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World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

  • Heard Museum
    2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ
  • Phone: (602) 252-8840
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Adults $18 (Two-day pass $30); Seniors (65 and older) $13.50; American Indians $12; Heard Museum members $12; Children age 4–12 $7.50; Children 3 and younger free

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 this two-day competition, men and women compete on an equal field.

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 and honor Indigenous traditions throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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.

Please note: This is an outdoor event, rain or shine. Lawn seating only. We recommend bringing folding chairs or blankets. Outside food and beverages (excluding water bottles) may not be brought into this event.

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ
The internationally acclaimed Heard Museum is one of the best places to experience the myriad cultures and art of American Indians of the Southwest. Located on Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix, the…