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Grand Entry during 23rd Annual Hoop Dance Contest

Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

This event showcases a unique sport. Prepare for stunning performances of the men and women who are vying to call themselves World Champion Hoop Dancer. The event combines artistry, sheer athleticism and cultural traditions to create an exciting, colorful and suspenseful competition.


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Last year, the competition was so close that two dancers in the adult division had to compete in an additional dance-off to determine their final standing, and contests in recent years have been decided by just one to three points. Top American Indian and Canadian First Nation hoop dancers are preparing to enter the competition and win the prestigious title and cash prizes at the two-day competition, in which men and women compete on an equal field.

Download the list of 2014 Hoop Dance winners

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.

Contestant Information

Download the Hoop Dance Registration Form for 2015

Download to View Official Rules for the 2015 Hoop Dance Contest

For information on signing up to compete, please contact Darian Begay at 602.251.0212 or dbegay@heard.org.


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Event Details

February 7 – 8
9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Adults: $18
Seniors (65+): $13.5
American Indians: $12
Heard Museum members: $12
Children age 4–12: $7.5
Children under 4: $0

Includes museum admission.

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