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Hoop Dance 2018

February 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

On February 10 & 11, 2018, top American Indian and Canadian First Nations hoop dancers will compete at the Heard Museum for the prestigious World Champion title and cash prizes. At the two-day competition, men and women compete on an equal field.

Adults: $18
Seniors (65 and older): $13.50
American Indians: $12
Heard Museum members: $12
Children age 4–12: $7.50
Children 3 and younger: $0
2-DAY PASS : $30
Includes museum admission.

The art of hoop dance honors the cultural traditions from multiple Indigenous communities that first employed hoop dance as a healing ceremony. Today, hoop dance is shared as an artistic expression to celebrate, share and honor Indigenous traditions throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Over the years, the art of hoop dance has grown, incorporating new and creative designs and intricate footwork while still respecting the fundamentals of hoop dance, a form of tribal dance that sets itself apart. Each dancer presents his or her own variation of the intertribal hoop dance, weaving in aspects of tradition and culture. Individual routines use as few as four to as many as 50 hoops, which are manipulated to create a variety of designs including animals, insects, and globes.

Dancers are judged on a slate of five skills: precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativity, and speed. Contestants compete in one of five divisions: Tiny Tots (age 5 and younger), Youth (6-12), Teen (13-17), Adult (18-39) and Senior (40 and older).

Through the stunning performances of both men and women who are vying to call themselves the World Champion Hoop Dancer, the event combines artistry, athleticism, tradition, and suspense to present a memorable competition.

Please see our website for complete details: http://heard.org/event/hoop/

Contestants ONLY:
Discounted hotels are available – for a limited time!
We have secured rooms at three area hotels. The last day to make a reservation is January 10th 2018. Please contact Sue Pappas if you have any problems with booking: sue.pappas@pappasmail.net or call 503 706-6964.
Visit http://heard.org/event/hoop/ to download the hotel flyer.

Online registration closes at end of business on Feb. 9, 2018. After Feb. 9, registration will be accepted in person, fax, and email. Please see the registration form for directions.

Online registration link: https://9301a.blackbaudhosting.com/9301a/HOOP-Registration

Register Early!!! Why?
Pre-Registration Incentives!
– Fast pick up: your number and rules packet will be ready for you when you arrive (as long as we received your information by the requested date)
– Drawing: A drawing will take place from the pre-registered names for a pre-paid Visa card worth $100.00.

On-Site Registration on Saturday Feb. 10, 2017
– On-site registration will be available for $5.00 per dancer starting at 8 AM on Saturday morning, February 10th in Steele Auditorium. Blessing and rules review will follow at 9 a.m.

For information on signing up to compete, please contact Shaliyah Ben at 602.251.0259 or sben@heard.org.


February 11, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Heard Museum


Heard Museum
2301 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85004 United States
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