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For Rulan Tangen, To Dance Is To Live, To Live Is To Dance

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In 2004, after surviving a battle with cancer, dancer and choreographer Rulan Tangen started Dancing Earth Creations, a dance company committed to exploring indigenous rituals and movements that reflect contemporary native people.

“I wanted to create dances that would serve as this purposeful ritual for life itself,” says Tangen, who began specializing in ballet, modern dance, and powwow at an early age.

Within a couple years, Tangen and her choreography were recognized by Dance Magazine as “25 to Watch.”

Watch Tangen and a company of Bay Area dancers perform her piece “Treaty Making: We Stand Together” against the backdrop of Mission district streets and San Francisco’s scenic Crissy Field. The piece was commissioned and originally staged for the Dance Mission Theater’s D.I.R.T. Festival earlier this month.

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