About Us


Bennington Beledi Tribal Bellydance is a sisterhood of tribal dancers in Vermont, the land of verdant green mountains, fiery autumn colors, and sparkling white winters.  Our colorful costumes and world music reflect the panorama of seasons in this beautiful part of the country. BBTB is proud to be a FatChanceBellyDance Sister Studio.

Bennington Beledi Tribal Bellydance currently encompasses the locally acclaimed Sahidi Sisters, who perform at a professional level, and Sisters of the Shawl, a troupe comprised of professional dancers and aspiring students.

Bennington Beledi’s goal is to bring American Tribal Style® bellydance to Bennington and the surrounding area through classes, workshops, outreach programs, and performances.  ATS® is a group improvisational style of dance that brings together steps, music, and costuming elements reminiscent of tribal cultures of India, North Africa, and the Middle East.  Dancers learn a “language” of cues and movements, and choreograph dances on the spot, interpreting the music in the moment.  Costuming often features turbans, tassels, and ethnic jewelry.

Sahidi Sisters and Sisters of the Shawl have performed widely, including Green Mountain College, Dancing Darkly in Rutland, VT, the Walloomsac Farmer’s Market, the Bennington Museum, local marathons, and The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

We are “Tribal by Name, Tribal by Nature!”  Each member of the tribe brings her own special talents to the tribal mix: dance experience and knowledge, an ear for music, superlative sewing skills, an artistic eye, marketing knowledge, and organizational ability.  Together we have created a troupe that respects and appreciates the individual strengths of each dancer while fostering a collaborative atmosphere and supporting its members in being fully engaged with their families and other interests.

We believe ATS is an evocative dance form that can be practiced and enjoyed by every woman—no matter her size, age, or ability.