Crystal Theatre to host Native Dance Company
Pictured is co-founder Michelle Reed of the Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company. The dance company will perform the evening before the Crystal ShinDig.
CRYSTAL FALLS—The Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company will present a musical and theatrical story of Native American culture at the Crystal Theatre on Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m.
The story includes the heartbeat of Mother Earth echoed with traditional drums, the whisper of a flute as a gentle breeze through a stand of cedar. Century old tales told with eagle feathers, moccasins, hoop dancers and the legend of warriors and hunters.
Established in 2013, Woodland Sky consists of Native American dancers from the Ojibwe, Sioux, Potawatomi and Apache tribes. The group portrays all styles of dancing in this region, including traditional, fancy, jingle, grass and hoop. Their focus is the telling of historic tales and stories using traditional native songs and dances
Woodland Sky’s mission statement reads: “To provide a quality, authentic and respectful Native American dance performance/demonstration with experienced Native American dancers. To educate the viewer on traditional Native American stories, culture and values using authentic songs, music and dance.”
‘Not only will your eyes and senses be awed with the talent of these dancers, through their regalia and dancing you will learn what it means to be Native American, and why they hold so true to themselves and their ethnicity,” a press release from the Crystal Theatre said. “Everyone will take away a bit of history while being entertained through a musical theatrical production.
Woodland Sky dancers will be accompanied by live drummers and Nicole LaRoche on flute. LaRoche is a member of Brulé, a contemporary Native American music group based in South Dakota. Brulé has become one of the top-selling Native American recording artists with more than a million CDs sold worldwide.
This event is the third in Crystal Theatre’s 2018 Gem of a Season series. Tickets are available at www.thecrystaltheatre.org and at the Iron County Chamber of Commerce and Central Arts & Gifts in Iron River, Ben Franklin’s and Wink’s Woods in Crystal Falls, Steamin’ Joe’s in Florence, and Music Tree in Iron Mountain.