American Indian Dance Theatre
- Paula J. Conlon
Dance company. It was co-founded in 1987 in Colorado Springs by Kiowa/Delaware playwright, director and educator Hanay Geiogamah and New York concert and theatrical producer Barbara Schwei. The first professional all-Native American company of dancers, singers and musicians, it comprises roughly 20 members drawn from tribes across the United States and Canada. It has presented various styles of Native American and First Nations dancing—including the Zuñi Buffalo Dance, Eagle Dance, and Apache Crown Dance—without altering the basic structure of the dances. It has performed in all 50 states and has toured Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Australia. The troupe has also performed on television specials, in documentaries, at the Gathering of the Tribes music festivals held in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and as part of Ban the Dam Jam in New York City. Through benefit performances it has supported Native community agencies and foundations such as the American Indian College Fund and the American Indian Culture Center and Museum in San Diego. In ...