Danielle Starshine has not received any gifts yet
How old are you? nearly 25
When did you first start hooping? September 2011
Would you call yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced hooper? intermediate
How often do you hoop? Every chance I get.
Do you have an indoor hoop space? Yes, albeit a small one.
Is there a hoop group where you live? nope. I wanna start oneee.
Did you start it? No.
Would you say that you are obsessed with or addicted to hooping? Yes, I hoop every chance I get. If I'm not hooping, then chances are I am daydreaming of hooping.
Have you posted hooping videos? How many? Not yet! I'm still too much of a n00b!
Do you have friends nearby to hoop with? Yes
Do you teach hooping? If so, how many people have you taught? Nope
What kind of songs do you listen to while hooping? Grateful Dead, Shpongle, Primus, Umphrey's McGee, etc. I am not big on dubstep AT ALL. I'm pretty much a hater when it comes to dubstep.
What is your favorite song right now? To hoop to? "Around the World in a Tea Daze" by Shpongle
Do you buy hoops or make your own? I have one that I bought from a girl at the Werk Out music festival. I plan on making some hoops in the near future, especially MINIS!
Have you lost weight since starting to hoop? No, but I can definitely look at myself and see a change in muscle tone.
What size is your favorite hoop? Right now I am using a 38''. Really want to downsize to a 36'' polypro..
Are you comfortable hooping by yourself in a public place? Yeah, it's not really a problem for me anymore.
How did you learn the majority of the tricks you know today? Youtube!
Who is your favorite hoop teacher? Safire, Babz, Caroleena, and Arsyn have all helped me tremendously.
What advice would you give to to beginner hoopers? Just keep truckin' and don't let the bruising scare you away.
Do you fire hoop? If not, do you want to? No, but I can't wait to try.
Do own an LED hoop? Where did you get it? I have the 38'' Blaze from MoodHoops <3
How much time do you spend on Hoop City Hooping Community? Too much time. haha.
What was the first trick you learned (besides waist hooping)? The lasso!
What is the last trick you mastered? double shoulder duck out
What trick so far was the hardest for you to learn? getting my leg back in from one legged hooping OMFG ow
Which one are you finding is almost impossible to get? bunny ears :P
How many hoopers would you say live in your town/city? Gosh, I dunno. I live in hippie Mecca so there are quite a few.
Have you performed hooping in front of an audience? Not yet!
Has anyone told you you were too old to be playing with a hula hoop? Nope! Actually I get a lot of older women asking me to play with my hoop when I bring it to the park.
What’s the worst injury you’ve acquired from the hoop? Just some bruises.
Have you ever hooped naked? Every chance I get.
Have you been to a hoop camp/retreat? Which one? No
Three months ago I fell and fractured my humerus. That wasn't the worst of it. As a complication of my injury, I had bruised my radial nerve, leaving me with a condition known as radial nerve palsy. My left hand was paralyzed. I was told that the damage might be irreversible or might take up to a year to gain function again. It was devastating. While some might lose hope, I found determination. I love hooping and was not going to let an injury take that from me. For two months, I diligently…
As I look back at the past 7 months I have spent as a hooper, the past 3 months in particular, I am amazed at my progress. I am going through a rough patch in my life, and instead of lashing out and being negative, I am channeling the frustration into my hooping with the intent of transformation, and it is working. It's magical. Three months ago, I could barely keep a hoop up at my chest. Now I can do breaks, arm weaving, one shoulder hooping, stalls, vertical chest hooping, and barrel…