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!”
World Champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan continues to bring his traditional Native American hoop dance skills to the stage alongside Nelly Furtado. Here she performs her infectious new track “Spirit Indestructible” (out next month) live at Issy les Moulineaux in Paris, France. Nelly’s fifth album, “The Spirit indestructible”, is scheduled for release on September 18th.
Over the last month, hooping.org has brought you news about Nelly Furtado’s new song Big Hoops (Bigger The Better) and the music video for it featuring World Champion Native American hoop dancer Tony Duncan and his family. Here’s Nelly performing Big Hoops live at the Billboard Music Awards – with several Native American hoop dancers.
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.