January 12th, 2015 Last Updated on: January 12th, 2015
If you're in the Regina, SK area you can now learn some pow wow moves and get some great exercise!
Dancer Lacy Morin-Desjarlais (Muskowekwan First Nation) is teaching a pow wow class for beginners at the University of Regina Conservatory in Canada.
The Regina Leader-Post spoke with Morin-Desjarlais about the class.
“People joke all the time that it’s like native aerobics,” she said. “Especially when you start adding regalia on top of your body, your beadwork and everything can be really heavy.”
The class will be open to all ages, ethnicities and skill-levels, so don't worry if you've never tried to dance before.
“I’m going to be teaching them not just how to do powwow, but to get in touch with their bodies and get a bit more conditioning and fitness as well,” said Morin-Desjarlais, who has been dancing since she was 17. “The first thing we learn when we become a dancer is not so much the dance — like the style you are going to go into right away — it’s about listening to the music and becoming familiar with that and learning how to step in time with the beat. That’s really important to understand as a dancer.”
First class starts this Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 6 p.m. in Room 014 of the Gallery Room at the U of R Conservatory located at 2155 College Avenue in Regina, SK. If you have any questions call the conservatory at 306-585-5748. The cost for registration is $5.
Let us know if you go!
Photo by Don Healy, Regina Leader-Post
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