The Lightning Boy Foundation is a non profit organization in Northern New Mexico that provides traditional hoop dance instruction and other dance programming to youth ages two and up. Our mission is dedicated to nurturing and building confidence and integrity through culture and artistic expression.
Honoring a legacy...
The Lightning Boy Foundation was established in honor of Valentino 'Tzigiwhaeno' Rivera, a boy who couldn't stop dancing. He passed at the young age of 8, a sacred number in the Native community, and left a clear mission and vision to fulfill.
Josiah at World Hoop Dance Competition
Nakotah at World Hoop Dance Competition
Francesca at Indigenous People's Day
Nakotah at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. by Richard Gonzales
Mitchell at El Rancho de las Golondrinas by Richard Gonzales
Valentino 'Tzigiwhaeno Lightning Boy'
by Richard Gonzales
Jai Po' and Mateo