The Norman Transcript


November 15, 2013

Oklahoma Fancy Dancers visit McKinley Elementary School



“I’ve been dancing since I was really little. I’ve been to the Netherlands and Germany,” Angelyn said. “I want to learn more songs and keep dancing, maybe learn the Jingle Dress Dance or the Hoop Dance.”

Performed by Kevin Connywerdy, the Hoop Dance moved quickly as hoops intertwined to create shapes like that of an alligator, horse and globe. Students said besides the Hoop Dance, the Men’s Fancy Dance was another one of their favorite performances, which involved exciting, fast and energetic movements.

Performers represented a variety of tribes, such as Kiowa, Comanche, Caddo, Delaware, Otoe and Cherokee tribes and McKinley students included Shon Perez, fourth-grader; Isaac Perez, kindergartner; Alex Poolaw, pre-k; Tabe Poolaw, third-grader; Thaumaroi Connywerdy, kindergartner; and Sokobi Connywerdy, third-grader. John Kemble, a Ponca tribe member, played drums and sang with each dancer’s performance. Kricket said Kemble is a top singer in the world for Southern tribal songs and should be considered a national treasure.

“We hope students learned we are just like them. We just maintain a connection to our heritage,” Kricket explained. “The point of the program was to dispel stereotypes by showing the students who we are and that some of their friends are performers, too.”

The Oklahoma Fancy Dancers will perform the Friday of Norman Public Schools spring break at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, and Connywerdy encourages the public to attend.

For more information about the upcoming performance, call Sam Noble Museum at 325-4712.

For more information about bookings, call Kevin Connywerdy at 360-2532 or email kricketandkevin

Katherine Parker



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