Honey of the Hive is a FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio  devoted to American Tribal Style® Belly Dance, offering belly dance classes in Kalamazoo, Michigan and beyond.

Founded in 2015 by Melissa Decker, Honey of the Hive is THE PLACE to learn to belly dance in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We offer weekly belly dance classes in which students are challenged physically and mentally as they learn, practice, and master this alluring art form.


Individuals explore belly dance for different reasons. Do you want to add low-impact exercise to your weekly routine, to make new friends, to improve your muscle tone and strength, to learn about different cultures, to improve your posture, to increase your self-confidence, to become more graceful, to de-stress, to geek out on costuming, to become a performer, to enjoy the company of a welcoming and supportive tribe… Honey of the Hive is here for you, offering all of these benefits and more!

Did you know that there are many different styles of belly dance? At Honey of the Hive, we specialize in American Tribal Style® belly dance, as created by Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman of FatChanceBellyDance®. Other styles that you may have heard of include American Cabaret, Egyptian, Lebanese, Tribal Fusion, andTurkish, just to name a few.

Inspired by the dances of North Africa, India, Turkey, the Middle East, and Spain, ATS® is a modern style of dance in which dancers play an elaborate game of Follow the Leader, using nonverbal cues to communicate with each other. A slight turn of the head tells the followers to turn in a specific manner. A sweep of the right arm signals a particular hip movement. Layer this improvisation with rich costuming, beautiful music, and intriguing formation changes and you’ve got yourself a spectacular performance that requires zero choreography and has endless possibilities! That’s the magic of ATS®. To learn more about American Tribal Style® belly dance, click here.

American Tribal Style®, ATS®, FatChanceBellyDance®,  FCBD®, and Dancing in the Flow® are registered trademarks of FatChanceBellyDance®.