2019 Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Share Events

Loading Map....


Date(s) - 02/10/2019
Time: - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Heard Museum

Get FREE fun Phoenix Kids Events like these right into your inbox free newsletter: Subscribe Here


Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest
Artistry, sheer athleticism, cultural traditions
On February 9 & 10, 2019, top American Indian and Canadian First Nations hoop dancers will compete at the Heard Museum for the prestigious World Champion title and cash prizes. At the two-day competition, men and women compete on an equal field.

The art of hoop dance honors the cultural traditions from multiple Indigenous communities that first employed hoop dance as a healing ceremony. Today, hoop dance is shared as an artistic expression to celebrate, share and honor Indigenous traditions throughout the U.S. and Canada.

---Continue reading below---

Phoenix Family Friendly Events

Family Friendly Phoenix Events

Find Family Friendly Events in Phoenix Family Events Guide ! Discover fun kid friendly events and activities to do in Metro Phoenix. See FREE Kids events guide for free fun indoor and outdoor events with the family on the weekend and on the weekdays in Metro Phoenix. There's free musical presentations, STEM events, free movies and more!

Over the years, the art of hoop dance has grown, incorporating new and creative designs and intricate footwork while still respecting the fundamentals of hoop dance, a form of tribal dance that sets itself apart. Each dancer presents his or her own variation of the intertribal hoop dance, weaving in aspects of tradition and culture. Individual routines use as few as four to as many as 50 hoops, which are manipulated to create a variety of designs including animals, insects, and globes.

Dancers are judged on a slate of five skills: precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativity and speed. Contestants compete in one of five divisions: Tiny Tots (age 5 and younger), Youth (6-12), Teen (13-17), Adult (18-39) and Senior (40 and older).

Through the stunning performances of both men and women who are vying to call themselves the World Champion Hoop Dancer, the event combines artistry, athleticism, tradition and suspense to present a memorable competition.

NOTE: Lawn seating only. Please bring folding chairs or blankets to sit on. This is an outdoor event, so please plan accordingly for the weather. Bottled water is the only beverage that may be brought into this event.

Event Details
February 9 – 10, 2019
Saturday – Sunday

Saturday, Feb. 9
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (gates open 8:45 a.m.; grand entry 9:30 a.m.)

Sunday, Feb. 10
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (gates open 8:45 a.m.; grand entry 9:30 a.m.)

Adults: $18
Seniors (65 and older): $13.50
American Indians: $12
Heard Museum members: $12
Children age 4–12: $7.50
Children 3 and younger: $0
2-DAY PASS : $30
Heard Museum Campus

2018 Winners
Adult (18-39)
World Adult Champion: #324, Nakota LaRance (Hopi-Tewa, Assiniboine), 233 pts.
2nd Place: #310, Scott Sinquah (Hopi, Gila River Pima, Cherokee), 224 pts.
3rd Place: #301, Tyrese Jensen (Diné, Maricopa), 223 pts.
4th Place: #315, Tony Duncan (San Carlos Apache, Mandan, Arikara, Hidatsa), 221 pts.
5th Place: #306, Michael Goedel (Yakima, Tulalip, Lumbee), 218 pts.
6th Place: #322, James Jones (Plains Cree), 217 pts.

World Senior Champion: #401, Lane Jensen (Diné/Maricopa), 228 pts.
Second Place: #400, Moontee Sinquah (Hopi, Tewa, Choctaw), 220 pts.
Third Place: #404, Terry Goedel (Yakima), 227 pts.*
*Goedel’s final score reflects Dance Off points for 3rd place with Brian Hammill

Teens (13-17)
World Teen Champion: #211, Ascension Harjo (Mohawk, Kickapoo, Seminole), 232 pts.
Second Place: #212, Jaron Yazzie (Diné), 224 pts.
Third Place: #205, Josiah Enriquez (Pueblo of Pojoaque), 191 pts.

Youth (6-12)
World Youth Champion: #118, Kailayne Jensen (Navajo/Maricopa), 230 pts.
Second Place: #119, Rito Lopez Jr. (Pima, Apache, Mandan, Arikara, Hidatsa), 213 pts.
Third Place: #117, Jerry Hunt (Diné)192 pts.

For information on signing up to compete, please contact Shaliyah Ben, Director of Public Programming, at 602.251.0259 or sben@heard.org.

Fun free things to do with the kids in Phoenix! Check out our:

FREE Kids Events Guide

Free Kids Events in Phoenix Family Friendly Calendar

SHARE with your friends! Let them know about Family Friendly Calendar - where they can find fun things to do with kids in Phoenix.

Free Kid Friendly Movie Events
Free Kids Movies Phoenix Family Friendly Events
Enjoy the beautiful weather with family! Checkout our Carnival Friendly Guide here. family-friendly-calendar-carnivals
Categories *Please note: Time/dates of events might be subject to change per event organizer - confirm availability/time/dates with event organizers.
Share Events

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *