Tony Duncan of Tony Duncan Productions puts on another amazing Native American hoop dance performance to celebrate and honor life through dance. The five-time World Champion Hoop Dancer and performing artist does a great job of telling a story with his hoops on a sunny day for all to enjoy. His hoop dance doesn’t skip a beat either here and he’s always impressive to watch. Tony lives in Mesa, Arizona, USA, and the soundtrack for his performance is live music accompaniment, and speaking of music, check out some of his over on iTunes.
Kristen Croom of KC Hoopdance Fitness is making her bold (and brave) hooping.org debut. Hooping in the Arizona desert, she shows off her playful and fun hoop dance style against a dusty and beautiful backdrop. She’s currently living in Blue Earth, Minnesota, USA, and the soundtrack for this is, of course, “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, which you can download your copy of over on iTunes.
Hitting the mark for his one year hoopiversary, Christopher Hawley, also known as Cosmic Chris, celebrates this special occasion by hooping at Sunset Park in Sedona. He rocks some awesome angles on his shoulders and chest with elegant movements, even when breaking in the other direction. He makes vertical chest hooping look like no effort at all too! Filmed by Kiana KikiMa Prema, Chris lives in West Sedona, Arizona, USA, and the soundtrack for this is called “Whistling in the Dark” by Phaeleh (featuring Augustus Ghost), and it can be added to your music collection quite easily over on iTunes.
Christopher Hawley, also known as Cosmic Chris, spins up a fantastic flow session on a floating dock amidst the dragonflies for an impressive site debut. Few people can rock shoulder and arm movements like this guy. He truly has a style all of his own and the gentle rocking of the dock just adds to this meditative vibe we all loved. Chris lives in West Sedona, Arizona, USA, and the soundtrack for his video is “Journey’s End” by Blackmill and you can download this chill tune for yourself over on iTunes.
Hoop Monkey, otherwise known as Adam Amis, takes his LED hoop down into the Ice House in Phoenix, Arizona, and spins up some truly badass moves amidst a swirl of glittering LED lights. This is so great, we had to watch it more than once just to take it all in! Don’t miss his one handed B-boy hoop move in this too. He lives in Topeka, Kansas, USA, and the soundtrack that he’s hooping to here is “Stuntin” by The Floozies and you can score a copy of it for your own collection on iTunes.
Finding her sparkle in the dust, Caitlin Hofer, aka Isopuppy, our 2015 Hoopie Award winning Female Hooper of the Year, flows her own way in this beautiful video from her recent journey to the desert. Filmed at the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park in Sedona, Arizona, Caitlin moves effortlessly with her hoops and is mesmerizing in her hoop dance. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, USA, and the soundtrack that she used for her video is “Pilgrim” by MØ, which can be purchased for your own collection quite easily on iTunes.
Jessica Packard is back, this time with a video playing and practicing for an upcoming audition. Weaving circus skills with the smoothness of a proficient hoop dancer, Jessica spins up to five hoops all over her body with ease and beautiful configurations. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, and the soundtrack for this video is “Circles” by Manic Focus and it can be downloaded for your own music collection over on iTunes.
1st Place – Nakotah LaRance (Hopi/Tewa/Assiniboin): 241 points
2nd Place — Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw): 235 points
3rd Place — Tony Duncan (San Carlos Apache/Arikara/Hidatsa/Mandan): 233 points
4th Place — Michael Goedel (Yakama/Tulalip/Lumbee): 229 points
5th Place — Dallas Arcand (Plains Cree/Metis) 224 points
1st Place: Nakotah Larance
LaRance is particularly popular with Hooping.org readers thanks to his work with Cirque du Soleil’s Totem, his jaw dropping hoop dancing in the Geronimo” music video by The Knocks and Fred Falke, and more.
2nd Place: Derrick Suwaima Davis
3rd Place: Tony Duncan
65 hoop dancers competed in Phoenix this year. As for the Senior Division winner, that title went to Terry L. Goedel (Yakima/Tulalip), age 59. The Teen title was awarded to Tyrese Jensen (Navajo/Pima-Maricopa), age 16, and the youth title went again this year to Jaron Yazzie (Navajo/Apache), age 11. You can check out more photos of all of the top winners this year on the Heard Museum’s Facebook Page and we’d like to congratulate all of them.
Samantha Underseth of Hoop Dance Love is back with a video filmed in the stunning lands of Sedona, Arizona, USA. She has such an amazing view as she hoops it up amongst the infamous red rocks in one of her many rockin’ costumes. The fun editing will be sure to catch your eye, just like her skills will. She lives in in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, and the song she’s hoop dancing to is the Odesza Remix of “One Day They’ll Know” by Pretty Lights. Be sure to snag your own copy of it over on iTunes.
Nolita Ananda of Dance Yoga Bliss is back with a new hoop dance video filmed during a recent trip to Lake Powell, Arizona, USA. Check out the majestic views as Nolita hoops, plays in the water, and shows off her lovely wings of Isis. She says, “The scenery was so damn stunning, we just couldn’t resist a little hoop play!” We totally understand. This video was filmed by Mark Hall and Brad Gaerke, and it was edited by Ross Copeland. Nolita currently lives in Ko Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand, and the soundtrack to this piece is called “Mofolo Hall (Akulalwa)” by Ndumiso Nyovane and you can purchase a copy of it for your own collection over on on Amazon.