The Beauty and Power of Native Hoop Dancers!

January 25th, 2013  |  Published in Art, Culture, Education

O’siyo. It’s that time again! 70 of the top Native  hoop dancers from across North America will showcase their skill and talent as they compete for the prestigious World Champion title at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, this February. Fans of the Hoop Dance come to view this spectacular event from the United States, Canada, and Europe.


Excerpt: World’s best hoop dancers return to Phoenix… By Native American Times

“As it has for 22 years, once again the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest combines artistry, sheer athleticism and cultural traditions to create a unique competition. Top American Indian and Canadian First Nation hoop dancers from the United States and Canada are preparing to compete for the prestigious title of world champion during the two-day event at Phoenix’s Heard Museum on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 & 10.

Champion Hoop Dancer. Photo: Scottsdale.

You’re invited to join in the 23rd celebration of one of Indian Country’s most unique sports – the dazzling performances of the men and women who compete for the chance to call himself or herself the World Champion Hoop Dancer.  Hoop dance fans from across the U.S., Canada and Europe are already making plans to cheer their favorite dancer on to glory… As the Hoop Dance sport grows in stature, so do the competitors…

Derrick Suwaima Davis from the Hopi and Choctaw Nations a 5 time winner of Hoop Dancing. Photo: The Charles Agency.

Over time, the intertribal hoop dance has expanded to incorporate new and creative designs and extremely intricate footwork. Each dancer presents a unique variation of the intertribal hoop dance, weaving in aspects of his or her distinct tradition and culture. Individual routines are presented using as few as four to as many as 50 hoops, which are manipulated to create a variety of designs including animals, butterflies and globes… Dancers are judged on a slate of five skills – precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativeness and speed.

Nakotah LaRance, Hopi/Tewa, 2005 Hoop Dance Teen Champion (15th Annual Hoop Dance) Photo: Yelp.

In recent years, younger competitors such as Nakotah La Rance (Hopi/Tewa) who’s also an up-and-coming actor, are incorporating modern dance steps like hip-hop into their routines…”

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Video:  Watch Tony Duncan world champion Hoop Dancer in Evansville Indiana By eeriawan

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action… this expression is unique… Dance is the hidden language of the soul”― Martha Graham