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The Talako Indian Dancers Official Website

The Talako Indian Dancers are a 501c3 Non-Profit Youth organization, now in its 33rd year of existence.  As of May 2018, the dancers have completed over 2600 performances.  Our name, "Talako", was chosen in 1986 when we had a Choctaw boy among the nine charter members. We learned that the Choctaw language word for "Eagle" was Talako, and we chose that word for our name.

Boys and girls, ages 8-17, are welcome to join the Talakos.  Membership is completely free.  Dancers receive some expense money after every show, and parents receive funding for their expense in driving to out-of-town performances. Dancers are completely outfitted with their dance regalia and receive instruction in learning the dancing.

Performances have, in recent years, included a wide variety of hosts: schools, retirement centers, other youth programs and activities, weekend festivals, nursing facilities, schools for students with special needs, libraries including summer reading programs for youth, and other facilities. Special performances in recent years included a joint program with the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in which the Talakos hosted the school's "Out-of-Sight Band" and their "Deaf and Blind Dance Troup." Another was an Opening Ceremony for the 2017 USA National Canoe/Kayak Racing Championships.

 

The Talakos are supported primarily by donations from organizations sponsoring a performance, although the group has received grants from two local organizations including the Winter Park Rotary Club. We have no fee schedule for performances, but we are pleased to receive whatever size donations our hosts make to the Talakos.

 For more information or to book a performance, please call Bill or Sallie Prentiss at 407-352-1163 or email us at wcprentiss@aol.com

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