By David Montgomery
When the Glitter Girls meet every Sunday to work on their routine, the dancing comes only after the life lessons.
“We have a ‘girl talk,’ where the girls are able to talk about different problems they’re having with school, if they’re having problems at home,” Jessica Four Bear said before a performance Saturday at the Lakota National Invitational in Rapid City.
Four Bear founded the dance squad and still leads the group. For nine years, the 6- to 12-year-old girls of the dance squad of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe have been combining dance with opposition to bullying, drugs, gangs and suicide.
Below: "Pearman Aaron, 10, shows off her makeup after the Glitter Girls' performance during halftime of the Pine Ridge and Red Cloud basketball game." (Kristina Barker/Journal staff)