30th Annual Hoop Dance Contest

Heard hosts best competitors from U.S. and Canada

Scott Sixkiller-Sinquah (Gila River Pima, Hopi) of Phoenix won his first adult world hoop dance title at the 30th annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 at the Heard Museum.

Sixkiller-Sinquah faced 22 of the best hoop dancers in his division, including past champions. The 26-year-old master of hoop dancing outshone the other contestants in precision, timing, rhythm, showmanship, creativeness and speed. In total, more than 80 top American Indian and Canadian First Nation hoop dancers competed in the competition for cash prizes and the title.

The art of hoop dance honors cultural traditions from multiple Indigenous communities, reflecting the form’s roots in traditional healing ceremonies. Today, hoop dance is shared as an artistic expression to celebrate and honor Indigenous traditions throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“The Heard Museum continues to be honored to host the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest and we could not be more thrilled with the turnout for the 30th anniversary event,” says David M. Roche, Heard Museum Dickey Family Director and CEO. “This year’s competition drew in the largest number of participants in its history. We’re delighted to provide a home to the members of the hoop-dancing community.”

PHOTO COURTESY HEARD MUSEUM

 

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