Marcus Merasty is Woodlands Cree from Pelican Narrows, SK. He is a professional métis dancer and jigger who dances with the Creeland Dancers, a troupe from the Beardys & Okemasis First Nation founded by Ken & Thérèse Seeseequisis, and is currently attending school at the School of Contemporary Dancers.
In this workshop you will learn the basics of traditional Métis dancing, how the jig originated and how it became a popular dance in Northern First Nations communities. By the end of the workshop you will be able to do the basic jig step along with 5-8 changes, also known as fancy steps, and be able to showcase these steps by dancing to the Red River Jig.
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Marcus Merasty is a dance artist from Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan and is of Cree descent, or Assin’skowitiniwak meaning “People of the rocky area”. His interest in dance began with learning traditional Métis jigging in 2013. A year later, following the invitation to perform in a contemporary dance work by Edward and Robin Poitras he began to pursue a career as a professional dance artist. This was also the beginning of an on-going mentorship under artists Robin Poitras and Edward Poitras. During the same year he began performing with The Creeland Dancers, a square dance troupe from the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation. Since then Marcus has received training in theatre from the Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre and participated in the Indigenous Dance Residency at The Banff Centre. Marcus is currently in the Professional Program at The School of Contemporary Dancers and is working toward his BA. (Hons) in contemporary dance from the University of Winnipeg.