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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 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: