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Heard Museum hoop dancing compitions ~/:))

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Phoenix, AZ
Post #: 35

This is coming up really soon.....
I usually end up going both days.... they have food vendors & the restaurant is open too. Makes for a nice afternoon out.­

The Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest combines artistry, sheer athleticism and cultural traditions to create a unique competition. Top American Indian and Canadian First Nations hoop dancers from the United States and Canada are preparing to compete for the prestigious title of world champion during the two-day event, to be held at Phoenix’s Heard Museum on Saturday and Sunday, February 11 & 12, 2012.

At last year’s competition, a new World Champion was crowned: Tony Duncan of Mesa, Arizona (right). The former four-time Teen Champion, now grown with a family of his own, achieved one of his life goals, winning the World Champion Hoop Dance title. Duncan (Apache/Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara) is also a member of the world-famous Yellow Bird Indian Dancers, composed of the rest of the Duncan family. This year will be no exception, as last year four of the seven Duncan brothers won or placed in various divisions.

As the Hoop Dance sport grows in stature, so do the competitors. The point spread for the six adult division finalists was only 16 points, and contests in the past few years have been decided by just one to three points. In addition to Duncan, expect to see seasoned competitors and crowd favorites such as current Senior Champion Brian Hammill (Ho-Chunk); Jasmine Pinckner (Crow Creek Sioux) of Rapid City, South Dakota; and Lowery Begay (Diné) from Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Celina Cada-Matasawagon (Ojibway), known for dancing during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, and then jumping on a jet to come to Phoenix to compete for hoop glory, is also expected to compete for the senior title.

Also, Tyrese Jensen (Navajo/Maricopa, left), the seventh-grader from Mesa, Arizona, will be back to defend his Youth World Champion title one last time before moving into the Teen Division. He’s expected to once again battle sisters Waskwane and Beedoskah Stonefish (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa) of Suttons Bay, Michigan, for top honors in the Youth Division.

All three have been featured in national and international media, and they are likely to rise through the Teen and Adult ranks as they graduate from grammar and middle schools.

The 2011 Teen Champion, Christian R.J. Hazell (Métis Nation) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is expected to return, this year competing for the first time in the Adult Division after turning 18.

Both women and men compete on an equal field for the title.

The winners will take home cash prizes as follows:
•Senior Division (40+) 1st - $2,000, 2nd - $1,500, 3rd - $1,000
•Adult Division (18-39)1st - $3,500, 2nd - $2,500, 3rd - $2,000, 4th $1,500, 5th - $1,000, 6th - $750
•Teen Division (13-17)1st - $500, 2nd - $250, 3rd - $100
•Youth Division (6-12)1st - $300, 2nd - $150, 3rd - $75
•Tiny Tots (5 & under)Split a prize of $200
For many years, the intertribal hoop dance has expanded to incorporate new and creative designs and extremely intricate footwork. Each dancer presents a unique variation of the hoop dance, weaving in aspects of his or her distinct tradition and culture. Individual routines are presented using as few as four to as many as 50 hoops, which are manipulated to create a variety of designs including animals, butterflies and globes.

Dancers are judged on a slate of five skills: precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativity and speed. In recent years, younger competitors such as Nakotah La Rance (Hopi/Tewa), who is also an up-and-coming actor, have been incorporating modern dance steps from hip-hop into their routines. (La Rance is not expected to compete, as he is under contract to Cirque du Soleil and is performing in a worldwide show.)
t’s easy to get to the Heard Museum and to our events via METRO Light Rail! Look for the Heard Museum parking signs along Central Avenue, or take the Light Rail to the Encanto Station and avoid having to locate a parking spot. Or use Park and Ride lots all along the Light Rail route.

WHEN:Saturday and Sunday, February 11 & 12, 2012
9:30 a.m. Grand Entry – Saturday and Sunday
Competition will end at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The Adult Division final round will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

WHERE:Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Ariz.
COST:$15 general admission, $13.50 seniors (65+), $10 American Indians and Heard Museum members, $7.50 children 4-12, free for children under 4. Cost is per day and includes the event and museum admission.
INFO:Call 602.252.8848 or visit
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