Exhibitionists·NAIG 2017

Who needs dance class? We're bringing this Indigenous choreographer to you for a personal tutorial

Three steps and a good dose of positive energy are the ingredients in this dance tutorial by choreographer Santee Smith.

Three steps and a good dose of positive energy are the ingredients in this dance tutorial by Santee Smith

Three steps and a good dose of positive energy are the ingredients in this dance tutorial by choreographer Santee Smith. 2:20

This dance tutorial may wear you out in the first 30 seconds. Seriously. CBC Arts visited Indigenous choreographer/artist Tekaronhiáhkhwa Santee Smith (also founding artistic director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre) while she was rehearsing for the Opening Ceremony of the North American Indigenous Games.

While we were there, meeting her energized dancers, Smith gave us a tutorial in Indigenous dance — two traditional steps and one that's her own contemporary take on the styles she's learned.

(CBC Arts)

Next, Smith is moving on to her creation for the Living Ritual: International Indigenous Performing Arts Festival taking place in Tkaronto (Toronto) at Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre from July 25-27 — you can get tickets here. You can keep an eye on what Smith is up to next here.

Watch Exhibitionists on Friday nights at 12:30am (1am NT) and Sundays at 3:30pm (4pm NT) on CBC Television.

About the Author

Jess Hayes

Jess Hayes is a video producer at CBC Arts and a partner at Istoica Productions.