Saturday Sep 23, 2017
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Award-winning and internationally renowned Southern Slam Dance Group from Albuquerque's nearby Zia Pueblo.
An Evening of Native American Dance: with Southern Slam Dance Group
On Saturday evening, September 23rd, 2017 at 7pm, The KiMo Theatre in Downtown Albuquerque will present the award-winning and internationally renowned Southern Slam Dance Group from Albuquerque's nearby Zia Pueblo. Southern Slam was honored as the only New Mexico drum group invited to help host the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque in April 2017. Southern Slam was a top-contender and prizewinner in the Pow Wow's Southern Singing Challenge this year.
Flutist, lead singer, and founder of the group, Steven Toya Sr., will lead a select group of over a dozen drummers, singers, and dancers from his extended Pueblo family during a two-part 90minute program designed for families and audiences of all ages. Admission to this Signature Event in the KiMo's 90th Anniversary Celebrations will be FREE to the public. Doors will open at 6:30pm.
The performers themselves will range in age from two-year-old Loloma Toya to the 84-year-old tribal elder, Ada Toya. Photo opportunities with the performers in full dance costumes will be offered in the theatre's lobby immediately after the performance.
Traditional and contemporary Native American dances will include the Rainbow Dance, featuring Todd Toya, aged 27, and Jowanna Toya, aged 15; and the Eagle Dance, featuring Steven Toya, Jr., aged 28, and Kyle Toya, aged 17. Other performances will be the Women's Buckskin and Southern Cloth Dance and the Fancy Shawl Dance and Girl's jingle Dress Dance.
A special feature of the evening's program will be ceremonial drumming and blessings songs recognizing and honoring the KiMo Theatre's entertainment history since 1927 and its current status as a City, State, and national landmark. The KiMo Theatre is one of the few remaining theatres in the American Southwest built and now carefully restored in the Pueblo-Deco style that celebrates American Indian symbols and design motifs.
Ceremonial blessing songs and prayers were a significant feature of the grand opening festivities at the KiMo Theatre on September 19th, 1927. Southern Slam will drum and recite sacred prayers at their KiMo performance asking for the continued preservation and programming success of one of New Mexico's most distinguished landmark theatres.