Lenapehoking Lodge IX Dance Team


The Medicine Wheel Dancers

Lenapehoking IX's dance team, The Medicine Wheel Dancers, is about 50 years old and has survived 3 mergers.

The style of the dance team has always been Fancy Dancing. The team is the only dance team in the country that performs the Hoop Dance as a Team Dance. Members of the dance team in the early 70's developed the dance into its current style, where team members perform the dance using 15 hoops. Most dancers in the country use only 6 to 8 hoops.

Throughout it's history the dance team has competed in national competitions and has placed 9th out of 40 Teams that competed in the 1981 National Order of the Arrow Conference. 15 members of the Dance Team have competed in Fancy Dance competitions throughout the years. 2 of our members have made it to the top 10 and one of our members won 3rd place in the Fancy Dance. Most recently, team member Keith Wlosek placed in the top twenty in Fancy Dance competition in the 2002 National Order of the Arrow Conference.

Locally the Team has won several first place finishes at conclave competitions. The team continues to perform throughout the metro area with a busy schedule of 20 to 30 shows a year, where it brings the joy and excitement of Indian Dancing to members of the community while at the same time demonstrating a small part of the Scouting movement.

Performance Information

The Medicine Wheel Dancers routinely perform at:

  • Blue and Gold Dinners

  • Troop Courts of Honor

  • Crossovers

  • Girl Scout Court of Awards

  • Service Clubs

  • Church, Community and Civic Organizations

The performances run approximately 25 minutes. The performances consist of various dances from North American Indian Tribes. Some of the dances are: 

  • The Belt Dance of the Pueblos

  • The Spear and Shield Dance

  • The Eagle Dance

  • The Hoop Dance of the Northern Plains Indians

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