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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:

Nelly Furtado: Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)

We’ve been waiting for this. We got excited when she was spotted walking on stilts and spotted in public with World Champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan. Then we heard the song, which had little to do with hoops, much less hooping, but learned she’d been working with Kevin and Violet Duncan as well – both amazing Native American hoop dancers in their own right. Well, now the wait is over and Nelly Furtado’s music video for her new single “Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) is finally here (and on iTunes). See it for yourself.

Nelly Furtado Releases Big Hoops

Tony Duncan Talks Hoop Dance With Nelly Furtado

Tony Duncan Talks Hoop Dance With Nelly Furtado

Earlier this month we told you about “Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)” – the new single by Nelly Furtado. Nelly was caught on camera on stilts in downtown Los Angeles and World Champion Hoop Dancer Tony Duncan was in the mix so needless to say we were super curious. Well the track has been released digitally now in the U.S. as the lead single from her upcoming fifth studio album “The Spirit Indestructible”. The song certainly has a great groove, but while the lyrics are clear that bigger is better there is little mention of hoops and she appears to be referring to big hoop ear rings. And yet a new behind-the-scenes sneak peak at the making of the music video for the single has Nelly hanging out in Los Angeles with not just Tony Duncan, but his wife Violet Duncan and his brother Kevin Duncan as well. The Yellow Bird Productions hoop dancers talk a little about hoop dance and show off some of their skills as well and we can see they are clearly in the video. So needless to say we’re still intrigued. As for the new album Nelly says, “This album is all about positivity, youth, good energy and the relentlessness of the spirit. I want people to live this music the way we did when we wrote it. I want them to jump, dance, scream, laugh, cry, love and vibe to it, and to turn it up very loud everywhere.” Listen to the new single “Big Hoops (Bigger is Better) with lyrics below and check out the sneak peak at the making of the music video with the Duncans.