24th Annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest, Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 8 & 9, 2014
For information on signing up to compete, please call 602.251.0212 or email Darian Begay.
TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AFTER JAN. 1, 2014.
This event showcases a unique sport – prepare for stunning performances of the men and women who are vying to call themselves World Champion Hoop Dancer. The event combines artistry, sheer athleticism and cultural traditions to create an exciting, colorful and suspenseful competition.
Last year, the competition was so close that two dancers in the adult division had to compete in an additional dance-off to determine their final standing, and contests in recent years have been decided by just one to three points. Top American Indian and Canadian First Nation hoop dancers are preparing to enter the competition and win the prestigious title and cash prizes at the two-day competition, in which men and women compete on an equal field.
Over time, the intertribal hoop dance has expanded to incorporate new and creative designs and extremely intricate footwork. Each dancer presents a unique variation of the intertribal hoop dance, weaving in aspects of his or her distinct tradition and culture. Individual routines are presented using as few as four to as many as 50 hoops, which are manipulated to create a variety of designs including animals, butterflies and globes.
Dancers are judged on a slate of five skills – precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativeness and speed.
WHAT: 24th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 8 & 9, 2014
9:30 a.m. Grand Entry – Saturday and Sunday
Competition will end at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The Adult final round will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
WHERE: Libby Amphitheater, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
COST: TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AFTER JAN. 1, 2014. $18 general admission, $13.50 seniors (65+), $12 Heard Museum members and American Indians, $7.50 children 4-12, FREE for children under 4. Cost is per day and includes the event and museum admission.
INFO: Call 602.252.8848 or visit heard.org/hoop.
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