interview questions for my ethnography on hoop dance

When did you begin hula hooping?

 

What are your thoughts and opinions on the festival culture with hula hooping?

 

Do you think that the culture of hula hooping helps create a connection between individuals who may not have other interests in common?

 

How did you come up with your hoop name, if you have one?

What would you say is the foundation of hoop dance?

 

Were you taught by an older hooper, did you learn from youtube videos, or did you just pick it up and come up with tricks?

 

Were you involved in the String Cheese Incident scene in the mid 90s, which can be considered the root of the cultural phenomenon of hooping?

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If anyone can answer these I would greatly appreciate it!!!!

by foundation I mean the roots of the dance practice, how you learn your skills, how you interact within the hooping community, how you feel about the culture in general.  as far as the festival question goes, the way you interpret it is fine with me, it could also mean your thoughts on the spread of the hooping phenomenon through the festival scene.  Thank you for your time H20 Hoops!

We started at the same time!!! :)

When did you begin hula hooping?

2 1/2 Years ago. I choose the date Sept 25, 2009. This was my friends birthday party and my first all-night hoop jam around a fire.

 

What are your thoughts and opinions on the festival culture with hula hooping?

 
I think I am still confused about the "culture" of hula-hooping. Though it has been around for a while now, I am still semi-new to the "scene."  All I know is that if I see people hooping at festivals, it makes me really really want to hoop too! And some people will let you hoop with their hoops if you ask, and some people wont.  In general, I think there is a lot of understated "jealousy" within the hooping community. But a lot of that "jealousy" turns into motivation when you see a great hooper at a festival, and it makes you want to be better yourself.  I love meeting new hoopers at festivals, because I think most of them become instant friends :)

Do you think that the culture of hula hooping helps create a connection between individuals who may not have other interests in common?


I think in general, the hula hooping culture is attractive to a type of person that already has certain values (of course this is not true across the board), though not necessarily the same hobbies or "interests."  Hoopers tend to be compassionate, caring, easy-going individuals.  But I do believe that two people that hoop, but have absolutely nothing else in common would still get along really well.
 

How did you come up with your hoop name, if you have one?

My hoop name is a combination of nick-names that others have given to me over the years.

Right now my hoop name is SaladoraPantz.  Saladora is a nick-name given to me at college by my friend Kelsey, its a form of the name Sally, which is also one of my nicknames.  Pantz comes from another college friend group.  I was the only woman in a group of 5 men.  They called me Mrs. Pantz because of that, and they were the Mr. Pantzes.

Sometimes I now go by SaladoraDaystar.  Daystar is a name that my Yoga teacher has given to me. After I started taking his classes, he had a dream about me in which I told him my name was Daystar.  It turned out later that Daystar is the name of one of my favorite characters from a child-hood fiction book I read about Dragons. 

What would you say is the foundation of hoop dance?
Australian Aboriginal Children.
I'm actually not sure what the question means.  Foundation..maybe its just a propensity towards fun! People who like dancing, being silly, and moving around a lot tend to like hula hooping too.

 Were you taught by an older hooper, did you learn from youtube videos, or did you just pick it up and come up with tricks?

 
All three!  At first, I just learned by myself. I had a group of friends that started hooping together at the same time, and we learned from each other without videos or help from other hoopers. Then as we began to get into hooping a little more, we started attending workshops, and watching videos online. Now, I still do all three. I love coming up with new "moves" naturally in my dance, and also incorporating interesting things that I learn online and from others hoopers.  

Were you involved in the String Cheese Incident scene in the mid 90s, which can be considered the root of the cultural phenomenon of hooping?

No I wasn't. And it actually wasn't until I went to the Electric Forest this year that I realized that SCI was the beginning of neo-hooping. (hooping post 50s-60s).  I had thought that hooping pretty much carried over in small pockets from the early days (really all the way back to those aboriginal Australians).  

by foundation I mean the roots of the dance practice, how you learn your skills, how you interact within the hooping community, how you feel about the culture in general.  as far as the festival question goes, the way you interpret it is fine with me, it could also mean your thoughts on the spread of the hooping phenomenon through the festival scene.

When did you begin hula hooping?

summer, 2010

What are your thoughts and opinions on the festival culture with hula hooping?

 I don't have an opinion yet, as I've never been to one. The festivals strike me as a 1960s hippie like revitalization, but I'd have to go to one to confirm. Not that I could confirm- I was just a baby in the 60s! I am not a big fan of loud music and crowds (showing my age?) so I'd investigate the details before heading off to one. I'd be more interested in specific hooping gatherings...

Do you think that the culture of hula hooping helps create a connection between individuals who may not have other interests in common?

Definitely. In my hoop group in Tokyo I have befriended all sorts of people from different ages, backgrounds, occupations and interests.

How did you come up with your hoop name, if you have one?

It was a sumo wrestling name with which I was "knighted." in the 90s in Miyazki. I won! YOKAOKOJO is a Southern Kyushu slang term referring to an attractive woman. :)

What would you say is the foundation of hoop dance?

Waist hooping? I interpret this question to mean how one learns, and there are as many answers to that as there are hoopers. But as "hula hoops" are associated with that action around the body, I'd say the first thing brave people might do when they pick up a hoop is to put it around their waists and give it a spin!

Were you taught by an older hooper, did you learn from youtube videos, or did you just pick it up and come up with tricks?

I was too shy and embarrassed to hoop in public at first, so I spent 3 weeks just trying to sustain it around my waist in my tiny apartment. Once I got that, I watched videos on youtube and practiced after dark outside. Only after a few months did I look into hoop classes (all teachers much younger than I!) and actually, I only go to hoop classes now for social reasons and if I have the time for the commute. Most of my learning is by myself, and occasionally through Tokyo hoop jams.

Were you involved in the String Cheese Incident scene in the mid 90s, which can be considered the root of the cultural phenomenon of hooping?

Nope. Never heard of them before I started hooping. Actually I have yet to listen to their music!I have lived in Japan since 1995, so I hear about western culture much later than most to begin with. Prior to meeting Deanne of Hooplovers in 2010, I'd only associated hooping with WAMO and kids and something I thought of as "dorky" as a child.

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