A group of native americans are dancing in front of a crowd.

Hoop Contest Registration

Welcome to the Registration Page for the Heard Museum’s World Championship Hoop Dance Contest!

We extend a warm invitation to passionate individuals from diverse tribal backgrounds across North America to join us in this premier event. Since 1991, our contest has been more than just a competition; it’s been a vital cornerstone for cultural preservation, shining a spotlight on the rich history of hoop dancing in indigenous communities.

We welcome you to showcase your skills and share your passion with us. Over 100 contestants will gather to demonstrate their talents, contributing to the vibrant tapestry of indigenous culture. This is your opportunity to be a part of something truly special.

As a participant, you’ll also have the chance to immerse yourself in the festivities. Enjoy delectable food and drinks from Emerson’s Frybread to Ni De Aqui, Ni De Alla Tacos, and refuel with Skoden Coffee or refreshing Bella’s Lemonade. Engage in hoop-themed family activities, explore offerings from community partners, and grab official merchandise from the OXDX Official Hoop Dance Merch Booth.

In addition, Gila River Broadcasting presents the Livestream of the event at heard.org/hoop, ensuring that the contagious energy and spirit of the World Championship reaches far and wide.

Join us for this two-day extravaganza celebrating the artistry and resilience of indigenous peoples. We promise an event that will captivate, educate, and inspire all who participate. Register now to secure your spot in this unforgettable celebration!


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.


Email us at hoopdance@heard.org

2023 World Champion Hoop Contest Highlights

  • A Native American dancer performs a hoop dance.
    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.