Sandra Lamouche is a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation. She grew up in Grouard and Slave Lake in Northern Alberta, Canada. Sandra has experience in ten international styles of dance including: hoop dance, fancy shawl, jingle dress, Métis traditional dance/ jig, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, salsa, and hip hop. She has been showcased internationally gaining recognition as a hoop dancer. Sandra is also an emerging contemporary dancer and choreographer and has worked on professional productions with Indigenous choreographers such as Daystar/Rosalie Jones, Yvonne Chartrand, Norma Araiza and Rulan Tangen.
In 2007 Sandra was awarded a B.A. in Native American Studies from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. She is currently completing her M.A. Thesis on ‘Indigenous dance as a social determinant of health and well being’ at the Frost Center for Canadian and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. Her thesis is on the various benefits of participating in Indigenous dance in terms of Spiritual, Physical, Emotional and Mental well being. As an M.A. student Sandra has worked as a Teaching Assistant for various courses in Indigenous dance and theatre, learning from Daystar/Rosalie Jones, Marrie Mumford and numerous international guest artists.
Sandra’s combined experience and knowledge in Indigenous history and Indigenous dance have led to her nomination to the International Dance Council (CID), the United Nations of Dance, the highest authority of dance in the world. She was nominated by the President, Professor Alkis, of CID himself.