February 12, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

The Medicine of Hoop Dance

virtual workshops with Alex Wells
Alex Wells
Indigenous arts Theatre Dance

Alex 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”. Alex is offering three different workshops:      

Hoop Dance Level 1: Students will learn to make a hoop using simple materials, then Alex will teach traditional hoop dance steps using single hoop.

Hoop Dance Level 2: Students will make a second hoop using simple materials, then Alex will teach traditional hoop dance steps using two hoops.

Beaded Eagle: While instructing students how to bead an eagle pattern, Alex will show and discuss his beaded moccasins and regalia and tell students the story of the Eagle, followed by a Q&A.

A full package of images and a list of very simple materials to acquire for the workshops will be sent ahead of time.

Offered in English only

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