How old are you? older than you :)
When did you first start hooping? 2006 in an empty swimming pool with a totally hoopdy hoop i made with what i now know are the worst materials possible for a hoop - floppy tube and slippery tape.
Would you call yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced hooper? not sure. depends on how you figure that. somewhere between int/adv i think.
How often do you hoop? daily
Do you have an indoor hoop space? sort of, but it now has a lot of scuffs on the ceiling. i use any unoccupied classroom at my gym for most stuff.
Is there a hoop group where you live? no :(
Did you start it? n/a
Would you say that you are obsessed with or addicted to hooping? i have my moments. right now i am quite into poi style hooping
Have you posted hooping videos? How many? yes, a couple.
Do you have friends nearby to hoop with? nope
Do you teach hooping? If so, how many people have you taught? yes. i teach a very intro hoop dance class at hotels so the number varies up to 5, which is how many large practice hoops i have.
What kind of songs do you listen to while hooping? stuff i like that has the right rhythm for what i'm working on....anything from metal to downtempo to psytrance.
What is your favorite song right now?
jeez, how can i pick just one? lately i've been rockin' Houston by Kaos a lot.
Do you buy hoops or make your own? i made them all, even my fire hoops. only exception is my psihoop, which *way* is better than the LED hoops i made myself...shipping hoops to mexico costs more than the hoop.
Have you lost weight since starting to hoop? no so much, but have pretty solid abs now.
What size is your favorite hoop? for core hooping, i am using a 37" outside diam hoop made of 160psi 3/4" tubing. it's much heavier than i would like, but i don't have access to 100psi tubing. for twin hooping, i made some 33" outside diam hoops of a very lightweight 1/2" tubing we have here in mexico - it's much flimsier and lighter than the 100psi PET tubing most people in north america are using, but it works well for poi style twin hooping.
Are you comfortable hooping by yourself in a public place? yeah, cuz anyway my whip practice makes hoop practice look like childsplay.
How did you learn the majority of the tricks you know today? well the hoopgirl dvd is awesome and i learned so much from that - i highly reccomend it to any beginner. also youtube has been great.
Who is your favorite hoop teacher? hoopgirl and safire
What advice would you give to to beginner hoopers? make a special CD for hoop practice with your favorite music that also works with your hooping rhythm. it will open up your body to the dance and allow you to fully enjoy the meditation of hooping.
Do you fire hoop? If not, do you want to? yep. i love fire. i have almost 10 years exp with fire now. the first thing i ask myself when i see somebody doing some cool manipulation thing is 'now, could i do that with fire?'
Do own an LED hoop? Where did you get it? i have a psihoop which is the bomb.
How much time do you spend on Hoop City Hooping Community? i'm on daily, but i just got on here and everything is all new and shiny :)
What was the first trick you learned (besides waist hooping)? hoopgirl calls it float, where you reach back to grab the hoop at your waist and raise it up above your head. when i teach, people always comment how that very basic move looks magical to them and i totally remember that feeling when i saw christabel do it on her DVD!
What is the last trick you mastered? well in the gym today i translated a move i do with poi into hoops. it's a vertical twin breaking move with a toss and a non-breaking variation. will post video asap.
What trick so far was the hardest for you to learn? maintaining hoop at my knees was tough. also kickstart was a tough one.
Which one are you finding is almost impossible to get? multiples
How many hoopers would you say live in your town/city? if you mean aside from people who work in the circus, just me. about an hour from here there is a small community of fire hoopers.
Have you performed hooping in front of an audience? yes
Has anyone told you you were too old to be playing with a hula hoop? nope, but i have taught people who i think are in their 70s
What’s the worst injury you’ve acquired from the hoop? toss up between bloody nose and fat lip
Have you ever hooped naked? yes and i have also taught naked people :)
Have you been to a hoop camp/retreat? Which one? no but would love to!