The First Female Hoop Dancing Champion On Passing The Tradition Onto Her Kids

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 1:15pm
Updated: Friday, February 7, 2020 - 5:42pm

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World Championship Hoop Dance Competition
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Keyah Torres dancing at the 2019 Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Competition in the Tiny Tot division.

This weekend, the Heard Museum in Phoenix will serve as host once again to the now 30th annual World Championship Hoop Dance Competition.

More than 80 contestants from across North America will be there to showcase the athleticism, style and cultural traditions that go into hoop dancing and winners will be announced for categories from tiny tots to seniors.

So, what exactly is hoop dancing? And what does it say about indigenous people today?

For more on that, The Show sat down with Ginger Sykes Torres, a member of the Navajo Nation and the Heard Museum Board of Trustees. She was also the first woman ever to be named a hoop dancing champion when she won the teen division in 1997.

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