Fostering Hoop Communities

A space for those of you who would like to exchange ideas on how to build, strengthen or foster a hoop community in your area. Let's support one another in helping these types of communities flourish, and to extend our outreach beyond the hoop.

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Hi Hoopers,

Since the group description limited what I could say, I wanted to explain a little more what I envision this group's purpose to be. I started this group because I am very interested in the idea of how to keep communities going strong. Recently I have been working on this exact task in my area, and wish that I had this type of resource to refer to when I started out.

With my increasing involvement in the Boston hoop community over the past year, I discovered that our community is very special, and wanted to contribute to its continuity and growth. The first thing I did to work towards my goal was to start organizing weekly meet ups in the park, which I offered to take the lead on for 2009.

At the time I was happy and excited to take on this task, but did not realize how many factors there are to consider when trying to attain "critical mass" for such events.

So here we are! I hope that we can use our collective knowledge to help others get a hoop jam started in their area, get others involved in hooping, suggest ideas for community activities, and lastly, leverage our members to create a positive impact that extends beyond our favorite circle.

Happy hooping!

Discussion Forum

Hoop Flow Havens: Fostering Communities on Facebook

Started by Wendy Settle Aug 17, 2012. 0 Replies

Facebook appears to be the main way that my hooper friends and I communicate. However there are still the days when my friends are all busy, and I'm hooping alone in a beautiful park wishing that I… 

Tags: centers, classes, athletic, parks, hoop

Northern Arizona Hoopers!

Started by Ash Marie Apr 6, 2012. 0 Replies

Hi there! Are there any Northern Arizona hoopers, ie Sedona, Flagstaff, Prescott, who would like to start a more involved hoop community? I have seen several girls spinning poi around town, but am… 

Who's in LA?

Started by JIVANA (Raver J) Dec 12, 2011. 0 Replies

I have a great meeting space and I would love to create a community here 

Starting a community...

Started by Sheena Spins. Last reply by Sheena Spins Jun 25, 2011. 15 Replies

Hi everyone. I have a big does one start a hoop community?  My boyfriend and I have recently moved from our home of many many years where the hooping community flourishes...and darn… 

Free classes a smart idea?

Started by Christine M Campanella Dixon. Last reply by Christine M Campanella Dixon May 28, 2011. 5 Replies

So just a bit of background info. I moved out to a smallish town with a big problem with outsiders and a extreme protective nature of those from here. I am for very much an outsider. I moved from NYC… 

Getting the Word Out

Started by Rachel aka "Princess Hula". Last reply by Stacey FireFly Feb 16, 2011. 7 Replies

So once you know you have a space, and some potential interest, how is it best to spread the word about your gathering? Throughout my learning curve, I've found that having multiple ways of… 

Tags: communication, connecting

Leading a Community - book recs?

Started by Sadie 'Spins' Yancey. Last reply by Caroleeena of Circles of Joy Jan 19, 2011. 1 Reply

Hello there!Anyone out there know a good book (or extensive website) with advice for leading a community? Of course I'm thinking of a hoop community; I think the same principles will apply to many… 

the power of community

Started by Stefanie Zito. Last reply by Rhonda J. Nov 7, 2010. 1 Reply

Hey all!I wanted to share this video about the power of community! It features three different stories, and hooping is one of them! It is the last segment in the show, but I encourage you to watch… 

Tags: spirituality, friends, power, community, hooping

How To Create a Hoop Jam

Started by Caroleeena of Circles of Joy. Last reply by Rhonda J. Nov 7, 2010. 1 Reply

This is a blog post I did a while back because so many people have asked me how to start a hoop jam. The guidelines have helped three different cities start kick-ass hoop jams. Maybe they'll help you… 

Tags: jam, instructions, hoop, create, to

Raleigh Hoop Jam and Drum Circle Etiquette

Started by Caroleeena of Circles of Joy. Last reply by Rhonda J. Nov 7, 2010. 4 Replies

This is something I crafted and forwarded to the people who come to our hoop jam. I thought it might help other people who host hoop jams also.Over the last three years our jam has really grown. Each… 

Tags: etiquette, jam, hoop

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Comment by Jessica Torus* Wagstrom on February 17, 2010 at 5:28am
Betherann, that's so exciting!! Congrats!! :)

Comment by Lulu Hoop* of Spiraling Within* on February 16, 2010 at 1:09am
Ya Betherann!! :-)
Comment by Sabrina Moxie* on February 15, 2010 at 10:58pm

Comment by Betherann on February 14, 2010 at 5:24am
I just wanted to share this -- yesterday I hooped with a real live person (who also knows how to hoop -- my 5 year old niece doesn't quite cut it for community)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I found her by searching something like "spinners" or "fire spinners" and my town on Facebook, and I came up with a performance group's page. I became a fan, left a comment or a message, and then didn't hear from them for a month. Then a few weeks ago a poi spinner messaged me back, and yesterday we met at her house for a little jam!! AND she has a fire hoop that, once fixed, she'll let me try. AND I even taught her a trick!! AND we're starting a regular jam session on Saturdays for us and the few other spinner-types in our town, and going out to a public park to see if we can drum up more interest!!!! This is SUCH a success for me, since I am insecure personally and in my hoop skills. Be bold, folks, because it pays off, apparently! :D
Comment by Rachel aka "Princess Hula" on February 2, 2010 at 8:17am
WOW! In the 24 hours since I started this group, we already have 32 members! I'm so glad that there is interest in this topic area. I'm trying to come up with more discussion ideas (while at my day job, haha), but if anyone has one, by all means, feel free to start one!
Comment by deko on February 1, 2010 at 6:51pm
Beth, Thank you for inviting this fab community.

Comment by Betherann on February 1, 2010 at 1:53pm
Don't worry, I will! Now, if they would just reply to my Facebooking... :)

Comment by Jessica Torus* Wagstrom on February 1, 2010 at 1:48pm
Betherann, what's funny is I actually found the BEST group in my area to hoop with are not all hoopers. They spin all sorts of flow toys, poi, staff, clubs, spheres, etc. The thing that made all the difference to me was that everyone in this particular group is obsessed with flow, and that really matters to me. Maybe try looking outside the circle. ;)

Comment by Betherann on February 1, 2010 at 1:40pm
Jessica, I was just thinking about this the other day, but from the opposite standpoint. I love hooping, but I'm the lone hooper in my city as far as I can tell. Outside of my freshly started kids group, I can't find anyone. I know there are fire spinners, but they seem to have disappeared with the coming of winter. I'll try to find 'em in the spring, but for now it's just me and the rather abstract community of this site. I found myself thinking while hooping -- "How awesome is this! And how much MORE awesome it would be if I could do it with somebody else..."

One day! and hopefully one day soon...

Comment by Jessica Torus* Wagstrom on February 1, 2010 at 1:29pm
Thanks for starting this group! It's funny how big an impact having a community makes on my hooping. I always feel like I tap into it best when I'm hooping with others that share my passion!

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