Eastern North American Hoop Dance Championship

Saturday, September 6, 2003
11:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.

Hoop dancers from throughout Canada and the United States will gather at the Rankokus Indian Reservation for the Eastern North American Championship.

Jackie Bird Hoop Dancer Up to fifteen contestants, using anywhere from between one to more than 50 hoops, will manipulate them into different shapes, such as an eagle and the ladder of life, while continuously dancing. Dancers will be judged in five categories on an International Athletic Likert Scale based on five skills - precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativeness, and speed. The day's events will consist of elimination rounds, followed by final competitions and an awards presentation. Hailing from Santa Fe, NM, Mr. Dominic Arquero will emcee the day's events. Lead by Kenny Merrick, Jr. the outstanding Mystic River Singers will provide live music to accompany each dancer.

Hoop dancing has a deep history. In its original form, the hoop dance is part of a healing ceremony designed to restore balance and harmony in the world. The hoop dance is experiencing a renaissance in the Native American dance arena. Young dancers are learning from accomplished hoop dancers, and new innovations are appearing. Women are entering the arena and competing, and groups of dancers are dancing together creating collective designs.

In addition to sharing our culture, we want to share good health with everyone. That's why we've invited area health care providers to join us. We invite visitors to visit the various health and wellness booths to learn more about mental wellness, breast health, cholesterol and blood pressure screening, cancer education and early detection, arthritis and more.

For your enjoyment, Native foods will be available - don't miss an opportunity to try a buffalo burger, fry bread, a vegetarian specialty, or one of many other culinary delights. You are welcome to bring your snap camera, but please, no videos. With the exception of seeing-eye dogs, no pets are allowed.

2002 Hoop Dance Championship

WHERE: The beautiful, 350 acre Rankokus Indian Reservation is only 30 minutes from Philadelphia, or 1 11/2 hr. from NYC, off Route 295 at Exit 45A, or the NJ Turnpike, Exit 5. From the exits, follow the red arrows.

ADMISSION is payable upon entrance. Adults: $ 5., Children 6 - 17 and Seniors: $ 4., Children 5 and under are FREE!

For further information, call 609-261-4747


This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and presented in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection.