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Lisa Odjig - Hoop Dancer

Lisa Odjig - Hoop Dancer

Lisa Odjig - Hoop Dancer

Aboriginal Dancer, Hoops Dancer

Lisa Odjig, originally from Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, feels connected to her Odawa/Ojibwa Nation roots and she believes more Aboriginal youth should feel the same way about theirs. She often gives dance seminars to Aboriginal children all across Canada. Lisa’s specialty is the dynamic and colourful Hoop Dance. A hoop dancer is in continuous motion, forming the shapes and designs with the hoops. Lisa explains “Hoop dancing is a story-telling dance, a teaching dance. The hoops create symbols and designs of natures, such as plants, trees, animals, birds-eagle — it shows our connection with each other, the earth and all living creatures. It’s a very energetic, high energy dance. It can get people on the edge of their seat." Lisa is a 2-time World Champion Hoop Dancer - the first woman to ever win this title. As a result she has traveled to all corners of the globe, including throughout North America, Korea, Italy, Israel, and Mexico. Recently she toured France and Holland with the American Indian Dance Theatre. .Lisa also performed at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and recently at the Olympic Torch celebrations held at Ottawa’s Parliament Hill and Toronto’s City Hall.