“Hoop dancing, culture, and art to me work together in a circle as a holistic practice.”
The Hoop Dance has made me into an athlete, choreographer, healer, storyteller, craftsman, composer, musician, teacher and a three-time World Hoop Dance Champion. As a Hoop Dancer, I also needed to learn and know my history and the history and evolution of the dance, the language and our culture. As a student of this circular lifestyle and the dance for the past 24 years, I have since performed in eight countries, been a featured Artist on the Grandstand Stage at the Calgary Stampede for eight years, featured on The nationally televised "Canada's Got Talent,” earned my Diploma in Behavioral Sciences, learned basic Spanish as the dance brought me to Spain for eight months. I performed at both the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics. What keeps me going are those new experiences and the evolution that my career continues to offer. I understand that this is my purpose and gift. I believe this is what I’ve been put here on this Earth to do. After 24 years in this business I have been humbly referred to as the Hoop Master. It’s been a worldly, spiritual and educational journey of self-discipline and of guidance through ceremony and practice.
Dallas Arcand is a Hoop Dancer, choreographer and storyteller from Alexander First Nation (Kipohtakaw) Treaty 6 in Alberta.