The circle of life is sacred to Native people. This youth program focuses on the traditional hoop dance in which the dancer displays images of animals, plants and the energy of life. Designs help reinforce respect for everything in the circle of life. Youth meet and work with each other on new designs and new dance routines.
Every February the young dancers travel to Phoenix, Arizona to compete in the annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest at the Heard Museum. Each dancer shares their own unique dancing style with fellow hoop dancers throughout the US and Canada.
This beautiful high energy dance helps to teach the young dancers discipline and respect. Audiences share in this experience while also encouraging the young dancers after each of their designs. The Pueblo of Pojoaque tribal council and community supports this wellness program and encourages the youth to continue dancing at every opportunity.