Recently, the Kansas City Star did a story on a Special Needs Day Camp and the Tamegonit Lodge OA Dance Team was asked to kick the event off. The Dancers performed several dances including 2 interactive dances with the students and staff. The dance seen in the clip below is a Snake Dance, where people dance in a line following a leader. The Dancers were: Kyle, Dance Team Chair (in a red ribbon shirt), Mike (in a yellow ribbon shirt), James (in a brown patterned ribbon shirt), and Daniel (in a blue ribbon shirt). The Drumming was Co-Advisor Jim Robinson and Co-Advisor Joan Robinson was assisting the young man in a wheel chair to dance. Troops 10 and 12 put on the Day Camp events for the youth.
View the clip, to see the team in action!
Tamegonit Lodge Dance Team Performances and Service
The Dance Team has performed for over 100 events in the past three years. These events have included: Blue and Gold's, Chapter Call Outs, Cross Overs, Inductions, Pack/Troop meetings, District events, Section Conclaves, Winter Banquets, Roundtables, and Fall Fellowships. These performances have occurred all over the Heart of America Council including: Grain Valley, MO; Smithville, MO; Baldwin, KS; Lawrence, KS; Overland Park, KS; Olathe, KS; Blue Springs, MO; Leavenworth, KS; and KCK.
During the past 2 years the Dance Team members have given a combined total of over 4,500 hours of service to the Tamegonit Lodge through their performances and presentations not including practicing or repairing/building attire.
During the past 3 years there have been over 50 boys involved in the Dance Team. There are currently 30 active dancers on the team. The Dance Team practices for 2 hours monthly as a large group. There are smaller group practices for special events.
There have been a number of very supportive adults that have given countless hours in service to the Dance Team as well. They have sewn outfits, build/repaired bustles, beaded, created hand objects, taught skills, etc.
If you know a group that would like for us to come perform please send them our contact the Dance Team Adviser, Jane Thompson at 913-481-2213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When contacting us to perform, please provide the following information requested in the OA Dance Team Performance Request Form . This form includes the following information so that we are able to provide the group with the best possible performance.
- Date of event
- Event Location name and address
- Event time, performance time
- Description of event and type of performance desired -Group name desiring event (Troop/Pack/District name/number) -contact persons name, address/home and cell phone number
- Type of facility and space available for dancing and changing into attire
Dance Team Coup requirements
To earn the Dance Team Coup, these requirements must be completed:
- Minimum of one year on dance team roster.
- Perform at 8 Lodge events during a 2 year period (can be completed in one year):
- OA Winter Banquet
- Section Conclave
- Chapter Call Outs
- Spring, Summer and Fall Inductions
- Fall Fellowship
- Participate in 50% of practices within a 2 year period.
- Participte in 50% of the dance team events in any one year:
- Webelos Cross-Over's
- Cub Scout Campouts / Pack Meetings
- Blue & Gold Ceremonies
- District Camporee
- Courts of Honor
- Cub Scout Day Camp
- Attire Building Sessions
- Make at least one personal item of attire.
The Dance Team Co-Chair has been keeping records.