The art of hoop dance honors cultural traditions shared by multiple Indigenous communities.
Top American Indian and Canadian First Nations hoop dancers will compete at the Heard Museum’s 2023 World Championship Hoop Dance Contest for the prestigious World Champion title and cash prizes. At the two-day competition, men and women compete on an equal field.
Dancers are judged on a slate of five skills: precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativity, and speed. Contestants compete in one of five divisions: Tiny Tots (age 5 and younger), Youth (6-12), Teen (13-17), Adult (18-39) and Senior (40 and older). Cash prizes totaling $25,000 are awarded to winners in each division, and victors in each division can claim the honor of being the World Champion.