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Over 80 Hoop Dancers from the U.S. and Canada Competed Feb. 9 – 10 at the Heard Museum's Libby Amphitheater in youth, teen, adult and senior divisions


February 12, 2019

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Feb. 11, 2019) – Cody Boettner (Creek) of South Daytona, Florida, captured his first adult title at the 29th Annual Heard Museum Hoop Dance Championship contest on Feb. 9 and 10. Boettner earned a spot in the finals after two preliminary rounds of competitions and took home the grand title and cash prize of $3,500.

Boettner faced 21 of the best hoop dancers in the highly competitive Adult Division including past champions Nakotah LaRance (Hopi, Tewa, Assiniboine), Tyrese Jensen (Diné, Pima-Maricopa) and Tony Duncan (San Carlos Apache, Arikara, Hidasta). Boettner has been part of the top ten hoop dancers for the past three years and came back this year prepared to win it all. With 234 points out of a possible 250, he secured his first title. The 27-year-old master of hoop dancing outshined the other contestants in precision, timing, rhythm, showmanship, creativeness and speed.

Tyrese Jensen, the 2017 champion, placed second in the Adult Division with 225 points and Sampson Sixkiller-Sinquah (Hopi, Pima, Cherokee) finished in 3rd place with 217 points.

For the 28th consecutive year the Heard Museum has hosted the World Championship Hoop Dance contest, a competition that grows every year as dancers continue to refine and grow their routines integrating difficult manipulations of the hoops. This year, over 4,000 people came to support a roster of 81 hoop dancers from the U.S. and Canada that competed in this two-day event.

"The Heard Museum is honored to welcome dancers and families from across North America to be part of such an extraordinary community and family-oriented event," said David M. Roche, Heard Museum director and CEO. "This annual competition is a true reunion for members of the hoop dancing community and we are honored to be its host."

The Teen Division was won by Nanabah Kadenehii (Diné) from Big Mountain, AZ. This was the third time that Ms. Kadenehii took the Teen Division title. The Senior Division title was taken by Lane Jensen (Diné, Maricopa) from Mesa, AZ.

There were a record number of Youth competitors this year – 27 dancers in total. First place went to two-time Youth Division champion, Kailayne Jensen, (Diné, Maricopa), from Mesa, AZ. Jensen is the daughter of Senior Division Champion Lane Jensen and the sister of second place Adult Division winner, Tyrese Jensen.

Female and male contestants compete against one another in each age division. Two division categories were won by female contestants (Teen and Youth), and two of the five judges were female, including the first-ever female Adult Division Champion, Lisa Odjig (Ojibwe). Nearly half of all competitors were female.

The museum was thrilled to have 14 participants in the Tiny Tots division (age 0 to 6 years), which included a shared cash prize of $500 sponsored by Lightning Boy Foundation and the Duncan Family.

The World Championship is split into five divisions - tiny tots (5 and younger), youth (6 to 12 years old), teen (13 to 17), adult (18 to 39) and senior (40 and up). Contestants are judged by a panel of five whose scores are based on speed, timing/rhythm, precision, showmanship and creativity.

The contest was emceed for the 28th year by beloved Pow Wow and Hoop Dance legend, Dennis Bowen Sr., (Seneca), with support from Arena Director Eric Manuelito Jr., (Diné). Dancers performed to live singing by two drum groups representing Northern and Southern styles, led by lead singers Kenneth Cozad Jr. (Kiowa, Comanche) and Sidrick Baker Sr. (Mandan, Hidasta, Arikara Nations).

The 29th World Championship hoop dance competition was live-streamed on Facebook and was viewed by people around the world. (Watch it here:

29th-Annual Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest Final Results:

Adult Division (18-39)

World Adult Champion - Cody Boettner (Creek), 234 pts.

2nd Place - Tyrese Jensen, (Diné / Pima / Maricopa), 225 pts.

3rd Place - Sampson Sixkiller-Sinquah, (Hopi / Pima / Cherokee), 217 pts.

4th Place - Scott Sinquah, (Hopi / Pima / Cherokee), 209 pts.

5th Place - Patrick Willie, (Diné), 223 pts.

6th Place - Tony Duncan, (San Carlos Apache / Arikara / Hidasta), 213 pts.

Senior Division

World Senior Champion - Lane Jensen (Diné / Maricopa), 214 pts.

2nd Place - Terry Goedel (Yakima), 207 pts.

3rd Place - Moontee Sinquah (Hopi / Tewa / Choctaw), 197 pts.

Teen Division

World Teen Champion - Nanabah Kadenehii (Diné), 212 pts.

2nd Place - Josiah Enriquez (Pueblo of Pojoaque), 190 pts.

3rd Place - Nedallas Hammill (Diné / HoChunk), 190 pts.

Youth Division

World Youth Champion - Kailayne Jensen (Diné, Maricopa), 229 pts.

2nd Place - Rito Lopez Jr., (Pima, Apache, Mandan, Arikara, Hidatsa), 201 pts.

3rd Place - JaiP'o Harvier, (Pueblo of Pojoaque / Santa Clara Pueblo), 176 pts

About the Heard

Since its founding in 1929, the Heard Museum has grown in size and stature to become recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, world-class exhibitions, educational programming and its unmatched festivals. Dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art, the Heard successfully presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the beauty and vitality of traditional and contemporary art.

The Heard Museum sets the standard for collaborating with American Indian artists and tribal communities to provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.

Exhibition, event and program funding are supported, in part, by the generosity of Heard Museum members and donors, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In association with the Smithsonian, the Heard Museum is part of a select group of museums, cultural, educational and arts organizations that share the Smithsonian's resources with the nation.


Reader Comments(3)

Gloria writes:

Cody Boettner is not an enrolled member of a native community, his father James Boettner posted a disclaimer on his Facebook page stating he is not an enrolled member of a federally recognized Creek nation, or any Creek group. His admitted his wife is from the Philippines and that he is of European origin and aledgely his mother was part Creek. If Jim Boettner is not enrolled nor is his son, per requirements to compete.

Gloria writes:

Jim Boettner aka Jim Sawgrass put a disclaimer on his Facebook page that he is not an enrolled member of any Creek nation, that his wife is from the Philippines, and so his son cannot be enrolled either. Boettner states he is European German, Scottish descent and supposedly Creek. So this poses the question, how did Cody Boettner qualify to compete. If his father is not enrolled, his mother is Phillippino how is it his son is enrolled.

Gloria writes:

Here's a shocker, Cody Boettner is not indigenous. His father is white and his mother is from the Philippines. His father has been perpetrating his fraud for years, born James Boettner, he started out as a reenactor, that is what he was in 1993, 1994. Over the years he has morphed into his claim today. He at one time claimed he was adopted into a fake tribe here in Florida until it was exposed, they issued fake tribal cards. I personally met him in the early 90's before he started his fraud.


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