Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble brings Lakota tradition to Wisconsin Lutheran College

October 5, 2006

MILWAUKEE - Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble will offer Native American music and dance in the Lakota tradition for the first Horizons Series event of the season on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m. The program features hoop dancing - a complex dance involving 28 hoops that create images of the seasons, the moon and sun, flowers, butterflies, and the way of life.

Born Lakota and Anishinabe, Kevin Locke is the pre-eminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, as well as an inspiring hoop dancer, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador and educator. Touring individually for more than two decades, Locke has performed and lectured in more than 70 countries world-wide, sharing his high vision of balance, joy and diversity. Locke and his ensemble, which includes dancers Doug Foote and Thirza Defoe and singer and dancer Edmond Tate Nevaquaya, have been touring together for the past five years.

The Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble performance is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board. The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $23 general, $21 seniors and $8 students. To purchase tickets, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit

Since 1996, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Center for Arts and Performance has been providing a comprehensive program of performing and visual arts and educational and community events for students and the people of southeastern Wisconsin.