DANCING EARTH Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations
promotes biocultural diversity through Indigenous dance and related arts,
for the education and wellness of all peoples.

... current touring production ...
     A unique force in world dance, Dancing Earth gathers Native collaborators who embody intertribal ecological philosophies to re-envision contemporary dance and assert its role in our society as purposeful ritual. As indigenous dancers, composers, costumers, filmmakers, and poets, we honor dance’s essential function in personal, social, and environmental transformation. We dance the rich diversity of our contemporary heritage with the intent to promote ecological awareness, cultural diversity, healing and understanding between peoples. Our aesthetic embodies earth’s inherent spirit, and is created by, with, and for the land and the peoples of the land.
       Director Rulan Tangen was selected as the only artist among top ten finalists across all disciplines for Nathan Cummings Fellowship for Social Change. She was also honored with the first Dance Fellowship for Artistic Innovation by Native Arts and Cultures Foundation; A Blade Of Grass Fellowship ; Arts for Social Change Award from Arts and Healing Network; Costo Medal for Education, Research and Community Service; and ”25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine.
       Her founding vision for DE is to serve an unmet need in the USA, giving hope and opportunity to Native talent who’re outside of professional performance due to lack of access and resources. In turn, Native artists’ contributions and rigorous cultural engagement challenge notions of what comprises dance training, the role of audience, and boundaries between performance and collaborative community art-making. DE’s circle reaches beyond Native communities who may have never seen theatrical dance, into festival and opera house audiences who may have never met a Native person. Recognizing DE’s reach, New Zealand’s US Ambassador awarded each dancer a medallion for cultural representation.
       DE’s relevance is evidenced by extensive national/international touring invitations, eliciting reviews such as: “embodies the implicit and unique urgency that beats at the very heart of dance....here we are shown wonder upon wonder - organisms emerge from dying stars, sky beings take shape in color, texture, and metamorphosing forms.” A. Hassett, THE magazine; "a thoroughly contemporary work with performers...whose athleticism and multifarious talents and training acknowledge the air as much as the ground under their feet." SF Bay Guardian; and “Something so special, it’s indescribable.” Blackfoot Chief James St Goddard.


Meow Wolf is an arts collective based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico established in 2008. The group is composed of more than 100 artists across several disciplines including: painting, architecture, sculpture, video production, audio engineering, writing and many more.

Thank you to the Zellerbach Family Foundation for their support of "We Stand Together." The Mission of the Zellerbach Family Foundation is to be a catalyst for constructive social change by initiating and investing in efforts that strengthen families & communities.

Thank you to Honor the Earth for their support of “The Re-Story-Ing” ongoing project. The mission of Honor the Earth is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues & to develop needed financial & political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard.

Thank you to the New England Foundation For The Arts, & their support of Dancing Earth through the National Dance Project award. NEFA’s mission is to build connections among artists, arts organizations, & funders, powering the arts to energize communities in New England, the nation, & the world. The National Dance Project supports the creation and touring of new dance works & connects artists, cultural organizations & audiences across the nation.

Rulan Tangen is honored to be a recipient of A Blade Of Grass 2016 Socially Engaged Art Fellowship. ABOG provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence & serve as innovative conduits for social change. They evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue. The Fellowship supports individual artists and collectives who are working in leadership roles and in partnership with communities, in ways that are relevant in everyday life, at ambitious scale, to enact social change. Rulan & Dancing Earth are sincerely thank A Blade Of Grass for this support!

Thank you to the The Marshall L. & Perrine D. McCune Charitable Foundation for their support! The McCune Foundation is dedicated to enriching the health, education, environment, cultural, & spiritual life of New Mexicans. The Foundation memorializes its benefactors through proactive grant making that seeks to foster positive social change.

Hundreds of individuals have participated in Invoking The Pause. They come from a broad range of fields with expertise in arts, science, communication, media, education, energy, agriculture, theatre, permaculture, impacts, resilience, social justice, policy, systems thinking, conservation, social enterprise, technology, water and more. As a result of their involvement, networks have expanded, partnerships formed, and new climate challenge strategies have been put in place.

Thank you to the California Arts Council whose mission is to advance California through the arts and creativity.The Local Impact program fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations reaching undeserved communities.

Thank you to the San Francisco Arts Commission, the City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts community, enlivening the urban environment and shaping innovative cultural policy.


The N7 Fund is committed to inspiring and enabling participation in sport for Native American and Aboriginal populations in North America. N7 is inspired by Native American wisdom of the Seven Generations: In every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the seventh generation.


The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that exploration drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry.



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Dancing Earth2 days ago

The gift that keeps on giving! Support Indigenous dance by making a donation to Dancing Earth. Your contributions directly support our 2018 dream seeds, created for the health and wellness of all our relations and this beautiful planet that we call call home 💙


With your support, Dancing Earth
can birth our dream seeds, including:

- 2018 annual Summer Institute for international
Indigenous artist-leaders

- Performances of GROUNDWORKS, embodying Native aesthetic values around the indivisibility of the ceremonial and the artistic, as well as a disruption of settler-colonialist notions of discrete genres--- co-created with California First Nations artists, culture carriers, and community members!

-Creation of a major dance documentary about Dancing Earth by award winning Diné filmmaker Blackhorse Lowe (see video below!)

- Support for development of our next major dancework rooted in Indigenous wisdom of renewable energy and sustainability!!!




Rulan Tangen Blackhorse Lowe Anne Pesata Deollo Johnson
Teri Storrs Teahonna James Natalie Benally Trey Pickett Lupita Salazar James Luna Justin Giehm Christina Leyva Sammay Dizon Tria Blu Wakpa Lydia Neff Jade Whaanga Eva Lopez María Regina Firmino-Castillo Zoe Klein Sam Mitchell Jordin Dudas Esmé Olivia
Olivia Camfield https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mn2B_U9jgY&t=34s

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Dancing Earth's LA RENAISSANCE INDIGENE" , as commissioned by curator Joe Baker for the Heard Museum, featuring Kalani Quepo, Jessica Marisol Allen, Alejandr...
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Dancing Earth shared Honor the Earth's post.5 days ago

Dancing Earth dances our prayers in support of sacred lands of the Southwest , including sites and homelands of our Dine , Abaachi , Havasupai artists and cultural advisors ...

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Dancing Earth shared Honor the Earth's post.5 days ago

and for some good news ... Thank you Cherokee Nation !

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In praise of women and truth,
thank you Alabama
on this day of Feast of Guadaulpe

images from La Mision,
streets of San Francisco
In motion : Ciera Budge Esmé Olivia Iam Artson Rulan Tangen Fernando Miguel Kenneth Ray Ramos Olivia Camfield
photographer David K

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A tree of life springs from cracks in pavement

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with Fernando Miguel Iam Artson Esmé Olivia Ciera Budge, image by David Michael Karabelnikoff on the streets of San Francisco ...

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Dancing Earth6 days ago

#transformationtuesday 💙🌠💙🌠

#repost @iamartson "Innertwined. @dancing.earth photo by @alaskan_warrior @David Michael Karabelkinoff

Art by @chorboogie "


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