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After careful consideration and out of an abundance of caution, the SMSC has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Wacipi, which was originally scheduled to take place August 14-16. This annual celebration is such an important event for our community and the thousands of people who attend each year, but the health and safety of all members, participants, employees, and visitors will always take precedence, and we cannot safely move forward as planned in the midst of the current pandemic. Thank you in advance for your understanding and we look forward to seeing everyone in 2021.

Men’s Dance Styles

Men's Dance StylesTraditional
Men’s Traditional dance evolves from hunters and warriors. They danced out the story of their battles or hunting endeavors when they returned. The Northern and Southern dance styles are distinct from one another, each with a different contest. Many carry shields, weapons, staffs, and sticks to tell their story as they move. Most choose to wear bustles that are circular in shape.

Men's Dance StylesGrass
Men’s Grass dance is traditionally performed after moving camp, to help prepare the earth in a good way for the people. The look and dance style originated from the Plains. Men will usually wear long, flowing fringe of yarn or ribbons to represent the movements of tall grass in the wind. Dancers also wear a roach or wapeca (pronounced wah-pe-sha), fringed anklets, beadwork, and moccasins as part of their look, and they shake and sway while their feet perform a variety of slides, hops, and other moves.

Men's Dance StylesFancy
The Fancy dance originated in Oklahoma at the beginning of the 20th century and sparked contest dancing. Dancers wear bright and colorful bustles along with a roach with feathers, arm bustles, anklets, bells, and moccasins. The dance style consists of the standard double-step, with fancy footwork, acrobatics, speed, stamina, and showmanship on high display.

Men's Dance StylesChicken
The Chicken dance is one of the oldest styles of dance, originating from the Blackfeet. Dancers wear skintight clothing, with smaller, old-fashioned bustles, often made with pheasant feathers and worn on the upper back and ankle bells and bell drops. Dancers’ movements imitate the prairie chicken mating dance.