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.
With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching in the U.S., we are pleased to share four time World Champion Hoop Dancer Brian Hammill of Native Spirit, who takes us to Superstition Mountains for a very special hoop dance. We’re most certainly grateful for it. He says, “The hoop dance represents our journey through the circle of life. Each hoop represents a thread in the intricate web. The formations representing various creations that we see along our life’s journey. Almost every native nation has a story about the hoop dance.” Brian’s stories are always beautifully told, this time against a stunning desert landscape. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Traditional hoop dancer Teddy Anderson has traveled to over 17 different countries sharing his hoop skills and spreading a message of peace. In this video, he puts a modern twist on traditional hoop dance and uses 4 specific colors in order to represent the different people of the world. He truly knows how to tell a story with his hoops! Teddy is based in Alberta, Canada, but this video was filmed in Victoria, British Columbia. Cinematography was done by Zia Kalyan and more information about Teddy can be found on his webpage, hoopdanceproductions.com.
In “Electric Hoop”, a documentary short by Ashley Bomberry and Mohsen Nazeri, the unexpectedly unique Erik “Arik” Pipestem describes his process of exploration on story telling through hoop dance. Fusing several traditional Native American pow wow hoop dance styles with acro and hip hop, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and Latin, Arik is a First Nations performer who is one of a kind. He’s also a dancer and choreographer with many years of experience performing with Cirque Du Soleil, So You Think You Can Dance Canada and more. He’s spun it up in several music videos as well including “Red Winter” by Drezus – which is also the soundtrack for this and it’s available on iTunes. Arik lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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.
The 23rd Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest returns in less than two-weeks to the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, February 9th and 10th of 2013, top American Indian and Canadian First Nation hoop dancers from the United States and Canada are preparing to compete for the prestigious title of World Champion. At last year’s competition former World Champion Dallas Arcand (Cree), who was one of the performers in our Idle No More story from Edmonton last week, returned after a hiatus to recapture the title. He’s expected to return to defend it this year and the adult division final round begins on Sunday at 2:00 pm.
As the Hoop Dance sport grows in stature, so do the competitors. Last year the point spread for the six adult division finalists was just 16 points, and contests in the past few years have been decided by just one to three points. In addition to Arcand those who make their way to Phoenix can expect to see such seasoned competitors and crowd favorites as current Senior Champion Brian Hammill (Ho-Chunk); Jasmine Pinkner (Crow Creek Sioux) of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Lowery Begay (Diné) from Jonesborough, Tennessee. Celina Cada-Matasawagon (Ojibway), known for dancing during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, and then jumping on a jet to come to Phoenix to compete for hoop glory, is also expected to compete for the senior title again this year. Tyrese Jensen (Navajo/Maricopa), the seventh-grader from Dilkon, Arizona, will be back to defend his Teen World Champion title as well. 2012 Youth Champion Tiana Schocko (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa) is also expected back along with other members of the Biimaadiziwin Hoop Dance Society, a group of talented youngsters from Michigan tribal communities who are sustaining their heritage through cultural pursuits such as hoop dancing. Both women and men compete on an equal field for the title. Hoop Dancers use from four to 50 hoops in various manipulations and are judged in five areas: precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativeness and speed. The winners will take home cash prizes and honors.
There’s no doubt that once you’ve begun hooping you start to notice that circles are everywhere. For Tony Duncan, five-time World Champion Hoop Dancer, his roots have taught him the sacredness of the circle, the hoop, and his dance. Duncan told the Indian Country Today Media Network, “The hoop teaches us many things, primarily, having respect for all of life and life’s creations. It teaches us about the different cycles of life, the changing seasons upon Mother Earth, as well as the seasons of our own lives. All of life dances in a circle and we’re all connected. It’s a very exciting yet spiritual dance, there’s nothing else like it.” Duncan, who has performed in a music video with Nelly Furtado, traveled worldwide, and appeared in such events as MTV Music Stage, the Billboard Music Awards, as well as on The Tonight Show, recognizes his role in helping to guide Native American youth who look up to him. He offers youth workshops focused on living a healthy lifestyle through hoop dancing. He tells the kids, “Dream big. You really can make your dreams a reality, if you stay on that good path. Whatever it is you love to do, do that. Practice, practice, practice!”
The Native Pride Dancers, a traveling Native American dance group, recently demonstrated several traditional dances including hoop dance at the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan. It was the first time for Native American dancers to bring ‘healing’ and ‘medicine’ to the Middle East.