Dallas Arcand, Cree, is back atop the Hoop Dancing world. In front of a crowd of 7,000, Arcand reclaimed the title he held in 2006/2007. The Calgary, Albert native reclaimed his title at the 22nd Annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest. Competition was stiff as 56 hoop dancers from the U.S. and Canada vied for the title. The Jay Kahn Memorial Fund sponsors the teen competition prizes and the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a supporter of the contest.
Hoop dancing is one of those hardest, most athletic dance competitions in the world. It requires speed, agility, and incredible coordination as dancers maneuver their bodies through the hoops, sometimes numbering more than 50. Dancers also integrate creative designs and difficult manipulations of the hoops to present a unique variation of the dance.
Arcand, who has been absent from the competition for a few years, triumphed over the 2011 champion, Tony Duncan, San Carlos Apache/Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara of Mesa, Arizona. (San Carlos Apache/Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara), who took third place. Longtime hoop dance favorite Lane Jensen, Navajo/Pima/Maricopa, of Dilkon, Arizona, came in second place. Fourth place went to former teen champion Jasmine Rae Pickner-Bell, Crow Creek Dakota, of Riverton, Wyoming. Navajo hoop dancer Lowery Begay of Jonesborough, Tennessee, finished in fifth place. Rounding out the adult division was Michael Goedel, Lumbee/Yakima/Tulalip, of Rancho Cucamonga, California.
Three-time youth champion Tyrese Jensen, son of Lane Jensen, won his first teen division world championship over Talon Ree Duncan, Tony Duncan’s younger brother; and Vanessa Schocko, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa, of Peshawbestown, Michigan.
Brian Hammill, Ho Chunk, of New River, Arizona, held onto his senior division title, with Moontee Sinquah, Hopi/Tewa, of Glendale, Arizona, taking second place and longtime hoop dancer Terry Goedel, Yakima/Tulalip, father of Michael Goedel, winning third place.
In the youth division, Tiana Schocko, the younger sister of Vanessa Schocko, won the world title; Nedallas Hammill, Navajo/Ho Chunk, the son of Brian Hammill, won second place; and Jacob Cabarrubia, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, from Manistee, Michigan, took home a third place showing.