On some level I'd love to see a curvy hooper win a Hoopie award. Being a curvy hooper, I think it would be good for the community's image both internally and externally to demonstrate what we claim - that it doesn't matter what age, size, shape or gender you are, it's all about how you can rock it out in the hoop.
I think we need to find a balance in the criteria by which people are nominated and by which we vote. When Lissa was nominated (in both Video of the Year and Newbie Hooper of the Year, by the way), I was a newbie who didn't even know what the Hoopies were, but I hightailed it over to hooping.org to vote anyway. I saw a lot of brilliant hoopdance happening, and I did vote for Lissa. In fact, if I remember right, I joined hooping.org specifically so I could vote for her. I was disappointed that she didn't win either category, but thrilled that she was nominated.
Did the others in her categories deserve my vote more? Maybe they were technically better, but her courage and gracefulness in that video far outweighed anything else in my book. For me, it is about skill and artistry, but it's also about heart, appeal to my sensiblities, and the joy I see in the hooper's dance.
I don't expect to ever be nominated for, let alone win, a Hoopie - that's not why I hoop. I hoop for the joy of expressing myself and worshipping God in dance, the exercise, the fun of it, and to show other curvy, middle-aged folks that they can fight age and gravity too.
However, if I were to be nominated, I don't think I'd want it to be in a category made specifically to cater to my body type. That just doesn't feel right to me. It would be like having a Hooper Over 40 Hoopie award - maybe the intentions would be good, but it would feel to me as though the hooping community was saying, "You're not on the same level as the rest of us, so we'll give you your own category."
Let's not do that. If a hooper is good, regardless of appearance or age, let's acknowledge the skill, the artistry, the joy brought to the hoopdance, within the established categories.
As Betherann said, let's step our hoopdance up a notch. Let's take a cue from the Hooping Idol contest and try to put out videos that showcase our best hoopdancing or demonstrate a new technique or move learned - videos that contribute to the hoop community's growth. Perhaps if we do that, we won't need our own category because then we'll be seen as the hoop stars we are.
Good points, Sarah. I think the Hoopies are fine for acknowledging and honoring a hooper's or group's hard work and efforts in promoting hoopdance, but I also see the potential for it to become something contrary to the whole hoop community mindset. That's why I make an effort not to let my competitive side take over when it comes to anything related to my hoop practice - it would bring out aspects of my personality that I don't like and no one needs to encounter.
As for Hooping Idol, I've been enjoying the first "season" of it, and I applaud all who have been brave enough to audition and blessed/skilled enough to get however far they did in the process. I wouldn't want to be one of the contestants, though; the time crunch alone would stress me out.
What an interesting discussion. I am not a competitive person and hate trying out for anything . It doesn't matter to me what the categories are for the hoopies, I just love to watch the videos. They are so inspiring.
I'm not in to having a seperate category for us curvy hoopers. I think if that category was made there would have to be all sorts of new categories made. I'd rather just consider myself a hooper (not an over 35 , tall, female,curvy, aspiring raw vegan, white , north american, etc.)
I have also been enjoying Hooping idol- and there are no categories- just amazing hoopers!