Arcand is an Aboriginal hoop dancer from the Alexander (Kipohtakaw) Plains Indian Cree Nation, located near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A motivational speaker and a musician as well, he has been a World Class Hoop Dancer for 14 years. He also plays Aboriginal acoustic instruments, best known for native flute and has developed a unique singing and songwriting style sometimes referred to as ‘indigenous hip-hop’ performing under the name KrayZKree (on iTunes). Other World Champions this year were Tiana Schocko in Youth, Tyrese Jensen in Teen and Brian Hammill in Senior. How did Arcand feel about once again being given the top honor? “Awesome. That’s the only word for how this is,” Arcand said, holding his first place trophy. 55 Native American dancers participated in the competition this weekend with as many as 9,000 people looking on.
official rules, five judges from across the nation rated the contestants on speed, precision, showmanship, creativity, rhythm and timing.