Fancy Dance Performances
A proud Siksika legacy; Shirley is the great-grand daughter of Dave Sun Shoe (Sinabomathga) and Ida Sun Shoe (Sipiabuthgom). Blessings of the Deer Dance
"I love Dancing!"
"Bring laughter and joy to the world."
"Be the Light..."
Preschool Teacher / Child and Youth Care Alumni
Shirley has over 25 years working with preschool children at the Aboriginal Head Start Program in Fort Chipewyan and Calgary. As a Counsellor Assistant at Fort McKay School, Shirley supported high school students, while working with grades one to nine. Shirley hosted a Peer Support Program for the youth, and brought the Northwind Dancer Troupe to many different communities in central Alberta to perform. Shirley received the Dreamcatcher Scholarship Award (Grant MacEwan Community College) for being a positive role model. Shirley is also a wellness advocate for our four-legged friends.
"A huge thank you for your great energy, work and involvement with the youth. I know how much they loved it. I know your efforts are a culmination of all the good things you have done in your life and really appreciate you sharing your gifts with us!" Audra Foggin RSW
Shirley Hill has been an annual presenter at our school for the last 11 years bringing Native culture and dance to our students. We have invited her to our school year after year because of the passion she shares about her culture with our students. Her kind, sincere, gentle nature is endearing to the children and she imparts both knowledge and wisdom to them. She captivates her audience and keeps her presentations varied and interesting.
Shirley arrives well in advance of the presentation, is well prepared and mindful of all she does. We highly recommend Shirley for any project or presentation with children as they will learn so much from her. Walter & Margaret Reid Directors Edelweiss Preparatory School
"You bring such a joy to every place you step foot in; we have been well taught and truly inspired by your story and talents!!!" Cindy Lau Music Specialist and Learning Support
Shirley is knowledgeable, welcoming, and people of all ages respond to her gentle and kind personality. Shirley shares her cultural teachings with humility and ensures that all participants feel comfortable and positive. Regardless of background, Shirley engages students to participate and learn at each session.
I have had the opportunity to be a part of Shirley’s teachings at my own school on multiple occasions, where she shared artifacts, ceremony, traditional teachings, and one of her specialties - pow wow dance. An impressive part of Shirley’s work, is that she is able to engage audiences of all ages. I have seen her lead sessions with students in pre school up to grade 9, and her ability to engage all of these students is very special.
Shirley is a great teacher, but more importantly a lovely human being who always has a positive impact when she visits a school and works with students or staff.
Hidesh Bhardwaj Indigenous Education Learning Leader
"One of the most memorable kindergarten days we’ve ever had."
Victoria Lorenzo Kindergarten Teacher
To Elder Shirley, "Thank you for coming to our school and teaching us to dance. I'm already having so much fun". - Olivia Grade 4/5
"Thank you Shirley Hill, beautiful soul, for your thoughtful prayer, caring words to the world, your informative cultural teachings, and for lifting my (our) spirits today with your fancy dance and hoop dancing skills performed on the online powwow!" Yavhel Velazquez Kindred Spirit & friend from Unity
Tina sees Shirley as the gentlest soul she has ever met. This sweet woman passionately dances her way into people’s hearts with her kindness, her pal, “Lemon the Bear”, and her deep love for fancy shawl and hoop dancing. Shirley has risen above intense emotional situations to see the best in life. She passionately shares her love of dance, and brings a sense of purpose to her life by educating children. She dances her heart out every chance she gets, which keeps her youthful and alive. Please check out the video - episode recorded June 24th, 2020.
Tina Thrussell Host of Shin Dao - the Way of the Heart