Dakota Dance troupe marks heritage with light, sound and smoke

In recognition of Native American Heritage month, declared last year by President Clinton, the Dakota Dance Troupe will perform at the St. Paul Student Theater tonight from 7 to 8 p.m.
The troupe, formed in 1991, is known nationwide and has performed throughout the world.
“They are the best of the best in the Native American Indian community nationwide,” said Andrew Warrington, a representative of the American Indian Student Cultural Center.
The event will last about one hour and includes a light show display concurrent with the theatrical dance performance.
“They’re going to be using different lighting and make it as emotional as possible,” Warrington said.
The Dance Troupe will perform both traditional and contemporary dances wearing colorful, extravagant outfits.
The event is co-sponsored by the American Indian Student Cultural Center, the Shakopee Mdewakanton and Sioux Community, the American Indian Studies department and Housing and Residential Life.
Warrington said he expects about 300 people to attend the event which he hopes will create awareness of Native American culture in the campus community.
“This is going to be an experience that you’ll remember probably until you’re old,” Warrington said. “Events like this are much more than culture; it’s a collaboration between the old traditions … and the whole idea of presenting with lights and sound and smoke.”
The event is open to the public. Tickets are free and may be reserved in advance by calling the American Indian Student Cultural Center at 624-0243.
— Monica LaBelle