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

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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Dance Workshop Etiquette 101

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Here we are, in the magic week of Cues & Tattoos here in Seattle! Hundreds of eager dancers from all over the world will converge on our fair hamlet, flocking to workshops with some of the most inspiring and talented teachers, performers, and innovators in the world of tribal bellydance. And as so many dancers new to festivals are coming to dip their toes in the waters, I thought it would a perfect time to talk about some basic etiquette for workshop attendees to keep in mind.

Postscript: This blog post has BLOWN UP in just 24 hours. Thanks for the kind words and feedback, guys, I am glad it is helpful information. Also thanks to the many people who had a few more suggestions to add, which I have integrated.

Mm Mm Monday - Bollywood Disney Princesses

Monday, February 9, 2015

Does this need any explanation!? Click the link below to see much much more.


Music On The Go - A Review of Google Play

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

I had originally created this post as a little more personal post, less concerned with dance class/performance but still somewhat related. But in the time between drafting it and posting it, a very Real-Life-Dance example occurred, which I will share below!

In recent weeks I have been reworking my Winter playlist since a friend asked me if I had one to share. It is basically my pre-Thanksgiving/early December playlist, with unconventional holiday tunes, and songs focused on snow, winter, etc. as well as some obscure Christmas tunes. So no Silver Bells on this list, but Joni Mitchell's "River" is perfect, as is Elvis Costello's "I Felt The Chill Before the Winter Came".

Years ago, I used to do music swaps throughout the year with friends, and there was always a winter or holiday-themed swap where we would share our favorites to find new music to enjoy. But now CD's are so 2010, and instead I like to use streaming services to discover new music and share playlists. It's been fun revisiting my list and adding some new gems to love. (and if you're interested, here is my always-a-work-in-progress Winter playlist this year)

The point of this post is to share with you Google Play Music - All Access (a mouthful!). I have been on it since pretty much when All Access was launched, and it has been phenomenal. The service is well worth the cost monthly for what it affords me. It is primarily used through your browser, though there are apps (more on that later). I can add albums to my "collection" without owning them--they just go to my library and are listed among my preferred albums. I can listen to most new music/albums the day they come out, in their entirety, without having to decide to buy it. I can make playlists just like iTunes (though I hope they implement folders soon, because I have a LOT of playlists so it's a little unwieldy), and I can share those lists socially with friends.

Flock of Birds Explained!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In American Tribal Style Bellydance, we use the term "flock of birds" to describe the phenomenon that we follow one another without a set plan or timing. That we are closely cued in to one another's movements such that whoever the group can see best can lead the group, changing movement, speed, direction, etc on a moment's notice.

Well, this article discusses the phenomenon after which this technique is named, and if one replaced "bird" with 'dancer", then darned if it doesn't sound like they are talking about dance!

"There is no leader, no overall control; instead the flock's movements are determined by the moment-by-moment decisions of individual birds, following simple rules in response to interactions with their neighbors in the flock. "
"In the special case of formation flying by large birds such as geese and pelicans, there is an energetic benefit, since following birds can take advantage of vortexes in the air produced by the ones ahead of them. (Although such formations clearly have leaders, these are temporary ones. Because a lead bird does not gain any energetic advantage from its position, it will drop back after a time while another takes the lead. Flock members probably do not do this on any regular rotation, although it's possible that larger and stronger birds are in the lead a greater percentage of the time.)"

"Observation shows that there are no leaders (at least not for more than a few seconds at a time), since different birds will be at the front of the flock every time it changes direction. Research by Wayne Potts, published in the journal Nature in 1984, helped explain how flock movements are initiated and coordinated. Potts, through a frame-by-frame analysis of high-speed film of sandpiper flocks, found that any individual can initiate a flock movement, which then propagates through the flock in a wave radiating out from the initiation site. These "maneuver waves" could move in any direction through the flock... "

And don't miss the bit about the "chorus line hypothesis"! A short, fun read to learn something new today!

Read the full article HERE.

Creating Your Own Style

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

by Deep Roots Dance Instructor, Carmen Bellotti

As you spend time along your path you begin to acquire treasures. Part of the fun of being a tribal belly dancer is all of the costuming options you have. There are full skirts of different patterns, different textured tops, and so many colors to choose from. And don't forget all the sparkly decorations for our hips and hair! Each dancer's style and wardrobe speak a bit to their spirit, helping to create a unique look for stage. I want show you the various types of the treasures and help you feel confident in picking those bold pieces. I hope this inspires you to be free to create your style.

Web site created by: Hey Shay Designs
aka 'She teaches, she dances, she designs!'