PHOENIX, Ariz. — Brian Hammill (Ho Chunk) of New River, AZ, held onto his senior division title, with Moontee Sinquah (Hopi/Tewa) of Glendale, AZ, taking second place and longtime hoop dancer Terry Goedel (Yakima/Tulalip), father of Michael Goedel winning third place.
In the youth division, Tiana Schocko, the younger sister of Vanessa Schocko, won the world title, while Nedallas Hammill (Navajo/Ho Chunk), the son of Brian Hammill, won second place and Jacob Cabarrubia (Little River Band of Ottawa Indians) from Manistee, Mich., took home a third place showing.
An estimated audience of 7,000 came to cheer on one or more of their favorites from a roster of 56 hoop dancers from the U.S. and Canada. Hoop dancing incorporates speed and agility as dancers maneuver their bodies through one to more than 50 hoops. Dancers also integrate creative designs and difficult manipulations of the hoops to present a unique variation of the dance.
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