Hoop dancer to perform in Estevan

A hoop dancer will be the next performer through the Estevan Arts Council’s Koncerts for Kids series.

Teddy Anderson is an internationally recognized performer, motivational speaker and children's book author. He has performed over 1,800 shows and talks in 20 countries, including China, Malaysia, Uganda, Germany, Brazil, New Zealand and many more.

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The Estevan Arts Council will present Anderson on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m., at Westview School.

Anderson’s goal is to inspire all people to see themselves as members of One Human Family. Drawing on the First Nation's hoop dance as well as his life experience, Anderson teaches the important message of unity and inclusion. Dancing with up to 30 hoops at a time, Anderson captivates and inspires audiences of all ages to bring about greater levels of community.

He offers a cultural performance that is beautiful, inspiring and interactive.

Before he started hoop dancing full-time he worked as the youth co-ordinator at the Friendship Centre in Red Deer, Alta. Anderson has been helping youth all over the world achieve success through his work with schools, community organizations and government institutions.

The experience of seeing Anderson dance and speak has been described as life changing. He has the cultural permission of his Lakota hoop dance mentor Kevin Locke to dance and perform. Combining the traditional Indigenous hoop dancing with a 21st century message, he reaches into his audiences' heart, imprinting there a message of peace and oneness. Anderson has honed his skills as a motivational and keynote speaker as well as a workshop facilitator. He has spoken to many audiences on issues including racism, bullying, violence, and the importance of education, human rights, youth peacebuilding and the experience of growing up in Rwanda.

Anderson belongs to the Deishitaan Clan of the Tlingit People of Carcross Tagish First Nations, and has been given the name Yeil S'aaghi (Crow Bones). He also has Persian, English and Norwegian roots. This rich multicultural background gives him a perspective of the need for unity and love amongst all people.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Henders Drugs, or at the door the day of the concert. All tickets are $7 each, ages three and under are FREE.

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