By Samantha Incorvaia/The Republic – AZCentral.com – Photo: Patrick Breen/The Republic.
Photo: Scott Sinquah performs during the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest on Feb. 12, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Hoop dance, originally part of a healing ceremony, represents cultural traditions from Indigenous communities. And today, they are an artistic expression that’s evolved its designs and footwork to still honor the traditional tribal dances. Competitors are judged on precision, timing and rhythm, showmanship, speed and creativity. They participate in groups divided by age. Men and women compete on an even playing field.