April 22, 2002
This week, we are launching twelve stories written by students from The Learning Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. As a special event you can read some of the stories as well as hear them, with the audio player.
The Learning Centre is a community-based adult literacy and education program in Edmonton, Alberta. Whether we are drawn to the Centre to learn to write, to tutor reading, to facilitate, coordinate or do research, learning is at the centre of what we do.
The following story was written by Rita Isadore. Rita is from the Driftpile Reserve in Alberta. She has lived in Edmonton for 30 years. She has been going to The Learning Centre since 1996. Rita does reading, writing and math.
Once in a while on the weekend I go out to the bar just to get out of the house. Sometime I run into a friend and we have a good chat about how we became friends. Some guy will come to our table and ask me if I want to dance with him. I say to him, "Okay, I will dance with you."
I dance to any kind of music. I like dancing to the waltz, two steps, jigging and twisting. I also go to the pow wow that has hundred and hundreds of dancers from the United States and Canada. The dancers wear traditional outfits like beaded necklaces, feathers and moccasins that are made from the wild animals that they killed. The people dressed up in normal clothes are in the round dance.
I love listening to the singers and drummers beating the drums and singing out loud. I could dance in a round dance. It's like making a sharing circle with other people. I enjoy dancing every moment of it, and I feel so good to exercise my legs, arms and my body.