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Celebrating Heritage: Indigenous Dancers Look to the Future

Kenneth Shirley, from Phoenix, AZ, has taken traditional indigenous dance usually seen at Powwows onto the international stage. Having performed at Powwows since he was 2 years old, empowered by heritage and encouraged by his family, Shirley took his love for his culture and started Indigenous Enterprise. In the short few years since they started, Indigenous Enterprise, a troupe of Indigenous dancers representing different tribes, have been showcased on NBC’s “World of Dance”, collaborated with The Black-Eyed Peas’ Taboo, performed at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, written about in both The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, and in January 2020, were invited to perform for President Joe Biden’s virtual inauguration. 

This is just a part of his story.

(video after the jump)

Producer: John de Dios || Director: Alan Scott Davis || Grip: Kristopher Yanez
|| Music “Necklace Breaker” by Young Bear || Additional Music by Triple Scoop Media

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Indigenous Enterprise is a troupe of Indigenous dancers who have performed in front of millions of audiences in live performances around the world. If you are in Manhattan, NY, see them live at the Joyce Theater in New York City from Nov. 9 to Nov. 14, as featured in The New York Times fall arts preview.

Read the full post for the Behind-the-Scenes feature and a peek at some of the photos from the project: The Making of Celebrating Heritage

Watch for our documentary release for the longer “Dancing with Heritage” mini-documentary in November!

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