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Derrick Suwaima Davis Wins 7th Unprecedented World Hoop Dance Champion Title

Derrick Suwaima Davis The 24th 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 made their way to compete for the ultimate title of becoming World Hoop Dance Champion. The two-day event featured 64 competitors and more than 3,500 were present for the competition at the museum’s Scott L. Libby Jr. Amphitheater. 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 for an unprecedented 7th time to Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw)! He returned to Phoenix and hoop danced his way into the winner’s circle all over again. Check out his award winning hoop dance performance below:

With a score of 234 points our of a possible 250, Davis came in fourteen points ahead of the amazingly talented Tony Duncan (220 points), who earned the World Champion title himself back in 2011.

3rd place went to Lane Jensen of Mesa, Arizona.

Nakotah LaRance, popular with Hooping.org readers, came in 4th this year. As for the Senior Division winner, that title went once again to the incomparable Brian Hammill. The Teen title was awarded to Talon Duncan, brother of Tony Duncan, and the youth title went to Jaron Yazzie of Farmington, New Mexico.

Tony Duncan with Arvel Bird

Tony Duncan One of the most fun times any performer can have on stage is when the choreography is put aside and the art of improvisation is embraced. Formality takes a back-seat as the performer brings a kind of raw magic as they freely explore and express what they are feeling in the moment and it’s rare to get to see an improvised performance from a five-time World Champion hoop dancer. Tony Duncan performs live with Arvel Bird to the song “Ride Indian Ride” and dips into his incredibly deep Native American hoop dance repertoire to give us something really special, a hoop dance directly from his spirit. The song is available on iTunes and his performance is the first 4.5 minutes. Tony lives in Mesa, Arizona, USA.

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:

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!”

Hoop Dancing For No Rain at the Olympics

Yellow Bird Indian Dancers Apache hoop dancers from Arizona were flown to London, England, to ensure that the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympic games would stay dry. The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers got a phone call from British Airways who wanted to know if they could do a “No Rain Dance”. Apparently they’d heard of Native Americans doing a rain dance to bring the rain in a time of drought and wanted to know if they could do the opposite, holding off the rain for the opening ceremonies. Ken Duncan started laughing. “I didn’t take them seriously,” he explained. He realized they were serious though when they offered to fly them on an all expense paid trip to London if they could ensure the Olympics opening ceremonies wouldn’t get drenched. And soon they were hoop dancing in London.

Ken Duncan told Times Live, “I have begun daily prayers and requests to the Creator, asking him to speak to the rain on our behalf. I have visited and asked my spiritual elders from various tribes to pray with me. Many will be with me in spirit, and the prayers will continue until I return to Arizona.” As for what is typically a very rainy season in London any year, The Yellow Bird Dancers have not disappointed. Watch the news video below: