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    I'm fairly new to the pow wow circuit attending only pow wows in the South. I've read and seen a few pictures of switch dancing from other pow wows but have not been to any that feature this dance. I'm just curious to know if there are any ladies out there that do this and how they enjoy it? Also in your opinion what pow wows have the best switch dancing. Thanks for your time and response.
    to deny one's own experiences is to put a lie on the lips of the soul.

  • #2
    I've done and I think it's a lot of fun. I switched with my husband and he's a straight dancer. Had a few straight dancers tell me that I did alright. The Meherrin powwow usually does one every year. They hold a blanket out and there is money put in there. The winner of the "women's" and "men split the money. Maybe one day we will actually hold this as a special for a sizable amount of money. Last year there were people who came back the next day just for the switch dancing. It's kind of hilarious especially to see bid ole burley men in dresses. The Meherrin's powwow is the last weekend in October in Ahoskie, NC. I should be posying more info about it on the calendar within a few days. Come check us out!


    • #3

      I've tried it once at the Manitoba Chiefs Powwow in Winnipeg - just to say I did it.

      I danced real hard and had a great outfit. But,

      I won a consolation only because . . .

      there were some other competitors who were getting into it way tooooooo much (Closet cross dressers . . . Maybe?)
      Last edited by WhoMe; 08-28-2003, 01:56 PM.
      Powwows will continue to evolve in many directions. It is inevitable.


      • #4
        Love it

        i love it so much I may never witch back.
        its fun and it has a whole diffrent feeling then dancing fancy shawl. I am sure at is what the boys say about dancing are way to. Is it boys?
        Friends dont let friends take home ugly Men. :huddle:



        • #5
          Boy if I ever get a scanner I might just have to let folks get a good look at you WhoMe, cause I got pictures from that switch dance hiding around the house here.

          :devil who who ha ha haaaaaa <---- my evil laugh

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          My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.


          • #6
            Hey Lapis Queen speaking of Meherrin Pow-Wow that was a good switch dance last year. Didn't Ray win last year he was so funny one year doing ladies traditional. I'll be there like always:)


            • #7
              Yes Ray won. He was hilarious. Don't think I've ever met another "women's traditional dancer" quite the same! I thought it was lot of fun. Good to have you back this year. Can't wait to see everyone. Hope it another success and bigger and better than last year. We have Stoney Creek as Host drum this year and I was able to increase the drum competition money. So we'll see. Depends on how my funds run, I might hold a switch dance special. We'll see. Come on over, down, up everyone. I'm posting the Meherrin powwow on the calendar today. Pencil us in. It's always a great powwow. Has that home feeling (of course I could be Biased :D ), but I have heard others say the same thing!


              • #8
                i like wearing them shawls over my shoulder lol.
                everything needs a bit more taste that's were Spicy comes in


                • #9
                  lapis queen/meherrin powow

                  Lapis Queen;

                  Do you know yet whether or not they (you) will be featuring a switch dance at this years pow wow? Please keep me posted I am very interested in knowing for a number of reasons. Also I tried e-mailing you through the board but was unseccessful. Please e-mail me there are some things I would like to ask you?
                  to deny one's own experiences is to put a lie on the lips of the soul.


                  • #10
                    I don't dance, but enjoy watching, switch dancing is fun to watch. some people are serious & some are just goofing off. :D
                    don't you be wastin' all your money
                    on syrup and honey because i'm sweet enough

                    Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile.


                    • #11
                      If PB49 needs a scanner, i'll volunteer mine. We could all use a good laugh. never know, Whome, might make it his new avatar.


                      • #12
                        :D I will be the MC for the Meherrin Powwow and I am definitely going to throw in a switch dance or two or three or four or whatever.:)

                        I might even be persuaded to throw on a dress. I did it when I pledged my fraternity but don't tell anyone.:Angel:

                        I just say let's have fun.:blow:
                        Through the good times and bad times, always pray.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 49singer
                          never know, Whome, might make it his new avatar.

                          I don't think soooooooooooooooooooooo*
                          Powwows will continue to evolve in many directions. It is inevitable.


                          • #14
                            i love switch dancing....

                            the key is to have fun, wink at the judges, show some leg and ummmm...........

                            goose the judges with ur dance stick!!

                            i still can't look at clark pepper with out laughing. Sorry Clark, I guess i got too into it that year!
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                            • #15
                              I have switch danced once....straight was fun!lol


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