Lenay is a certified American Tribal Style® (ATS®) belly dance teacher and is a Sister Studio of FatChanceBellyDance®, the creators of American Tribal Style® belly dance. Lenay began her dance training as a young child studying ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. In late 2000 Lenay began studying ATS® under Megha of Devyani Dance Company, an official partner of FatChanceBellyDance® and was an original member, principal dancer, and teacher of n.o.madic tribal belly dance in New Orleans. She then studied withFatChanceBellyDance® and ATS® founder, Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman for four years while living in San Francisco. Lenay came to Phoenix in 2008 and began teaching ATS® and co-founded Kamalah Tribal Dance Company.
Jorden is a certified American Tribal Style® (ATS®) belly dance teacher and is a Sister Studio of FatChanceBellyDance®, the creators of American Tribal Style® belly dance. Jorden began her dance training as a teenager in Scottish Country dancing and performed for several years at the AZ Renaissance Faire as a member of the troupe Dancing in the Isles. She also studied Irish Step Dancing with The McElligott Dance School as well as Scottish Highland dancing under the instruction of Dee Dee Laird. Jorden’s belly dance training began with Ava Fleming in 2007 and then continued with the discovery of ATS® in spring 2008. She received her ATS® General Skills certification at the FCBD® studio in April 2010. She received her Teacher Training 1 & Teacher Training 2 certifications at the Devyani Dance Company studio in April 2011. Jorden is a founding member of Kamalah Tribal Dance Company.
Becka Bomb is best known for her absolute love of everything Glitter. She has a strong background in American Tribal Style®, Improvisational Tribal Style and Skirt. She has studied under Ava Fleming, K-Lee of Natium World Dance, Shannon Conklin of Divine Chaos Tribal and continues her ATS® studies with Kamalah Tribal’s directors, Lenay and Jorden. She believes in continuing dance education taking workshops with members of FatChanceBellyDance®, FCBD® Sister Studio® teachers, and WildCard BellyDance just to name a few. Becka Bomb loves to incorporate props into her dance and is proficient in sword, veil and skirt. She also emcees at local events, teaches makeup workshops and is the owner of Beckabomb’s Buds.
Briiyana began studying ATS® with Lenay and Jorden in 2012 and was soon invited to join Kamalah Tribal’s student troupe Padmakali. In November 2013 she was welcomed into Kamalah, and she recently received her General Skills certifications at ATS® Homecoming 2015! She loves performing with her fellow troupe mates and is constantly inspired by them and the dance community! Briiyana enjoys all aspects of belly dance whether it’s floor work, sword, basket, veil, fan, skirt or amazing formation creations! In the future Briiyana plans to obtain her FCBD® Teacher Training certificates, as well as certifications from WildCard BellyDance and Datura! She is also the owner of Briiyana’s Bindis.
Erin started taking cabaret classes in 2001 with different instructors including Helena Vlahos. When a friend took her to see Belly Dance Superstars she saw Tribal performed for the first time by Rachel Brice and company and was mesmerized. Erin sought out tribal style classes and began her studies with K-Lee of Natium World Dance. She saw Kamalah perform in 2009 and soon after began classes with Lenay and Jorden. Erin feels fortunate to have found a dance style that continues to challenge her physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. She also loves the emphasis on posture and how ATS® fits with her methodic way of being.
Erin began her dance education as a young child and has dabbled in many dance styles over the years, including lyrical, jazz, modern, hip hop, Latin, and Irish Step. Erin found American Tribal Style® belly dance classes with Lenay and Jorden in the summer of 2010 and fell in love with the strong posture, empowering community, and creative collaboration of ATS®. Erin danced as a member of Kamalah Tribal’s student troupe Padmakali from the summer of 2012 until she joined Kamalah in November 2013.
Robin, a lifelong musician, only began her dance journey in 2007 with tribal fusion classes at Plaza de Anaya. In late 2008, she began ATS® classes with Heather and Lenay, founding directors of Kamalah Tribal. By fall of 2009, Robin was invited to join the troupe. Robin hopes to continue working to attain the precision and expression of her mentors Lenay and Jorden and has followed in their footsteps to complete General Skills and Teacher Training to become a Sister Studio. Her favorite aspects of American Tribal Style® belly dance are the camaraderie, sisterhood, and teamwork required to excel in this dance form.