While Tony Duncan had captured the Teen Champion titled four times previously, when he entered the 21st Annual Heard Museum Hoop Dance Championship Contest he came in this time as an adult – and captured the World Hoop Dance Championship title. Duncan, who lives in Mesa, Arizona, wasn’t the only one in his family who did well either. Four of his brothers either won or placed during the championship this year as well. With a crowd of more than 10,000 there to cheer on a roster of 43 hoop dancers from all over the United States and Canada, it was Tony Duncan who earned himself the title and the $3,500 cash prize. 2009 World Champion Brian Hammill brought home his first Senior Division championship this year, while the Teen division award went to Christian Hazell. The judges included: Jocy Bird (Sioux/Mandan/Hidatsa), of Brookings, South Dakota; Victor Bob (Navajo), from Gallup, New Mexico; Kevin Connywerdy (Comanche), of Norman, Oklahoma; Bruce LeClaire (Rosebud Sioux) from Durango, Colorado; and James Pheasant (Eastern Band of Cherokee) from Cherokee, North Carolina. The 2012 contest will be held on February 4 & 5, 2012.
VIDEO OF THE DAY: In the video below Tony Duncan’s award winning performance begins at the 6:30 mark.