Beany John

Beany is Taino and Cree from Kehewin, Alberta. She is a champion Grass dancer and Hoop Dancer, and one of the two women in Canada given permission to be part of the Grass Dance Society.

Beany has been teaching Hoop Dance to youth in Alberta and Ontario since 2004. She has taught at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Akwesasne First Nation, Anishinaabe Health Youth program, Trent University, Toronto Native Canadian Centre youth program, Native Child and Family Services, Aboriginal Cultural Ambassador program, and Kaha:wi Dance. She is one of the four KNDT Hoop Dancers that toured with Nelly Furtado and her SPIRIT INDESTRUCTIBLE tour.

Her mix of hoop dance and hip hop has been called “dynamic” and “exciting”. Her contemporary style is one-of-a-kind and she has a following of young Native people across Canada and the United States.

Since 2004, Beany has been one of the principal workshop facilitator for Kehewin Native Dance Theatre. She works in both men’s and women’s styles of Pow Wow Dance, which she taught at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Trent University, and throughout First Nations communities in Canada and the United States.

2019/20 Season: Maggie & Me: A Healing Dance