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Season 1

Episode 1- Keenan Komaksiutisak
Meet Keenan Komaksiutiksak, an internationally renowned Two-Spirit Inuk performer who teaches dance and contortion lessons at their local studio. Their dream is to share their passion and unique style with remote communities in the North.
Episode 2- Loulou La Duchesse De Rière
Meet Lauren Jiles, a renowned burlesque performer better known as Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière. Hailing from Kahnawà:ke, Lou Lou celebrates and reclaims Indigenous sexuality through this empowering style of dance.
Episode 3- Shady Hafez
This episode showcases Shady Hafez, a traditional pow wow dancer of mixed Algonquin and Syrian descent who embraces both of his cultures simultaneously. Through dance, Shady stays grounded and maintains strong ties to his community.
Episode 4- Josée Bourgeois
Meet Josée Bourgeois, a dancer from Pikwakanagan who combines traditional and contemporary styles to stay connected to her roots and explore her emotions. Her recent piece, “The Sickness” denounces the grave injustices faced by Indigenous women.
Episode 5- Erin Brillon & Andy Everson
Andy Everson and Erin Brillon, visual artists and dancers from Comox, worked together to open a production studio called Kwigwatsi Studio. Partners in art and in life, they offer viewers an outstanding performance at the Canadian Museum of History.
Episode 6- Theland Kicknosway
This episode follows Theland Kicknosway, a young Potawatomi and Cree dancer, as he performs traditional grass and hoop dances. He expresses Indigenous teachings through song and dance, which led to the creation of his signature LED hoop dance piece!
Episode 7- Waawaate Fobister
Waawaate Fobister, an Anishinaabe dancer and choreographer from Grassy Narrows First Nation, shares excerpts from two of their shows: “Omaagomaan” and “Miskwiin.” Waawaate also invites Cree dancer Marcus Merasty to perform one.
Episode 8- Ukwehuwe Connection
Meet The Ukwehuwe Connection, a dance troupe from the Oneida Nation that showcases traditional Haudenosaunee dances. The group was formed by Frazer Sundown to raise awareness of his culture and show that the Oneida people are still here and still strong.
Episode 9- Ivanie Aubin-Malo
Ivanie Aubin-Malo is a proud Maliseet curator, choreographer and classically trained dancer who graduated from the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. She is now living her dream in the performing arts by blending contemporary and traditional styles.
Episode 10- Santee Smith
Meet Santee Smith, a renowned Kahnyen’kehàka performer who is also the artistic director and founder of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. In this episode, she presents three excerpts from Kaha:wi’s triptych series: “Re-Quickening,” “Blood Tides” and “SKéN:NEN.”
Episode 11- Cameron Fraser-Monroe
Meet Cameron Fraser-Monroe, a Tla’amin dance artist and choreographer who combines classical ballet and hoop dance in his performances. In this episode, he premieres a contemporary interpretation of “Flames of Fire.”
Episode 12- Soleil Launière
This episode features Soleil Launière, a professional dancer who mixes beats to create original scores for her performances. Tune in to learn about her creative process and witness how she incorporates natural elements into her pieces!
Episode 13- Barbara Diabo
In this episode, choreographer and dance artist Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo performs a dance in honour of her Tóta and an excerpt from her memorial show, “Sky Dancers.” She then performs a contemporary hoop dance with her child.