Welcome to the Heard Museum’s World Championship Hoop Dance Contest! This premier event features over 100 contestants from diverse tribal backgrounds throughout North America, showcasing their skills and passion. Since 1991, this event has been more than a competition, it’s a cornerstone for cultural preservation, spotlighting the profound history of hoop dancing in indigenous communities.
Enjoy delicious food & drinks from Emerson’s Frybread to Ni De Aqui, Ni De Alla Tacos, and energize yourself with Skoden Coffee or refreshing Bella’s Lemonade. Engage in hoop-themed family activities, explore offerings from community partners, and snag official merchandise from the OXDX Official Hoop Dance Merch Booth. And for those unable to attend in person, Gila River Broadcasting presents the Livestream of the event right here on this page both days, ensuring that the spirit of the contest reaches far and wide.
Join us in celebrating the artistry and resilience of indigenous peoples at this two-day extravaganza that promises to captivate, educate, and inspire all who attend.
2024 Heard Hoop Dance Contest Adult World Champion – Josiah Enriquez (Pueblo of Pojoaque)
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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.
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.
Can we purchase tickets at the event?
Yes. Tickets are available atht e entrance gate. Culture Passes not valid during this Signature Event.
How early can we arrive?
General Admission begins at 8:30 am, Members have access for seating at 8:15 am. The event starts at 9 am.
This is a rain or shine event. Should the weather turn grey, the competition may be postponed and/or moved indoors to the Steele Auditorium. If the forecast indicates rain we suggest bringing jackets, umbrellas, ponchos, etc.
What time will the Museum open?
Museum hours during Hoop are Sat 9 am-5 pm and Sun 9 am-4 pm.
The Coffee Cantina will open at 8:30 am and The Courtyard Café opens at 11 am.
Books and More opens at 9 am, The Shop opens at 10 am.
The entire north parking lot is designated as ADA parking. There are two areas inside the event for Elder and ADA seating. In addition, there will be special seat cushions available first come, first served at Books & More.
Food and Beverage restrictions
No outside food or drink is permitted. However, water bottles are permitted.
Dancers and family members are allowed to enter separately and keep belongings inside Steele Auditorium.
Are bags allowed in? If so, what size?
Inside event and the Museum, normal bag policies apply.
In addition, cooler bags are not permitted inside this event.
What other things should we bring? Suncreen? Hat?
Yes, you are encouraged to bring fold-up chairs, blankets, hats, sunblock, sunglasses, visors, umbrella/poncho.
Popup tents not permitted.
If we leave the event can we come back?
Yes, we have handstamps, and you may leave and come back anytime during the event.
Pets and service animals
Only Service animals will be allowed and must be leashed or tethered accordingly. Comfort animals not permitted.
Firearms and weapons
No weapons, any time are permitted.
Not permitted in the amphitheater, only in designated smoking areas or the parking lot.
No outside food and beverages includes no outside alcohol. Alcohol is sold at the Cantina and Courtyard Café.
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). Cash prizes totaling $25,000 are awarded to winners in each division, and victors in each division can claim the honor of being the World Champion.
Through stunning performances of those women and men competing to be named the next World Champion Hoop Dancer, the event combines artistry, athleticism, tradition, and suspense for an unforgettable weekend of fellowship and competition.
Rules have been developed with input from the Hoop staff and Advisors to the program.
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2023 World Champion Hoop Contest Highlights
Tony Duncan (San Carlos Apache, Arikara Hidasta
More than 30 Youth Hoop Dancers competed in the 2023 contest.
Each day, the contest begins with the Grand Entry for all contestants.
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!