Tansi – Aniin – Boozhoo
Throughout her years, Shanley Spence has risen to become a prominent well known Indigenous community advocate. With roots of Nihithaw ancestry from her mother’s community of Pukatawagan and Anishinaabe from her father’s community of Lake St. Martin First Nation.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies from the University of Winnipeg. She began dancing at the tender age of 3, evolving into her highly sought after world class internationally known hoop dancing at the age of 13. She has gone to perform worldwide from the amazon jungles of Ecuador, to the coast lines of Hawaii and beyond.
While working as a professional dancer, Shanley has graced the stage with award winning, “A Tribe Called Red”, fellow hoop dancer Tony Duncan and Canadian singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado, Mohawk DJ “DJ Shub”, Boogey the Beat and so much more.
Shanley now helps bring healing, storytelling and reclamation to people from all over the world through her gifts of dance, educational Youtube videos, her writings, powwow fitness and hoop dance classes and public speaking.
Shanley is a prominent figure in her community having influenced many people to become agents of change in their own lives and within their communities, to reclaim culture, create awareness and elevate the world through her actions.
A true creative, Shanley is known for merging her talents and wisdom to produce inspiring and life-transformative offerings to her community. Some examples of her past offerings include, women’s empowerment powwow fit classes, weekly hoop dance workshops for youth and adults as well as collaborations with the walking wolf singers and dancers, Folklorama, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Indigenous Leadership Development Institute and the City of Winnipeg.
Her participation within her community has earned her the Top 40 Under 40 Manitoba Award for 2017, a Manitoba Youth Achievement Award for Artistic Performance, the community champion award for volunteerism, the Anita Neville Member of Parliament Award, second runner up for Miss Indian World in 2017 and other recognition from her community.
Shanley is a strong advocate for sustainable intentional living, reclamation, spiritual and cultural practice and unconditional love for all beings.