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
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Unlimited class package also available!

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

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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

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.

Mm Mm Monday - Colleena Shakti

Monday, December 1, 2014

To help you through your Monday is the beautiful Colleena Shakti. Here she performs an Odissi Dance, one of the eight classical Indian dances. This dance is unique for its specific way to strike the feet and elegant hand movements. Colleena's strength and grace make this powerful dance extra scrumptious. Enjoy!

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.

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