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The Heard Museum was the place to be this past weekend as Hoop Dancers from all over the United States as well as Canada competed on Saturday and Sunday.  Following are photos of a particular contestant who captured my heart. This young lady participated in the Youth Division (age 6-12). She managed to stay focused the entire 3-4 minutes in the arena before hundreds of spectators!

let the contest begin

Focus, focus, focus…

the start of the dance

Let the contest begin…

juggling two of five hoops

Two of five hoops…unfortunately she struggled at the end. She did manage to walk away, head held high! Bravo!