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Madelaine McCallum Resilience + Healing + Growth

“The Fire Within”

Gracing the stage with her graceful, gentle and powerful presence, Madelaine takes her audience through an extraordinary journey of transformation and healing. Through dance and the spiritual teachings of her father, Madelaine has found a compelling way to share her culture. 

Madelaine’s life story is all about discovering “the Fire Within.”

When Madelaine left her home community her goal was to break the unhealthy cycles of addiction. Her story of survival leaves no one indifferent. She tells the story of how it took many years to break the cycle of violence and broken relationships to emerge changed, reborn, and aptly named Strong Earth Woman.

Invite Madelaine to show you “the invisible lines of connection” we all share, through her stories and her life experiences. Madelaine will change the way her audience feels about their past and their wounds.

Professional dancer, model, actress, artist and choreographer, Madelaine McCallum still chokes up when people say: “You are so pretty; you must have had an easy life”.  Life was not easy for Madelaine. At twelve years old she was on the road, hitchhiking from Northern Saskatchewan to British Columbia to find her father. 

Despite the torment of her younger years, Madelaine completed high school with honours. After her post-secondary education, she went on to become an Aboriginal Youth Facilitator, and continues to provide education on suicide prevention, healthy relationships, and honouring “the Fire Within”. 

As she shares the dance of her life, her message illuminates the room. When she models the camera catches the energy behind her physical form, and when she speaks, you feel her authenticity.

  • The Fire Within: the power of one woman's story

    Through spoken word and dance, Madelaine transports the audience with her inspiring life story. She highlights the importance and validity of everyone's individual journey. Allow Madelaine to explore with you the powerful significance of cultural connections as a way of coping and overcoming adversity.   Her message of hope and the ability to overcome personal, emotional, and cultural challenges

    Madelaine will deliver:

    • The power of story
    • The power of love
    • The power of culture 

    Healing inter-generational trauma: A Father Daughter story

    In this keynote, Madelaine tells about the destructive impact on families that can result from a community’s loss of traditional values and roles. It explores the struggles between father and daughter as they search for a healthy relationship. Join Madelaine on a journey of acceptance, forgiveness and love that started over thirty years ago. She shares her complex, compelling and heartfelt ongoing story of how a return to traditional cultural teachings offers hope for restoring healing and balance in broken families. 

    Madelaine will deliver:

    • Importance of traditional culture and teachings
    • Hope through acceptance
    • Power of shifting perspectives

    From Fear to Hope: A Breast Cancer Journey

    This moving keynote incorporates a powerful short film, connecting audiences with Madelaine’s story. Madelaine shares how she utilised traditional and modern medicine, along with dance throughout her cancer journey. She explains how she flipped her perspective on the cancer journey, from fear to letting go of trauma and creating a space for hope and healing. Madelaine’s powerful story of resilience and survival highlights how to continue moving forwards, persevering through adversity.  

    Madelaine will deliver:

    • Movement as Medicine
    • Combine traditional and modern medicine
    • Develop resilience by embracing adversity
  • ”Having Madelaine present at the end of our 2 days was like icing on the cake, what an amazing story Maddy shared with us, we are very fortunate to have heard her story.”

    - Anonymous

    “She presents in a way that allows participants to feel comfortable to share their own stories and ends on a positive note that provides motivation and inspiration.”

    - Anonymous

  • New Highlights/Awards:

    -Madeleine's Documentary - https://www.dancingthrough.org/

    -Feb 2020 - Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver BC - MICHIF MEDICINES, an international -collaboration with V’ni Dansi and Dancing Earth, Coreographed by Rulan Tangen.

    -Latin American film festival - Indigenous Women's Voices in Film - Short Film

    -Choreographer for Butterflies in Spirit 

    -Full Circle First Nations Performance Group Workshop with Bangarra Dance Theatre and Frances Ring - Australia

    -Dance workshop with Djuki Mala - Indigenous Australian Dance Troupe from North East Arnhem Land 

    -2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony performer.

    • World Indigenous Cancer Conference. Sept 2019

When Madelaine left her home community her goal was to break the unhealthy cycles of addiction. Her story of survival leaves no one indifferent. She tells the story of how it took many years to break the cycle of violence and broken relationships to emerge changed, reborn, and aptly named Strong Earth Woman.

Invite Madelaine to show you “the invisible lines of connection” we all share, through her stories and her life experiences. Madelaine will change the way her audience feels about their past and their wounds.

Professional dancer, model, actress, artist and choreographer, Madelaine McCallum still chokes up when people say: “You are so pretty; you must have had an easy life”.  Life was not easy for Madelaine. At twelve years old she was on the road, hitchhiking from Northern Saskatchewan to British Columbia to find her father. 

Despite the torment of her younger years, Madelaine completed high school with honours. After her post-secondary education, she went on to become an Aboriginal Youth Facilitator, and continues to provide education on suicide prevention, healthy relationships, and honouring “the Fire Within”. 

As she shares the dance of her life, her message illuminates the room. When she models the camera catches the energy behind her physical form, and when she speaks, you feel her authenticity.

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Location: Canada

Language: English

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