Kehewin Native Dance Theater
Founded in 1991 by Melvin and Rosa John, Kehewin is Native Theatre, Dance and Storytelling. It is community workshops, interactive performances and classroom visits.
Kehewin tours Storytelling and Dance Theatre shows nationally and internationally for audiences of all ages. Our troupe was voted 3rd favorite dance company in Alberta, Canada in 2005 during Alberta Scene in Ottawa, Canada.
We have toured throughout the world, performing in Switzerland, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, France, Mexico, Ecuador, the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Every Summer Kehewin provides theatre and dance training for Native youth during the Summer Training Program in the Kehewin studios on the Kehewin First Nation. We also provide Native Studies, Craft, Dance and Theatre workshops to interested communities and schools.
Training has become an integral part of Kehewin annual operations. Kehewin has developed its own training process, which we have named NAH (this means ‘here’ or ’take this’ in several Native languages). This process is community oriented and culturally based. We have also developed a community workshop manual that is now used throughout Canada
Kehewin Native Dance Theatre also provides resource materials about community theatre and Native Studies.
Canada’s most celebrated Native Dance Theatre
Since 1991 Kehewin has entertained and dazzled audiences of every culture and age with our champion Pow Wow dancers, breathtaking Contemporary Dance performances and world renowned storytellers.
Creation stories, Trickster stories and stories of Healing come alive with the vibrance and passion that comes from celebrating age old traditions.
Kehewin Native Dance Theatre has:
Performed for royalty from New Zealand, Hawaii and Poland.
Provided annual Dance and Theatre Training at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto. Ontario, Canada from 1996-2009.
Hosted other performing and visual artists during its 4 years of hosting and coordinating the Aboriginal Youth Festivals held on-reserve in Kehewin, Alberta, Canada.
Was involved with the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in 2007 and 2008, when Rosa John was the Artistic Director of the Miss Indian World Pageant Showcase.
Performed at the Miccosukee Arts Festival in Miami, Florida from 2003 -2007
Performed at the Miami Storytelling Festival in Miami, Florida in 2008 and 2009 and at the Toronto Storytelling Festival in 2010.
Has Performed, Choreographed and Guided Tours for Aboriginal Experiences and the annual Indigenous festival in Ottawa, Ontario, from 2004 - 2016
Provided the Cultural Coordination for the Aboriginal Dance Project, at the Banff Centre for the Arts from 1996 - 2000
Has supported various cultural projects for the Indigenous Performance Initiatives at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
Has supported festivals, pow wows and performances with Melvin and Rosa John, the Co-Directors of Kehewin as MC’s.