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Get Fit this weekend at Pow Wow Boot Camp – Six Nations

This rigorous training inspired Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Santee Smith, who has award winning career as a dancer/choreographer to look at incorporating Pow Wow Style and bringing into personal fitness. This weekend Smith, who also has a degree in Kinesiology, is hosting Six Nations first Pow Wow Boot Camp with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.

It is no small feat to dance in a pow wow. Apart from the dancer’s style, footwork and moves there is vigorous physical training that competitive dancers practise year round to be ready once pow wow season takes off; making competition Pow Wow dancing as much a sport as it is artistic expression.

This rigorous training inspired Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Santee Smith, who has award winning career as a dancer/choreographer to look at incorporating Pow Wow Style and bringing into personal fitness. This weekend Smith, who also has a degree in Kinesiology, is hosting Six Nations first Pow Wow Boot Camp with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.

Smith told Two Row Times, “KDT started our first Powwow Boot Camp style class last summer with Larry Yazzie from the US.  He taught a powwow based class that focused on cardiovascular training, leg strength and powwow footwork.”

Yazzie is a world champion Men’s Fancy Dancer from the Sac & Fox Nation of the Mississippi. Smith says that Pow Wow Boot Camp “will combine training styles; incorporating strength and conditioning, spatial and body awareness and Indigenous dance forms into a full bodied fun workout.”

The first class was held last March in Toronto, led by Smith and James Jones, dancer for A Tribe Called Red.

If you love to get a good workout, and enjoy dancing this is a MUST! Powwow Boot Camp will be held on Six Nations at the Tourism Building on Sat June 14th from 12:00-1:30pm and will be led by Alex Twin, a Cree Fancy Feather/Prairie Chicken dancer and Joshua Deperry, a Cree/Blackfoot Fancy Feather/B-boy and Smith.

Powwow Bootcamp 2014 Poster - Six Nations

 

For more information call 416-923-7373 or visit the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre events page on Facebook.

 

Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow

Nahnda Garlow, Onondaga under the wing of the Beaver Clan of Six Nations, is Outreach Editor for the Two Row Times. Her popular column, Scone Dogs and Seed Beads brings weekly thoughts on current day indigenous identity. Nahnda has been a journalist with the Two Row Times since it's founding in 2013. She studied Journalism, Human Rights and Indigenous Studies at Laurier University. She is a self-proclaimed "rez girl" who also brings to the Two Row Times years of experience as a Haudenosaunee cultural interpreter, traditional dancer and beadwork aficionado. Nahnda is a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association.

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