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Shay Moore is the director and primary instructor at Deep Roots Dance in Seattle, WA. She loves writing, movies, costuming, knitting, cooking, and bellydance to the moon and back again; and loves her amazing husband and doggies even more than that.

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    Wow. It’s a good thing I was sitting down. Some of that is offensive, hilarious, wait…did she say ‘verbal cues?’.

    In the beginning, I thought, ‘oh okay, so she wants to credit Jamila, so I’m sure Masha’s name will be mentioned any second. Nope.
    Then, it just got down right ridiculous, ill informed, false, etc.
    I left her a lengthy comment and made many corrections to the quoted statement and tried to be as articulate and pc and humanly possible. (so hard)
    Just goes to show that the words…’I read it on the web..’ don’t mean *cuss*.
    I love you Shay!

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    I hope the author of the article took your(Carrie’s) comments to heart, because there is enough confusion out there. Clarifying Jamila’s style, adding that Masha took what she wanted from that, and Carolena took what she wanted from Masha, and developed it into a codified dance style would have been great. Alas, confusing and misleading internettery prevails.

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    Hello ladies,
    I am the editor of 4dancers and I did take the comments to heart. My intention is always to share information that is correct, so based on the comments, I did make changes to the author’s piece as well as add an additional post based on the information that was shared with me by Carrie–which was appreciated.

    My best,

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