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21-year-old wins hoop dance contest

Posted 12/31/69

The Heard Museum is proud to announce the winners and runners-up of the 34 th  annual World Champions of the Hoop Dance Contest. Judged on precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativity, and …

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21-year-old wins hoop dance contest


Precision, timing and showmanship were all on display at this year's World Champions of the Hoop Dance Contest.

Josiah Enriquez — a 21-year-old Navajo, Isleta and Pueblo Hoop dancer— was announced as the 2024 Hoop Dance World Champion, the Heard Museum stated in a press release.  

The man started dancing and participating in traditional ceremonies at age 3 and is from the Pueblo of Pojoaque in New Mexico, the press release stated. 

“Being the world hoop dance champion feels so surreal and still hasn’t sunk in yet,” Enriquez said. “It has been a long journey from when I began hoop dancing.  I’m so thankful to be able to inspire and motivate the next generation of champions. I want to give special thanks to all who believe and support me."

More than 120 of the top Indigenous hoop dancers competed for the prestigious title and prizes totaling $25,000 across multiple age divisions, the announcement stated. 

The art of hoop dance "honors cultural practices shared by multiple Indigenous" communities. 

For more information on the Heard Museum, visit https://heard.org/