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Ryan Buffalo: The Spirit Within

Ryan Buffalo Aboriginal hoop dancer Ryan Buffalo is the star performer in this stunning Bangtown Studios production that captures the spirit of traditional hoop dance. While the performance is breathtaking, what makes it even more special is the peek into the physical and mental preparation aboriginal hoop dancers partake in to profoundly connect with their movement. “Through the performance of an age-old Aboriginal dance, a man bridges modern-day life with the ancestral roots of his people”, says producer Justin Simon. Just watch! You’ll see and feel Ryan’s energy explode – literally. Ryan can be found living and dancing for many special events in Alberta, Canada. Music performed by Terry Mack and the Northern Cree Singers.

James Jones: Hoop Dance

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James “Caution” Jones performs a breathtaking hoop dance at Churchill Square in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, for an event called “Cypher Wild”, which is held every Thursday. Mixing First Nations traditional hoop dance with hip hop and modern hoop dance techniques,…

A Tribe Called Red on Studio Q

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A Tribe Called Red combine instrumental dance music with First Nations sounds for a new music genre they like to call “Pow Wow Step” and they recently received their 2nd Polaris Music Award long list nomination in as many years,…

Dallas Arcand: Hoop Dance 101

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Angelika Gawronski of Shaw TV in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, recently did a profile on Dallas Arcand, the three-time World Champion Hoop Dancer and she learned a lot about the nature and basics of aboriginal/native hoop dance along the way. “Hoop…

Tony Duncan with Arvel Bird

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One of the most fun times any performer can have on stage is when the choreography is put aside and the art of improvisation is embraced. Formality takes a back-seat as the performer brings a kind of raw magic as…

Electric Hoop with Arik Pipestem

In “Electric Hoop”, a documentary short by Ashley Bomberry and Mohsen Nazeri, the unexpectedly unique Erik “Arik” Pipestem describes his process of exploration on story telling through hoop dance. Fusing several traditional Native American pow wow hoop dance styles with acro and…

Nakotah LaRance

Nakotah LaRance is a six-time World Hoop Dance Champion whose star has really risen performing not only with Cirque Du Soleil’s “Totem” show and elsewhere, but he truly captured the hearts of a whole lot of hoopers last year with…