The 28th Annual World Championship Hoop Dancing Contest, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

The 28th Annual World Championship Hoop Dancing Contest, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Some 5,000 people attended the two-day competition on Feb. 9 and 10. (Nathan Ouellette/MEDILL)

Over the course of the two-day competition, 5,000 people were in attendance. There were 80 individual dancers in this year’s contest. (Nathan Ouellette/MEDILL)