Red Cliff, WI (NNCNOW.com) – A Native American dance troupe from Red Cliff, Wis., has been asked to perform a traditional hoop dance during halftime of the Green Bay Packers game on Sunday.
Ramona Marozas tells about the message the dancers hope to send through their performance. Native Expressions Drum and Dance Troupe has been practicing every day for hours to be ready.
“I’m very excited, I couldn’t believe it. I’m actually performing in Lambeau field. It makes me feel like I’m the specialist girl in the world.”
The dance group is made up of people ranging in age from five to 40. Oneida Nation Tourism set up the performance and says the Packers usually do not have kids perform at halftime, but it is a special honor to get the Native Expressions group.
“The message will be there is beauty in all styles of dance, including Native American hoop dance.”
The troupe focuses on bringing cultural activities to people through dance, but this performance will not be a completely traditional dance.
They are taking a traditional tribal song and mixing it with Macklemore’s contemporary “Can’t Hold Us” song.
For many of the performers the dancing is more than just about preserving culture, it is healing.
“On two occasions we did a healing dance for two children in the community – young children – and both children made it out of the hospital. We do believe that some of that has to do with the healing power of the spiritual dance.”
Native Expressions also performed six months ago in Washington, D.C., at a Substance Abuse and Mental Health convention and at the Native American Smithsonian.
During halftime Native Expressions dancers will be joined by Oneida Nation dancers. Native Expressions dancers will perform in the center and Oneida Nation dancers will surround them.
The Greenbay Packers play against the Cleveland Browns and the game starts at three thirty Sunday evening.