Native Americans are invited to participate in this annual competition. Hoop dancers compete in age groups (5 and under, youth, teen adult and senior) for cash prizes. Men and women compete head-to-head. Tribes from across North America are represented.
The hoop represents the circle of life to Native people, and hoop dancing is often a part of Native American ceremonies. You can see hoop dancers at various festivals and events around the Greater Phoenix area, such as the Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market in Phoenix and Native Trails in Scottsdale.
While those are exhibition dances, the hoop dancers at the Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest not only perform to share their culture with guests, but they are in it to win it! Dancers are judged on a slate of five skills: precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativity and speed. Some of the seasoned dancers will use up to 50 hoops in their performance.
When is the Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest?
Saturday and Sunday, February 11 and 12, 2017. The festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. on both days. The competition will end at approximately 5 p.m. on both days. The Adult Division final round will on Sunday afternoon.
Where is it?
The World Championship Hoop Dance Contest is held every winter at the Heard Museum in central Phoenix.
The Heard Museum is located at:
2301 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1323
Here are directions to the Heard Museum, including Valley Metro Light Rail information.
General Admission Prices, for each day, in 2017:
Seniors (65+): $13.50
Heard Museum members and Native Americans: $12
Children (4-12): $7.50
Children under 4 are free.
Where to stay nearby.
The Heard Museum is north of what most people consider Downtown Phoenix. The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Mariott is about a five-minute walk.
These Central Phoenix hotels would be close by. The museum is right on the Valley Metro Rail line. A hotel on light rail will make getting there and back easy.
What else should I know?
Tip #1: Parking is free, but during this event the parking lots will fill up for those that arrive late.
Tip #2: Your admission to this event includes admission the Heard Museum. If you are looking for Arizona-themed gifts, jewelry of books, don't miss the Heard Museum gift shop while you are here!
Tip #3: This is an outdoor event.
Tip #4: Bring your own chairs and settle in for the afternoon.
Have more questions?
For more information, visit the Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest online or call 602-252-8848.
Are you interested in knowing more about the Heard Museum? Watch the video!
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.