April 8, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Powwow Workout Class

Hoop dance with Allex Wells

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Indigenous arts Dance Workshops

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Join us on Thursday May 13 at 12:00pm EST for Powwow Workout Class, led by Allex Wells!

In this Powwow Workout, Allex Wells (Sisqua7) will teach traditional hoop dance steps using two hoops. You will need to build your own hoops to use in this class – details below!

Powwow Workout​ events will be available to watch on Indigenous Theatre's Facebook page. Each video will stay available to watch online until 2:00pm EST on the following Saturday.

Powwow Workout Classes are open to all people - Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

About Allex Wells:

Allex Wells is an internationally award-winning Hoop Dance Champion from Mount Currie, British Columbia. Alex is a member of the St'át'imc Lil’Wat tribe, and was brought up through cultural ceremonies, including Hoop dance, which is a healing Medicine Dance, also known as a “Creation of Life dance”.

How to build your own hoops for this workout:

You will need to get these simple materials to build your 2 hoops before the Powwow Workout Class. You can find these items at your local hardware store:

  • White plumbing tubing- ½ “ diameter
    • Length to get:
      • people who under 5’9” get 16' foot long (8’ for each hoop)
      • people who are 5’9” and up get a 18' feet long (9’ for each hoop)
  • A package of pre-cut wooden dowels:
    • ½ “ in diameter and  2" in length
  • White craft glue 
  • Electrical tape
    • to decorate the hoop with (white or any colour)
  • Pliers

Once you have your materials, watch Allex Wells’ hoop building workshop video HERE.

Powwow Workout Classes are created for participants with all levels of experience. Be sure to listen to your body while participating in this workout, and any kind of physical activity. If you experience discomfort or difficulty, be sure to listen to your body and stop.

Approximately 45 minutes long