to embark on a world tour: