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Date(s) - 02/14/2021
Time: - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Heard Museum

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World Championship Hoop Dance Contest
– The World Championship Hoop Dance
– Over 80 competitors in five age groups from the U.S. and Canada
– 2020 is the 30th Annual World Championship
– Hoop Dance is a two day championship with roots as an Indigenous healing ceremony
– Competitors may use dozens of hoops in this unique dance

On Saturday and Sunday, February 13th & 14th 2021, 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.


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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 and honor Indigenous traditions throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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). See the contest rules below for further detail.

NOTE: This is an outdoor event, rain or shine. Lawn seating only. We recommend bringing folding chairs or blankets. Outside food and beverages (excluding water bottles) may not be brought into this event.

About Hoop Dancing
Hoop dancing is a long-standing tradition in many Native cultures. This unique dance can involve the use of more than 50 hoops. Passed down from one generation to the next, hoop dancing communicates individual and tribal stories using hoops to create symbols and depict animals of great meaning in Native communities. The continuous circle of the hoops symbolizes the circle of life and the continual changing of the seasons.

Traditional hoops were made from the wood of a willow tree. Modern-day hoops are often made from reed and plastic hose because of the durability of the material when traveling. The hoops are decorated with tape and paint to symbolize the changing colors of each season. The traditional wooden hoops are still used on rare occasions.

To register to participate and additional event details, please visit https://heard.org/event/hoop/


The contest runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The exact time for each division depends on the number of entries and the length of each competitors dance. The Tiny Tots division has one round, and all other divisions have three rounds.


8:45 a.m. – Gates Open
9:30 a.m. – Grand Entry of Contestants
Tiny Tots (5 and under)….
Youth Division (6-12)… First Round
Teen Division (13-17)… First Round
Adult Division (18-39)… First Round
Senior Division (40+)… First Round
*Please note that lunch will take place mid-day for 1 hour.


8:45 a.m. – Gates Open
9:30 a.m. – Grand Entry of Contestants
Youth Division (6-12)… Second Round
Teen Division (13-17)… Second Round
Adult Division (18-39)… Second Round
Senior Division (40+)…..Second Round
Youth Division (6-12)… Final Round
Teen Division (13-17)… Final Round
Adult Division (18-39)…Final Round
Senior Division (40+)….Final Round

2020 Winners
Adult (18-39)
World Adult Champion:Scott Sixkiller-Sinquah (Gila River Pima, Hopi) #439
2nd Place: Tyrese Jensen (Diné, Pima Maricopa) #438
3rd Place: James Jones (Tallcree First Nation) #437
4th Place: Sampson Sixkiller-Sinquah (Gila River Pima, Hopi, Cherokee) #436
5th Place: Talon Duncan (San Carlos, Apache, Arikara/Hidastsa/Mandan) #433
6th Place: Patrick Willie (Diné) #435

Senior (40 and above)
World Senior Champion:Moontee Sinquah (Hopi, Tewa, Choctaw) #512
Second Place:Lisa Odjig (Obijwe, Odawa, Pottawatomi) #510
Third Place:Terry Goedel (Yakama) #506

Teens (13-17)
World Teen Champion:Nedallas Hammill (Diné) #323
Second Place:Josiah Enriquez (Pueblo of Pojaque) #312
Third Place:Joseph Romero (Pueblo of Pojaque/Nambé) #311

Youth (6-12)
World Youth Champion:Kailayne Jensen (Diné) #254
Second Place:Isaiah George (Santa Clara Pueblo) #233
Third Place: JaiP’o Harvier (Pueblo of Pojoaque) #239

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