We are thrilled to announce that  the Arts & Healing Network has honored Rulan Tangen with the 2015 award dedicated to Art & Social Change. From the inspirational women leading the Arts and Healing Network:   “ We are delighted to support an artist like you who has such a tremendous vision and a powerful healing impact on the world!”  This honor was by nomination, in which a colleague cited her as “a prime voice speaking on behalf of the Earth.”

On behalf of Rulan and all who have shared movement within Dancing Earth’s circles we deeply appreciate this recognition of the need for an inspired revolution—one that begins with movement!

“I truly believe in the body as a portal for individual, social, and environmental transformation. In these challenging times, dance can envision and embody the reality we are dreaming into being …”

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Photo by Yoeme Homari


MEANWHILE, many exciting things to look forward to !


We stand in solidarity with the amazing young leader Sammy Dizon , also producing a first time event in the Bay Area ! Here is your link for tickets for this awesome Pinay led event ! On Sunday, make sure to catch Javier Stell-Fresquez’s dance performance …


Or, if you are in Portland Oregon in the first 2 weeks of June , check out THIS Native led, first time art/music /film Festival ! Yes, the PEOPLE are supporting  Indigenous artists and culture carriers to make all of these awesome events happen !







JUNE ( in Vancouver, San Francisco, Santa Fe )

JUNE 12, SNAG book release celebration, featuring improvisation – based performances by Dancing Earth associate artists Tria Wakpa Blu, Javier Stell- Fresquez and Makhapo Wakpa

June 18-22,  Rulan heads north to Vancouver, to work with the acclaimed FULL CIRCLE ENSEMBLE !

Meanwhile, Global Water Dances are BACK for third biennal this year  on June 20th!
DANCING EARTH’s artists will present GWDs in San Francisco and Santa Fe simultaneously ..

( Paulo T Photography for DANCING EARTH )


For Global Water Dances, people from over seventy communities across six continents will assemble to revere, renew, and inspire solutions for our precious resource of water.

Performances take place for 24 hours on June 20, all broadcast live online.

Dances begin in the Pacific Rim and roll westward through the time zones. Sydney, Savar (Bangladesh), Tel Aviv, Cairo, Athens, Gburma (Ghana), Warsaw, Berlin, Buenos Aires, New York, Bogota, Lima, Mexico City…just a few of the cities participating in the third biennial 2015 event.


Trey Pickett recently returned from Aotearoa ( New Zealand) as a cultural artist ambassador for DANCING EARTH – our nation’s leading Indigenous contemporary dance initiative. As a gift to Santa Fe, Trey leads DANCING EARTH’s Global Water Dance at the Fantase Festival on June 20 at 530 pm. To participate in choreography, please contact

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Anne Pesata will be in the Bay Area that week , and will offer her Global Water Dance there, location and time TBA ( stay tuned, look for her on the beaches and cliffs overlooking the Pacific !) . To join in, please contact

Please join Dancing Earth and Global Water Dances !

That week she will also sharing her acclaimed BASKETWEAVER solo at the Yerba Buena Native Arts Festival on Summer Solstice and Fathers Day, June 21 – free to public ! Here is a link to the review article in Native News by Nanette Bradley Deetz :

18th Annual Native Contemporary Arts Festival Celebrated at Yerba Buena Gardens

Here is what she wrote about Anne’s solo : ” extremely personal, yet powerful in its insistence upon the importance of memory, family and culture to indigenous identity.”

And, she will be offering workshops and performances June 19-21 including BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB ( thank you Sammy Sizon for coordinating) , collaboration with spoken word poet Tanaya Winder at the American Indian Child Resource Center at Lake Merritt, performance with Dancing Earth Daniel Arizmendi’s school DANCE ZONE at West Valley College ,  and workshop for the amazing Cuicacalli Escuela De Danza on June 22 ( Courtesy of Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Bridges Fund – THANK YOU !)

Photo : Anne at Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco


June 22- 25, Rulan joins Native Wellness Institute in Portland as dance trainer for hundreds of Native youth for their annual Athletic Leadership Academy – sign up at !

JULY 10 and 17th : RULAN offers master classes at the Dance Space in Santa Fe ! Contact for more information

Photo : Rulan at UC Riverside

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photo courtesy Santa Fe Workshops



Coming in August , Dancing Earth’s first appearance at the Planet IndigenUs Festival in Toronto !

” Toronto dancers , artists and community members ! JOIN US ! Dancing Earth is coming to Planet IndigenUs this August, for a series of performance rituals in various sites, and interwoven activities including seed/story exchanges, gathering harvest from community gardens to initiate potluck feasting, and other activations across arts and other disciplines. We will be in residence at McMichaels Gallery July 31- Aug 4 and are inviting dancers/artists/inter-generational Native community members to join morning creative sessions, with the ensuing dances or other artworks that emerge to be integrated into the McMichaels site-immersive ritual on August 6th ! Our current body of work explores water, seeds, plants and foods from inter-tribal perspectives, and we look forward to bringing our desert vision to the people of the lakes and trees, with gratitude ! If you have interest or know of someone who would be, please contact ! ”

Aug 6th will be a site-immersive, multi-sensory, trans-disciplinary, interactive performance ritual at the gardens of  McMichaels Gallery, incorporating local artists community members who have worked with us in the weeklong residency …


image by Pat Galagan for Dancing Earth…

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Aug 8th we get things rolling for at Planet IndigenUs noon with outdoor performance at the sunstage, followed by 2-330 lecture and workshop by Artistic Director Rulan Tangen at the Lakeside Terrace

Aug 9 we are proud to be presented at the DAY OF DANCE alongside prestigious choreographers including Penny Couchie ( of Aanmitaagzi) , Santee Smith ( of Kaha:wi ), Frances Ring ( of Bangarra, AU)  and Sarain Carson-Fox ! At the Flechs Theater in Toronto ..
Also, stay tuned for a B-Boy cypher at the Harbourfront , Aug 7 or 8 !

From Aug 9-25 is our fourth annual SUMMER INSTITUTE , with intensive training including land dance, cultural exchange, and creative incubation !

Images from Summer Institute 2012, 13 and 14 !

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Also in August :

August 1-2 , Dancing Earth’s Natalie Benally and Justin Giehm are featured at the second annual Survival of the First Voices Festival

Aug 10 Rulan joins extraordinary regional Southwest leaders at the Academy for the Love of Learning new initiative of  Living Stories –  a collective inquiry to identify what would make a successful statewide training in creative facilitation and social change practices. This design process  is of great importance to develop a vehicle for ongoing learning around arts and community engagement practices.

Aug 12 Rulan and Anne Pesata join elders of the Grand Canyon Trust for summer convening at Southern Ute Cultural center, offering workshop for youth, lecture, and performance of Anne’s BASKETWEAVE solo

Aug 13 Rulan joins Durango community members in a  ceremony for the Animas river, including performative actions to express morning, and renewal.

Aug 22-24 Dancing Earth  visiting artists are featured at Fashion shows at Indigenous Fine Arts Market in Railyard Park , JG Indie , and B.Yellowtail for SWAIA at Cathedral Park

Aug 26-27, Rulan and Roxanne Swentzel of Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute  fly to Chicago as cohorts of Catalyst Initiative, which will support them to work together over the next 6 months to co-design restorative movement practices rooted in permacultural knowledge

*******PEOPLE POWER Brought Seeds & Soul’s Hatchfund SUCCESS!

A big salamat and tlazocamati to the incredible Joana “Love Speaks” Cruz and Javier Stell Fresquez , whose leadership is at the heart of the SEEDS AND SOUL FESTIVAL – for all their hard work in building energy, awareness, relationships, and funds through our 2015 Crowdfunding Campaign with Hatchfund.


Read more about the Festival’s founding vision and stay tuned to the SEEDS & SOUL Facebook page for exciting updates as we assemble community advisors for an amazing socio-cultural, artistic, ecological and gastronomic curation of this incredible first time event in October!


Here’s a HUGE THANK YOU to all our donors for bringing the PEOPLE POWER.

Here are all those who gave at the “Deep Rooted” level or above:


Teao Thompson

John Deas

Jeremy  Goddard

Bissap Baobab of Oakland

Pasha Brown

Judy Helfand

Philip Miller

Lumhe Sampson

Kristopher Hohag

Matt Zemon

Jean Bruce Scott

Marion Wasserman

Andreas Smith

Joanne Prince

Elenita Strobel

Toby Herzlich

Jarrel Phillips

Karen Sheeks

Aaron Lehmer-Chang

Susanna Carlisle Hamilton

Tria Andrews

Adam Gibbons

Jinnie Lowery

Cleo Fung

Stephanie Engel

Joy Fairfield Brooke

Sachiko  Miller

Heryka Miranda

Dulini Liyanapathiranage

Melorra Green

Michael Chizhov

Chris Bauman

Susan Greene

Joe Dean

Ryno Barela

Jacqueline Shea Murphy

Elenita Strobel

Monica Mody

Alice Kostinksy

Jennifer Foerster

Elizabeth Cameron

Kathryn Mark

Kathryn Machi

Leslie Arbogast

Gordon Cameron

Kimberly  Meraz

Michelle Semet

Anne Pesata

Priscilla Purusha Anokhei

Leslie Arbogast

Luis Juárez

Elizabeth Cameron

Victoria Chang

Marta Vizueta

Carmencita Barker

Iscah Carey

Samantha “Sammay” Dizon




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