Watch These World Class Hoop Dancers! World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown May 3rd, 2016 Last Updated on: May 3rd, 2016

The 26th Annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest was held this past February in Phoenix, Arizona. It's definitely one of the most popular events held at the museum year after year!

Travel blogger Jema attended the contest and was in awe of all the dancers. She recorded some great video footage and shared on her YouTube channel.

The winners in each category were as follows:

Nakotah LaRance (Hopi/Tewa), Ohkey Ohwingeh, N.M. with 237 points
Dallas Arcand (Cree/Nakota Sioux/Metis), Kipohtakaw First Nation, Alberta, Canada, 231 points
Scott Sixkiller Sinquah, (Gila River Pima/Cherokee/Hopi), Phoenix, Ariz., 227 points
Patrick Willie (Navajo), Orem, Utah, 224 points
Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi), Old Oraibi, Ariz., 223 points
Lane Jensen (Navajo/Maricopa), Dilkon, Ariz., 212 points

Terry Goedel (Yakama/Tulalip), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 234 points
Brian Hammill (HoChunk), Phoenix, Ariz., 227 points
Moontee Sinquah (Hopi/Tewa/Choctaw), Second Mesa, Ariz., 208 points

Talon Ree Duncan (San Carlos Apache/Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara), Mesa, Ariz., 230 points
Tyrese Jensen (Navaj0/Pima-Maricopa), Mesa, Ariz., 226 points
Josiah Enrique (Pueblo of Pojoaque), Santa Fe, N.M., 219 points

Jaron Yazzie (Navajo/Apache), Farmington, N.M., 235 points
Kailayne Jensen (Navajo/Maricopa), Mesa, Ariz., 227 points
Rylee Sandberg (Norway House Cree Nation), Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada, 198 points

Nakotah LaRance (Hopi/Tewa) won his second consecutive World Championship Hoop Dancer title this year! Watch some of his award-winning moves below!


Thank you again to Jema for sharing her videos. You can also see more of her photos and recap over on her website Gypsy Jema.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

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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