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Heard Museum Hoop Dance Contest, Phoenix, Arizona - Annual Heard Event


Hoop Dancer

Hoop Dancer

About the Heard's Championship Hoop Dance Contest:

The World Champion Hoop Dancer title draws together top Native hoop dancers from throughout the United States and Canada compete for the world title in one spectacular weekend of athleticism, speed and grace.


Annually, the first weekend in February.

Getting to the Heard:


Per Day (includes event and museum admission): $10 general admission, $9 seniors (65+), $7 for Native Americans, $3 for children age 4-12, FREE for children under 4 (2009 Prices)

What You Will See:

Each dancer presents a unique variation of the intertribal hoop dance, weaving in aspects of his or her distinct traditions and cultures. Individual routines are presented using as few as four to as many as 50 hoops, which are shaped to create a variety of designs including animals, butterflies and globes.


Be sure and schedule your visit at the time of the grand entrance. Take your camera!

Special Opportunities:

New members to the Heard Museum are usually invited to a new member reception which includes a hoop dance demonstration.

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