Alumna Spotlight: Moraya Seeger Degeare



Moraya Seeger DeGeare, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes her work to Emotionally Focused Therapy for people in relationships. She has been in a group private practice for four years in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Moraya is an ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist. Her work specializes in providing culturally competent care with people of color and the LGBTQ+ community. She has additional training and interest in maternal mental health, trauma, addictions, and sexually compulsive behaviors.  Moraya and her husband, Chris, a retired NFL player, have one child together who will be three in August. Her little family is happily relocating back to her home town of Beacon, New York.

Moraya will continue to see therapy clients in Minnesota via telemedicine and will open a private practice in New York this summer. Moraya is passionate about helping people to battle loneliness and build connection. 

I feel like TVC gave me a strong sense of understanding of my own body and feelings. I bring this now into my life via my therapy work to help those connect with there body to ground themselves and find words for emotions.
— Moraya Seeger Degeare, MA, LMFT

Here's What Moraya Had To Say About Her Time w/ The Vanaver Caravan . . .

What age did you start dancing with The Vanaver Caravan? Before I can even remember... I'm guessing about age three or four?

How do you spend your time these days? Much of my time is spent with family, friends and on toddler play dates. I have also been in private psychotherapy practice for four years and so you can also find me in a therapy session. We are just moving from Minnesota, although it has been a cold winter, we love spending time outside. I am excited to be back in the Hudson Valley again.

Do you have any favorite songs or dances from your time with TVC? I really enjoyed the performances we did with Woody Guthrie music, and learning choreography to go with songs that I had grown up on. It was a lot of fun performing with my grandpa Pete Seeger and sharing that part of his life with him. 

Give us three to five words you'd use to describe the overall feeling you get when you think of that time. Peaceful, happy, connected, freedom, warm.

Can you share a favorite memory from your history with The Vanaver Caravan? One of my favorite memories was dancing at The United Nations in New York City, I remember feeling so excited to be in such an important place with my friends and getting to be in a room filled with people from around the world.

Any other thoughts and reflections you'd like to share with us? I loved my experience with TVC and it makes me so happy that we will be back in the Hudson Valley so my son can take dance classes soon!

Thank you, Moraya. We love you!

What's all this about? The Alumni Scholarship Fund Drive!

This spring, our goal is to fill our alumni scholarship fund, which will help bring new students with low income backgrounds into our after school and summer programs. As a gift to you, we're bringing you stories from our dear alumni each week. Now it's your turn: Our programs make a huge impact on children's lives. You can make a difference too--by sponsoring a student, donating any amount to our after school or arts-ed programs, or becoming a sustaining member. Every cent you donate this spring will go towards bringing new students into our dance community. Make your tax deductible contribution today!