28th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Competition
Sat., Feb. 10, 2018
- Event Category:
- Heard Museum
- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Info / Tickets
On Sat., Feb. 10, and Sun., Feb. 11, the Heard museum hosts the 28th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Competition, in partnership with the Consulate General of Canada.
Men and women from across the United States and Canada perform in the competition for cash prizes and the title of World Champion Hoop Dancer. Contestants represent unique aspects of their heritage by uniting dancing strength, creativity and intricate footwork. The event kicks off with a grand procession of competitors representing more than 20 nations from the United States and Canada.
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.
Through a partnership with the Consulate General of Canada, the event features daily musical performances – during the lunch breaks – by Six Nations of the Grand River artist DJ Shub. Shub, formerly of the music group A Tribe Called Red, is an award-winning recording artist.