Native News Network Staff in Entertainment. Discussion »
RIVERTON, WYOMING Fresh from being crowned Miss Native American USA last month, Sarah Ortegon has been invited to join the internationally renowned Native American dance company, the Native Pride Dancers, this Fall in the Republic of Moldova in Eastern Europe.
Ortegon, a tribal citizen of the Northern Arapaho and the Eastern Shoshone Tribes, was crowned Miss Native American, USA, in Tempe, Arizona last month where she competed against nine other talented Native American contestants from across Indian country.
The Native Pride Dancers is a traveling American Indian dance group that is headed by its founder Larry Yazzie, a citizen of the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Meskwaki Nation and a two-time world champion fancy dancer.
The dance company's goal is to share cultural traditions through artist-in-residency performances and enhancing access to diverse, multicultural artists for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Miss Ortegon will join the company, which represents over a dozen American Indian tribes, in Eastern Europe on Monday, October 7th through the 11th representing the Miss Native American USA title and the American Indian communities across the country.
“I want to represent my parents, family, and the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho people as they are the source of my strength along with God guiding my way. This is a dream come true for me, I've always loved traveling and dancing,”
commented Miss Native American, USA, Sarah Ortegon.
“Being given this gift is truly a blessing. My heart is filled with love and I want to express that to the people I meet along my journey. Being Miss Native American USA has given me that opportunity. I'm ever so thankful for all the support shown to me.”
continued Miss Ortegon.
Miss Ortegon is from Denver, Colorado where she born into a large American Indian family. She has six brothers and five sisters. She graduated this past spring from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree.
While attending University, Miss Ortegon had the opportunity to study her love of arts abroad in Florence and Rome, Italy, for a session.
posted September 6, 2013 8:10 am edt