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World Hoop Dance Champion Tony Duncan: Living in the Circle

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!”

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.

Nelly Furtado: Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)

Tony Duncan, Nelly Furtado and others

Tony Duncan, Nelly Furtado and others

Grammy-award-winning Canadian music artist Nelly Furtado is rolling in later this month with a brand new single called “Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)” and while we initially weren’t entirely sure what it was all about, when Nelly was spotted high atop a pair of stilts in downtown Los Angeles shooting her new music video for it, well needless to say we got very excited. Nelly tweeted “The higher the better!” as she wobbled her way down the sidewalk actually and given the title of the song, the stilts, her outfit, we were thinking the circus had to be in the house, and if that was the case, could the big hoops and hoopers be waiting in the wings? Given the cover art we weren’t entirely sure, it looked more like an earring, and her recently tweeted photo had us thinking otherwise. But then Nelly also tweeted a photo saying she was honored to be working with World Champion Native American Hoop Dancer Tony Duncan and his family – who is collaborating with her on what is destined to be one of the big hooping songs of 2012, no matter how you slice it. The track, produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, is the lead single off her first English language album in six years, and is set to be released later this month. The new album, called T.S.I. which stands for The Spirit Indestructible, will be hitting the stores on June 19th. Check out the Big Hoops cover and a mini interview with Nelly about the new album below: