Entertainment

Stacey Seaman
Stacey is a Zonta Member of the Casa Grande Valley Club and founding member of the BlackBox Foundation arts organization in Casa Grande has written and will direct an original production that will be performed as dinner theater Friday evening.
The production is called Learning to Fly
On a fateful day in the fall of 1928, aviatrix legend Amelia Earhart made an unexpected landing in the rural town of Casa Grande, Arizona. While there, she had dinner with three local women-each also a pioneer in her own right. Learning to Fly examines this historic meeting and imagines the dinner conversation of these four remarkable women. 

 

Yellow Bird Indian Dancers: It’s a Duncan Family Affair

Started in 1984 by San Carlos Apache Ken Duncan, Sr., the name Yellow Bird came from his wife Doreen’s maternal Arikara family name. Doreen is also Hidatsa and Mandan.

“We were the only second Native dance group in Arizona at that time,” said Duncan. "At that time our kids, between the ages of 4 and 8 started to join us. We taught them how to dance. We sang family songs, and now we have grandchildren.”

Because they differentiated themselves with their Apache dances, the family was awarded the “Culture Keepers of Arizona” by former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. The recognition opened the door for the Duncan’s to be ambassadors of Native culture here and abroad, visiting American embassies and consulates and entertaining American Peace Keeping Force and Allies at a NATO Military Base in Kosovo.

International renowned "Yellow Bird Productions" ​ is a professional family dance company based in Phoenix, Arizona. The group boasts many national dance champions and has been feature performer for many prestigious audiences and institutions.

Yellow Bird performed twice for former First Lady Laura Bush. They entertained the President of China at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  The group has  performed at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York and in Washington D.C. The Department of Defense selected to provide entertainment for our Peace Keeping Forces and Allies in November 2009 and 2011 at a NATO Military Base in Kosovo. Yellow Bird has toured, at the request of the U.S. State Department, to U.S. Embassies/Consulates in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Central/South America.

Yellow Bird was invited to dance to welcome the world to the Olympic games in London in 2012. They performed a "please don't let it rain" dance in front of royalty.

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Conference Photography by Robert Cronk

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