Red Crooked Sky is a Virginia-Based American Indian Dance Troupe. Our mission is to connect cultures, educate, and inspire through traditional and contemporary dance.
Red Crooked Sky is composed of members from a variety of tribal affiliations throughout the United States and Canada. Our members are Cherokee, Chickahominy, Comanche, Lakota, Menominee, Monacan, Nansemond, Osage, and Saponi. In addition to tribal diversity, our dancers exhibit an assortment of dance styles including Men’s and Women’s Traditional, Men’s Straight (Southern and Eastern Woodland), Fancy Shawl, Grass, and Jingle. We also perform social (interactive) dances such as the Round, Snake, and Two-Step.
A point of pride for Red Crooked Sky is our multigenerational dance troupe. Our young dancers live in a world that often looks quite different from that of their ancestors but dance is a timeless tradition that connects us to our people, past and present, and reminds us who we are.
Dancing the Sky
You dance the grasses as grass shifts,
becoming the darkness,
and you dance the red fire,
a lone warrior backlit in flame—
you are the air through which
the sky’s brilliant monarchs dart,
and you the river, banks dressed
in snow, the slow grace of water
which flows, and flows on,
and yet remains the same.
Each of you dancing your path
of stars upward—this is where
the body gathers around its own
heartbeat, its rhythms aligned
with creation, which does not
fade or falter but stays, and those
whose hearts dance themselves
become the sound that goes on.