Who We Are and What We Do

We are a diverse group of women—all sizes, shapes and ages from different walks of life—who love to belly dance for the sheer fun and joy of it! Instructor Barbara Abernathy (2nd from left above) founded the Dalai Mamas Belly Dance troupe in Portland, Oregon before moving to Nashville and starting Tribal Sisters in 2010.

We do the original "lead and follow" style of belly dance known as American Tribal Style (ATS®) that began in San Francisco with Fat Chance Belly Dance. It's a distinctly American style of belly dance, a melting pot of moves inspired by the ethnic dances of many cultures, from the Middle East to North Africa, India and the Flamenco dance of Spain.

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Tribal Sisters =

Fun, Friendship and


Fabulosity: That which expresses Glamour, Style, Charisma, Power and Heart!