Phoenix rocks to an ancient beat at hoop dance fest
By Andrew Curley
PHOENIX, Feb. 13, 2014
(Special to the Times - Roshan Spottsville)
In front of a semi-circle of sprawled-out blankets, lawn chairs, and umbrellas on the Heard's lush central lawn, dancers in brightly colored regalia, feathers, paint, bells and hoops danced to the fast beat while performing incredible acrobatic feats with up to a dozen hoops.
They danced like birds with wings they constructed from the hoops across their backs. They constructed circles and semi-circles and did backflips over these.
It was an all-male group of winners this year. The top contender was regular Derrick Suwaima Davis, Hopi/Choctaw, from Old Oraibi, Ariz., who has won several of these same competitions in the past.
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