The dance troupe serves as ambassadors for the Chickasaw Nation and works to preserve ceremonial and social Chickasaw songs and dances. Stomp dance and cultural demonstrations can be scheduled for schools and other special events. A request form is available via the email or phone number listed above.
The Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe was formed in 1992 to educate, preserve and restore the Chickasaw traditions. The dance troupe serves as a goodwill ambassador for the tribe. The dancers share the ancient art of shell shaking and songs with, universities, festivals, and ceremonial gatherings. The dance troupe also plays games of stickball with individual who will take the challenge.
Anyone interested in learning the southeastern songs and shell shaking may attend dance troupe practices the first and third Thursday of each month, starting at 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Experienced dancers and shell shakers will be there to teach, should you be willing to learn. Occasionally, the practice time will change according to different events. Practice and meeting usually take place in the Chickasaw Nation gym, located downstairs in the Community Building. The Chickasaw Nation Headquarters is at the intersection of Arlington and Mississippi streets. Please contact the cultural resources department for more information at (580) 332-8685.