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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 am. Members entry access is 8:15 am.



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 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)

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?
Rain Policy
What time will the Museum open?
ADA Information
Food and Beverage restrictions
Are bags allowed in? If so, what size?
What other things should we bring? Suncreen? Hat?
If we leave the event can we come back?
Pets and service animals
Firearms and weapons
Smoking policy
Alcohol restrictions
Drone restrictions
About the Contest
Contest Rules


Interested in being a vendor, a sponsor, or have any general event questions? Email us at: hoopdance@heard.org

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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.
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!

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.