Current Beat: Artist and Traditional Hoop Dancer
Heritage: Cree (nêhiyaw) from Tallcree First Nation in Northern Alberta
Current location: Edmonton, Alberta
Describe yourself in one word or sentence: I’m driven and passionate.
How has your life changed since dancing with ATCR? It has changed immensely. Touring all over the world has opened so many doors, and I’ve gotten to meet some amazing people. Mostly, I’ve learned just how hard you have to work to stay successful. And I don’t only mean performing and training, there’s also the professional, business side of art. I spend countless hours every day on my laptop and phone solidifying my next moves.
How do you stay healthy on the road? I’ve never been a fan of fast food, but when I’m running through the airport or sitting on a tour bus my options are limited. I try my best to scope out healthy foods but sometimes you've just got to eat! Luckily, I’m able to stay really active on tour because we’re performing every night. That’s a lot of cardio!
Would you have the same fan base 10 years ago? What’s changed in society? I don’t think so. Social media has completely changed our awareness of current artists. Growing up, I had nothing to relate to. I didn’t know about powwow dancing or any ceremonies. Now, we can discover new ideas, trends and research with the click of a button. I’ve had so many incredible interactions with fans through social media - for example, a mother recently sent me a photo of her young boy who said I am his favourite hoop dancer. He'd styled his long hair to look just like mine. I was really touched.
When do you feel at your best? When I’m dancing and inspiring others to uncover their own unique talents.
One piece of advice you have for youth: Don’t give up on your dreams and believe in yourself. If you work hard and give it 100% you will be successful. Guaranteed.
What does "the Good Life" mean to you? Feeling gratitude. It wasn’t until I quit drinking and living a negative lifestyle that I was able to connect with the Creator and give thanks for life’s small gifts: my family, dance, and finding balance within myself.