Fancy feather dancing is performed as a freestyle dance in unity with the rhythm of a drum. It can be performed in two ways: basic steps while dancing around the drum; or as a “contest step” that involves intricate and rapid footwork in combination with spinning movements of the entire body. Flips, cartwheels, splits and other creative movements are used frequently used. For women, when performing the fancy shawl dance, the movements of the shawl are to look like the fluid movements of a butterfly. The dancer must dance in harmony to the beat of the drum and must strike a pose when the drum beat stops. This form of dance requires high energy, strength and high levels of stamina. The traditional costumes consist of loom beaded sets of suspenders, headbands, armbands, belt cuffs, moccasins and the use of large feather bustles.
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White Pine Dancers
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White Pine Dancers6 Osborn Ave.Brantford, ON N3T 6P9
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