Métis Dance Performance and Workshop
I am a true mixture of pride, freedom and survival.
My mother and her family, as well as my father and his family, raised my siblings and myself in a way where we grew strong and intelligent in the knowledge of both our First Nations and Métis Heritage.
My family continues the on-going tradition of Métis Culture through Métis dance; we are well-known as the Edmonton Métis (Cultural) Dancers. Not only do we dance to promote our heritage, we dance to bring back the tradition of being of mixed blood and mixed cultures.
That is one aspect of the many things that I do to promote my Indigenous way of life. I have graduated High School, completed one year of Business and I plan to further my knowledge, perspective, and creativity through my own personal growth within the arts.
I can perform 5 different styles of dancing: The Orange Blossom Special, The Broom Dance, The Sash Dance, The 7 Step and the Métis National Anthem, The Red River Jig.
The Orange Blossom Special is more advanced as it is a show off dance, so this style is not ideal to teach.
The rest of the dances are great for teaching beginners, depending on the time slot that I have for the day, I can teach each dance besides the OBS. If I only have a half an hour, I can only give a performance; I find that if I have an hour, I can perform all dances and teach a couple of those dances; if I have an hour and a half, I can do it all.
With each dance, I tell a story, hence why I can only perform if given only a ½ hour. Each dance has a teaching and after each dance, I will need cold bottles of water waiting for me so that I may nourish my body, as this is basically like Métis Aerobics, my body will be working very hard, as will my voice.
I look forward to performing for you, and I appreciate your support; you can rest assured that I will do my best to implement as much positive energy and spiritual knowledge as I possibly can.