Student Troupe Dancers at Deep Roots Dance

Join us to learn a dance of joy, power, strength, and self-expression – Tribal Bellydance!

Deep Roots Dance offers weekly classes in ATS®-based tribal and fusion bellydance in Seattle, as well as specialty topics throughout the year such as solo work, choreography, finger cymbals and drumming. Our curriculum has been developed over a decade of teaching dancers of all walks of life and experience levels.

We believe in an integrated approach to learning, developing both mind and body through strong foundations and a “take your time” approach to practice and growth in the dance. We strive to give individual attention, and students are encouraged to ask any and all questions throughout the class.

YOUR FIRST CLASS IS ONLY $5!
If you want to see if tribal bellydance is right for you, drop in anytime on a Level 1 class to check it out for only $5 Just e-mail to let us know you’re coming!

Can’t get to a class or live outside the area? Check out our Virtual Classroom for opportunities to learn online!

For answers to the most common questions, including what to wear, class structure, and more, visit the FAQ.
For an outline of the Foundation Level material, please review our Class Format page.


Current Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  7pm Old School Bellydance
with Finger Cymbals
8pm Performance Prep

at Phinney Neighborhood Center

  7pm Level 1 Foundations
8pm Level 2 Foundations Plus
9pm Level 3 Combos & Concepts

at Phinney Neighborhood Center

 

Class Descriptions

Tribal Bellydance Level 1 – Foundations
Thursdays 7:00 pm at Phinney Neighborhood Center – Room 7 with Shay

A Typical Deep Roots ClassThis level will get you moving to the tribal groove, with an introduction to the fundamentals of tribal movement and partner work, isolations, & strength-building. We’ll get you dancing from the very first class! Geared toward the new student, but vital to continuing students for refinement, this class establishes a strong foundation for every dancer. Even if you have taken tribal and/or other bellydance classes before, this class will be instrumental in familiarizing students specifically with Deep Roots’ particular style.

Classes include a gentle warm-up, then we cover in detail one slow and one fast concept, and finally we work with transitions and partnering concepts. Students will need to purchase high quality student zils (finger cymbals). We highly recommend Saroyan Mastercrafts, which you can purchase easily online: Afghanis or The Grecian are our preferred styles.REGISTER NOW

 

 

 

Tribal Bellydance Level 2 – Foundations Plus
Thursdays 8:00 pm at Phinney Neighborhood Center – Room 7with Shay

Build on your vocabulary and concepts you learned in Level 1, and challenge yourself at this next step in your dance explorations. In this 12-week cycle we put the emphasis is on refinement of skills and exploring various combinations and variations.  This class is best used in combination with Level 1 – Foundations as there is no breakdown of the foundation steps. Students are also expected to understand the fundamentals of partner work.

We start every class with some challenging tribal fusion skill drills designed to increase your strength and endurance. Each class we will explore a myriad of new moves and group dancing concepts together, which will expand our collective dance language.REGISTER NOW

 

 

Old School Bellydance w/ Finger Cymbals
Tuesdays 7:00pm at Phinney Neighborhood Center – Room 7 with Shay

Bring your finger cymbals and get ready to play!! Inspired by a love of old school Ren faire groups a la Bal Anat and Hahbi ‘Ru, and drawing on the quintessential repertoire of Jamila Salimpour (the foundations of American Cabaret and Tribal styles!), instructor Shay Moore will be sharing with you various combinations of movement paired with finger cymbals patterns. Students will start with simple movement drills to get their hearts pumping. Each class will offer some light and accessible rhythm and music theory, fun finger cymbal patterns, movements and variations, then blend them into a combination we can dance together. Each week will build in complexity as students increase their confidence with finger cymbals while dancing. Bring your finger cymbals and be ready for a fun, challenging workout!

This class will be taught in a layered approach, allowing for students of all levels to find a challenge they will enjoy. Students should have some bellydance experience under their belt, advanced-beginner or above recommended.REGISTER NOW

 

 

ON HIATUS Bellydance Skills n’ Drills
Tuesdays 7:00pm at Phinney Neighborhood Center – Room 7 with Shay

Becoming a well-rounded dancer means exploring all the dimensions of movement available to us. In this series we will play with space, line, form, shape, and expression. We will start with drills to strengthen and expand our range of movement, and then we will experiment with our dance in creative ways. Lines, circles, squares, levels, oh my! Bring your sense of curiosity and a desire to see what your dance body can really do.

This class is best for beginner-intermediate and above; some bellydance experience required, any style.

 

ON HIATUS Tribal Bellydance Level 3 – Combos & Concepts
Thursdays 9:00 at  Phinney Neighborhood Center – Room 7 with Shay

This class is by instructor permission only.
This class gives you the tools to really push your dance to the next level. Emphasis on intermediate explorations, including Deep Roots Dance-specific vocabulary and skills, strengthening and flexibility, refined technique, layering, and building on communal tribal movement vocabularies. We will explore more advanced group dynamics, formations, and transitions. Special topics may include music theory, floor-work, props, balancing skills, solos, and choreography.

 

 

ON HIATUS Beginning Doumbek – Intro to Middle Eastern Drumming

Doumbek Classes at Deep Roots DanceBecome one with your music! A great way to expand your dance knowledge is by learning to play classic Middle Eastern rhythms on the doumbek, the goblet-shaped drum of Egypt.  Don’t have a drum? There are several local shops where you can snag one. Try Guitar Center, Dusty Strings, or Trading Musician. While doumbeks are preferred, frame drums, riqs/tambourines are also suitable.

The fabulous Jane Hall of local band “House of Tarab” will be our guide through the joys of doumbek technique and foundation rhythms of Middle Eastern dance.

 

 

 

The Solo Project (once a year, dates TBA)
//COMING UP//

The Solo Projects is an all-level class which explores the key steps in creating a solo dance, from choosing and mapping your music, use of the stage, stage presence, and more. The session will culminate in an optional performance night where students are invited to perform their solos for one another in a casual, supportive environment.

Students of all dance styles, all dance levels and experience will find this class fun and challenging. It is recommended that students have at least an advanced-beginner level of experience in any style of bellydance and are familiar with basic bellydance concepts. If you are uncertain whether this class is right for you, just get in touch.

You must pre-register for this class, as there is a handout you will receive prior to the first night of class regarding choosing music for the project.
 
 

 


 

Tuition Rates

6 week series – 55 minutes
$75 for one class a week ($15 savings over drop-in)
$135 for two classes a week ($45 savings over drop-in)
$185 Unlimited* for 6 Weeks (up to a $360 value!)

Drop ins: $15 per class

 
Class registration, including unlimited class cards, are redeemable during the 6-week session for which it is purchased and is not transferable in whole or in part to future sessions. See Registration Policies at the bottom of this page for more information.

*Unlimited students are allowed unrestricted access to all classes at their level and are not affected by “full” status–this is one of the major benefits of Unlimited Subscriptions!
 

Location

Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103