On Sunday, February 8, the Heard Museum in Phoenix held the final round of its 25th annual World Hoop Dance Championship. The contestants, who survived the semifinals on Saturday, competed in four categories: Adult, Senior, Teen and Youth, with the winner of the Adult category also being named World Hoop Dance Champion. That winner was Nakotah LaRance, who edged out seven-time winner (and defending champion) Derrick Suwaima Davis by five points. LaRance is one of the most famous hoop dancers thanks to his affiliation with Cirque du Soleil and appearance in the video for "Geronimo," by The Knocks and Fred Falke.
Here are the full results, along with a selection of photos provided by the Heard Museum.
Nakotah LaRance, 2015 World Hoop Dance Champion. Photo by Debra Krol.
1st Place — Nakotah Larance, 25, Hopi/Tewa/Assiniboin, 241 points
2nd Place — Derrick Suwaima Davis, 47, Hopi/Choctaw, 235 points
3rd Place — Tony Duncan, 31, San Carlos Apache/Arikara/Hidatsa/Mandan, 233 points*
4th Place — Michael Goedel, 21, Yakama/Tulalip /Lumbee, 229 points*
5th Place — Dallas Arcand, 36, Plains Cree/Metis, 224 points
6th Place — Joseph Secody, 19, Navajo, 207 points
* Results are of a post-finals dance-off between these two contestants, who tied during the final round.
Michael Goedel, 4th Place, Adult Division. Photo by Debra Krol.
Dallas Arcand, 5th Place, Adult Division. Photo by Debra Krol.
Joseph Secody, 6th Place, Adult Division. Photo by Debra Krol.
Terry Goedel, Winner, Senior Division. Photo by Debra Krol.
1st Place — Terry L. Goedel, 59, Yakima/Tulalip, 231 points
2nd Place – Lowery Begay, 46, Navajo, 227 points
3rd Place — Brian Hammill, 44, HoChunk, 225 points
Lowery Begay, 2nd Place, Adult Division. Photo by Debra Krol.
Brian Hammill, 3rd Place, Senior Division. Photo by Debra Krol.
Ascension Harjo, 2nd Place, Teen Division. Photo by Debra Krol.
1st Place — Tyrese Jensen, 16, Navajo/Pima-Maricopa, 239 points
2nd Place — Ascension Harjo, 13, Mohawk/Kickapoo/Seminole, 232 points
3rd Place — Talon Ree Duncan, 16, Apache/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan, 224 points
Talon Ree Duncan, 3rd Place, Teen Division. Photo by Debra Krol.
Jaron Yazzie, Winner, Youth Division. Photo by Debra Krol.
1st Place — Jaron Yazzie, 11, Navajo/Apache, 243 points
2nd Place — Kailayne Jensen, 7, Navajo, 224 points
3rd Place — Rito Lopez Jr., 8, Apache/Pima/Hidatsa/Arikara/Mandan, 221 points
Kailayne Jensen, 2nd Place, Youth Division. Photo by Debra Krol.
Rito Lopez, Jr., 3rd Place, Youth Division. Photo by Debra Krol.