April Doxtator is a contemporary/traditional dancer from the Oneida of the Thames and her native name in English means “She Dances”. She was born and raised in small town, Fort Erie where she trained at the Peacock School of Dance in ballet, jazz and tap for fourteen years. She also toured Spain with the company in 2000. Upon graduating, April pursued her passion in the Dance Performance program at George Brown College in Toronto. April has performed four times at the Aboriginal Achievement Awards, 2002 in Winnipeg, 2003 in Ottawa, 2005 in Saskatchewan and 2006 in Vancouver broadcast by CBC and Global.
She also danced the premiere of Kaha:wi, a dance production by Santee Smith, in June 2004 and performed Kaha:wi excerpts in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Manitoba and throughout Ontario. In August 2004 April made a guest appearance, dancing a solo in The New World, a major motion picture by Terrance Malick. In May of 2005 she performed the lead in The Hidden at the Banff Centre for the Arts in the Aboriginal Dance Program. August 2005 April danced the lead in Kanata, an exciting variety program televised by APTN and performed as a guest artist with the Canadian Children’s Theatre 2005/2006.
April was also a dancer in the powerful dance piece Agua with Earth in Motion World Indigenous Dance in Mexico City, 2005 performed in a pool of water. April recently showcased her choreography in a new work, currently in workshop stage, exploring the evolution of aboriginal culture and the beauty of expression through music and dance. It shows how our indigenous culture has transformed to become the hybrids of modern sounds and movements we recognize today. She performed this creation at the Art of Peace Festival 2006 in St. Catharines, Ontario and continues to develop it further.