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Nakotah LaRance Wins World Champion Hoop Dance Contest

Nakotah LaRance: Photo courtesy of the Heard Museum by Debra Krol.

Nakotah LaRance: Photo courtesy of the Heard Museum by Debra Krol.

The 25th Annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest were held once again in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, and hoop dancers from all over the United States and Canada made their way to compete for the ultimate title of World Hoop Dance Champion. The two-day event held at the museum’s Scott L. Libby Jr. Amphitheater, was incredible to see even with the unseasonably high temperatures. The first place prize this year went to none other than Nakotah LaRance (Hopi/Tewa/Assiniboin) of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, New Mexico! Nakotah returned to Phoenix this year having placed 4th in 2014, but this year he hoop danced his way right into the winner’s circle, edging out Derrick Suwaima Davis, a seven time World Champion, by a mere five points! Larance won a total prize of $3,500 and Davis received $2,500.

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.

Derrick Suwaima Davis Wins 7th Unprecedented World Hoop Dance Champion Title

Derrick Suwaima Davis The 24th Annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest recently took place again in Phoenix, Arizona, and hoop dancers came from all over the United States and Canada made their way to compete for the ultimate title of becoming World Hoop Dance Champion. The two-day event featured 64 competitors and more than 3,500 were present for the competition at the museum’s Scott L. Libby Jr. Amphitheater. It’s a pretty big deal not only to receive the highest honor from your community and peers, but the first place prize also comes with a $3,500 cash award and this year that incredible honor went for an unprecedented 7th time to Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw)! He returned to Phoenix and hoop danced his way into the winner’s circle all over again. Check out his award winning hoop dance performance below:

With a score of 234 points our of a possible 250, Davis came in fourteen points ahead of the amazingly talented Tony Duncan (220 points), who earned the World Champion title himself back in 2011.

3rd place went to Lane Jensen of Mesa, Arizona.

Nakotah LaRance, popular with Hooping.org readers, came in 4th this year. As for the Senior Division winner, that title went once again to the incomparable Brian Hammill. The Teen title was awarded to Talon Duncan, brother of Tony Duncan, and the youth title went to Jaron Yazzie of Farmington, New Mexico.

Derrick Suwaima Davis Wins 2013 World Champion Hoop Dancer Title

Derrick Suwaima Davis The 23rd Annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest recently took place again in Phoenix, Arizona, and hoop dancers came from all over the United States and Canada to compete for the ultimate title of becoming World Hoop Dance Champion. It’s a pretty big deal not only to receive the highest honor from your community and peers, but the first place prize also comes with a $3,500 cash award and this year that incredible honor went to Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw) who won this year for an unprecedented sixth time! Davis last captured the World Champion title back in 2010 and this year he returned to Phoenix and danced himself right into the winner’s circle all over again. Check out his award winning hoop dance performance below:

With a score of 235 points, Davis came in ten points ahead of the amazingly talented Tony Duncan who earned the World Champion title for himself back in 2011, while Kevin Dakota Duncan placed 3rd this year with 215 points. The Duncan brothers were very high profile this year in part as the result of the appearance in Nelly Furtado’s Big Hoops music video. Watch their second and third place performances below:

Derrick Suwaima Davis Talks Hoop Dance

Derrick Suwaima Davis Derrick Suwaima Davis won his first hoop dancing championship in 1992, his most recent in 2010, and he has earned the title of World Champion Hoop Dancer five times. So when the Indian Country Today Media Network sits down with him for an interview to break it down, we knew we were in for a pretty amazing read. How did he develop his own hoop dance style? Derrick explains, “I first saw the dance when I was around the intertribal gatherings in New Mexico. I was already a champion fancy dancer. As a young boy my father made us hoops. I didn’t really understand the significance but it was something I was drawn to. We began to imitate the dance… As I was coming along I really began to understand the story. The origin of the dance goes back to the Healing Dance where the shaman or the patient would pass through the hoop and whatever ailment was disturbing the patient would be dismissed. And although this dance is done in a public and competitive format, it still conveys that message of healing and restoring balance and the Hopi culture and how we talk about First, Second, Third and how we are now in a Fourth World. At the end of the dance I set down a four-hoop globe. Each time I pick up one of those hoops it acknowledges times of adversity and prosperity, and how through time it’s the plants, the animals and the insects that have taught human beings how to utilize the resources around us. And so, as we are stewards and guardians, it’s through our songs and our dances we ask and encourage everything to be healthy. Because if the environment is healthy, then we are going to be healthy. Through our art forms and with our good intentions we encourage well being. The hoop dance encompasses a large amount of teaching.” Full interview: Indian Country Today Media Network

Derrick Suwaima Davis at Grand Canyon

Hoop dancer Derrick Suwaima Davis

Hoop dancer Derrick Suwaima Davis

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon was the place to be recently for a truly majestic view at the 18th Annual Native American Heritage Days. Taking place on August 11 and 12, the event featured world class hoop dancer Derrick Suwaima Davis, a Native Arizonan from the Hopi and Choctaw nations who performed on both days. Suwaima, who began participating in Pow Wows at the age of 3, is a Five Time World Champion Hoop Dancer and Champion Fancy Dancer. In addition to hoop dancing he has also been a member of the pop/rock group “Clan/destine” for seven years, worked with The Phoenix Symphony, appeared as a model in Marie Clare magazine, appeared as man of the month in Cosmopolitan and his image has been used by many from the Arizona Tourism Bureau to the U.S. Postal Service.

Native American hoop dancing is thought to have originated in healing ceremonies among the Taos tribes of northern New Mexico. Other tribes adopted the dance, and its popularity spread through powwows and exhibitions. These days, dancers compete with one another for speed, precision, and the number of hoops they can handle and interlock into forms such as butterflies, spheres, snakes, eagles, or bears. “Hoop dancing takes a lot of mental preparation,” Davis explained. “It’s like weaving a basket – you have to remember what goes where.” You can view his 2010 World Champion hoop dance here.