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DAYSTAR :
CONTEMPORARY DANCE-DRAMA OF INDIAN AMERICA

MISSION OF THE DAYSTAR COMPANY:
To encourage and train Native Americans in the performing arts,
and to teach others to approach respectfully
 the dance, music, culture and art of Native North Americans.


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Daystar/Rosalie Jones

Daystar/Rosalie Jones

Daystar with Fans

"Allegory of the Cranes"

Founder and Artistic Director of DAYSTAR Dance Company.
The Daystar Company was founded in 1980, and is now the first native modern dance company  in the U.S. created with all-native performers and specializing in the portrayal of the personal and tribal stories of Indian America.  The Company has toured throughout the United States and Canada, and in Germany, Bulgaria, Turkey and Dublin, Ireland


Modern Dance

"The Rose" 1978"The Rose" 1978
"Studio Portrait" 1976"Studio Portrait" 1976 "Spirit Woman" 1980"Spirit Woman" 1980 9"Lament for the Earth" 1975
"Lament for the Earth" 1979
"Day of the Flower" 1975
"Day of the Flower" 1975
"The Woman Who Fell From the Sky" 1990
"The Woman Who Fell from the Sky" 1990
"THE CHAIR DANCE" FROM    NO HOME BUT THE HEART 2001 "The Chair Dance" From "No Home But the Heart" 2001
Traditional
  TRADITINAL BUCKSKIN DRESS"Traditional Buckskin Dress" THE HOOP DANCE"The Hoop Dance" DAYSTAR COMPANY OFFICIAL POSTER
"Daystar Company Official Poster"
MALINCHE: THE THREE NAME WOMAN
"Malinche: The Three Name Woman"
JINGLE DRESS DANCE"Jingle Dress Dance"  
 

ANCESTRY AND BIOGRAPHY

 

Daystar/Rosalie Jones was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana and is Little Shell Chippewa ancestry on her mother's side.


*Master's Degree in Dance from the University of Utah 
*Postgraduate work at Juilliard School in New York City 
*Studied mine with Reid Gilbert, modern with Jose Limon, Hanya Holm and Barry Lynn. In addition, study of Korean, Hawaiian, East Indian and Flamenco dance
*Indigenous dance and cultural forms of the Plains, Woodland acquired over a lifetime of personal study and cultural association. In addition, study of Northwest Coast dance/song and Conchero dance of Mexico.
*Responsible for the revitalization of Performing Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the early 1990's when she was Chair of the Department.
*Awarded a two-year National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Choreographer's Fellowship, 1995

*Daystar Archive created at the UC-Riverside Special Collections Library, when she was recognized as a “pioneer” of native modern dance in USA, 2004

 

TEACHING AND LECTURING

Over the past 30 years, Daystar and the Company has taught in a variety of educational institutions, from elementary to university level, and in cultural and community settings both native and non-native. The teaching process of Daystar is both personal and tribal. Theatrical ideas - which encompass story, choreography and music - are developed for individual and group training in expressiveness, but with respectful attention being given to the dictates of the tribal community and tradition.

Daystar lectures continuously in University settings:
Indigenous Studies Department, Trent Univeristy, Canada
University of California - Irvine,
State University of New York - Brockport College,
American University in Bulgaria and Anadolu University, Turkey.
She has introduced such courses as
Native American Dance, Storytelling, and Mask and Myth.

         
     
Teaching Hoop Dance at Banff Center, Alberta

Presenting student Grass
Dancers at Denison University
Daystar lecturing in Bulgaria
Lecturing at American University, Bulgaria Link to Larger Image
Daystar Teaching
Teaching Wolf Dance at Texas Women's University
 
 

Sophia Roberts and Daystar

CHOREOGRAPHY:

"Tales of Napi Old Man" (Blackfeet),
"Wolf: A Transformation" (Anishinabe),
"The Woman Who fell From The Sky" (Six Nations),
"Sacred Woman, Sacred Earth" (Lakota),
"The Corn Mother" (Eastern Cherokee),
"Legend of the Black Butterfly" (Maidu),
"La Malinche: The Woman With Three Names"
"Prayer of the First Dancer"
"Native Bach: Homage to the Hoop Dancer"


SOME PERFORMANCE VENUES

Museum of the American Indian, NYC
UCLA and Stanford University, California
Greer Garson Theater and Maria Benitez Cabaret, Santa Fe, NM
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC
Varna International Theater Festival, Bulgaria
Yildiz Sarayi Palace Theater, Istanbul
Carter Barron Amphitheater and Kennedy Center

 

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DAYSTAR/Rosalie Jones
(Photo Credit: Philip Channing)

 

Daystar is currently teaching at:

Indigenous Studies Department
1600 W. Bank Drive
Enweying Bldg, FPHL Rm#324
Trent University
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8, Canada

Office:  705-748-1011 x7921

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Permanent U.S. Residence:

1473-6 Stowell Dr.
Rochester, NY 14616
Ph: 585-621-2813 / Fax: 585-865-0447

Email: daystardance@gmail.com

 
     
     

 

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