Mimi FontanaAmerican Tribal Style Dance

A life-long dancer, athlete and musician, Mimi has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe .  Upon herintroduction to belly dancing, Mimi quickly established herself as anemerging artist, serving as a principal dancer for Serena andMaqamikaze dance companies. She was also a founding member of Alchemy Dance Theater, and co-founded Vadalna Tribal Dance Company.

After over a decade of performing and studying various Middle-Eastern influenced dance formats, Mimi found her home in American Tribal Style (ATS) Belly Dance.  In 2006, she founded Manhattan Tribal, New York City's first ATS dance company. Studying with Carolena Nerricio, creator of ATS and Director of Fat Chance Belly Dance (FCBD) in San Francisco , Mimi received multiple certifications in the FCBD format, and was granted Sister Studio status in 2008.  Sister Studio is the distinction that FCBD awards to select teachers around the world that have demonstrated they are striving to provide the same quality instruction one would receive at the San Francisco home studio.

In addition to regularly teaching multiple ATS classes in NYC, and the workshops she conducts nationally and overseas, Mimi is an AFAA group fitness instructor and Fitness Coach, inspiring and educating people on their personal fitness and nutrition.

While preserving ATS belly dance in its true form, Mimi and Manhattan Tribal add their own brand of NYC flavor, infusing their performances
with high energy and exciting combinations that have become their signature style.   Mimi's goal is to spread awareness of the beauty and complexity of American Tribal Style Belly Dance, and to increase the proficiency of it's practitioners.



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