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Teddy Anderson

Teddy Anderson is an internationally recognized hoop dancer who has performed in thousands of places around the world. He has brought his motivational message of love and unity to more than 20 countries, inspiring children and youth everywhere to see themselves as members of one human family. Teddy received special permission to learn the hoop dance and share his message with the people of the world. Teddy's rich cultural experience, combined with his passion for the arts makes him unique in delivering the message of unity and inclusion.

Teddy is not First Nation’s by blood, however, Teddy has deep family connections with First Nation’s peoples and is a proven ally in the Red Deer community where many people consider him to be family. Teddy and his family have been adopted into the Tagish/Carcross First Nation’s. Teddy belongs to the Deishitaan clan and given the name Yéił S’aaghí (Crow Bones). Teddy’s mother is Persian and his father is of European descent. This wealth of cultural history makes Teddy the living embodiment of his message of oneness. It inspires him to bring people from diverse cultures and backgrounds together through a dance that can be understood regardless of cultural, economic or social background.

Teddy has a community of Elders where he sits, listens and learns. In Teddy’s hometown of Red Deer Teddy is considered part of the community and continues to contribute by publishing First Nation’s children’s book through his company “Medicine Wheel Education.” Before Teddy started hoop dancing full time he worked as the youth coordinator at the Friendship Centre in Red Deer.

Teddy has been helping youths all over the world achieve success through his work with schools, community organizations and government institutions. The experience of seeing Teddy dance and speak has been described as life changing. Combining the traditional Native hoop dancing with a 21st century message he reaches into his audiences’ heart, imprinting there a message of peace and oneness.

Teddy has honed his skills as a motivational and keynote speaker as well as a workshop facilitator. Teddy has spoken to many audiences on issues including racism, bullying, violence, the importance of education, human rights, youth peace building and the experience of growing up in Rwanda. Throughout Teddy’s performances, workshops and motivational talks he draws on his experience of living and traveling around the world. Witnessing the diversity of cultures in the world has given Teddy a unique outlook on many issues that children face.