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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.

Native American Hoop dance with Nakotah LaRance

Hoop Dance with Nakotah LaRance 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.

Top Ten List: March 17-23 2013

Top Ten It’s time for our weekly Top Ten List where we count down the top ten most buzz worthy posts of the week (based on reader response), starting things off at number ten and working our way up to the number one spot of the week. What was hot in the hoopersphere? Here’s Hooping.org’s Top Ten List for March 17th – March 23rd, 2013.

10a: We kick things off this week with a three way tie for our 10th place spot. So first up of our trio of winners is this amazing performance at the World Hoop Dance Championships by Nakotah Larance (95 Points).

10b: Our second shot spun it out in the snow with more energy than most people have in warm weather: Sarah E Sparkles (95 Points).

10c: And our third of the tie was all about A Glee Hula Hoop Explosion on the hit Fox TV Program (95 Points).

9: Coming in at number 9 this week was this awesome performance piece by Loz Egginton (98 Points).

8: At number 8 the University of Cincinnati Hoopdance Cats Spin The List TV show for one of the best hooping news segments we’ve seen in quite awhile (115 Points).

7: Sophie confronted some jealousy and envy When Her Hoop Crush Became Her Hoop Monster (123 Points).

6: Fever wasn’t feeling so hot so she spun up some Hoop Therapy and made everybody feel good (137 Points).

5: Kelly Osbourne hooped up the news again! Kelly Osbourne Hoops It Up For Redbook (157 Points).

4: Rose’s comic strip about her hooping experience was a total hit: How To Hula Hoop: A Comic Strip (208 Points).

3: Shannon took a closer look at The Value of Hooping Community (211 Points).

2: Our top rated video of the week goes to Mary Jane Schroeder (286 Points).

1: And at number one this week with a bullet – For the Price of a Hoop by Philo (635 Points).

That’s our Top Ten List for this week and things should get back to normal tomorrow, and remember that if you see something you appreciate here (or anywhere online), it only takes a second to “Like” it or leave a comment so share the hoop love and make someone’s day. YAY! Each like, share or comment is worth a point in calculating our weekly Top Ten. With that, we invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr if you’re not already doing so and we hope you had a very happy hooping weekend everybody!

Nakotah LaRance

Nakotah LaRance Nakotah LaRance is a six-time World Hoop Dance Champion whose star has really risen performing not only with Cirque Du Soleil’s “Totem” show and elsewhere, but he truly captured the hearts of a whole lot of hoopers last year with his mad Native American hoop dance skills in the Geronimo music video with The Knocks and Fred Falke. Here we have the total treat of getting to see his competition performance at the Heard Museum’s World Championship Hoop Dance Contest in Phoenix, Arizona, and while we know he placed sixth this year following a relatively unprecedented hoop dance off, regardless of whatever happened with the judging there’s something truly awe inspiring going on here. Video by Danny Upshaw. Nakotah lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. A Hooping.org Video of the Day.

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:

Our Top Ten Hooping Music Videos

Top Ten Hooping Music Videos When it comes to hooping there’s nothing better than cranking up the music. We all know that hoop dancing to the right song can take the experience to a whole new level, maybe even somewhere beyond our wildest dreams. So it isn’t any wonder that musicians have been turning more and more to hoopers in recent years to take their new singles and spin them into something energetic, entertaining and enthusiastic. The result has been that more and more music videos that are hitting the web and the airwaves are incorporating hooping and hoopers to give them that something extra. What are the best hooping music videos? Glad you asked because we’re going to countdown our Top Ten hooping music videos of all time.

While music videos have been around for awhile, particularly since the dawn of MTV in the early 1980’s, the second revolution of hooping didn’t begin spinning things up until the later 1990’s at a time when music videos weren’t what they used to be. Thanks to the dawn of a web startup called YouTube in February of 2005, which was purchased by Google in November 2006, music videos have been given a brand new life and the internet has proven to be not only an awesome way for us to spread the joy of hooping around the globe, but a way for artists and musicians to get their music and ideas and vision out into the public eye as well. And while there are hooping videos made by hoopers that certainly rival if not surpass what we might find in terms of hooping in the music video genre, here are our Top Ten Hooping Music Videos that we think really did it right.

The Knocks and Fred Falke Hoop It Up With Geronimo

Knocks and Fred Falke: Geronimo We’re so excited about the new track “Geronimo” by The Knocks and Fred Falke. The Knocks are an electronic music duo consisting of Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “JPatt” Patterson from New York City. They teamed up with France-based house producer and DJ Fred Falke on their new track “Geronimo” and the brand new dance music video that goes with it delivers some of the most amazing hoop dance visuals we’ve seen in quite awhile. B-Roc told Rolling Stone that most of the song was recorded in a day at the duo’s Chinatown studio which has a portrait of Geronimo hanging in it. “When Fred was trying to think of a name for the record, before we did the vocals, he looked up and saw the picture and said, ‘Who’s that?’ We told him it’s Geronimo and he said ‘Perfect!'” So that’s what inspired the lyrics and concept. Hooping.org has learned that when Daniel Pappas was brought in to direct the video, he brought in Native American hoop dancer extraordinaire Nakotah Larance. The six-time World Champion Hoop Dancer is so awesome to watch in this.

B-Roc told Rolling Stone, “[Pappas] had worked with the dancer before for some project he was doing, and the second he heard the song, he had the concept. When he told us the idea, we knew it was too good to pass up. He went through a lot to lock down the dancer and the location and everything, but it definitely paid off. We think it’s cool that the video makes a reference to rave culture. You see hundreds of these ‘hoopers’ of all ages at these dance festivals, so it’s a cool thing to touch on.” Cool indeed, and even cooler when the results turn out to be this good because it just doesn’t get much better than this! Shot in the desert at New Mexico’s White Sands National Monument, don’t miss the brand new music video “Geronimo” below (thanks Cara) – and you can score the EP (on iTunes):

Nakotah Larance: Six Time World Hoop Dance Champion

In honoring Native American Heritage Month and the joy and wonder of Native American Hoop Dance we present Nakotah LaRance, six time World Hoop Dance champion. Here he performs his award winning Hoop Dance at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, USA. He’s performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and won the “America’s Most Talented Kids” (PAX Network) competition with the highest score in the history of the show. Today he performs in “Totem” with Cirque du Soleil.