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

Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. The Music Alive Program is made possible thanks to the leadership support of National Partner, The Azrieli Foundation, and Major Supporters, The Slaight Family Foundation and TD Bank Group. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.