Why Do You Dance?

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown May 7th, 2014 Last Updated on: May 7th, 2014

Why do you dance? For Crystal Stempson, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, it's a way to shake off everyday troubles and just be free.

“At the point when I go out and dance, I just forget about everything. I don't think about what's going on around me,” Stempson said. “I'm not really out there to dance for myself, to get in shape. I dance because people enjoy watching me dance.”

“It's fun. It's freeing. I feel free when I dance. I actually feel like myself when I'm dancing — I just feel like myself, I don't feel like a student,” Stempson told the St. Cloud Times.

Photo: Jason Wachter, jwachter@stcloudtimes.com

Photo: Jason Wachter, [email protected]

Photo: Jason Wachter, jwachter@stcloudtimes.com

Photo: Jason Wachter, [email protected]

Crystal Stempson was recently the head woman dancer at the spring pow wow hosted by St. Cloud State University's American Indian Center in Minnesota. You can read more about Stempson on SCTimes.

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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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Eleanor Hotchkiss

Many blessings

Craig Apelbaum

Dancing at a POW WOW is nice. You keep your mind on what you’re doing. And forget about everything else.

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