The world-renowned Duncan Family will present a dynamic mix of Native American music, storytelling, and dance during their performance of “Dances of a Painted Warrior.” The performance will incorporate both traditional and innovative movement into choreographed theatrical pieces and as the story unfolds you will follow the traditional role of the warrior. With a wide range of music, dances, and stories, “Dances of a Painted Warrior” contains elements that will excite and inspire. From the most requested dance, the hoop dance, combined with compelling modern dance, watch as the Duncan Family brings traditional stories of the warrior to life.
Tony Duncan (San Carlos Apache and Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) has performed for audiences worldwide including performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Museum of the American Indian, The Billboard Music Awards, The Tonight Show, and the White House. Tony has great achievements in both music and dance. As a flute player, he is currently signed to the largest and oldest Native American music label Canyon Records. As a hoop dancer Tony is among the best in the world, winning the title of “World Champion Hoop Dancer,” an impressive five times.
Violet Duncan is Plains Cree and Taino from Kehewin Cree Nation. Touring nationally and internationally since 1991, she has performed for audiences across the world through work as a Native dancer, hoop dancer, choreographer, storyteller, and author. Violet is a former “Miss Indian World,” representing Indigenous Peoples of North America. Much of her work is centered on strengthening and empowering Indigenous Youth. After becoming a mother of four and seeing the need for Native representation in literature, she authored three award-winning children’s books, I am Native, When We Dance, and Let’s Hoop Dance! She has recently joined the family of Penguin Random House with two new children’s books coming out in 2023-2024.