World championship hoop dance competition to begin March 26 in Phoenix

(Photo courtesy of Heard Museum, Platt Photography)

(Photo courtesy of Heard Museum, Platt Photography)

PHOENIX — The World Championship Hoop Dance Competition at the Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix is ​​scheduled for Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27.

According to a press release, Native American and First Nations Canadian hoop dancers will compete for the world title and cash prizes.

Hoop dancing is an art form that honors indigenous traditions in the United States and Canada. It has its roots in healing ceremonies and practices. Participants develop their own choreography with four to 50 hoops that are used to create animal shapes and other designs.

Competitors will be judged on accuracy, timing and rhythm, showmanship, creativity and speed, according to the statement.

There are five divisions including Tiny Tots, Youth, Teen, Adult and Senior.

The winner of each division will be crowned world champion and will receive a prize of $25,000.

The festivities return to the museum in person after being held virtually in 2021.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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