Hoop Dancing

Awarded 12th place at the 2016 Annual World Championship Hoop Dancing Competition in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, Dallas Jr Arcand is a renowned performer, and regardless of the size of the event, he always electrifies his audiences.

"Pow Wow"

Dallas Jr has been performing the hoop dance since he was a child. Now, a performer in the 2018 Olympics in Korea, he delights in sharing his culture through this athletic and creative art form.

He started dancing with 8 hoops and progressed to 10, 19, and finally 25 hoops. Dallas' father, Dallas Arcand Sr who is a 3-time world champion, taught him the intricate combinations that make up the hoop dance.

Dallas Jr has danced at many Pow Wows in several provinces in Canada and has performed the Hoop Dance for audiences attending exhibitions, conferences, festivals, fashion shows, functions, and theatre productions. He is a regular performer at the internationally renowned Calgary Exhibition and Stampede.

Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Competition

The chance to clinch the World Champion Hoop Dancer title draws together the very best Aboriginal hoop dancers from throughout the United States and Canada for one spectacular weekend of athleticism, speed and grace. And in February, 2016, at the Heard Museum, the world's top hoop dancers showcased their skills in a brilliant presentation of the intertribal hoop dance.

Dallas Arcand Jr, Cree, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, received 12th place when he competed for the first time in the Men's division at the World Champion Competition in 2016, at the young age of 18.

Over the years, the intertribal hoop dance has grown to incorporate creative designs, difficult manipulations of the hoops and intricate footwork. Each dancer presents a unique variation of the intertribal hoop dance, weaving in aspects of his or her distinct traditions and cultures. Individual routines are presented using as few as four to as many as 50 hoops, which are shaped to create a variety of designs including animals, butterflies and globes.

Winners are judged based on five criteria - precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativeness and speed.

Competitors perform in five divisions including Tiny Tot (under 5 years), Youth (5 to 12), Teen (13 to 17), Adult (18 and older) and Senior (40 years and older). The World Championship Hoop Dance Contest is held in the Heard Museum's outdoor grass amphitheater and grounds and is sponsored by Casino Arizona.

The competition was fierce, the weekend was picturesque and contestants reached record numbers at the 22nd Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest at the world famous Heard Museum.

"I remember what they said before I left even if you don't win, you're still a winner. I feel awesome," added Arcand.

 

In this video, Dallas speaks briefly on Aboriginal dancing:

Featured Video, Heritage Community Foundation - A number of videos showcasing Aboriginal content have been included in a DVD called "11,000 Years Celebrating Aboriginal Life in Alberta," produced to commemorate this province’s centenary. In his video, Dallas speaks on Hoop Dancing and it's cultural significance. VIEW VIDEO

 

 

"Everything in our culture comes in fours; that's why I have a representation of the four directions on my outfit. The four medicine wheel is also made up of the four directions – emotional, physical, mental and spiritual self. When we have all these elements in yourself and they're all equally balanced, we're centred, grounded."