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Signature Event

World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

February 15 - 16, 2025 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Heard Museum Campus

Parking Map


GA entry is 8:30 a.m. Members entry access is 8:15 a.m.



1st Anjalee Andrews

2nd Naiche Duncan

3rd Isaiah George


1st Mateo Ulibarri

2nd Jerry Hunt

3rd Jerrhan First Charger


1st Josiah Enriquez

2nd Talon Ree Duncan

3rd Tony Duncan

4th Scott Sixkiller Sinquah

5th Beany John

6th Sky Duncan


1st Moontee Sinquah

2nd Terry Goedel

3rd Bartley Harris

A young man in a native outfit holding a plaque.

Welcome to the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest at the Heard Museum! This annual event attracts over 100 dancers from diverse tribal backgrounds throughout Turtle Island, displaying their masterful skills and carrying on the traditions of hoop dance.

Enjoy delicious food & drinks from local vendors and the Heard Museum’s award-winning restaurant. Engage in hoop-themed family activities, explore offerings from community partners, and shop official merchandise from the Official Hoop Dance Merch Booth. For those unable to attend in person, our streaming partner Gila River Broadcasting presents a livestream of the event hosted on this page, ensuring that the spirit of the contest reaches far and wide. 

The World Championship Hoop Dance Contest is a culmination of dozens of community members that show up as dedicated staff, emcees, singers, families, and supporters. From the Arena Emcee, Dennis Bowen, committing over 30 years of live coverage; to Arena Director Eric Manuelito, flawlessly orchestrating the competition’s flow; to our Northern and Southern Drum Groups, The Cozad Singers and Thunder Boy Singers, providing the heartbeat of the arena.

Since the first World Championship hosted at the Heard Museum in 1991, this event has become a cornerstone for cultural preservation, spotlighting and continuing the profound history of hoop dancing within Indigenous communities. Join us in celebrating the artistry and excellence of Indigenous peoples at this thrilling two-day championship that promises to captivate, educate, and inspire all who attend. 

2024 Heard Hoop Dance Contest Adult World Champion – Josiah Enriquez (Pueblo of Pojoaque)

Museum Parking

Let us help you find alternative parking options with our Parking Map and ensure a stress-free arrival at the museum for an unforgettable experience.

Light Rail Access

Embrace eco-friendly travel, beat traffic, and arrive seamlessly. Hop on board for a scenic journey and step off the Encanto/Central stop via Valley Metro Light Rail.

Ride Share

Arrive in style! Join our event at the museum hassle-free with convenient ride-share options. Skip parking stress, enjoy the journey, and make memories at the museum.

Hoop FAQs
Can we purchase tickets at the event?
How early can we arrive, and what is your rain policy?
ADA Information
What time will the Museum open during Hoop?
Can we leave the event and come back?
What other things should we bring? Suncreen? Hat?
About the Contest
Contest Rules
Previous Year’s Winner List


Have general event questions? Email us at: hoopdance@heard.org

Interested in being a food/drink vendor: hoop.vendors@heard.org

Our Sponsors are the best! For more info: hoop.sponsors@heard.org

Our sponsors

  • Major supporters

    The A P S logo.
    Susan Orr, in Memory of her husband William and son Tyler
  • Youth & Teen Division Sponsors

    Jay Kahn Memorial Fund
    Richard O. Kern Fund
  • Sponsors

    Ted & Mary Jo Shen
    Mary Ellen McKee
  • Supporters

  • Media Partner

  • Youth & Family Programming at the Heard is made possible by

    The A P S logo.
    The Molly Blank Fund logo.
    The Boeing Company
    The Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation logo.
    The Steele Foundation logo.
A group of native americans are dancing in front of a crowd.

Hoop Competitors

Don’t miss your chance to be part of history at the Heard Museum’s World Championship Hoop Dance Contest! Showcase your skills and passion alongside contestants from diverse tribal backgrounds, all vying for the prestigious title of World Champion and a share of the $25,000 cash prize. Register now to participate and immerse yourself in a celebration of indigenous culture, complete with delicious food, and family activities. Click the button below to secure your spot and join us in honoring the profound history and artistry of hoop dancing!

2023 World Champion Hoop Contest Highlights

  • A Native dancer with a hoop in front of a crowd.
    Tony Duncan (San Carlos Apache, Arikara Hidasta Mandan)
  • A youth hoop dancer jumping midair through a hoop during a performance.
    More than 30 Youth Hoop Dancers competed in the 2023 contest.
  • A group of Native Americans entering the hoop dance contest in front of a crowd.
    Each day, the contest begins with the Grand Entry for all contestants.

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