Native hoop dancers stay connected to culture through competition | Local News

POJOAQUE – Working with five hoops was the hardest. ShanDien LaRance modeled every move, flipping hoops forward until they were a flat, interwoven pattern in her hands before she pulled them into a ball representing the world.

An instructor with the Lightning Boy Foundation, a nonprofit that connects young Native people to their culture through hoop dancing, LaRance completed the dance with a flourish. But each move, each hoop, brought forth a sense of healing – and a circle of life that lasts, even through loss.

For her, the hoop dance carries the ability to bring community together and keep Native youngsters connected with their roots.


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