Hoop Dancers World Championship event at Heard Museum in Phoenix

Every year hundreds of hoop  dancers from all over North America gather at the Heard Museum in Phoenix for the World Championship competition. The event last for three days and participants' age range from 5 of 70 years of age.  It is a colorful event that is well attended and that participants put a great deal of effort into. By looking at the performances it is easy to see that participants are proud of their heriatage and prepare for many hours to do their best in this competition. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to capture many images from the event. here are some of my favorites.