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"If I can bring a smile to someone's face and joy to their heart, then I have done my job. It is not about me, but my God and Creator who has given me this talent to share. "

                                                                                                                          Eddie Swimmer


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  Biography


 Using between 36 and 42 hoops, former World Champion Hoop Dancer
Eddie Swimmer, has captivated audiences all over the world with his performances.

His heritage is from both the Eastern Band of Cherokee in North Carolina, and the Chippewa-Cree Nation.  He was raised, and currently resides in the Big Cove Community
of the Qualla Boundary (reservation in NC).


Eddie learned dancing from his family and by watching traditional Cherokee dancers.
 After attending Western Carolina University and
Brigham Young University, he moved to Albuquerque New Mexico, and studied with Tony Whitecloud, founder of the modern
Native American Hoop dance.


He is founder of the dance troupe NATIVE MOVEMENTS.

Eddie was one of the original members of the AMERICAN INDIAN DANCE THEATRE in
New York, as well as a
member of the SANTE FE MUSIC HALL in New Mexico.

Eddie's talents extended to Broadway, as choreographer of the hoop dance for the popular musical ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, that starred Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat.

He has performed on Public Television, and throughout the world, in countries such as Italy, Israel, Finland, parts of the Middle East, Eastern and Western Europe, Japan and Australia.

Eddie performed in the 1993 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, then in 1994, at the World Cup Soccer Tournament in Dallas Texas.


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