Most of you are probably asking yourself one very simple question: What exactly is ATS (R)? The short and simple version is this: It's a type of belly dance performed in a group in which we use movements, head turns and hand or arm motions as cues in order to dance together. There is no verbal communication, it's entirely done through dancing and is entirely improvisational. What is amazing about this is that it can be done with anyone in the world who knows the ATS(R) vocabulary; even if you don't speak the same language you can still dance together.
A fantastic explanation provided by the Fat Chance Belly Dance (R) website may be found here.
Why does this pertain to me you might be asking yourself? I highly recommend that you understand the roots of what ATS(R) is and where it came from. Once you have an understanding for the history behind it this will help you to better relate to the dance form. FCBD (R) has a very special brand and the founder and creator of ATS(R), Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman, created this global phenomenon that is literally taking the world by storm.
Fat Chance Belly Dance (R) at Tribal Fest 2013, photo (c) Lee Corkett Photography (image found here)