Talented Hoop Dancer Shares His Gift with Elementary Students Across Utah

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown February 13th, 2018 Blog

You might remember seeing Patrick Willie on our website before, he's the one that danced across Utah in style. Now he's back again sharing his talent with grade-schoolers across the state. He did this during Native American Heritage Month to make sure kids were educated on real Native Americans and not historical stereotypes.

Patrick (Navajo) started fancy dancing when he was 8 years old and only recently learned to hoop dance. In six short years it has changed his life completely. He's had the opportunity to travel across the world and share his talent with Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, France and Canada.

When he's not dancing he works as a teacher's assistant at Utah Valley University. He also teaches weekly under the Title 7 program teaching dance to Native youth in his community. It sounds like Patrick is definitely in the right profession, teaching and leading by example! Thank you for sharing your talent with us, Patrick!

For more great videos, check his YouTube channel out at https://www.youtube.com/user/MagikDragon/

About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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One thought on “Talented Hoop Dancer Shares His Gift with Elementary Students Across Utah

  1. Jonell Adams says:


    You are AWESOME and unselfish. Thank you for sharing your gift with all children. You never know what you planted in their little minds, their self esteem and future. I saw how happy they were and excited to witness your show.

    From a mother and grandmother,
    Thank you,

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