Debbie “Despina” Cartsos

Debbie Despina Cartsos was born in the US and raised in Athens. She was exposed to belly dance from a young age from Greek night clubs and social events.

The appreciation of the music she grew up with at home, as well as her love for Middle Eastern and Balkan music, dance, and folkloric costuming awakened her passion to study belly dance. In 2005, Despina began studying American Tribal Style® belly dance with Mimi Fontana.

In 2012 she began studying with Irina Bellyrina who introduced her to the Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour Formats. In 2014 she obtained her Jamila Level 1 certification, 2015 she obtained her ATS® Belly Dance Teacher Training and was granted her Sister Studio status from FatChanceBellyDance®. Despina is a founding member of Manhattan Tribal.

She currently choreographs for Belly Sol which she co-directs with Irina Bellyrina. Despina teaches Folkloric Fusion Belly Dance classes at Sol Dance Center in Astoria, NY. and also teaches ATS® belly dance.  Her ATS®  dance partner is Kate Read also founding member of Manhattan Tribal. She is thrilled about continuing her dance under the wings of Dalia Carella. She has a weakness for finger cymbals, swords and pushing boundaries on stage. She is also the owner and designer of D.Webb Designs!