Studio Deep Roots hosts a talented cross-section of dance and movement instructors from around the region, as well as a home for amazing healing arts and aesthetic practitioners. Here are our current artists-in-residence, and links to more information about their classes, workshops, performances, services and events.
Dance, Yoga, & Movement Artists
Shay Moore – Director, Deep Roots Dance & Studio Deep Roots
Director Shay Moore has been teaching and performing bellydance in Seattle and around the nation since 1999. Shay believes in an integrated approach to learning, developing both mind and body through strong foundations and a “take your time” approach to learning and growing in the dance. Shay is known for her thorough and clear instruction, giving students of all levels opportunities to not only grow in their physical skill, but also their intellectual understanding of the dance format & history.
Shay was the first instructor to receive dual teaching certifications in both the Gypsy Caravan and ATS® formats, and combines these studies with her background in cabaret and folkloric styles into a unique blended style of tribal fusion.
Tuesdays 7pm: Bellydance Skills n' Drills
Thursdays 7/8/9pm: ATS Level I/II/III
Nadira – Beginner & Intermediate/Advanced Bellydance
Nadira began her journey as a performer at the early age of six. She has studied many forms of dance from classical ballet to hip hop to jazz. In late 1998, she was introduced to Middle Eastern dance after a car accident she thought ended her dance career. Utilizing this new medium of dance as a form of physical therapy, Nadira quickly embraced this style. She incorporated her broad dance and musical background with new technical moves, and her unique style emerged.
She has the ability to intrigue the audience, yet keeps them at ease with her playfulness. As testament to her expanding dance repertoire, she has laid claim to multiple national titles, and most recently, Saqra's International Ambassador of Belly Dance (IABDC) 2014/2015 Instructor of the Year:
- Instructor of the Year - Belly Dancer USA
- Belly Dancer of the Year - Sisterhood of the Dance
- Double Crown Belly Dance Performing Artist
- Emerald Rain Champion - Entertainer of the Year
Helene Eriksen – ANAR DANA
Helene is a teacher and choreographer of traditional dances of the Balkans and Islamic Orient. She lectures and publishes on dance ethnology and costume studies. In order to do this she has conducted many research projects in Bulgaria, ex-Yugoslavia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Egypt, the ex-USSR, Tunisia and Morocco as well as with immigrants in Germany, Canada and the USA. She speaks several Languages. She is an active member of the Study Group on Ethnochoreology (ICTM/UNESCO). For many years she has been leading dance and culture study tours and now she is the director of her own travel agency Window on the World Voyages.
Helene studied Dance Ethnology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and was later a doctoral candidate in Folklore, Slavistics and Turcology at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany. In Los Angeles she performed with AVAZ International Dance Theater, Gypsy Dance Company and Jasna Planina Ensemble. After a year at the Folkdance Academy in Plovdiv, Bulgaria she was a guest of the Turkish State Folkdance Ensemble in Ankara. She directed her own ensemble Raqs-e Hilal for several years in Germany and is currently directing her new project, Helene Eriksen's Traditional Dance Theater, in Seattle.
Learn more about all of Helene's adventures HERE.
Head over here to learn about the ANAR DANA Project at Studio Deep Roots.
Eugenia Stull – Instructor, Deep Roots Dance
Eugenia Stull discovered a love for movement as an adult. After trying ballet, tap, and yoga; she found home in ATS® bellydance. After years of study with Katrina Ji, Nancy Brown, Caryn Vainio, and Sharon Moore, Eugenia became certified in ATS® Classic and Modern at General Skills and Teacher Training with Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman of FatChanceBellyDance®.
For Eugenia, bellydance was first an opportunity to get some exercise, but quickly turned to a passion. The energy and body-awareness brought by this art form inspired so much confidence and so many beautiful relationships.
Tribal and Fusion Bellydance with Deep Roots Dance
Kris Walters – Burlesque
"Every body has the right to find their “movement”. That way of moving that makes you feel empowered, strong, passionate, graceful, less awkward, less invisible and more YOU. Sometimes it takes work to find it. But once found, you will continue to move in a healthy space because your body will connect with your mind, your passion, your very center... and that, in my opinion, is where the freedom to feel fit begins.
My “movement” is dance, moving heavy stuff around and “butts & guts” core strength work. I have been teaching Barre for 7+ years and strength/circuit workouts for 5. In addition, I have been teaching, choreographing, performing and producing Theater & Burlesque for 10+ years. Naturally, my classes combine all of these things as my body loves to shimmy, roll, grind, bump, tell stories and create wonderfully interesting shapes in class & onstage. I love seeing those same isolations & shapes inspire my students to find their own patterns of movement.
Currently I teach in Fremont & Greenwood. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details."
Wednesdays in the JewelBox
6pm - Barre-lesque - A total body strengthening class for movers & dancers. All levels.
Wear comfortable, move-able clothing. Bare feet or dance shoes only.
Drop-in: $15 per class
Month of Wednesdays: Commit yourself & save. $50 for a month of Wednesdays.
Double-Up: Get 10% off when you buy 2 punchcards (can be used for a friend)
7pm - Burlesque Dance - A fun, sexy choreography-based class in 3 week “series”. All levels.
Drop-in: $20 per class
Series: $50 for 3 consecutive classes
Healing, Aesthetic, & Visual Artists
Macy Wood – Featured Gallery Artist
Painter, photographer, poet, and tribal bellydance student extraordinaire, Macy is an artist to the core who loves to explore light, color, and emotion in the wold around her. She can often be found behind a camera and at:
Blackbird Healing Arts
Intuitive massage therapy and bodywork that is tailored to your specific needs. Carrie works with you on helping you with stress reduction, overall relaxation, address lingering pain from an injury or issues from repetitive motions at work. She can set up a treatment plan or send you on your way feeling rejuvenated after a stressful day.
Online booking available at www.blackbirdhealingarts.net
Sugar Peeps – Lash Extensions
Sugar Peeps ~ shining a light on the undeniable beauty within us all.
specializing in lash extensions
by appointment only
Book your appointment today!
Alice Loh – Massage Therapy
Alice has been a massage therapist since 2010. She specializes in injury treatments, Swedish massage and deep tissue massage. She can keep you fit, active and healthy beyond traditional massage treatments. Her goal for her patients not only relieves the symptoms but also improves their life styles in order for them to live a healthier life. Oh and fun fact: Alice also speaks Mandarin and Japanese!
Book an appointment today!
Past Artists & Practitioners
Letty Limbach – Datura Style™Bellydance
Letty Limbach has spent most of her life studying various forms of movement and has been teaching and performing belly dance in Seattle for over 8 years. She was incredibly honored to receive her teaching certification in Rachel Brice's Datura Style format in July of 2017. Letty strives to create a safe, nurturing, accepting atmosphere in her classes and is passionate about not only helping her student grow in their technique as dancers but also about giving them tools to help them grow creatively.
- Completed Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ Phase 1: Initiation with Recognition as of April 2011
- Completed Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ Phase 2: Cultivation with Recognition as of July 2013
- Completed Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ Phase 3: Culmination: Certified 8 Elements Practitioner as of July 2016
- Completed Sahra C. Kent's Journey Through Egypt 1 and 2 as of January 2017
J9 – BellyFit!
Miss J9 Fierce started studying dance in 1979, she studied jazz tap and ballet til the early 80’s. Went on to study varied dance and performance arts. In addition began to dive into Modern Dance in college.In 2002, J9 began her belly dance journey and just hasn’t looked back. She has studied with various local instructors and national and international as well. Her hours combined dedicating herself to studying her craft soon surpassed the amount of time she spent on her BA. She began to teach and perform about 4 years later! She also co-produces the show Sound and Smoke loves to collaborate with other artists around town.
ON HIATUS UNTIL FEB 2018
Gayle Staker – BollyHop!