Eric Hernandez, the amazing hoop dancer that is currently featured in the Cirque du Soleil show Totem, shares his love of hoop dance in this segment for American Latino TV. Eric, who is half Latino and half Native American says, “I’m in love with hoop dancing because it gives me the opportunity to share my culture, my Native American side.” His interest in this unique dance ceremony began at the age of 10 when he watched his uncle perform it. Now, years later, Eric is able to share this traditional dance with thousands every single night. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.
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.
Nakotah Larance, six time World Champion Hoop Dancer, performs his hoop dance in Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem”. He is the first Native American performer Cirque du Soleil has ever hired. Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, he’s currently based out of London, England, UK. Photo courtesy of The Montreal Gazette.