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Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Final Results — Sunday, Feb. 8

The following are final results for the 25th annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest:

See photo album here —->

Adult

  • 1st Place – 316 Nakotah Larance, 25, Hopi/Tewa/Assiniboin, 241 points
  • 2nd Place – 306 Derrick Suwaima Davis, 47, Hopi/Choctaw, 235 points
  • 3rd Place — 319 Tony Duncan, 31, San Carlos Apache/Arikara/Hidatsa/Mandan, 233 points*
  • 4th Place — 308 Michael Goedel, 21, Yakama/Tulalip /Lumbee, 229 points*
  • 5th Place — 313 Dallas Arcand, 36, Plains Cree/Metis, 224 points
  • 6th Place — 303 Joseph Secody, 19, Navajo, 207 points

* Results are of a post-finals dance-off between these two contestants, who tied during the final round.

Senior

  • 1st Place — 403 Terry L. Goedel, 59, Yakima/Tulalip, 231 points
  • 2nd Place – 406 Lowery Begay, 46, Navajo, 227 points
  • 3rd Place — 404 Brian Hammill, 44, HoChunk, 225 points

Teen

  • 1st Place – 202 Tyrese Jensen, 16, Navajo/Pima-Maricopa, 239 points
  • 2nd Place – 201 Ascension Harjo, 13, Mohawk/Kickapoo/Seminole, 232 points
  • 3rd Place — 207 Talon Ree Duncan, 16, Apache/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan, 224 points

Youth

  • 1st Place – 109 Jaron Yazzie, 11, Navajo/Apache, 243 points
  • 2nd Place – 105 Kailayne Jensen, 7, Navajo, 224 points
  • 3rd Place — 115 Rito Lopez Jr., 8, Apache/Pima/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan, 221 points

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Saturday, Feb. 7, First Round Results

These contestants competed in the semi-finals Sunday, Feb. 8. See final results for Sunday’s competition above.

Adult

303 Joseph Secody,19 Navajo
304 Lane Jensen, 37 Navajo/Maricopa
306 Derrick Suwaima Davis, 47 Hopi/Choctaw
308 Michael Goedel, 21 Yakama/Tulalip /Lumbee
310 Scott Sinquah, 21 Pima/Hopi/Tewa/Choctaw/Cherokee
313 Dallas Arcand, 36 Plains Cree/Metis
315 Patrick Willie, 24 Navajo
316 Nakotah Larance, 25 Hopi/Tewa/Assiniboin
319 Tony Duncan, 31 San Carlos Apache/Arikara/Hidatsa/Mandan
320 Violet Duncan, 30 Plains Cree/Taino

Senior

401 Celina Cada-Matasawagon, 45 Ojibway
403 Terry L. Goedel, 59 Yakima/Tulalip
404 Brian Hammill, 44 HoChunk
405 Moontee Sinquah, 49 Hopi/Tewa/Choctan
406 Lowery Begay, 46 Navajo
407 Courage Benally, 64 Navajo

Teen

201 Ascension Harjo, 13 Mohawk/Kickapoo/Seminole
202 Tyrese Jensen, 16 Navajo/Pima-Maricopa
203 Nanabah Kadenehii, 13 Dineh
205 Qootsuen “Taka” Denipah, 14 Ohkay Owingeh
207 Talon Ree Duncan, 16 Apache/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan
209 Francesca Alicia Maestas, 14 Pueblo of Pojoaque

Youth

104 Jaden Ferris, 12  Eastern Shoshone
105 Kailayne Jensen, 7 Navajo
109 Jaron Yazzie, 11  Navajo/Apache
115 Rito Lopez Jr., 8 Apache/Pima/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan
119 Nedallas Hammill, 11  Navajo/HoChunk
120 Josiah Jayden Enriquez, 12  Pueblo of Pojoaque

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About

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.

NOTE: Lawn seating only. Please bring folding chairs or blankets to sit on. As the high temperature in downtown Phoenix on both days of this event is expected to reach the low 80s under sunny skies, sunscreen is highly recommended. Bottled water is the only beverage that may be brought into this event.

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

Cost:
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.

Location:
Libby Amphitheater

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