The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers celebrate their 40th annual concert of traditional music, dance and storytelling with two weekends of traditional music, dance and storytelling, on the Lower East Side.
The group is made up of members of various tribes who live right here in New York City, who share their dance and song traditions. The performances feature the traditions of the Iroquois, Pueblo, Alaskan and Great Plains Native American peoples, by the Thunderbirds dressed in the authentic clothing styles of their peoples.American peoples.
Shows are on Fridays, January 30 and February 6, and Saturdays, January 31 and February 7 at 8 PM, with tickets prices of $10.
Special matinee performances for children are on Saturdays and Sundays, January 31 and February 1, 7 and 8 at 3 PM, with tickets for children under 12 only one dollar (children must be accompanied by an adult paying the regular $10 price).
Matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays are specially tailored for children, and everybody is invited onstage after the performance to join the dancing. I’ve enjoyed the Thunderbirds several times. My personal favorite is the Hoop Dance.
Performances are at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue at East 10th Street. Tickets are just $10, and children are just $1 with a paying adult. Theater website. Or call 212-254-1109.
For more information, check the Thunderbird website at ThunderbirdAmericanIndianDancers.org.