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Buffalo Dance Center - From Our Dancers
What you do for these young girls and boys goes beyond the dance studio. You are working with children and young adults at such a critical time in their life and you are providing them with important life lessons that they will carry with them throughout life. You and your instructors put on a beautiful show. As I watched many of the dances, I felt like I was seeing a work of art being created before my eyes. It was very impressive.
Christina P. - Lancaster
The recital was wonderful, so happy to have the kids going to your studio! I love how you promote good citizenship and respect, very important in life!
Susan B., Alden
Thank you for all you have done for my girls this year! They have all learned so much and it really shows. They are always excited to practice their dances for anyone that comes to our house and are excited when they master new moves.
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Thank you for another wonderful year of dance! I'm continually impressed with what you do with these girls.Thank you for letting them be little but also expecting big things from them!We are so thankful for you and your studio!
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Thanks for another awesome year! The girls made a lot of progress and your creativity and the way you challenge them shows when they dance. Thanks for everything you do for our dancers!
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Thank you so much for all you have done! This has been such an incredible experience for Lily. She has truly loved dance! Thank you for everything!
Pam P. - Lancaster
I just wanted to mention the emotion you and your instructors showed towards the kids at the recital was moving.
You can tell they are not just customers/clients. It's obvious you take your role in their lives very serious on more than just the dance floor. That is crucial and to be commended. THANK YOU for helping her grow into the amazing person she is destined to become.
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Meghan H. - West Seneca
The recital was so amazing!! We all thoroughly enjoyed it!!! Great work!! I cant wait for more in the years to come. Thanks for all you do and making dance fun and stress-free for my girl!
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We really enjoyed your show. I just want to commend you on the professionalism of your dancers and the entire performance. I was truly impressed. I will be signing my daughter up for your Creative Movement Class in the Fall.
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I just had to stop for a moment and send you a note to say I thought (as did my whole family) that the recital was absolutely beautiful and perfect in every way! I thought the girls were just terrific in every dance and I was so proud of our fairy tale dancers. Jessica is still on cloud nine! Just wanted to say thank you sincerely for all you do and the incredible job you did this year helping the girls along. I can speak for Jessica in saying I'm so thrilled with how her confidence, focus & abilities have flourished this year through dance. We definitely will be seeing you in the fall!
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Thank you so much for everything this year. I always looked forward to Thursdays because it meant I would be at dance class. I loved my routine this year. Thanks again, especially for teaching me dance terminology and so many of your techniques.
Natalie B. - Elma
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Kelly B. - Lancaster
You have made my first dance experience so enjoyable. Thanks to you, I found enjoyment in something I was once afraid of. Thank you so much for all you have done!
Grace A. - Elma
I will look forward to seeing you in the fall at your new studio and please know that I enjoyed every class taught by you this past session. You are such a talented teacher!
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Sun Dance (part 4)
North American Indian Sun Dance
The North American Indian Sun Dance inexplicably combines many separate rites, which are mainly associated with the search for supernatural powers and visions. In practice, the dance of the Sun has absorbed all the ancient beliefs and rituals, it can even be argued that it has become a kind of religion for the Indians. Also, the dance of the Sun, which is based on the rite of thanksgiving, acts as something that unites the tribes. nine0004
North American Indian Sun Dance
The sun dance was an important part of Indian spirituality, during which a large number of participants pray and dance for several days. They ask the spirits for answers to the events taking place in their lives.
The buffalo skull is used as a guardian spirit for the tribe during the Sun Dance. For example, the Cheyenne use grass to fill the eyes and nose of the skull, this symbolizes abundant vegetation for the food of the buffalo, which in turn means health and abundant food for the entire tribe. Grass gives life to animals, which in turn give life to people. The Dakota tribe, on the other hand, believes that the bones of the killed bison rise in new flesh. nine0004
North American Indian Sun Dance
During the dance, the buffalo also plays a big part in the visions. In the Crow tribe, participants in the dance must show courage and stand on a galloping buffalo. At a certain point, the Crows actually notice that they are seeing through the eyes of the buffalo, that they become one with the buffalo. The buffalo is sacred to the North American Indians and is treated with respect and reverence. Without the buffalo, the Indians would simply die out, they believe that the buffalo sacrifice themselves by giving themselves for food, so the natural move would be to offer part of themselves in exchange out of gratitude. Thus, the sacrifices of the dancers in the form of fasting, self-torture and refusal of water for several days reflect the desire to return what originally belongs to nature. nine0004
North American Indian Sun Dance
Self-torture during the dance also symbolizes rebirth. Torture represents death, but the person is symbolically resurrected. The sun dancer is reborn, mentally, spiritually and physically.
In an attempt to curb this practice, the United States government banned the Sun Dance in 1904. But among a number of tribes, these ceremonial dances continue to this day.
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North American Indian Sun Dance
The Sun Dance is the most important religious rite of the North American Plains Indians. In the case of nomadic peoples, it was the main occasion for the tribes to gather to exchange their basic ideas about the universe and the supernatural through various rituals, both private and public. Traditionally, the Sun Dance was performed by each tribe once a year in late spring or early summer, when large herds of buffalo, which were the main source of food for the Indians, gathered on the prairies after winter. nine0004
The origin of the Sun Dance remains unclear, most tribes claim that this tradition has always existed. By the end of the 19th century, the dance had spread (with minor local differences) among most tribes, from the northern Saltox tribes in Saskatchewan, Canada, all the way south to the Kiowa tribes in Texas, USA. At the same time, it was distributed both among settled farmers and among nomadic hunters.
The sun dance ceremony is practiced differently among different North American Indian tribes, but many of these ceremonies share common features, including dancing, singing and drumming, visions of spirits, fasting, and, in some cases, self-torture. This ritual dance, which is the most spectacular and important religious ceremony of the Plains Indians 19th century in North America, lasts four to eight days. Initially, several days of preparation for the dance are held, then on the last day of preparation, after sunset, the dance itself begins. It also ended at sunset. With the help of this dance, the continuity between life and death and further rebirth were shown. It shows that there is no end to life, but there is a cycle of rebirths. All nature is intertwined and everything in it depends on each other. This gives equal grounds to all life on Earth.
The major Indian tribes that practiced the sun dance are: the Arapaho, Arikara, Asbinboyne, Cayenne, Crow, Gross, Ventre, Hiduza, Sioux, Plains Ojibwai, Sarasi, Omaha, Ponca, Ute, Shoshone, Kiowa, and Blackfoot tribes. Their rituals varied from tribe to tribe. nine0004
For many of the Plains Indian tribes who flourished a buffalo hunting culture during the 18th and 19th centuries, the sun dance was a major religious ceremony, celebrating the spiritual rebirth of the dancers and their relatives and the renewal of life on earth. This dance is still practiced by many of today's Native Americans.
In the culture of the Indians of the plains of North America there is the most important mystical dance ritual, which is often equated even with religion. The Sun Dance serves several purposes, one of which is to pay for all the prayers offered to the gods or ancestral spirits during the year. Also, it is during the Dance of the Sun that a group of warriors is dedicated, which shows all members of the tribe how to be brave during the war, how to stoically endure injuries in battle, how not to show anger and irritation to the enemy, and at the same time provoke him, how to treat even the enemy Sincerely. nine0004
The dancing ceremony is conducted by the chief shaman of the tribe, who actually wears himself during the entire preparation (which lasts at least a week), like a madman, and leads the participants in the creation of the ceremonial wigwam. He also gives instructions to other tribes who will collect items needed for construction. The ceremony begins with the tallest men in the tribe climbing out to find a tree with a fork at the top.
It is used as a central support pole. When a suitable tree is found, a special qualified specialist cuts it down, and the fallen tree is treated in the same way as is customary among the Indians with a defeated enemy. Then, depending on the tribe, various sets of decorations were installed at the fork. For example, in the Sioux tribe, a bundle was installed, which contained a buffalo tail tassel, long straws with tobacco inside, and other objects of religious significance. nine0004
The oldest woman of the tribe leads a group of elegantly dressed girls to a tree to peel off the bark and make a pole. The next morning, as soon as the sun appears on the horizon, warriors armed with bows attack the tree in a symbolic attempt to kill it. After the tree is "killed", it is delivered to where the dance platform will be erected. Before the central pole is hoisted, the head and tail of the buffalo are attached to it. After that, the pole is raised and fixed on the ground, while the head of the buffalo should look at the sunset. The tree symbolizes the center of the world, as it were, it connects the sky with the earth. nine0004
The Indians of North America developed very unusual religious beliefs. Mixed together Christianity, Mescalism, the religion of the Sun Dance - all these currents can be found today among the Indians, the traditional diversity of thinking about the religion of which allowed them to make one whole out of various religious forms. The Sun Dance is performed to this day, despite the fact that its form has changed quite a lot. Around the 1890s, its once military aggressive focus changed to an emphasis on healing people. In fact, the ritual turned into a ceremony of thanksgiving to the gods and spirits of the ancestors, as well as a healing ceremony. nine0004
After the tree for the main pole was cut down (with all the ceremonies), they began to build a platform for the actual dance. It is worth noting that the fork at the top of the pole symbolized an eagle's nest. The eagle plays a large role in the Sun Dance for this bird is one of the most sacred animals of the Plains Indians. The eagle flies high, being a being much closer to the heavens than a man, therefore it provides a link between man and spirits.
In addition to this, the eagle also symbolizes many human traits. We see what values and character traits are valued by the Indians in a person in this sacred animal. The eagle is seen as a bold, fast, strong and proud creature. He sees very far and knows everything. "The eagle contains all the Wisdom of the world." nine0004
During the Dance of the Sun, the eagle is a mediator that provides a link between a person and a spirit. During the ceremony, the dancers often have visions of an eagle and its companion, the raven. At the same time, the eagle in visions gives the opportunity to heal the suffering, giving its ability to heal diseases. During the Dance of the Sun, the medicine man can use the eagle feather for healing, touching the pole and the patient in turn with the feather, thus transferring energy from the pole to the sick people.
The main thing in the Sun Dance is the buffalo. According to the legends of the Shoshone, it was the spirit of the buffalo that taught the Indians how to properly conduct the dance and why it should be done. Songs, dances and celebrations dedicated to the buffalo usually accompany the Sun Dance. The symbolic influence of the buffalo was seen in the daily life of the Plains Indians. This animal symbolized life, because the plains Indians needed buffaloes for food, clothing, housing, and even for most household items - from dishes to children's toys. The life of these peoples was closely intertwined with the buffaloes.