As difficult as it is to leave Arizona, it was time to head east and north to Ontario for the yearly March Tour of the Summer Dance Training show. From March 16-22, 2018, Coral Houle-Dion, Caitlin Cardinal, Julion Watchmaker, Chloe Houle-Dion, Chance Kehewin and Jenika Shirt Flew to Toronto, rehearsed for 2 days and then toured the show to 7 communities, performing 9 times in 1week in Rama, Port Elgin, Owen Sound, Kettle and Stoney Point FN, Trent University and Lakefield school.
Audiences were so impressed with the youth’s presence, performance and post-performance speaking abilities, that they were asked back next year without even knowing what the show would be about. After a successful tour, the youth enjoyed a day of pow wowing and a day of sightseeing and shopping in Toronto.
A union with Shumka at the Jubilee Auditorium
During the Winter we were approached by the Shumka Ukrainian Dance Troupe to join them in a joint First Nations and Ukrainian dance show which they were working on all Winter. The show would be presented April 27 and 28. We were asked to present our performance of Eagle’s gift of Dance as part of their performance.
The show was a profound success and our dancers Caitlin Cardinal, Melvin John, Kiera Quinney, Emry John, Jody John, Tyshae Badger, Julion Watchmaker, Violette Omeasoo and Rosa John thoroughly enjoyed the experience.