Thunderbird American Indian Dancers holding Music Workshop at AICH

The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers are holding our annual spring Music Workshop on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 7 to 9 PM.
The workshop is being held at American Indian Community House, 39 Eldridge Street, 4th floor, Manhattan (just north of Canal Street).  Please note the change in location from last year.
The Workshop will include lessons in several Native American songs and practice on musical instruments, for all who want to participate.   This is a unique educational opportunity for people of all ages (including children) and backgrounds (both Native and non-Native) to learn about Native American music and dance. 
There will also be tables set up with American Indian jewelry and other handmade items, available for purchase at very reasonable prices.
All are welcome to attend.  Admission is free.  


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Thunderbirds at Theater for the New City 2020

Theater for the New City presents:

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers’ in Concert!

Fri & Sat 8PM, Sat & Sun 3PM

Crystal Field, Executive Director, Presents:


All proceeds benefit Native American scholarship fund.

NEW YORK, October 22 — Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, will present its 44th annual Thunderbird American Dancers Dance Concert and Pow Wow from January 25 to February 3, 2019. There will be dances, stories and traditional music from Native Peoples of the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains regions. The event has become a treasured New York tradition for celebrating our diversity by honoring the culture of our first Americans.

A Pow-Wow is more than just a spectator event: it is a joyous reunion for native peoples nationwide and an opportunity for the non-Indian community to voyage into the philosophy and beauty of Native culture. Traditionally a gathering and sharing of events, Pow-Wows have come to include spectacular dance competitions, exhibitions, and enjoyment of traditional foods.

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers’ Dance Concert and Pow-Wow, presented by Theater for the New City January 31 to February 9, 2014. Photo by Lee Wexler/Images for Innovation.

Highlights will include storytelling by Matoaka Eagle (Santo Domingo Pueblo/ Chickahominy), Special tribute to veterans featuring Alan Shooting Star Brown and Michael Taylor, Hoop Dances by Michael Taylor – Dancing Wolf (Choctaw/French) Matt Cross (Kiowa) and Marie Ponce (Lucayan Taino/Cherokee), a Deer Dance (from the Yaqui Tribes of Southern Arizona) with Ciaran Tufford (Mayan) and Carlos Ponce (Mayan), and various ensemble dances: a Grass Dance and Jingle…more  and get tickets

Discounts available for Matinees  $1 for kids for matinees

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Thunderbird Holiday Party Dec 21th

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The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers are holding our annual Holiday Party on Saturday, December 21, 2019, from 7 PM until about 9 PM, at The American Indian Community House, 39 Eldridge Street (4th floor), in Manhattan (just north of Canal Street).   Please note the change in location and time from last year.
This is a potluck dinner – so please bring a dish to share. 
In addition to the dinner, there will be music, dance, games and, of course, socializing.   A selection of Native American jewelry and craft items will also be on sale.
Everyone is welcome to attend.  Admission is free.  (Donations are appreciated, but no one is turned away).

Mark your calendars for Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in Concert at Theater for the New City Fridays Through Sundays January 25-27 & February 1-3. Matinees are discounted ($1 for kids).

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Louis Mofsie’s Bessie Award to air on PBS

The Bessie Awards, at which Louis Mofsie received an award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance on October 14, will be broadcast on PBS All-Arts channel on Sunday, November 17.
For those who can get channel 21.4 in Long Island, the show will be broadcast, and rebroadcast, at 9 PM, 11 PM and 2 AM (11/18).  It may also be available from the All-Arts website at  Once it’s been broadcast, if I can find an internet version, I will send out the exact web address.

Thunderbird Native American Auction at AICH

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November 16, 2019
8 – 10 PM

Native American Auction
Auction 8– 10 PM
at The American Indian Community House
39 Eldridge St, 4th floor, New York City
Native American jewelry, pottery, regalia, collectibles, etc, at great prices.

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Thunderbird Auction Nov 2019

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Joan Myers Brown PHOTO by Deborah Boardman

Louis Mofsie – Hopi/Winnebago. Photo by Jonathan Slaff










For Immediate Release 


New York, NY, August 13, 2019 – The NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies, New York City’s premier dance awards honoring outstanding creative work in the field, announced today the recipients of two special awards. The 2019 Bessie Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance will go to Joan Myers Brown, Founder and Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO), in recognition of decades of choreographic influence on and support of the work of black American dance artists. The 2019 Bessie Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance will be presented to Louis Mofsie, Director of Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, whose work has kept Native American dance forms alive for generations of young people. 

“We are thrilled to honor Joan and Louis, two legends in our field,” said Lucy Sexton, Executive Director, NY Dance and Performance Awards. “Their work has inspired dancers and educated audiences in ways that have enriched and strengthened dance in our country and we look forward to celebrating their accomplishments.” 

The two awards will be presented at the 35th annual Bessie Awards ceremony on Monday, October 14, at 7:30pm, at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012). Tickets for the event are available online at

Joan Myers Brown is an artist, a visionary, and an entrepreneur, listed in Who’s Who in America as a powerhouse “Philadelphia Leader.” She is the executive artistic director of the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO), which she founded in 1970, and the Philadelphia School of Dance Arts, which she created in 1960. She also serves as honorary chairperson for the International Association of Blacks in Dance, an organization she established in 1991, which received a Bessie Award in 2000. Brown is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts, which bestowed upon her an honorary doctorate of fine arts. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Ursinus College, and is a member of the dance faculty at Howard University. She also received an honorary doctorate of arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Brown has served a broad range of regional and national organizations, including NEFA’s National Dance Project, the United States Information Agency, Arts America, the National Endowment for the Arts, National Forum for Female Leaders, Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council, and many others. Among Brown’s many honors is the “Dance Women: Living Legends Award,” a tribute to five African-American women, who founded distinguished modern dance companies with deep roots in black communities around the country. She has also received Dance USA’s Honor Award. She is a recipient of a 2012 National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest civic honor for excellence in the arts. President Barack Obama cited her for carving out “an artistic haven for African American dancers and choreographers to innovate, create, and share their unique visions with the national 

and global dance communities.” Her legacy has been documented in the 2011 book Joan Myers Brown & the Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina: A Bio-history of American Performance. 

Louis Mofsie, a lifelong champion and custodian of the Native American culture, is the director of the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, the oldest resident Native American dance company in New York City. The troupe was founded in 1963 by a group of ten Indigenous men and women, all New Yorkers, who were descended from Mohawk, Hopi, Winnebago, and San Blas tribes. Within a few years, the company was traveling throughout the continental U.S., expanding and sharing their repertoire and learning new dances on the reservations. Over the years, Thunderbird works, activities, and events have assisted more than 400 students. The company has toured all over the United States, Japan, and Israel. Mofsie, who was born in Brooklyn and is of Hopi and Winnebago heritage, is also a founding member of the American Indian Community House, where he has served as the chairman of the board for over 15 years. His New York City choreographic credits include Operation Sidewinders with the Lincoln Center Repertory Company, among others. As an artist, he has illustrated the children’s books The Hopi Way, Coyote Tales, and Folktales of the American Indian, written by Dee Brown. He has also recorded two albums, Louis Mofsie Traditional American Indian Songs & Music and Dances and Songs of the American Indians. Mofsie is the recipient of many accolades, including a 1991 N.Y.C. Leadership Award from Law Department and Mayor’s Office. In 2017, Mofsie was honored (along with Garth Fagan and Martha Myers) with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Dance Guild. 

Link to download photos here

ABOUT THE BESSIES The NY Dance and Performance Awards have saluted outstanding and groundbreaking creative work in the dance field in New York City for 35 years. Known as “The Bessies” in honor of revered dance teacher Bessie Schönberg, the awards were established in 1984 by David R. White at Dance Theater Workshop. They recognize outstanding work in choreography, performance, music composition, and visual design. Nominees are chosen by a selection committee comprised of artists, presenters, producers, and writers. All those working in the dance field are invited to join the NY Dance and Performance League as members and participate in annual discussions on the direction of the awards and nominate members to serve on the selection committee. For more information about The Bessies, visit

The 2019 Bessie Awards Steering Committee, responsible for setting policy and providing oversight for the Bessie Awards throughout the year, is comprised of Cora Cahan, Beverly D’Anne, Jeanne Linnes, Stanford Makishi, Nicky Paraiso, Carla Peterson, Gus Solomons jr, Paz Tanjuaquio, Judy Hussie-Taylor, Laurie Uprichard, and Martin Wechsler. 

The 2018–2019 Bessie Awards Selection Committee: Ronald Alexander, Elise Bernhardt, Charles Vincent Burwell, Diana Byer, Tymberly Canale, Alexis Convento, Parijat Desai, Maura Donohue, Boo Froebel, Angela Fatou Gittens, Diane Grumet, Brinda Guha, Joseph Hall, Mai Lê Hô, Iréne Hultman, Celia Ipiotis, Koosil-ja, Fernando Maneca, Lydia Mokdessi, Harold Norris, Craig Peterson, Doug Post, Rajika Puri, Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Susan Reiter, Walter Rutledge, George Emilio Sanchez, Andrea Snyder, Sally Sommer, Risa Steinberg, Carrie Stern, Catherine Tharin, Tony Waag, and William Whitener. 

Press contacts: 

Janet Stapleton – 212-633-0016 / 

Kamila Slawinski – 347-534-6029 / 

Follow The Bessies on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: #theBessies / @bessieawards 

Native American Dance Workshop and Crafts Sale October 2019

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The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers will be holding our first indoor event of the 2019/20 fall/winter season. 
Please join the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers for a Native American Dance Workshop and Crafts Sale on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 7 to 9 PM. 
The workshop is being held at American Indian Community House, 39 Eldridge Street, 4th floor, Manhattan (just north of Canal Street).  Please note the new location for the Workshop.
This Dance Workshop is a unique educational opportunity for people of all ages (including children) and backgrounds (both Native and non-Native) to learn Native American dancing.   There will also be tables set up with American Indian jewelry and other handmade items, available for purchase at very reasonable prices.  
Everyone is welcome to attend, whether to learn the dances, shop or just socialize.  Admission is free. (Donations are appreciated, but no one is turned away). 
Michael A Taylor Dancer Healer

Native American Story-Telling on Saturday, March 2, 2019

The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers will be presenting an evening of Native American Story-Telling on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at The Carriage House, 225 East 67th Street, in Manhattan (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)  from 7 PM until about 9 PM.
Story-telling has long been an entertaining and educational practice among Native American nations, conveying traditional and spiritual themes to both children and adults.  This evening, accomplished story-tellers from various Native American tribes will regale you with some of their favorite tales.
Everyone is welcome to attend.  Admission is free.

Thunderbirds at Theater for the New City 2019

Fridays – Sundays

January 25-27 & February 1-3

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in Concert

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New Original Works by company members featuring:

Alan Shooting Star Brown, Michael A. Taylor, Matoaka Eagle & Louis Mofsie, featured at this year’s concert

Fridays 8pm, Saturdays 3 & 8pm Sundays 3pm

Fridays 8 PM, Saturdays 3 & 8 PM, Sundays 3 PM

Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue (at 10th Street), New York City  (212) 254-1109 or

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Dance Workshop, Story-telling & Crafts Sale with Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

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2018/19 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Thunderbird schedule 2018-19 (1)


Saturday October 20

7 – 10 PM

Dance Workshop, Story-telling & Crafts Sale

Matoaka at Clearwater Festival - 6-18-2017

Matoaka at Clearwater Festival – 6-18-2017


at The Carriage House, 225 East 67th Street, New York City
(between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)

Print flyer for upcoming Thunderbird Auction in Nov here

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