Dark Side Tribal is an American Tribal Style® belly dance troupe and FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio based in Bloomington, IN. We formed in early 2006 with the goal of exploring and promoting the strength, power, and grace of American Tribal Style belly dance, as well as celebrating the community-building aspects of improvisational group dance. 

Dark Side Tribal is known for the joyfulness, musicality, expressivity, and beauty we bring to our performances. Let us liven up your next party, celebration, festival, or event!



Summer Carnival in Muncie, IN, on August 26th, 2017

Nashville Indiana Shimmy & Shake in Nashville, IN, on March 24th, 2018





Alice has been studying ATS® since 2002 and began performing with Dark Side Tribal in 2007. She began dancing in college in the late 80s where she choreographed and performed in the contemporary dance company. Since 2010, she has been studying Hip Hop dance styles. She is currently in "40vers", a Hip Hop dance group for dancers who are 40 and older, and she is the advisor and a member of the Breakdance Club at IU. Alice has been an Academic Advisor at Indiana University since 2004 and before that she taught chemistry. She has lived in Bloomington since 1993, but grew up in the Chicago-area.

Maria began dancing in 2009. She danced with ITS troupes for three years before switching to the ATS® format. Since then, she has attended many workshops taught by members of Fat Chance Belly Dance®, and has continued to dance and perform with three Indiana-based ATS® troupes. When she's not dancing, she enjoys reading, gardening, and hula hooping.


Virginia is originally from Spain, but she moved to the U.S. in 2001, finally settling down in Indiana. Her belly dance journey began in Ohio in 2005 with Sacred Shimmy and continued in Indiana with Dark Side Tribal. Virginia has trained extensively with Fat Chance Belly Dance®, having completed General Skills twice, Teacher Training, and Advanced Teacher Training. Virginia is certified to offer Sister Studio Continuing Education Credits (SSCE) to other FCBD® sister studios.

Krystal began studying ATS® in 2013 and joined Dark Side Tribal in 2015. With no prior dance experience, she enrolled in a beginners’ ATS® class instructed by her now troupe mate Alice in hopes of finding community and improving her relationship to her body. She took to shimmying like a duck to water and is profoundly grateful to dance with and learn from her sisters in Dark Side Tribal.


Regen started her dance education in 2005 with her Caberet/Raks teacher Lois Silverman of Bloomington, IN. Along the way, she met and befriended the lovely ladies of Dark Side Tribal
and began studying with them in 2010 as well. Since then, they have become sisters as well as troupe-mates. Regen currently holds GS certification with the FCBD® studio and hopes to pursue more certifications in the future.

Heather has been dancing since 1996 and her journey has taken her from folkloric bellydance to cabaret and finally to ATS®. Drawing on an almost 30 year stage experience, she co-founded Dark Side Tribal in 2006, and has been working exclusively in this style since that time. She completed the General Skills Certificate in 2012 and offers Beginning ATS® through Windfall Dance Studio. Heather feels that the sisterhood and co-creation of ATS best expresses the joy she feels in dance. At her best, she feels that the dancers are the physical embodiment of the music they hear and a conduit to connect the music, the audience and the dancers.




  • ATS® LEVEL 1: Windfall Dancers, Sundays, 1:45pm-2:45pm, Aug 20th-Oct 8th, 2017 with Heather
  • ATS® LEVELS 2 and 3: Wild Orchid, Sundays, 1:45pm-2:45pm, Aug 20th-Oct 8th, 2017 with Virginia
  • ATS® DRILL IT!: All levels: Windfall Dancers, Fridays, 6pm-7pm, Sept 8th-Sept 29th, 2017! with Virginia

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