Native Movements

Dance Thursday, October 11

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American Indian Dance Theatre was established two decades ago by renowned Native American playwright/director Hanay Geiogamah, and the late Barbara Schwei, a New York-based concert and theatrical producer. The duo envisioned a professional company that showcased the best singers, dancers and musicians from a cross-section of Native American tribes and cultures, all united by a shared goal of bringing authentic, traditional dances to a theatrical setting without sacrificing the basic integrity and meaning of the dances. In 1987, their dream became a reality and at present, AIDT stands as the country's leading Native American dance company, both for its longevity and for its colorful, energetic performances. The company's traveling powwow lands at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center tonight. Expect social and ceremonial dance pieces by performers clad in bright, beaded, fringe-and-feather-heavy costumes. Thurs., Oct. 11, 8 p.m., Ferguson Hall, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, downtown Tampa, $15.50-$35.50, 813-229-7827, tbpac.org.

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