Discovering Hoop Dance
First Nations’ hoop dance is older than the grass. But younger than the mountains.
Learn this traditional energetic, acrobatic dance to hone your agility and coordination.
This class, for ages six and up, introduces the vocabulary of hoop dancing styles from across Turtle Island.
Participants will learn how to construct their own hoops, create symbolic shapes and bring them to life through hoop dance choreography.
The class is taught by dance artist Arik Pipestem.
Arik is a world-renowned hoop dancer who fuses traditional and modern forms to create his unique approach to the ancient craft. Regarded as one of the top performers in his field, his has been featured in many music videos, Cirque Du Soleil’s TOTEM, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and at The World Championships of Performing Arts. Most recently he performed with
Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) for Aboriginal Day Live on APTN. Arik choreographs and directs aspiring dancers in original pieces, and he is a founding member of the Ancient Neon Dance Collective. Arik joined The Chimera Project in 2016 as Artistic Advisor and dance artist.
Age: 6 and up
Fee: $39 + taxes & fees
Each person will keep their hoops.
Length: 2 hours