Dallas Arcand: World Champion Hoop Dancer

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.

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 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' 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.

Performance Highlights


World Champion Hoop Dancer 2012, Heard Museum, Pheonix, Arizona, USA.
World Champion Hoop Dancer 2007, Heard Museum, Pheonix, Arizona, USA.
World Champion Hoop Dancer 2006, Heard Museum, Pheonix, Arizona, USA.

    Choreography & 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
2008 Calgary's Urban Art Festival with Kardinal Offishall
2008 Aboriginal Achievement Awards
2008 Manito Ahbee Festival, Winnipeg with Crystal Shawanda
Calgary Stampede Grandstand featured performer 2005-2009
Calgary Stampede Rodeo featured performer 2000, 2005-2010
Edmonton Capital X, 2006-2009
2007 Gold Medal Plates Fundraisers - 10 cities
2007 Spruce Meadows, Calgary
Dakota House and Going Miles
Say Magazine, Winnipeg - spokesperson/writer
St Albert International Children's Festival
Okanagan International Children’s Festival

    Media & Video:

2008 Aboriginality, DVD & Vignette with National Film Board of Canada, Hip-Hop & Traditional Dance Choreographer, Creator, and Performer
2006 Kanata, DVD feature for APTN in association with Telefilm Canada, Performer & Dance Choreographer – Hoop Dance & Fancy Dance
2008 Cowboy Country, Season 4, Episode #407 – Featured Act, Performer – Music & Dance
2009 The Mix, Show #29, Featured performance, Artistic Director & Performer – Hoop Dance & Music
2007 Legacy Magazine, Cover Story by Bill Rankin., Storyteller & Performer


"Everything in our culture comes in fours; that's why I have a representation of the four directions on my outfit. The four medicine wheel is also made up of the four directions – emotional, physical, mental and spiritual self. When we have all these elements in yourself and they're all equally balanced, we're centred, grounded."