Erik “Arik” Pipestem is a performer, dancer, choreographer and a proud member of the Tsuut’ina nation. He has been trained in dance styles including; hip-hop, Latin, contemporary,
ballet and multiple traditional powwow styles. Arik is a world renown hoop dancer who fuses traditional and modern forms to create his unique approach to the ancient craft.
Arik had the pleasure of collaborating with and performing alongside many companies, forms of media and artists
including: Taboo (Black Eyed Peas) The Calgary Flames, So You Think You Can Dance, Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM, Kaha:wi
dance theatres: Transmigration, The Chimera
Project: Bears, Stars and Trees and ANA:OWARA Dance Théâtres: SkyBridges, Bear Grease Live on tour
(2022), The Hole in the Sky (2018), Crux (2015), and TradCirque (2013) to name a fine few.
Recently Arik broadened his performance to other forms of media including video and film that includes: Hey Viktor!(2022), DREEZUS- Red Winter(2016), Shaun Frank-Together(2021).
Arik has written, choreographed and directed many aspiring dancers in original pieces and is a founding member of The Ancient Neon Dance Collective and aims to remain grounded in
diverse expressions of tradition and imagination through movement and storytelling.
Arik has been working as a dance artist with Chimera since 2014, and has been an integral part of the development of many new works as a dancer, choreographer and Cultural Advisor.