Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Whitechurch-Stouffville PS



In my humble opinion we had some of the best dancers yet today. We have worked with some great schools and everyone has had really creative kids but there was a group that just really worked so well together that it truly amazed me. I did notice that one of the little girls in that group was wearing a t-shirt that was from her town's performing arts group. hmmm I wonder if that had anything to do with it?

We are in the process of writing new material to update our multimedia show. We have been performing this version for almost a year now and it's time to change things up. We have been having really great ideas so now it's time to buckle down and get to writing and story boarding it out.

We are also ready to start creating a study guide to be a companion to our multimedia show. Yes, that means I will be calling on my Teacher friends for lots of help.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Copps Coliseum Powwow



The powwow was fun this year. It seemed a lot smaller this year. By smaller I mean specatators. It would have been a good year to go because you would have gotten a good view and the vendors were giving good deals.

As you can see I finished the new dress and shawl for Kristen. I was burning the ribbon on the shawl right up to her contest on saturday night. She placed 1st!



Jake is quickly growing out of his outfit. He wore a rocker for the first time and I thought he did great.



Ava got to wear her new dress and use her new fan. I was so impressed with the way she danced this weekend. She was so confident and didn't even need to look at the big girls to know when to raise her fan.



When the kids took their braids out they were dancing around singing "I whip my hair back and forth" soooo funny!

Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards



The CAMA's were an interesting experience. We were performing with the Lost Dancers at the Education Day at Copps Coliseum in the afternoon which was fun but wow whirlwind fast. We rushed from our performance across the street to Hamilton Place for the rehearsal for the CAMA's. When we arrived we were asked to put 5 of our adult dancers aside to perform in the closing with Susan Aglukark. Derek ended up doing that while the rest of us did the opening. That was cool and all but that meant staying for the entire show which was a long day for the kids.



We met the rapper Feenix in the hotel lobby before the awards and were pretty impressed when he let the kids hold his award after the show. I must say that I would hate to be the stage manager at an awards show. sheesh a lot of work.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Queen's University Show



We had arguably our best show yet today. The drive was killer, 8 hours round trip, but worth it in the end. When we arrived at the venue the space we talked about using turned out to be way too small so we ended up in the main auditorium with a great stage. We would really like to thank Duncan for making this happen. We feel very spoiled by this. lol. It made me really happy to be able to use their equipment instead of setting up all our stuff and having to tear it all down as well.

I think the stars were completely aligned for us today because we breezed through traffic, got a great parking space right out front and were able to load in and out of the auditorium right close to the performance space!

It is Derek's birthday today and the audience spontaneously burst into song for him. He couldn't stop grinning after that. I don't think he has ever had a whole crowd of strangers sing to him before. I almost cried looking at his face because he really appreciated it. Well off to bed we have another long day of performances tomorrow. We will be on loan to Lost Dancers for their teaching circle at the Copps Coliseum at 1pm and then at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards tomorrow night. If you come to the powwow this wkd stop by and say hi!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Forest Trail



Another great day! Forest Trail is a fairly new school and woooooo do I like dancing on those floors. Very nice. Not too slippery, just enough give, very spacious gymnasium. We even had a parking spot right outside the front door. We had a group of approximately 100 grade 3 students and they were very musical. I had an embarrassing moment during hoop dance. Wait, I have gotten ahead of myself. Just as we were about to start the last dance (hoop) the announcements started so we had a 5 minute intermission. So my flow was a bit thrown off (tee hee) and when I started to dance I drop a hoop, well it flew off my hand actually and I had to run after it. This has never happened to me and I was a bit mortified. Oh well, these things happen I guess.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cathedral High School



We performed at our first High School today. It went well even with a couple of glitches. We had a minor technical difficulty with the sound but luckily Adrian was able to sing live and fix it. The acoustics in the gym made using microphones awkward. The guys found it better to go with out as the echos didn't sound good.

We went right into the workshop as soon as the performance was finished and we had just gotten into a groove when the fire alarm went off. This has never happened to me before and at first I wasn't sure if we really had to leave or not. Well we did and that seriously cut into our workshop time. I never did find out if everything was ok but they did let us back into the school to finish.

We are off to Oakville tomorrow. If anyone knows what happened at the school leave me a comment because I am curious.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hamilton Music Awards



So at 4 pm this afternoon I get a phone call asking if we can come and perform at the Hamilton Music Awards. So I shut off the sewing machine and we hopped in the car and dashed down to the venue. We rushed and and got changed to dance at 6. Phew we made it. We were on loan to the Ohnia:kara Singers. This was the first time I had my picture taken on a red carpet type thingy before. Pretty kewl I must say. The atmosphere was pretty cool and I wish we were able to hang around because the lounge area seemed like a fun spot to schmooooze. lol.

Well this will be two awards shows in less than a week for Derek as he is performing as part of the Aboriginal Music Awards on Friday. Well that was a nice break but I have to get back to sewing as I have lost a few hours. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Beadwork workshop at Woodland Cultural Centre



Judy was the first to finish an earring at the workshop yesterday. I really enjoyed working with everyone but we really needed more time. If I am ever asked to teach a workshop again I will need to take that into account. As you can see from the picture quality I only had my camera on my phone to take pix with.



This is the work of a 6yr old girl. She picked her own colours and shape for the earrings. She did great and didn't lose interest at all. Her mom had to help her a lot so that slowed her down but I was so impressed by how well this turned out! Great Job!

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Fancy Shawl Project



I am spending every free moment working on new outfits for the family for the upcoming Canadian Aboriginal Festival Powwow at Copps Coliseum. This is the beginning stages to the shawl. I have a lot of detail to put into it yet.



This is the centre image on the shawl. Again I have a lot of detail to add and also all of the ribbon fringe. This is the end to my break time. Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sam Sherratt PS



We did two workshops at Sam Sherratt today. The kids at this school are very energetic and want to be participating. That makes my job so easy. They picked up on the dancing pretty quickly.



Derek was warming up at the beginning of the day and I thought this picture made it look like the mascot was dancing with him.



All the students today passed Aboriginal Singing 101. lol. Next week is busy for us with shows and then the Canadian Aboriginal Festival Powwow. I am really looking forward to this but I have a lot of beadwork and sewing to get done before then so bye for now!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Royal Botanical Gardens Show



I am very happy with my new hoop dance dress. I have a terrible time with designing and so Derek and I have a great partnership going here. He does all the designing and cutting out of the appliques and I sew it all together. I love, love, love this arrangement.



I was messing around with the camera before our performance today. I am so happy with the camera but I really don't have a clue how to work it properly. I like this shot of Derek warming though.



Our show today was for an all female audience. The guys were quite happy about that. The look on his face was priceless. The ladies showed us the love though and we had a blast performing for them. Have a great weekend everyone. Make sure the people you love know how you feel. It's random acts of kindness day.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

C H Norton School Workshops



When we do workshops we encourage the participants to put their own spin on the dancing...here i am including some finger snaps and jazz hands. lol. I am not actually sure what I was doing but the day went by very quickly. The kids at that school were great. This was the first time we were asked if they could sing while they were dancing. They also wanted a chance to sing again after the workshop was finished. lol. Adrian's first workshop encore.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tom Thompson School Workshop



The workshop today went very well. I had a great time when the kids were strutting their stuff. I am really enjoying doing workshops more and more because the interaction with the kids is quite fun. We went a little over time because there wasn't a clock in the gym but luckily that didn't really affect the students schedule. phew. On another note, locked the keys in the car today. :(

Native Dance Regalia




I finally finished this new jingle dress for Ava. She has been patiently waiting for a while now. We have also had this awesome fan made for her by Red Eye Supply. The price is really reasonable and he is quite quick. I am very happy with his work. Derek did the design for this dress and I sewed it together. I think this is the first outfit in years that she has had that didn't belong to someone else first. That's what happens when your the youngest kid in the family.

We are really looking forward to the Canadian Aboriginal Festival powwow in Hamilton at the end of November for her to wear this for the first time.