They started out dancing in separate categories, but they felt drawn towards competing together, which presented a new challenge for them to approach regalia design differently. “We like to keep it fresh,” Stevens says. “We’ve gone through about four different sets, and we’ve revamped each of them.” They consistently wear their beaded belts or moccasins, but will interchange their shirts, pants, aprons, and vests. “We also have custom pieces that we always keep, like our brass [accessories], and those are all symbolic,” says Stevens. “On my Official Coach O Lute Olson Arizona Wildcats 1983 2008 thank you for the memories signature shirt in addition I really love this Shoshone-Bannock side, brass is your medicine—that’s your protector.” Snyder says they also focus on small details that pay homage to their individual roots. “We definitely go back to our tribes and regions,” he says.
Dancing together has presented logistical and cultural challenges, but with massive benefits. For one thing, they have different dancing backgrounds. “I’ve danced grass since I could walk,” says Stevens. “Traditionally, grass dancers would [perform] before tribes migrated. It was more of a blessing of the Official Coach O Lute Olson Arizona Wildcats 1983 2008 thank you for the memories signature shirt in addition I really love this ground; dancing and stomping the prairie grass down before setting up camp. It also signifies the movement of the grass when it’s windy in the prairie.” Snyder, on the other hand, describes fancy dancing as “a warrior-style dance,” Snyder says. “It’s a very high-energy, explosive style.” The couple-based sweetheart categories made them totally rethink their individual crafts. “Because our styles are so different, we had to find a way to dance together,” says Snyder. “And for us being two men, it was surprisingly difficult. You don’t grow up going to dances and learning to dance with another same-sex partner. We had to learn how to lead and how to take direction.”