Published on December 1, 2013 by Amy
Dallas Arcand is a high energy Aboriginal Entertainer from the Alexander (Kipohtakaw) Cree Nation, located near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is best known as a champion hoop dancer as well as a motivational speaker and musician.
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In the 2008 Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards, Arcand’s CD “Picking Sweetgrass” won for Best Flute CD and Best Instrumental CD as well as receiving the Best flute CD from the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in Toronto. He was also the Aboriginal Role Model of Alberta 2008 – Performing Arts.
In the 2007 Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards, Kray‹Z›Kree’s “REZalationzzz…” album was chosen for Best Producer/Engineer.
Dallas took the cedar flute into a very modern dance beat groove in 2010 with the release of “Modern Day Warrior”. He released a more traditional cedar flute CD this year, 2012, with “Sacred Sweetgrass”.
All four CDs are available from iTunes.
Dallas facilitates workshops for aboriginal people of all ages, speaking on topics that range from self-awareness to personal motivation. Dallas has worked with young artists on creative writing and personal recording music and dance.
Dallas was a first round contestant for Canada’s Got Talent 2012 and his performance was replayed on You Tube over 120,000 times in the first week alone.
Dallas shot his first movie this year in Toronto playing the lead role of Tecumseh in the “War if 1812″. The film is to be released at the end of the year.
World Champion Hoop Dancer 2012 World Champion Hoop Dancer 2007 World Champion Hoop Dancer 2006 Performances: 2010 Calgary Tourism Cancun, Mexico 2008 Juno’s Calgary, featured performer 2009 Edmonton Tourism Universiade in Harbin, China 2009 Olympic Torch, Parliament Hill with Tom Cochrane 2009 World Skills, Calgary 2009 Red Deer with Shane Yellowbird, Don Burnstick 2009 Peachfest with Jessie Farrell 2008 Olympic Spirit Train with Colin James 2008 River Cree with Redbone 2008 National Aboriginal Day, Ottawa with Derek Miller
Dallas’ Aboriginal name is “Dancing Buffalo Man’ (Nimihto Paskwa Mostôs Napew). Aboriginal names are chosen at birth, and for many years he had no idea that dancing would become a major influence in his life and now he delights in sharing his culture through this athletic and creative art form.
Dallas graduated in 2005 from Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta, with a General Studies Diploma majoring in Behavioural Sciences