Welcome to Deep Roots Dance

Deep Roots Dance offers ATS®-based tribal and tribal fusion instruction and performances in the Seattle area. Director Shay Moore has been joyfully teaching and performing bellydance in Seattle and around the nation for over ten years. Shay continues to train and inspire exceptional dancers everywhere with her passion and commitment to furthering the art of tribal bellydance.

Bellydance is great for your health!

Like other low-impact activities, dancing can help strengthen bones and muscles, improve your posture and balance, increase your stamina and flexibility, reduce stress and tension, build confidence, and ward off illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, and depression. Not to mention provide opportunities to meet awesome people! So if you're tired of the treadmill and looking for a fun way to stay fit and healthy, it's time to join a class and see for yourself all the amazing benefits you can enjoy with bellydancing!


Tuesdays: m'illumino
6921 Roosevelt Way NE - Seattle, WA

Wednesdays: Dance Underground
Coming Fall 2014

Thursdays: Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N, Room 7 - Seattle, WA


$75 per 6-week session
$135 for two classes a week
Can't get enough?

Unlimited class package also available!

drop-ins available to continuing students, $15 per class

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Mm Mm Monday - Nomaditude, Students of Deep Roots Dance

Monday, November 3, 2014

Every teacher is allowed to indulge her sense of pride and slot her dancers into their list of "Mm Mm!!" My students performed at a Halloween Hafla a week ago, and so I offer them up, with joy and admiration, for this week's installment.

Stage Fright is a Gift

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Students often come to me and ask advice on eliminating stage fright. They feel nervous, fluttery, jittery, even a little nauseated. And I tell them that a little stage fright is a GOOD THING. Yep. Stage fright means you care! If you didn't have some fear, then your attitude would possibly be one of overconfidence or even lazy. This article says it well:

"If you ever get to a point in your career where you start feeling nothing and walk on-stage as if it’s no different than going for a walk in the park (i.e. it’s just another day, another venue, and you’re just mailing it in), your audience is probably not going to get the best performance you have to offer."

Would it surprise you to learn that some of the most accomplished performers throughout history have incredible stage fright? Singers, dancers, actors, even athletes--you name it. But harnessing your fear and turning it into an energized and engaging performance is a skill you can learn. Being present in the moment, and channeling your desire to do well into heightened awareness and enthusiasm is the key.

One thing we do in my performance prep class is teach ourselves new words and concepts to define our feelings. What may feel like fear or anxiety can simply be a form of excited anticipation. Do you ever get anxious before getting in a car or on a plane to fly off on a fun vacation? Do you get restless sometimes when you are looking forward to opening presents on Christmas or birthdays? What about butterflies in the belly when you are going out on a date with someone you really like? You wouldn't say you are afraid of vacation, gifts, or dating would you? No, you rightfully recognize these feelings and emotions as different feelings of excitement or eager anticipation.

This method is also suggested in this article as well.:

"Reinterpret Your Stage Fright: Some stress symptoms are not specific indicators that anxiety is present in a performance. Instead, they may show up as activation (also known as arousal or an adrenalin dump). If you unfortunately focus on and worry about these symptoms, and begin catastrophizing about a negative outcome to your performance, then we call it stage fright. Consider renaming the nerves you feel as excitement, passion, activation to perform, energy, adrenalin, and tell yourself that they are indeed helping you get ready."

It has long been tradition in my troupes that we don't say we're "nervous" or "scared" when we are preparing to take the stage. Not only does this reinforce a negative emotion in ourselves, saying it to others introduces and/or reinforces the fear in those around us. We don't need to be bouncing all that around before we go onstage. So instead, we say we're "anticipatory"! Sure, it's kind of an inside joke that what we "really mean" is all those other words we are likely to say. But by using an alternate term we remove the hot-button words which potentially introduce negativity in a moment that should be part of the fun of performing, and at the same time help us laugh together in our shared joke.

So next time you want to tell your fellow dancer backstage that you are nervous, instead, try "Anticipatory!"  Focus your energies on the fact that you have one of the most important traits of a great performer: caring about what you put on stage for your audience, and caring about how well you work with your fellow dancers.

More Reading:
As I was working on this blog post, Janet Taylor wrote a post called "When 'Doing The Best You Can' Isn't Good Enough" in which she impresses upon we readers the importance of getting it right on stage, but the greater theme of this I felt was the idea that harnessing your fear and using it to your advantage is what brings about greatness!

Also check out 10 Tips on Beating Stage Fright. It is written with musicians in mind, but applies to performers more generally throughout.

Shut Up and Shimmy - Featuring Carmen!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Our very own Carmen Bellotti was the featured guest on the local podcast, Shut Up and Shimmy. Give it a listen and hear what it's like to go from student, to performer, to teacher, and all the challenges and joys it brings to grow in this dance. WAY TO GO CARMEN! Lelelelelelele!


Mm Mm Monday - Tabu at Tribal Massive

Monday, July 14, 2014

Old school yumminess is right here, right now, in your face. Tabu performs a fabulous old school bellydance pot dance and drum choreography. The costuming! The music! The skillz! Mmm MMMMMMMMM!

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