Spring Equinox News | Red-Generation SW Tour!
 DANCING EARTH returns to O’odham territory SvegiDo'ag ch Hu'u by Thosh Collins — Red Mountain A place that holds great spiritual significance 
photo © Anthony Thosh Collins  -  ‘Sveg Do’ag’ - Red Mountain
DANCING EARTH returns to O’odham territory!
We are so honored to have recently returned to the homeland of Thosh Collins, one of our founding company members.


We’re developing our cycle of SEEDS work, creating a piece for 4 dancers + aerialist, entitled:


With this work, we are going deeper into the knowledge shared by inter-tribal culture carriers including Bucky Preston, Aaron Preston, Leatrice Lewis, Drake Havatone, Longhair Havatone, Randle Charles, Molly Pesata, James Uqualla, Ophelia Watahomigie-Corlis, Anne and Melanie Pesata in a gathering at Ghost Ranch, coordinated by Grand Canyon Trust.

 Dancer Lupita Salazar in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. photo © Paulo T. Photography

Coming up!

SPRING TOUR in the Southwest

Please email DancingEarth2012@gmail.com with questions and to RSVP.


April 9 Santa Fe : Dancing Earth participates in Rosalie Jones master class at IAIA in + special showing of a new work for Rosalie, and community of IAIA

April 10 : Special guests invited to Santa Fe Open Rehearsal! Contact dancingearth2012@gmail.com for details

April 11 : Dancing Earth attends Lifetime Achieve Award Ceremony for esteemed leader in Native modern dance : Rosalie Jones

April 12 : morning : Zuni Pueblo : workshop

April 12 : evening : Gallup : performance

April 13 : First/Second Mesa : evening performance by Dancing Earth, and talk by Naelyn Pike and the Nosie Family

April 14 : Tuba City : Workshop/Performance at Learning Center/Moencopi

April 15 : Peach Springs, AZ : Workshop for Hualapai community

April 16 - 17 : Sedona : Dance workshop, Land Dance Photography workshop with Paulo T. Photography, and Performance in Sedona

April 18 : ASU Tempe : Lecture by Rulan Tangen at the Labriola Center followed by a Workshop; Cultural Protocols with Akimel O’odham Nation at Salt River Pima Maricopa Community

April 19 : ASU Gammage Hall Tech rehearsal, and Special evening showing (guests by invitation only) at ASU Gammage Hall

April 20 : 10:30am Special performance for Arizona Schoolchildren at ASU Gammage Hall

April 21 : Morning Master Class  at Grand Canyon University; afternoon Master Class at Scottsdale Community College

April 22 : Flagstaff : Community workshops at Star School in Morning, Flagstaff boarding school in afternoon, and Leupp Farms in the evening

April 23 : Performance for Flagstaff Earth Day at Heritage Square

Gratitude to those who
"hooked up" this tour
Grand Canyon Trust’s Teahonna Jamesand Tony Skrelunas. Melissa Vuletich and Michael Reed - ASU Gammage Hall. Professor David Martinez - Native Studies. Kate and Lupita - Flagstaff Earth Day. Angela Rosenkranz -Maricopa Community College. Susanna Keita - Grand Canyon University. Gabriela Perky and Stacie Tsingine - assisted with tour coordination.

Highlights the powerful female leadership of
lead artists Anne Pesata, Lupita Salazar,
Natalie Benally who are not only distinctive
movers but also culture carriers in their own right.

Lupita is one of the inspirations and initiators of this project. Learn more about her dedication to ancient and sustainable farming practices by reading her article in the latest SEED BROADCAST


Anne Pesata with her mother

Natalie's Premiere
The inter-disciplinary creative team includes:

Aerialist Andrea Rose Bear King

Filmmaker Marion Wasserman

Costume Designers Randolph Duke and Connie Wind Walker

Tech Direction/Consultation from Deirdre Morris

Inter-tribal musical mosaic by DJs Ginger Dunnill and Kino Benally sampling from a huge range of community voices

musicians Ras K’Dee and AudioPharmacy, Desirae Harp, Sylvie Heiman, Tasheena Sarazin, Soni Moreno’s Izdzan Binadzoli, DJ Offerings (AKA Teao Sense), Cris Derksen with Jennifer Kreisberg and The Orchestral Powwow Project, Tanya Tagaq Gillis (thank you Jack Schuller for permissions), Pennie Opal Plant



Other MARCH and APRIL Events:


March 14-18 : Rulan serves as guest teacher, panelist and adjudicator at the American College Dance Conference in Scottsdale, thank you Angela for this invitation to work with hundreds of dance students from across the country!



Our associate dance training program,
Cuicacalli stays active with the energetic leadership of Jesus Cacoh Cortes:

January Yucatan workshop with Norberto Martinez,
February Mardi Gras performance at Balancoire in the Mission,
March 25th VIVA MARIACHI performance at Mission High School,
and upcoming “Tradicion, Movimiento y Pasion” annual concert at Brava!

Register now for CUICACALLI ESCUELA DE DANZA Summer Program of music and dance at Brava Theater in the Mission, with awesome field trips to art, culture and nature!



April 4-8 : Rulan joins esteemed international leaders as a presenter and panelist at UC Boulder’s Conference on World Affairs. She will present a solo performance highlighting the text of the Indigenous Womens Treaty, in collaboration with Kenji Williams, a composer and director for multi-media live theater, immersive fulld ome planetariums, and interactive data visualization.
She will also teach guest classes for the Dance Department.
Thank you Betsy Hand, Dorothy Tucker, and Donna Mejia for this incredible opportunity!



CATALYST INITIATIVE : Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute’s Roxanne Swentzel  and Dancing Earth’s Rulan Tangen host the first “Nurturing The Source” awards ceremony, honoring six outstanding women leaders and their mentees, at the Ojo Caliente hot springs. This project was envisioned for the CATALYST INITIATIVE, which we were awarded together to invigorate our collective landscape with art!

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Frances Madeson is heading a new performing arts newsletter in New Mexico.
Deollo Johnson is featured on page 12 of the current issue!


Rooster2015 ended strong with three amazing national and international activities..
The day called Thanksgiving by some and Thangs-taking by others was spent at the Center for Contemporary Arts, in an interactive installation of feasting with winged turkey relatives..

CirclesAt the Academy for the Love of Learning, Rulan joined creative forces with LIVING STORIES Collective, including co-visioning with Hakim Bellamy and Randle Charles, for revitalizing creative communities through inter-disciplinary arts explorations facilitated ..
in December : Rulan joined Native Wellness Institute annual conference in San Diego , here at cultural sharing night with intertribal youth, and Martin Sensmeier, wearing the regalia of mentors Charles Tailfeather, Jillene Joseph and Theda New Breast ..


Rulan was invited as artist in residence at Rancho La Puerta,
Mexico, sharing workshop, lecture and a site specific solo.

Then in Nosara, Costa Rica, Rulan led a guest class the Costa Rica Yoga Spa… As the first Artist in Residence at Casa Eclipso, she was recognized for her international Indigenous collaborations, by Eclipso  designer Randolph Duke, with gift of a whalebone necklace created by a Maori artist who had collaborated with Mr Duke in a fashion collection in New York.


A powerful new project takes root... Waawiyekidewin is the manifestation of a dream carried for almost 20 years by Indigenous contemporary dance leaders Christine Friday, Penny Couchie (co-director of Aanmitaagzi Arts), and Rulan Tangen. In the Anishnaabeg language, with support from Denise Bolduc.  This word means "We Stand Together". Initially conceived as a way to develop our solo dance skills as mature women artists, to be developed over three years as an international collaboration in our home locations of North Bay, Ottawa, Bear Island, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and other personally meaningful sites in Canada (including BC, Peterborough, and the Shining Mountains).

After extraordinary creative time together, we felt a strong sense of responsibility to model respectful collaborations and nurturance, for each other's companies as well as creating opportunities for support of other artists who create art with communities - special consideration for artist/educators whose work is being overlooked or under-supported.

We had a wonderful open house with North Bay community, turning the studio into a speakeasy, and in Ottawa co-led a workshop for 16 extraordinary teen girls of the wonderful Dandelion Dance Theater!
Stay tuned as this project develops , transforms and unites !

(Images courtesy of Aanmitaagzi’s Dances of Resistance project, and Lake Nipissing!)

IN COLORADO, Dancing Earth’s work with local communities in several locations was
highlighted in an interview with Marcus Renner for ART OF LOCALISM PROJECT,
to be presented at Durango Public Library.

Cochiti Pueblo Youth Program

We are SO VERY PROUD to complete the second year of creative movement with the youngest members of Cochiti Pueblo, at the the Keres Learning Center, a pre-school where Keres is the language spoken - a gem of the Southwest. Dancing Earth's lead teacher and Education Director, Deollo Johnson, has become a beloved guest there, giving classes in creative movement weekly. He's thrilled to have a new class of intermediate level, for gymnastics.

“The children love Deollo. He is kind, but firm and has a wonderful way of teaching a really important life and physical skill : understanding how our bodies move...
We now have two classes and works age appropriately with each...He is an awesome teacher and human being!"  – Trisha Moquino, Educational Director/Lead Teacher

- And from the elementary students -

Zac: "I like that is is fun to do cartwheels and back bends. It feels good that I’m with him."

Kawaika:  "We have learned that we do drum movement and cartwheel. I feel anxious and happy."

Lee:  "I have learned handstands and stretches to the side. Deollo is nice."

Mililani: "It is hard and fun."



We join our Cultural Artist Ambassadors Heryka, Maria, and Tohil in mourning the assassination of their friend Berta Cacares, a human rights activist and Goldman Environmental Prize recipient, for her lifelong dedication with the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras, waging a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Aqua Zarca Dam.
In Ontario, speakers called for justice,

"Berta is calling for us as a global family to WAKE UP because we are simply running out of time. Her spirit now spreads through the echoes and sounds; the ripples and currents of the River Gualcarque. The river she promised to protect and organize with the community of Rio Blanco. The river that now bares her soul."

Sigh the Petition to demand Justice at this Link.
More info at this Link.



We would like to take a moment to
thank our kind and generous 2015 Donors:

Heartfelt thanks to:

Susan Foster
Beth Anne Lacombe Wolpert

Michael Mao
Susanna Carlisle and Bruce Hamilton
Thomas Pinkson
Toby Herzlick
Donna Schenherr
Monaeka Flores


All those who purchased our
gorgeous 2016 calendars!

There are still some available for $25 plus shipping; all proceeds support Dancing Earth’s exceptional programming. Email dancingearth2012@gmail.com to order.

Additional thanks to :
Jessica and Tim Harjo at the Indigenous Arts Institute Rebecca, Michael,  Laura and Pam at Catalyst Initiative of The Center for Performance and Civic Practice,

Thank you Lupita Salazar, and Marion Wasserman for the thoughtful documentation at Ghost Ranch.

Marissa, Thomas, Aaron, Jessica at the beautiful campus of the Academy for Love of Learning Julie and Norman at New Mexico Dance Coalition Myra at Pomegranate Dance Studios, Steven Picha at Ghost Ranch, and Andi Nicola for understudying.

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