The Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest was held again in Phoenix, Arizona, and it was Nakotah LaRance that emerged victorious!
Hooping.org is celebrating Indigenous People’s Day today and Tyrese Jensen and Kailayne Jensen of YellowHouse Dancers’ hoop dance configurations not only preserve their Native American tradition and culture through song, music, and dance, these two are amazing to watch. The brother and sister duo execute various formations with exciting confidence and clarity and they split their time between Mesa, Arizona, during the school year, and Dilkon, Arizona, USA, on the Navajo reservation. They’re dancing to the rhythm and tempo of traditional music performed lived.
Moontee Sinquah, the two time World Champion Hoop Dancer, performs with his sons and nephew at the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds in Trumansburg, New York. The shapes and formations he creates throughout his Native American hoop dance performance tell a truly powerful story you won’t want to miss. Moontee Sinquah is from Polacca, Arizona, USA.
Earlier this month the Centre for Gender Advocacy hosted a celebration for the completion of a public mural commissioned by Missing Justice. The mural, located on the wall of the anarchist bookstore L’insoumise in Montreal, stands as a public statement to denounce violence against all indigenous women, and demand and demand attention to honoring the lives and spirits of those who have gone missing or been found murdered. Two hoop dancers share something beautiful and powerful in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
We really love watching Nakotah LaRance do his thing and even though it shouldn’t be a surprise to see him spin up another amazing hoop dance, we’re nonetheless left having to pick our jaws up off the floor all over again. Performing at the Santo Domingo Pueblo, the six time World Champion Hoop Dancer puts his own spin on traditional Native American Hoop Dance and it’s always a treat to watch. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA, and the soundtrack for this is live drumming and singing by his father, Steve LaRance.