Deep Roots Dance is an ATS®-based tribal fusion bellydance company in Seattle, with a focus on joyful expression and strong technique. In the classroom, we work together to increase our strength and knowledge, encouraging dancers of all levels to learn to be more present and confident in their bodies. When we take to the stage, we endeavor to express the deep, undeniable power and beauty which lives within every dancer.
To learn more about the director and instructors at Deep Roots Dance, please see the bios below. If you would like to book Deep Roots Dance for an upcoming event, please visit our Contact & Booking page.
Director Shay Moore has been teaching and performing bellydance in Seattle and around the nation for over ten years. She was the first instructor to receive dual teaching certifications in both the Gypsy Caravan and ATS® formats, which combined with her background in cabaret and folkloric styles, allowed her to develop a signature blended style of tribal fusion which she continues to build upon today. She has directed multiple nationally acclaimed performance troupes, and teaches popular weekly classes in the Seattle area. Shay has had the honor of being hosted as a featured instructor and performer at some of the largest tribal bellydance festivals in the world, including Tribal Fest, Tribal Revolution,Tribal Quest Northwest, and 3rd Coast Tribal. In 2007, her work was internationally recognized when Shay was nominated Instructor of the Year in the Zaghareet Magazine people’s choice awards, alongside Carolena Nericcio.For Shay’s comprehensive biography, including her artist’s statement, details of her training, and career highlights, please visit Shay’s Full Bio page (coming soon).
Carmen began her dance journey in 2007 looking for a way to exercise with no prior dance training. Searching for a belly dance class she stumbled upon tribal. After the first class she knew she had found something special. All the movements felt graceful, and what moved her most was the sense of community tribal created. Carmen left for college and danced in Nancy Montgomery’s troupe, Bohemian Caravan. Once she graduated, she returned to Seattle, her family at Deep Roots, and was invited to join the student troupe, Nomaditude. After apprenticing under Shay Moore, Carmen has a strong understanding of core tribal technique and aims to create a class with a welcoming and safe atmosphere.