Nakotah LaRance

Aug 23, 1989 – Jul 12, 2020 (Age 30)


August 23, 1989
July 12, 2020


Nakotah LaRance was a world-class hoop dancer who won nine world championships and brought the art to the world as a performer with Cirque du Soleil. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

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Such a heartbreaking loss. The talent this young man shared with the world will live on in many ways, not least the young lives of future dancers he inspired. I wish he’d had more time to pass on the teachings. To Nakotah’s family, friends, and all his relations, I hope your pain is replaced with the joy of your memories.

Dear Family,
I would like to apologize for the typos in the earlier message sent today. Nakota was a unique dancer. He will
be remembered with great admiration. I was happy to have danced in a circle with him at the Heard one Friday evening during a presentation.
Jane Kincaid

Dear LaRance Family and Lightning Boy Foundation members and student dancers, I am so sorry for your loss.
Majors was amazing. I am thankful to have watched him dance for 5 years at the Heard Museum. Hopefully we will all be able to come together in 2022 and honor him in person. Best wishes to all of his students. I shall wear my Lightning Boy t-shirt proudly.
My deep sympathy fir your loss.
Jane Kincaid
Phoenix, AZ

Miss his essence

As I watched you hoop dance I was mesmerized by every dance move, maneuvering each hoop and creating symbols of Mother Nature, that was truly magical.
I was deeply saddened to hear of your passing and thought no this cannot be true, I did not know you however I cried and thought about how devastating your parents, family, friends and all those life’s you touched must be.
I am sure each step that you walked up the golden ladder to heaven was amazing.
Rest In Peace Nakota!

You brought me joy and an elevation of spirit in some dark moments this year/ I am a nurse and I would come home after a long and bleak day of working with the unknown of covid and watch you dance-my spirit would lighten-thank you from the bottom of my heart- you live on in spirit and continue to resonate - condolences to your family- may you dance on the clouds-your light shines on- it cannot be extinguished- kris

so sorry for your loss....he was a great dancer and man

I would like to say that Nakotahs death broke my heart. I did not know him but I felt that he was family. A gentle eagle flying high in purity. I would love to have something that belonged to him like beads or a feather.May he rest in peace. Strength and respect to the family.