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What’s in a name? The meaning behind Deep Roots Dance.

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If you’re reading this, it’s because you have arrived at the NEW Deep Roots Dance website.  I really hope you enjoy the new online home for our dance and community!  If you’re curious about the name change, I thought I would share my thought process, to both answer your questions and to maybe spark some food-for-thought for other dancers and businesswomen who are embarking on a new business or new direction for their existing business.


Why the name change?

I have always been a lover of names–for me names hold power and promise.  The idea of having deep roots resonates keenly for me, recognizing that whatever we are doing today in our dance (and life!) is the result of foundations that have been laid down in our past.  These roots are formed both by our own efforts–the work we do in the classroom, developing a strong foundation on which to build–and by the creative efforts of other dancers, artists, and cultures who came before.  It is of utmost importance to me that I honor those roots in my work; nurture that which grows from them; and encourage my students, fellow dancers and teachers to do the same.

The name also speaks to the family tree of bellydance.  Especially among tribal bellydancers, we can trace our lineage, our family tree, back through our teachers and their teachers all the way back to Carolena, Masha, Jamila… I love how each teacher left their mark on the generation to follow, and each became another branch of the tree.  And we continue to grow and branch out, while today’s teachers continue to nurture new shoots.

It was also important to me that the name not be specific to one given style, to not reference bellydance or tribal specifically.  While I personally identify strongly as a tribal bellydancer, I want women who may not identify as strictly “tribal” to feel welcome in our space, and feel encouraged to participate in classes and events without being labeled.  If there is one thing I have learned over and over again over the years is that you just never know where your life is going to bring you, and that is doubly true when it comes to your art!  I was reminded of a piece of wisdom which a dear friend shared with me over a decade ago, when attending my first Oasis Dance Camp West:

“If you never put yourself in a box, you never have to figure out how to get out of one.” 

With this in mind as I sought a new identity for my work, I knew the name needed to serve both of two important needs for me: to be meaningful as well as flexible, so that I in turn can be flexible in how I grow and evolve as a dancer and as a businesswoman.  I am sure many of you can relate to this desire in your work professionally and creatively.

Help Get the Word Out!
During this transition, I could sure use your help spreading the word that we’ve shimmied over to a new location.  If you want to help here is what you can do:

1) Hop over and “Like” the new Deep Roots Dance Facebook page, and encourage your dance sisters to do the same

2) Share Deep Roots Dance on your personal Facebook page–just click “share” on left column of the Deep Roots Facebook page

3) Tweet about the change, #deeprootsdance and @TheTribalDancer

4) If you’re a blogger, come follow the Deep Roots Dance blog, and post about the change in your blog. I love cross-links and back-links with other dance bloggers, so let me know if I can reciprocate!

5) If you find links to the previous site or pages around the web, e-mail me to let me know so I can have them updated (and if you have links on any pages of yours, please update them!)

6) If you’re a local student, distribute postcards to your local businesses – ask me for a stack in class this week!

I really appreciate your support during this transition. Thanks in advance for anything you can do to help!

Shay
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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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