Heard Museum hosting 29th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Competition

Terry Goedel.Photo by Jewel Clark , courtesy: Heard Museum

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Competitive hoop dancers to showcase artistry, athleticism, traditions during a two-day competition February 9-10

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Heard Museum


On Saturday, Febuary 9, and Sunday, February 10, the Heard Museum will host the 29th-Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Competition, an event that showcases different variations of hoop dancing. Men and women from across the U.S. and Canada will perform in the renowned competition for cash prizes and the title of World Champion Hoop Dancer. Each contestant will represent unique aspects of their heritage by uniting dancing strength, creativity and intricate footwork.

Dancers are judged on their precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativity and speed. Contestants compete in one of five categories during the two-day event: Tiny Tots (5 and under), Youth (6-12), Teen (13-17), Adult (18-39) and Senior (40 and older). Individual routines use as few as four and as many as 50 hoops, which are manipulated to create a variety of designs including animals, insects and globes. This celebrated competition attracts thousands of attendees from around the world and is a testament to the long-standing history of American Indian Hoop Dance.

In addition, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Phoenix author, Barbara Renner, will sign books from her “Quincy the Quail” series. Guests will also enjoy fry bread and other traditional foods during the festival.

Prices vary for admission, but fees include day-of museum admission. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs for this outdoor event. Learn more about the 2019 World Championship Hoop Dance Competition here.

Nanabah Kadenhii. Photo by Jewel Clark, courtesy: Heard Museum


Saturday, February 9, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(Gates open at 8:45 a.m.; grand entry at 9:00 a.m.)


Heard Museum Amphitheater

2301 N. Central Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85004


The Heard Museum has hosted this prestigious event since 1991, and thousands of spectators each year are drawn by the competition, culture and stunning visuals. With more than 90 contestants, dancers across all divisions are honored to perform and share their knowledge of hoop dancing with the greater Phoenix community. This event is also generously supported by APS, Jay Kahn Memorial Fund, Sanderson Ford and Lightning Boy Foundation, Inc.


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