Denise Lonewalker



Actor, Choreographer, Dancer


Denise Lonewalker is a Hopi, Apache and Mi'kmaq dancer, choreographer, actor, and educator. Her Mi'kmaq name Nishka-Na-Wee-Wia translates to 'the spirit that dances.' Denise was the first Indigenous woman to graduate with honours from the National Ballet School. She has performed with the National Ballet Company, the New York City Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, the Paula Ross Dance Company, Kokoro Dance, and Karen Jamieson Dance Company. She has choreographed several solo works, and has choreographed and acted in a number of plays, including Age of Iron, Fireweed, and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapaskasing. In 2001, she founded her own dance company, the Still, In Motion Dance Society as a means of strengthening and sharing her art and heritage in the Indigenous community, and to develop new forms of storytelling drawing on the traditions of contemporary dance and Indigenous storytelling. She premiered her work Dreamscape in Vancouver as the her company's first production.

Adapted from Windspeaker, 2001

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