Tuesday, November 20, 2012

STAT Conference Day 2

Here are some assorted images from Day 2 at the STAT Conference in Welland ON today.  We had a great time once again.  Students in Welland are so energetic and awesome!


That screen on the stage made me so happy.


It's not often that Derek gets to take the pictures.  I barely look awake.  


Traffic in Welland must be pretty bad because again for the 2nd day we had to hold the show to wait for some buses.  This gives us time to have some fun with the camera.  I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing that most of them didn't turn out.


Jennifer jamming out jingle style.


Brian was checking himself out from the wings.  He was filmed dancing Men's Traditional style a few years ago and incorporated into our multimedia presentation.  

Monday, November 19, 2012

STAT Conference - Welland Centennial SS

November 19 and 20, 2012 we are presenting our "Visions of Turtle Island" show at the STAT Conference in Welland ON.  Student's Taking Action Today is the name of the event and we are very honoured to be a part of it.  


The Keynote Speaker is Wab Kinew.  He is a fantastic speaker and You probably remember him best from his hosting duties on the 8th Fire series on CBC.  You can check out his blog here.  


Jenn caught me taking her picture as she was getting ready.  She had her headphones on and was singing away.  Centennial SS has fabulous dressing rooms in their auditorium.


This is one of those amazing venues where we just have to show up and get dressed in our dance outfits because they are fully equipped.  No slogging gear or searching for power outlets.  A group can get royally spoiled performing at a place like this. 


Friday, November 16, 2012

Weather Network from Woodland Cultural Centre

Live from the Woodland Cultural centre "The Weather Network" sent Host Kevin Yarde to take care of the weather and also promote the "Warclubs & Wampum belts"Exhibit on now till Dec. 24.


Yes, Kevin is rocking a traditional Haudenosaunee ribbon shirt & contemporary moccasins.  Kevin was a very willing participant in a short stomp dance.  Since this was live we also had some down time to socialize.

Not sure what Kristen and Jen were chatting about but there is usually laughter to follow.   Ascension and Jacob also waiting to go back on.  They are probably talking about the up coming UFC 154 - St Pierre vs Condit.

Being in front of the camera is nothing new to these guys. 


Janis & Naomi probably talking about work..... lol right?  Anyhow good times.  Janis Monture is the  Executive Director at Woodland Cultural Centre.


Lorrie Gallant is  the W.C.C Education Extension Officer, here she is showing off a corn husk doll she says looks like it could be me as an action figure lol.




The ladies demonstrated Esconye' which is our women's shuffle dance.  The guys took care of the singing, the melody is so catchy Kevin even tried joining in.  Kevin was a great sport,  lots of fun and just wanted try our dances! 


Thursday, November 15, 2012

St. Thomas Aquinas - Aboriginal Studies/Arts Students

We were off to Brampton first thing in the morning to an Arts High school.  We walked in and seen this.


I had a real good feeling that this was going to be special.  The aboriginal studies class and arts classes combined into a one.


The student's positive energy and outgoing attitude speaks volumes about the schools environment.


After the students learned some moves it was time for them to show off their skills!


The ending move for this group was reminiscent of the movie "Bring it on" a newer dance movie.


Great Sing, Dance Workshop.


These students were selling shirts and had awards for Movember.  They are raising awareness and money for prostate cancer.  


Check out these awards for Teachers and Students. For the best moustache  "Don Juan" lol Good stuff!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tom Thompson PS


We were at Tom Thomson school today to do a workshop with the grade 6 students.  The gym was used for the breakfast program just before we started so it smelled so yummy that when we left I had to have breakfast for lunch.


We danced at a wedding reception last month and the bride sent me some photos in an email.  I love being a part of people's special day.  Even if it is only a tiny part it is amazing being surrounded by so much happiness.


Yesterday we were in Trenton and I had tried to tape our performance with my playbook.  I didn't realize until the end that it had gotten bumped and taped a teacher watching the performance.  It was interesting watching her reactions but not something I can post because I'm pretty sure she wouldn't want that.  lol.  I will try again  to tape something I can post when I get a chance.  


Monday, November 5, 2012

Haudenosaunee & Powwow Social Dancing

Highlighting Haudenosaunee dancing is a lot of fun! All ages can participate.  Dances & outfits will all be explained.


Special inquires required for week long residency!



We had a great time at Cedarland P.S. Students learned a lot and had a great time.  Dance class became a class they looked forward to.


Students presented us with a gift of appreciation. Looking forward to our next week long placement.
This saying has become our message going into schools. " Its easier to build strong children than to repair broken men" Fredrick Douglass