Deep Roots Dance is poised to open a beautiful new dance studio and healing arts space in the Seattle area. It's a little sudden, but a LOT of awesome, and we need YOUR HELP to bring it to life.


We’re dreaming big and planning for an exciting future for the world dance community in Seattle!




 


OUR VISION


Imagine being able to study bellydance, take costuming workshops, take a yoga class, dance hula, learn drumming, take ukulele lessons, and more, all the same warm and supportive atmosphere.


Now imagine being able to book a massage with a trusted practitioner just down the hall, to soothe those aching dancer muscles.


Share a cup of tea with a group of friends while watching inspirational performance videos in the lounge.


Join an enthusiastic group of students in a challenging technique class streamed online for students near and far to study remotely along with you.


Gather for a potluck performance salon, cheering on dancers of all levels and jamming the night away.


All this and more has been our dream for over a decade!


A space to realize this dream has become available quite suddenly, and we would be foolish to pass on this rare opportunity. But it's going to take more than any one person can do alone, so I am asking all of you to lend a hand. It's going to take a village, and I hope you're as excited by our plans as we are.


Just in case you think we're just collecting money, pledgers will receive good karma and beautiful thank you gifts in exchange for their generous donations. Bags, tee shirts, free workshops, and so many other fun rewards for your generosity. Let me tell you about it!


NOTE: There's lots of info we're sharing so you can see how thoughtfully we are approaching this rare and amazing opportunity, and so you know exactly how your money will help at every stage of this undertaking. If you already know you wanna throw down, check out the sidebar for donation options (and pledge gifts!), or if you're on mobile CLICK HERE to head the donation levels. If you want to know all the nitty-gritty details, please read on!





WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP


For over a decade we have been seeking space to open our own dance studio--to be able to invite enthusiastic students and teachers alike into a welcoming atmosphere that we all can call "home". In today's real estate market--particularly in a city like Seattle that is simply booming--it is a struggle for any small business to find a space they can afford, let alone in an area that is safe and accessible for all.


We've found the perfect space, so what’s the problem? Frankly, for one, this is all really really sudden, and we need some ready capital immediately to get the space up and running, to get our classes moved over from our current limited rental space. Secondly, parts of the space are very raw, and will need improvements over time to bring it up to the standards we expect--we want you to feel comfortable and happy here! And finally, the space is a bit bigger than we were originally seeking, so we have even bigger, more ambitious plans than we had dared dream of before. I'm so excited by the possibilities.


We're asking for you donations to help us succeed. And beyond your kind donations, there are so many ways to help: spread the word on social media, ask your family, friends, and co-workers to support a small, woman-owned business you believe in, sign up for work parties, and participate in our grand opening celebrations.


Having fun at Deep Roots Dance




WHAT ARE WE DOING?


Studio Deep Roots will be more than dance. In the spirit of the communal spaces we have called home all these years, we want to build a similarly heart-centered community space for dancers, artists, musicians, and healing practitioners to teach, learn, and collaborate. We are creating a hybrid facility which will include:



  • Two welcoming multi-purpose studios offering a panoply of dance, music, and special event/meeting space

  • Multiple spaces for massage, therapy, reiki, and other healing arts practitioners

  • Gathering spaces with access to a library of instructional videos, books, magazines, and other resources to expand the mind alongside the body

  • Opportunities to perform and support fellow artists at welcoming haflas and salons

  • Shopping for new and gently used costuming, gorgeous imported jewelry, and world music regularly at pop-up shops


We plan to work in tandem with local dancers, artists, and musicians in diverse disciplines to bring their unique talents to our very own doorstep.


A collaborative, creative atmosphere: that is our goal with Studio Deep Roots.

(To donate right now, CLICK HERE)




HOW THE FUNDS WILL BE SPENT


Our funding goal is $20,000, and we know that seems like a high number; but we're going to put it to excellent use, including:



  • beautiful floating floors

  • inviting student lounge and waiting areas

  • powerful sound systems

  • smart and eco-friendly technology throughout


We plan to create a really stellar studio experience for everyone!

CLICK HERE to read more about our plans and expected costs.




OUR TIMELINES


Our Phase 1 budget is pressing and the timeline is very tight, which is why we're asking for your generous contribution today!


Phase 1 - September 2017

Our biggest and most urgent goal is to get Studio A (pictured above) and our lounge/waiting area built out in time to start our fall classes in September, including the biggest and most vital expense: high quality floating dance flooring and mirrors, in addition to installing a sound system, lighting, new walls, dressing areas, street signage, paint, furniture. Other up-front expenses include secure insurance, licensing, computers and software, and other soft costs associated with getting a physical location up and running.


And we're not stopping there! 

CLICK HERE to read more about all our plans and projected timelines.

(To donate right now, CLICK HERE)




PLEDGE LEVELS


We want to express our deep gratitude for your support, and offer you a few gifts in thanks for your generous donation. The more you give, the more we wanna thank you with fun swag!


Care to pay a custom amount and/or wish to donate without receiving any swag? Choose "Pay What You Will" and type in a custom amount in the field on the popup window.


Prefer to pay by check or cash? We love donations without any processing fees! Please get in touch with us today to make arrangements.


NOTE TO ALL DONORS: Please keep in mind that we will receive only a portion of the pledges our friends and fans will donate. Almost 10% of all donations go to administrative costs associated with the donation platform, on top of pledge level gift production costs and shipping*. Please give what you can to help us see our dream become reality!


The following is just a sample of all our pledge levels and gifts:



 


 


 


 


$75 - Friends of DRD - Chorus



  • A limited-edition Studio Deep Roots tee shirt commemorating the grand opening of the new studio.

  • All the swag rewards at the SuperFan Level - logo zill pouch and patch; website and video mentions.

  • Sign your name to the DRD Family Tree wall under “Fans of Deep Roots Dance” at the grand opening (or we can sign it for you)

  • Our undying gratitude!




$150 - Friends of DRD - Leader



  • A spot in an exclusive donor-only workshop at Studio Deep Roots in Seattle, topic to be voted on by all Leader level backers and above! -AND-

  • A colorful SDR water bottle to keep you hydrated in class.

  • All the swag rewards at the Follower Level - dance tote, tee shirt, zill pouch, and patch; website and video mentions.

  • Sign your name to the DRD Family Tree wall under “Friends of Deep Roots Dance” at the grand opening (or we can sign it for you)

  • Our undying gratitude!



$300 - Aficianado



  • One (1) free six-week Deep Roots Dance class session in the first year of our studio opening, for you -or- a friend.

  • A spot in an exclusive donor-only workshop at Studio Deep Roots in Seattle, topic to be voted on by all Leader level backers and above!

  • All the swag rewards at the Leader Level - water bottle, dance tote, tee shirt, zill pouch, and patch; website and video mentions.

  • Sign your name to the DRD Family Tree wall under “Friends of Deep Roots Dance” at the grand opening (or we can sign it for you)

  • Our undying gratitude!


There are many other pledge level options and accompanying gifts you may receive.

CLICK HERE to see the full listing of Pledge Levels!


(To donate right now, CLICK HERE)


 



FAQ

Where will your studio be located?
In the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. It's right on Greenwood Ave, close to shops and restaurants, dedicated bike lanes, and a great bus line.

How will the money be spent?
Please check out the How Funds Will Be Spent page for more details. Our goal is full transparency, and we promise frequent updates with our progress as the campaign moves forward.

You have a GoFundMe campaign going as well. Are you running two separate campaigns for double the money?
Goodness no! Both the GoFundMe and this campaign at our website go toward the same goal. We had hoped that GoFundMe would give us some more exposure for our campaign--though that hasn't proved to be true so far--so we created the two campaigns simultaneously. Donations made on our website have lower administrative fees, but GoFundMe has better social integration options, so each has their pros and cons. As is possible, we will update both campaigns with accurate funding levels to keep you appraised of our progress!

When will I receive my pledge gifts?
As you can imagine, we will have our hands mighty full in the first few months of opening, getting the studio set up and running! Then we will need to assemble all the donor information, order appropriate amounts of each pledge gift to meet the demand, and prepare for shipping. Our preliminary goal for shipping out all physical pledge gifts is by the end of the year, though we hope sooner! If you are in Seattle, you will be able to pick up your items at the studio rather than have them shipped, if you want them a bit quicker, and ensure your donation money goes toward the cause instead of shipping.

I want to help, but I don't have a lot of money!
Hey, we're just glad you're excited about our project--we can use all the good juju we can get! And every single dollar counts, so please give what you can and don't feel you have to break the bank to be of help to us.

You can also help by sharing your enthusiasm for #StudioDeepRoots and this campaign by sharing links to our page on social media and e-mail, encouraging friends, family, and co-workers to support something you believe in.  Even non-dancers understand how difficult it is to be an artist in 2017, and you never know who will want to throw in to help a dream come true!

If you're in the Seattle area, we will be arranging fun work parties so local volunteers can have a hand in making our space amazing. We will also be seeking donations of furniture, art, and other items to fill out the space--perhaps you have an end table or a mirror that needs a new home? Stay tuned for our wishlist coming in August!

Updates

Update 2 - Aug 11 - 40% Goal Reached!
 
FLOORING ORDERED
This week we reached 40% of our goal and have officially ordered the lovely bamboo flooring and cushioned dancer-friendly underlayment to kit out both the large and small studio! Our estimates on the costs were spot on, so pledges so far are covering that. We will have a work party the last weekend of August for that install, and if you want to stay in the loop on these work parties, check out our event here, which we will update regularly.
 
NEXT: MIRRORS
Next is getting new walls and mirrors installed in both studios. We are part way there, but we need to keep heading toward our goal to fund these vital elements. We made it a bit over 40% this week, can we push for 50% in the coming days? If you've been waiting to pledge, now's the time!
 
In the meantime, I have been scouring Craigslist for all the furnishings and have found some great deals to build out a really warm, comfortable space for all of us. I can't wait to share more as we start to set the place up in the coming weeks. Another live video feed coming at you soon.
 
Thanks for everything so far, including your shares and comments of support, my friends. #StudioDeepRoots has an amazing village surrounding and encouraging us as we charge ahead.
 
Much love,
Shay
www.deeprootsdance.com/studiodeeproots

 

Update 1 - Aug 2 - 30% Goal Reached!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for everyone who has contributed to the campaign so far. I can't believe what an exciting and validating 24 hours it has already been, with your enthusiasm, loving words, and joyfully spreading the message among your circles (some of your calls to action and testimonials have brought tears to my eyes). It was truly scary to reach out and ask for help--and this continues to be an intimidating undertaking--but you guys have been so kind and encouraging, it keeps me positive!

Our 30% goal gets us floors! Like, nice floating, springy floors to protect our dancin' bodies. This was the biggest single expense we needed to come up with in a short period of time, so this is really great news. However, we still have a long way to go, and next up is our second biggest expense: walls and mirrors. Let's keep this momentum going so we can hit our next target. 

Stay tuned for more updates, including some live video streams of how things are going on this side of things, and soon: a tour of our space-to-be! Thanks again, y'all!

$8,570.00
Pledged of $20,000.00 Goal
41
Pledgers
9
Days Left
Crowdfunding ends on
August
31
2017
 

Help me and my tribe spread the love of world dance AND MORE in our new studio.

We're dreaming BIG, and we need you!

Choose Your Pledge Level: $1.00

Want to donate a custom amount and/or prefer to donate without receiving any pledge gifts, this is for you! Just type in your custom amount at the prompt!

Roll Call: $10.00
  • Your name mentioned in our thank you video.
  • Our undying gratitude!
Fan: $25.00
  • The original DRD embroidered iron-on patch to wear proudly on your dance bag or jacket.
  • Sign your name to the DRD Family Tree wall under “Fans of Deep Roots Dance” at the grand opening (or we can sign it for you).
  • Your name under “Fans of Deep Roots Dance” on our “Thank You” page of our website.
  • Your name mentioned in our thank you video.
  • Our undying gratitude!
SuperFan: $50.00
  • A Studio Deep Roots logo zill pouch
  • The original DRD iron-on patch to wear proudly on your dance bag or jacket.
  • Sign your name to the DRD Family Tree wall under “Fans of Deep Roots Dance” at the grand opening (or we can sign it for you).
  • Your name under “Fans of Deep Roots Dance” on our “Thank You” page of our website.
  • Your name mentioned in our thank you video.
  • Our undying gratitude!
Friends of DRD - Chorus: $75.00
  • A limited-edition DRD tee shirt commemorating the grand opening of the new studio
  • All the swag rewards at the SuperFan Level - zill pouch and patch; website and video mentions.
  • Sign your name to the DRD Family Tree wall under “Fans of Deep Roots Dance” at the grand opening (or we can sign it for you)
  • Our undying gratitude!
Friends of DRD - Follow: $100.00
  • A brand spankin' new DRD logo dance tote
  • All the swag rewards at the Chorus Level - tee shirt, zill bag, and patch; website and video mentions.
  • Sign your name to the DRD Family Tree wall under “Friends of Deep Roots Dance” at the grand opening (or we can sign it for you)
  • Our undying gratitude!

Friends of DRD - Leader: $150.00
  • A spot in an exclusive donor-only workshop at Studio Deep Roots in Seattle, topic to be voted on by all Leader level backers and above!
  • A colorful DRD logo water bottle to keep you hydrated in class
  • All the swag rewards at the Follower Level - dance tote, tee shirt, zill pouch, and patch; website and video mentions.
  • Sign your name to the DRD Family Tree wall under “Friends of Deep Roots Dance” at the grand opening (or we can sign it for you)
  • Our undying gratitude!

Benefactor: $200.00

We believe NO ONE should have to stop dancing due to money. Choose this level to donate your pledge to dancers in need of a little help. (This is a great pledge level for friends and supporters outside of the Seattle area who are unable to attend the grand opening or readily receive physical rewards)

  • Your donation will gift two (2) free six-week class sessions to students in need (no physical rewards).
  • Sign your name to the DRD Family Tree wall under “Friends of Deep Roots Dance” at the grand opening (or we can sign it for you)
  • Your name under “Friends of Deep Roots Dance” on our “Thank You” page of our website.
  • Your name mentioned in our thank you video.
  • Our undying gratitude!
Aficianado: $300.00
  • One (1) free six-week Deep Roots Dance class session in the first year of our studio opening, for you -or- a friend.
  • A spot in an exclusive donor-only workshop at Studio Deep Roots in Seattle, topic to be voted on by all Leader level backers and above!
  • All the swag rewards at the Follower Level - dance tote, tee shirt, zill pouch, and patch; website and video mentions.
  • Sign your name to the DRD Family Tree wall under “Friends of Deep Roots Dance” at the grand opening (or we can sign it for you)
  • Our undying gratitude!
Patron: $500.00
  • One (1) free private lesson with Shay, at the studio or over Skype/Facetime.
  • One (1) free six-week Deep Roots Dance class session in the first year of our studio opening, for you -or- a friend.
  • A spot in an exclusive donor-only workshop at Studio Deep Roots in Seattle, topic to be voted on by all Leader level backers and above!
  • All the swag rewards at the Follower Level - dance tote, tee shirt, zill pouch, and patch; website and video mentions.
  • Sign your name to the DRD Family Tree wall under “Patrons of Deep Roots Dance” at the grand opening (or we can sign it for you)
  • Our undying gratitude!
Founder: $1,000.00
  • A package of eight (8) Deep Roots Dance class gift certificates, to be used in the first year of our studio opening. They make awesome gifts for friends and family, or use them all yourself! (regular weekly DRD classes only, workshops excluded)
  • A spot in an exclusive donor-only workshop at Studio Deep Roots in Seattle, topic to be voted on by all Leader level backers and above!
  • All the swag rewards at the Follower Level - dance tote, tee shirt, zill pouch, and patch; website and video mentions.
  • Sign your name to the DRD Family Tree wall under “Founders of Deep Roots Dance” at the grand opening (or we can sign it for you)
  • Our undying gratitude!
T-Rex "Rexie": $2,000.00
  • A custom-tailored performance at your event by the members of Deep Roots Dance (schedule and event to be agreed upon within 1 year of grand opening date, may be subject to additional travel costs)
  • Unlimited Deep Roots Dance classes in the first year of our studio opening, for you or a friend (regular weekly DRD classes only, workshops excluded)
  • A spot in an exclusive donor-only workshop at Studio Deep Roots in Seattle, topic to be voted on by all Leader level backers and above!
  • DOUBLE SWAG, as follows:
  • TWO (2) colorful DRD logo water bottles.
  • TWO (2) brand spankin’ new Deep Roots Dance logo dance totes.
  • TWO (2) limited-edition DRD tee shirts commemorating the grand opening of the new studio.
  • TWO (2) SDR logo zill pouches.
  • TWO (2) original DRD embroidered iron-on patch.
  • Website and video mentions
  • Sign your name to the DRD Family Tree wall under “T-Rex!” at the grand opening (or we can sign it for you)
  • Our undying gratitude!


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