Meet Cirque du Soleil’s Hoop Dancer

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown December 11th, 2013 Last Updated on: December 11th, 2013

Latino-Native American performer Eric Hernandez has joined the Cirque du Soleil cast as a Hoop Dancer.  Eric has been hoop dancing since he was 10 thanks to his uncle Terry Goedel, a world champion hoop dancer. Eric never imagined he’d being hoop dancing for a living, but one look at his performance and you can see why Cirque du Soleil came calling.

Watch the NBC Latino interview and find out more about Cirque Du Soleil's Totem.

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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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I saw the opening night in London at the Royal Albert Hall a few years back. The show is amazing…. and it was so nice to see proper Native trad. dancing over in Europe! 🙂 Can’t wait for it to come to Denver so I can see it again!


great teacher you had good choice you pick maybe someday you will come to tyendinaga as hoop dancer would be nice if we could afford to bring you Congrats but keep dancing amazing


Saw Totem last night, everyone did amazing job, the hoop dancers especially!


Awesome!!!! The show just gets better.

Linda Proulx

I have many friends in Cirque, and an uncle in 70s who still flies and teaches the trapeze. This was beautiful story. beautiful man, and beautiful traditional dancing!
Thank you for bringing this to us.


I’m also am Native American and enjoy seeing our heritage out there for all to see. It is beautiful, but I’ve never seen hoop dancing. Would love a chance to see it. Hopefully Eric will come to Charlotte NC.


There are powwow’s near you and there should be a hoop dancer that travails that circuit. If not Virginia has a few that travail threw. You should come and see. This is by you https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkP3AbZUQUM

Elizabeth & Scott Ridgway

HEY Eric, I had heard that you were recruited by Cirque du Soleil. Congratulations! I cannot imagine working with a more creative, talented & electric group of people. I hope you are enjoying the experience. I have seen 2 of the shows, one early on in Santa Monica and one a few years ago at the Forum. I would love to see “Totem” too. Do you get any break on ticket prices (it’s out of our price range). Anyway, have fun!

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