Sunanda Tribe

Sundays 5:30-7 pm with Li — New session begins on January 13th!

Interested in being a part of Sunanda Tribe, WIM’s Tribal Improvisation Performance Troupe?

Sunanda Tribe is a fantastic troupe that allows students who have worked hard and want to perform a chance to do just that!  It requires work and commitment but pays off in fun and dramatic improvement in your dance!

How do I become a member of Sunanda Tribe?

Admission into Sunanda Tribe is under the discretion of the troupe leader. Students interested in becoming a member of Sunanda Tribe must have mastery of the techniques and concepts from Level 1 ATS. Joining the Intermediate Tribal class is not a guarantee of admission. Dancers must be able to perform the following moves with proficiency as well as demonstrate the ability to lead and follow all slow and fast moves on the list.

Slow Moves

Arm Undulations (aka Snake Arms)

Basic Camel

Body Wave

Camel Walk



Maya  (Reverse Taxeem)


Reverse Turn

Ribcage Rotation


Head slide

Fast Moves

Arabic (moving, turning)

Arabic 1-2-3

Arabic Hip Twist (1/2 turns)

Basic Pivot Bump/Choo-Choo (turning, moving forward)

Basic Ghawazee (moving, 1/4 turns)

Box Step w/turn

Chest/Hip Slides/Circles (moving, turning)

Chest Lifts/Drops

Chico 4 Corners

Double Bump (Moving, turning)

Egyptian (1/2 and full turns)

Ghawazee Combo (shimmy optional)

Hip Bumps (moving, turning, levels)

4/4 Hip Shimmies

Shimmy Step (aka 3/4 Hip Shimmies)- half time (moving, turning)/full time

Shoulder Bumps (moving, turning, levels)

Shoulder Shimmies (moving, turning, levels)

Single Bump (moving, turning)

Turkish  (1/4 & 1/2 turns)

Dancers must also be proficient with:

  • Dancing while zilling the Gallop zill pattern

  • Properly transitioning into and out of duets, trios, quartets and chorus

  • Musicality and staying on the down beat in the music

What else is required to become a member of Sunanda Tribe?

In addition to technique, there are other factors that are just as important!

  • Attitude and willingness to be a “team player”

  • Welcoming constructive criticism from instructor and classmates

  • Following through on constructive criticism (asking for help if needed, practicing and mastering) 

  • Adhering to the code of conduct in and outside of class (WIM’s Code Of Conduct[insert link])

  • Attending regular classes and workshops

  • Availability to perform and attend troupe practices

It is always a good idea to speak with your dance teacher about your dance goals.  If it is your goal to be considered for Sunanda Tribe, discuss this with your teacher and develop a realistic plan to achieve that goal.

For more information on Sunanda Tribe or to be considered for the troupe, email Li Marcus at .