world hoop day was soooo awesome! in addition to a bunch of the regular attendees, we had a bunch of new people. even some non hooping friends from buffalo who came too(for some poi spinning and chilling!) rebecca (who teaches hoop in town, but usually works on wednesdays)and her friends made a point of taking off for the holiday! sue and paul (he found me thru hoop city!) came all the way from erie pennsylvania for world hoop day! that's three hours away! we had a great time tho, paul says…
Added by Diane on September 11, 2009 at 8:29am —
Funny that one of my FB Friends TEACHES hooping 'here' in Reno, and has 'hoop Jams' at different places, different times! Wed is the next one... I'll be there!
Added by Phil Kalenowsky on September 11, 2009 at 1:36am —
For a while I've been feeling tired and heavy. I've been hooping but not as consistently as when I started. So a couple weeks ago I decided I want to start feeling lighter and more energetic so I've drastically cut down on my meat intake. So the girl who used to eat beef every day now eats meat only once a week. Saturdays are my meat days and tomorrow is my second meat day. I can't believe I survived 2 weeks, but really it wasn't that bad. I'll admit that some days I crave beef and I've…
Added by Andrea Nicole on September 10, 2009 at 11:39pm —
I started hooping a couple of months ago...my mom has commented a few times on how glad she is that I found hooping. At first I wasn't really sure what she meant by that, but I think I get it now. I've never been a good athelete, I don't play any sports or belong to any teams. I've also never had a lot of confidence in me and what I can do..I tend to think that something is too scary or different and hold myself back from trying. Then I found hooping...and it's had an impact on who I am. I'm…
Added by Amelia on September 10, 2009 at 4:59pm —
Just learned out to do the helecopter trick today... it felt really akward but i did a quick iphone video of myself and it actually looked pretty good! Its really cool weather today in new york city, and i'm afraid that summer is already gone and the cold is on the way... which means very little opportunity for me to hoop since I dont have an indoor space. I have a pretty good list of tricks so far but i still have a lot more that I can learn! Its been great just watching people's videos of…
Added by marybeee on September 10, 2009 at 4:35pm —
I was not able to find a hooping group in Reno (yet) this week...
So I "world-hooped" myself!
Added by Phil Kalenowsky on September 10, 2009 at 3:19pm —
Learned and taught a few people to hoop last week at Burning man 09.
Added by Phil Kalenowsky on September 10, 2009 at 3:18pm —
The Hoop Revolution at Koken Art Factory was a dazzling calliope of artwork, sound, light, and skill. Unfortunately the show was changed from an all-ages event to adults only less than a week before, without adequate notice. When we reached the door we were hassled by a cop who initially refused to accept the reality that I’m 24. We eventually made it in, but the Scattered Stars were less fortunate. My hoop-sisters drove 3 ½ hours only to be turned away, because Virtuous Luna (regardless of her…
Added by Tangled Macrame on September 10, 2009 at 1:07pm —
Last night I lit my fire hoop for the first time, I was with friends and our children, we had a fire, made wishes on paper and put them in the fire. We lit a sky lantern and had fire poi
...and then with adrenaline coursing through my veins, and my heart beating with nerves and excitement....I stood inside my hoop, as two friends lit the wicks...it felt ritualistic and special, the children were whooping, my female friends were encouraging...
And then I was off....the roar…
Added by Clare on September 10, 2009 at 2:48am —
So I'm finally getting settled in to the new house since the fire.
Red Lunar Moon will be vending @ the Handmade Mafia in Edmonton on the 12th @ the Orange hall. I'm trying to get some Halloween stuff made and listed on Etsy as well. I'd greatly appreciate any ideas/feedback/suggestions on what you'd like to see in my Etsy shop, and I'm available for custom orders!
I'm so grateful for all of the love everyone has shared during the recent time of hardship I've had. Cheers…
Added by RedLunarMoon on September 9, 2009 at 2:59pm —
So I reeeeally wanted to buy an LED hoop for hooping at night as festivals... especially since I was going with friends to Electric Zoo festival this past weekend in New York. Several of my new friends from Vermont were coming down, and we all hoop-- in fact, that's how we met! I had my hoop at All Points West Festival at the beginning of August, and these new friends found me because of the hoop! I knew that Electric zoo wouldn't be a 'hoopy' festival (its more of a rave than a hippy…
Added by marybeee on September 9, 2009 at 8:36am —
My first real pratice at sustained spinning.
A beautiful, september day, cloudless sky, a peaceful garden in the park, my only audience - 2 doves...
No thoughts, no ego, just spinning with my my hoop.... I feel so peaceful and calm :-)
Added by Clare on September 8, 2009 at 8:09am —
Between the worlds,
I waited in a time that is no time, a place that is no place
I sought the portal, the spirit thread, the path through the veil.
And yet there was no key to unlock that elusive door.
"Give me a sign, show me the way"
From the hidden shadows a voice replied.
“You know…you know…”
The beat of ancient hoofs drummed incessantly and loudly on the land and on my soul.
Added by Virtuous ॐ Luna on September 7, 2009 at 9:56am —
2009 Komen Greater Nashville Race for the Cure - General Donation
Please help me in raising money for the Cure for Breast Cancer! I will be hoopwalking the Susan G. Komen 5K in October here in Nashville and want to raise AT LEAST $250 for this cause.
Breast cancer affects us all and 1 in 8 women have a chance of having invasive breast…
Added by Kinetic Kristen* on September 6, 2009 at 11:06pm —
So I've had my travel hoop for a month now. It's so great! I love hooping-my family all laughs that I can spend hours hooping, but there you go...even my neighbors have been commenting. Anyways, a couple days ago we went to lowes and bought the supplies I needed to make hoops. I ended up getting really light tubing cuz it was the cheapest. Then after school the next day my sister and I made three hoops. They're a bit smaller than my travel hoop and way lighter! Then I taped them. I haven't…
Added by Amelia on September 5, 2009 at 5:37am —
I'm teaching a Hoop Dance Workshop at the Bea Hive Ballroom Studio in Garden Grove tomorrow from 11am to 1pm. We're gonna explore moving and connecting with our hoops, basic waist hoop techniques, off body tricks and hoop play! :-D
Hoops are provided by instructor. Bring some water for hydration and comfy fitted cotten clothing for best hoop contact. Cost is $20 if you sign up ahead of time. More at the door (not sure how much, tho).
Added by Lulu Hoop* of Spiraling Within* on September 4, 2009 at 6:34pm —
Alright 9-9-9 is only a few days away! This is a list of every 2009 hoop day event I could find online. Missing any? Details wrong? I am going to be doing a mailing to post this info, so send 'em over! Have fun, and remember that hoop day is a of learning, giving, and teaching with children in mind.
•New York City, NY: Hoop Jam, 6-8pm, 10th Ave & 14th ST below the High Line Park.
•Long Island, NY: Hoop Jam, 4pm, Heritage Park in Mount Sinai.
•Rochester, NY: Hoop Jam,…
Added by Troo Hoops on September 4, 2009 at 8:30am —
Whooo-hoooop! My hoop arrived this morning! Cleared some space, and gave it a whirl. OK, this is good. I can keep it going, around my waist...and not much more at this point. Takes some effort just to keep it from falling down. Going to take a bit of practice though....a little bit, every day. xox
Added by Suzan on September 3, 2009 at 6:30pm —
well in 2 weeks i'm going to warsaw va and i'm going to be a vender, for a small free festiable with alot of local bands. so anyone in the area va should come down. all u have to do is pay for gas!!!!
i'm selling my hoops, and i'm 1 of 3 venders that are going to be there. im very very excited. and i can't wait to get there and hang up my banner that i sew for it. i embored hoops and then it has a arrow pointing down. and i made a picture out of fabric and a woman hooping. so i'm pretty…
Added by tasha on September 3, 2009 at 3:44pm —
I moved down here 1.5 months ago. 14 hours across the country by myself, no money, no job, knowing 1 person here, crazy I know. While the beautiful, historic city with wonderful beaches and warm weather are great perks, I was actually drawn here to help start a new church. There is an amazing group of people here with a beautiful vision. It is so exciting, inspiring, and motivating. My time here has really been incredible, although definitely not perfect. (I've also met some fabulous hoopers…
Added by Alicia * of HomeSpun Hoops* on September 2, 2009 at 9:30pm —
I got a hoop high today! One of those buzzy, excited rushes of adrenaline that catch you totally off guard. I was getting down to some Beck(not my usual choice, at aLL), and I set my hoop on my shoulder, started spinning, dropped my head, and bam, caught my hoop perfect, super smooth shoulder drop in, and then it was oVer. I proceeded to try for a bunch of tricks I never get quite right, and, yeah, smooth like siLk. I'm sure I was grinning like a fool. I love getting caught in a groove!!!!…
Added by Sarah Sparkles* Sparkle & Burn* on September 2, 2009 at 7:29pm —
Added by Virtuous ॐ Luna on September 2, 2009 at 3:30pm —
Luna mia, bella Luna,
Mia sempre bella Luna!
Added by VegaLyra on September 1, 2009 at 11:08pm —
Okay, I'll admit, I still really haven't been practicing the kick start (I keep telling myself I'm waiting for colder weather so I can wear boots to protect my ankles when I learn it, but really I think I may be just a teensey weensey bit scared of the bruising I know is to come). BUT... for the first time this morning when the hoop fell too far below my knee cap, the point when it would usually clatter to the ground, I was able to 'scoop' it back up with my foot! Still a looooong way to go on…
Added by Siren of the Circle* on September 1, 2009 at 1:33pm —
I must say I have been a little disappointed lately. I recently asked a couple of my previous students that have done very well if they would like to perform with me at a local festival. With the reaction I got you would think I asked them to strip or something. Well actually they said "we're just not up to that" and nothing I could say would convince them otherwise.
Those of you who are teachers, do you also have a hard time getting your students comfortable hooping in front of other…
Added by Paula Stambaugh on September 1, 2009 at 9:58am —
Isn't it fun to add "hoop" to different words to make hoop-anguage? Okay that was a stretch but you know what I mean. Which of you hasn't said Hoop-tastic!... or Hoop to see you later!???? Admit it! So dorky ...but so fun.
I just made a successful video hoop-casing (ha ha ha, okay I'll stop) showcasing most of the moves I've learned in my one year of hooping. There's a lot of pressure when you are trying to post a "look how far I've come" video.…
Added by Lealyn on August 31, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Happy birthday to youuu,
happy birthday to youuuuuu,
haaaaappppyyyyy birthday dear Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaavid,
happy birtday to youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!
Added by Jana from Ula Oopla land on August 31, 2009 at 5:52am —
So, after a weekend full of cake baking(and failing, and rebaking, and kIcKiNG cake aSS), hoop making, veggie chopping, and stressing about failure, my daughter had an amazing party today!! Our friends are so awesome. Everyone helped out, and the other mother who was co-throwing the party did an amazing job with decorations. Ima post some pictures, but it was awesome. I am tired, but i get to hoop before bed. I didn't hoop til at the party for the past three days, due to party prepping. Eek!
Added by Sarah Sparkles* Sparkle & Burn* on August 30, 2009 at 7:38pm —
I'm so glad to have found this wonderful community of hoopers! I have felt so inspired in my hooping since i have joined. Yesterday i (almost) got down a new trick and got MUCH better with a couple moves I've been working on. Thank you to all of you wonderful hoopers for creating such an amazing vibe and inclusive environment where all are welcome to share and learn.
Added by Nicole on August 27, 2009 at 8:15pm —
It seems that with a full time job, teaching hooping classes, getting my son to band and his job, practicing hooping, promoting my classes, cooking, cleaning the house (notice that came last ;), there is no time left. Thankfully when I am in the hoop, everything stands still for just a little while. Time doesn't seem to exist, just me the hoop and whatever music is on. How blessed we are that we have something that not only gives us exercise, but a euphoric sense of peace as we perform that…
Added by Paula Stambaugh on August 27, 2009 at 6:00am —
at midnite i was hooping my usual spot, on the crummy basketball court in the middle of my block. but some damn dog was barking everytime i made any itty bitty noise. it got so annoying. so to avoid trouble (and cops and 15 year old klepto kids out past curfew), i took a drive out to Park and Ride bout 3 miles out of town. it was nice i was the only one out there, and had a good view of the town. the stars were beautiful tonight. no moon, so the sky was thick with them.
i jammed out…
Added by Samantha Marie on August 27, 2009 at 1:49am —
I've just removed a hoop friend that I think might actually be a social networking spambot rather than a hooper. Boo!
Work schedule shifted earlier and I am still adjusting. Plus I woke up from a post yoga nap with a splitting headache. Yay.
But at least I am back in yoga and I supposedly start dance class Saturday, if they get enough people. I hope so.
My one legged hooping, which I tried on a lark and persisted because of stubborn, is getting better. I notice…
Added by Lissa Serenhoopity* on August 26, 2009 at 12:39pm —
Nigel and I went on vacation earlier this month. I got back to work last Tuesday and the real world is no fun.
We spent a few days with friends in Vancouver, and then hit Seattle to meet up with my bestie and see Depeche Mode. Cue the arm clutching, frantic dancing, OMG I can't believe this is really happening, crying tears of joy moments. Dave Gahan can twirl like nothing I have ever seen. I am dying to give that man a hoop and see what he can do. Heather and I have both wanted to…
Added by Gina on August 26, 2009 at 11:30am —
I ordered my new hoop a few days ago, (a hynotica travel hoop) and I am eagerly awaiting it's arrival. I've been sitting at my computer surfing the net, and filling up on watching others show off their stuff on video. I've been so inspired, I can barely sit still. I can hardly wait.
A couple weeks ago, I celebrated my 50th birthday...my back hurts, I'd like to loose a few pounds, build energy, increase stamina, tone up, and strengthen my core. I know how important it is to exercise,…
Added by Suzan on August 26, 2009 at 10:00am —
My daughter is turning three next week, and we're having this awesome party for her and one of my friend's daughters, who is turning 5. It's gonna be awesome. It's at a park, and we're having face painting, a bracelet making area, a happy hardcore dj, a hooping area, games, and this bomb rainbow pinata. It's gonna be super fun. I'm making hoops today for the hooping area. I'm making rainbow cake, and we're having a taco bar. I have a ton of homework, though. I need to clone myself....
Added by Sarah Sparkles* Sparkle & Burn* on August 26, 2009 at 7:47am —
so i finally figured out one-shoulder hooping last night!
let me confess this before i go on: i have most of my hooping breakthroughs when i've got a bit of a buzz going. i think it's because i'm loosened up physically, and i'm more interested in having fun and not worrying so much about how OMG i suck at hooping.
anyways, so the boyfriend and i took the dog out so he could run around and do his business while we played with our respective big kid toys (my hoop and his…
Added by miss megan on August 26, 2009 at 7:12am —
I just got a positive reply from an organisation that will do a Sports day for Handicap people this sunday in my town and I will teach them some hooping !!! Hurray ! just wanted to share the excitement with you hoopydoopyfriends :)))
ps: will of course let you know how did it go :)
Added by Jana from Ula Oopla land on August 26, 2009 at 1:24am —
well it's been about 3 1/2 weeks since i started. i'm slowly getting better! i love hooping it's the best!!! maybe we can hoop together sometime wash park? cheeseman? lets go!!!!
Added by alina bals on August 25, 2009 at 9:32pm —
So me and my wonderful friend Suzanne just started up a Sunday Spin Day at our local park! This past sunday was the first and it went sooo well! We had quite a few girls show up to hoop and a group full of amazing drummers and guitarists to play music for us! I had so much fun!
The only thing that bothers me (and I know I shouldn't let it but I cant help it)are all the ignorant fearful people out there that immediately degrade something new to them!
We were all minding our own…
Added by Nichole Bair SenseSublimity on August 25, 2009 at 3:20pm —
So, it's been just a little over a month since I've started hooping. Move-in day for college was this past Saturday and I'm finally settled in. My parents asked me if I was going to bring my hoop with me and I said "Of course!!" within one second of them asking.
Saturday night our RA, Paige, was stopping by our rooms to check up on us, and she saw my hoop. She asked about it and asked what else I could do with it. I told her about how I got started hooping and different things that…
Added by Gabrielle on August 25, 2009 at 11:53am —
STORY TIME! Writing is another one of my favorite things to do... so If you don't mind, I'm gonna practice now. =)
I work at a toy store. When their summer collection came out, they had an assortment of plastic hoops & skip-its. The hoops were child sized and weightless; I'm already spoiled by the poly hoops & grip tape, so the best part was the trio of flashing LED lights activated by bumping it. Lucky me, in between maintaining the store, there's always time to play! As…
Added by WhirlWind* on August 25, 2009 at 1:30am —
The Animal Collection
Featuring "Disco Animal" (in black n white)
The "United States of Diversity" Collapsable Hoop…
Added by Lulu Hoop* of Spiraling Within* on August 25, 2009 at 12:30am —
I was just blessed last night... ForestFairieLaughter came by and sprinkled her pixie dust and BAM! A FIRE HOOP appeared!! Its black and red with 5 spokes and im to0o0otallly stoked to use it this saturday!! yay!! so many sweet adventures are coming my way.. learning a new level of ho0ping is just around the corner!!
Added by Toxic_Waste on August 24, 2009 at 8:12pm —
Hey all! Want to add new flair to your hoop dance? Explore a different mode of dance expression? Or maybe just get out and meet some cool people? :-)
I'm teaching a 6 week series of basic belly dance for all styles in Irvine at IVC Community Ed this fall. Classes start Sept 8 and run through to Oct 13. Tuesday nights 7-8:30. Check out: www.123getsmart.com to register. Or PM me for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org :-D…
Added by Lulu Hoop* of Spiraling Within* on August 24, 2009 at 3:31pm —
We thought we should tell everybody. Win $500 in gift certificates
(which you can use to buy our Troo Hoops
) from our sister site Dubé Juggling, or other cool stuff like fire fans, kevlar, wick, poi, flags, unicycles, beanbags, and tons more top notch performing equipment. Enter now! Contest ends September 1, 2009.
Added by Troo Hoops on August 24, 2009 at 2:00pm —
...because I haven't even started yet and already, i'm having trouble sleeping just from thinking about it!! Honestly!!! Also in the last couple of days, i've been anticipating the arrival of my burlesque kitten hoop, made by the lovely Lulu Hoop, and i'll be in the kitchen just doing up some dishes, jamming with my music blaring, and i'll burst into hoop dance!!!... Kinda,... without a hoop of couse! Laila(the dog) looks at me and starts her happy tail thing, and i'm just loving…
Added by Arletta Hayes on August 24, 2009 at 7:30am —
yea. today is a bad hoop day. i've been working on my routine for the hooprama hoop troupe audition next sunday and I can't even get simple moves right today. I keep bumping the hoop into my leg or launching it into something nearby or dropping it....everything is just going wrong! Out of about 30 attempts or so to hoop to the song, I've successfully completed one. I'm so frustrated now, I don't even know if I still want to audition. I hate choreographing moves, so my routine only has 3 small…
Added by Kinetic Kristen* on August 23, 2009 at 2:59pm —
I am soooooooooo into hoopcity. I just watched the trick database. There are sO many awesome tricks!!!! And I want them all...now. :-) I make trick wish lists. Does anyone else do this? Where you decide you want certain tricks, and then give yourself a deadline? I want the step out and the chest roll by next week. And, go!!
Added by Sarah Sparkles* Sparkle & Burn* on August 22, 2009 at 10:04pm —
Ok I've entered a new and exciting territory here... and I can see I'm going to get nothing else done this week!
I went to the craft store and bought ribbon to expiriment with and here is my first creation:
I call her the Burlesque Kitten! :-)
I can't wait to make more! Oh the ideas.... oh the ideas! :-D
Here's a pic of the other ribbon I got (and my specialty tapes):…
Added by Lulu Hoop* of Spiraling Within* on August 21, 2009 at 6:08pm —
Working. Working working working. In spare time trying to drum up interest in a friend's movie (um, go see Bandslam, you guys, I promise it is not High School Musical 4.5, it is funny and charming and heartbreaking and so not what the preview trailers make it out to be).
Regging for my contemporary dance classes Saturday, class itself starts next weekend.
I've had very little formal dance training - and not in 14 years. And never contemporary.…
Added by Lissa Serenhoopity* on August 21, 2009 at 4:34am —
bonnaroo 06 899.mov
Hi Hoopers! It's been about three years and I'm probably the loneliest hooper I know... but not for long.
The first time I ever saw hoop dancing was at Bonnaroo. It was so awesome. Me and my beau were walking from one stage to the next and this girl just randomly asked if we wanted to watch her…
Added by WhirlWind* on August 20, 2009 at 10:30pm —
well it's that time again...class started this week and I have been neglecting my hoops. I'm really freaked by the amount of school work I'm going to be engrossed in(largest load yet) and all of the hoop time I had over the lovely summer is going to be a thing of the past:(:( I'm only hoping i can find some adequate time to get a little hooping done and still be motivated to study. Im scared once i pick up a hoop i wont want to put it down heehee:) well hopefully i can find a nice balance..it's…
Added by Brittney Smart on August 20, 2009 at 6:27pm —
So I just want to say.... I love hooping. I love this site. And am so thankful to find something other than facebook to spend hours on.... Facebook doesn't give me sweet videos that teach me things.... or link me to people who I am actually stoked about having the opportunity to meet up with.... no offense facebook friends.... you guys are cool too.... you just don't have hoops.
This site is RAD!
As for progress.... well I can waist hoop for hours.…
Added by Kristy Lannan on August 20, 2009 at 6:04pm —
so at my brothers swim meet in a neighboring city, i overheard a lady who was walking around passing out flyers saying that they are starting to do a get out and get fit-"party in the park" and RIGHT when I walked by she was saying there was bike riding, hula hooping, ect.
..so i walked up to her and was like I actually just started hula hooping and I make my own...blah blah...explained It is called hoop dancing with tricks and she was SO EXCITED!! she said she was just going to go…
Added by Cady Clasby on August 19, 2009 at 11:25pm —
Okay, annnnnnd there's a journal. It's a site full of friendly hoopers! This isn't not what I needed to find a week before school starts! I don't have time. I'm going to be watching videos instead of doing papers. Bad news bison. I'm excited for my semester to start, but at the same time I'm concerned with the hoop time I'll be losing. This was my first summer with a hula hoop. It's been outstanding! I caught this bug bAd. I've been hooping for just over five months, and i do nOt want winter…
Added by Sarah Sparkles* Sparkle & Burn* on August 19, 2009 at 11:22pm —
i seriously hate math.
been sitting here since 6 trying to do 21 problems.
Added by Jenna Rae on August 19, 2009 at 7:45pm —
Monday night hoop classes at the YMCA? Not really enough time for that this summer!!
We have been busy improving our hoops and site. We added a brand new 4-piece collapsible hoop style to our custom decorator: Check out the Swing style
. We are lamost ready to add 2 weights and 3 sizes on all of the hoops. A hoop to fit every level and size hooper! We also offer DVDs now. Then there are all of the BBQs, picnics, beach days,…
Added by Troo Hoops on August 19, 2009 at 8:22am —
Added by Molly on August 19, 2009 at 12:29am —
Check it out!
YaYY for spreading the hooping love!!
Thanks for everyone's support <3<3
Added by KaytiBunny Roberts on August 18, 2009 at 4:37pm —
I bought a hoop a few years ago but never really used it seriously until I started to go back to school in 2008. My son was 3 years old, and I had been living a quite active lifestyle until then. The sedentary lifestyle of classrooms and studying got me down; I need activity to keep not just my body but my mind healthy. Being a student, I was poor, of course, so I didn't have many opportunities to treat myself, go out for dinners with my partner, go on family vacations, and the like. And since…
Added by The Spin Jinny* on August 18, 2009 at 1:18pm —
That's all I can think. Why. Such a wonderful person, with a great smile and, as described so accurately by Braska, an infectious laugh. I'm not bothering to stop my tears when they come, on and off for the last hour and a half since I woke up. I woke up hoping it was all a super awful nightmare or someone's sadistic idea of a prank but it's. Not. Frankie, you're really gone and I don't know why or even begin to understand.
Random snippets of conversation keep popping…
Added by Kinetic Kristen* on August 18, 2009 at 7:39am —
I have a friend who sort of collects hobbies. I might have gotten her interested in hooping, but she never really did much with it after we explored it a bit. She bought a hoop and both hoopnotica dvds. She's moving from Boston to Seattle in the beginning of September and she's looking to unload some stuff. I've pretty much stolen her hoop from her, but she's still got both of the Hoopnotica dvds. I'm wondering if anyone here would like them. I'm not sure if she's selling them or just giving…
Added by Jendell on August 17, 2009 at 10:57pm —
I must do this again. I hooped in the woods today. I had taken the boys to meet some friends and their kids, and I took hoopy, and I did a few drills while they sat and chatted, and then my friends daughter came over and put her I-pod on the ground near me and said "here you can dance to that", and she played some Christina Aguilera for me. I hooped for ages to it, and I actually felt like I was dancing, for the first time ever. Had an awesome time and my day felt better because the hooping…
Added by Liz on August 17, 2009 at 5:59pm —
i found myself taking a break most recently w/ my hoop before i went to underground sound (which was amazing!) i felt bad at first b/c i wasnt giving my hoop the most attention that it should. but when i picked it up again abt a week before i left i found myself finding new styles and new tricks . i think its probably important to take breaks so you dont wear yourself down and get discouraged. when i was at the ugs there were a lot of beautiful hoopers there with many different hoops and…
Added by l "lady lamb" to the inz on August 17, 2009 at 2:54pm —
I can't believe how much my life has changed this past year. never would i have imagined everything i've seen/done. If I were asked last year, if i thought i would be so in love with John, happy in our home, still working towards my degree, falling in love with a completely different music scene, and most of all, that I would be hooping. I would have laughed. Everything Ive done this year, especially in the last few months has been such a change. I saw phish 4 times, and I was the girl who…
Added by Jenna Rae on August 16, 2009 at 8:42pm —
Coming back from hooping on break, one of my favorite supervisors stopped me and said, you know, if I ever start my own company, I'll hire you to hula hoop at events because it makes people happy to watch you. They would watch and be happy and all, man, I wish I could hula hoop.
I grinned at him and joked, sure, and I could have hoops there so that they could try to hoop.
Ha, yeah, he laughed. I could make you the CEO of Hula Hooping. In fact,…
Added by Lissa Serenhoopity* on August 16, 2009 at 6:08pm —
Firstly, I have GOT to thank everyone who voted for my little video in the "What Hooping Means To Me" contest. I entered at the urging of several more seasoned hoopers, and I was concerned with the reception I'd get.
My story isn't really happy - I was diagnosed with depression at the age of nine. NINE. It sucks a lot when it gets me, you know? And there are people out there who tell you to snap out of it or get over it, it's just being sad.
But it isn't. And hooping has…
Added by Lissa Serenhoopity* on August 15, 2009 at 5:31am —
Today was a great day... the last weekday I had off before my new Monday-Friday school schedule hits with a vengeance! Woke up early (been workin on that) and did 8-minute hiphop dance exercise On Demand w/ Danielle... it got me laughing and awake and I was so energized throughout the day! We've been trying to do yoga or something in the morning, tried the ab yoga routine but it was waaaaaaaay too hard :P
Dee went to work and I went outside, blasted some Daft Punk and hooped in the…
Added by Natalie Berrong on August 13, 2009 at 10:26pm —
**cue Legend of Zelda sound effects**
I've been playing with vortex reversals for a long time now and over the weekend I started connecting them to vertical chest hooping. When I tossed in a vertical duck-in I learned from Ziggy
and ChemicalGal’s back-roll
, I moved into new, unexplored territory. I love the freedom of movement born of…
Added by Tangled Macrame on August 12, 2009 at 8:30pm —
Becoming "a hooper" has changed my whole identity - or, rather, completed it.
Sure, I had a decent idea of who I was before the hoop - but it was a work in progress at best. Describing myself always consisted of those horribly bland adjectives that everyone uses - "smart, funny..." and of course under hobbies, the ubiquitous, "likes to read." Ugh.
Man! I wanted an exciting hobby. Windsurfing. Mountain Climbing. Cave Diving. But, those things took a LOT of time, money,…
Added by Kym Spins on August 12, 2009 at 6:00am —
This past week I've just been trying a variety of tricks and see what I'm able to do.
I've learned how to step through vertically, but I can only get in on one side smoothly.
I've learned how to chest hoop, but with my arms above my head.
I've learned how to shoulder hoop, but that only happens every so often.
I've learned how to hoop with one knee, but I tend to hop around and can't stay still, foot planted to the grounded.
I've learned how to do a vortex, but…
Added by Gabrielle on August 11, 2009 at 11:26pm —
This is the rock where I hooped last Christmas, on our first trip home since we moved across the continent....
This is the rock where I hooped this summer on a wirlwind journey to see all our friends and family...
This is the rock that sits in the backyard of my love's grandparent's home...
This is the rock where he grew up eating lobster and celebrating family...
This is the rock near where on a foggy night, on our…
Added by Lulu Hoop* of Spiraling Within* on August 11, 2009 at 7:30pm —
Tonight we donate 20 Hula Hoops to Orangewood Children's Home and we are teaching the children currently at the home the art of "hooping"! Tonight will be a hooptastic night!! =)
Added by Stacy Cashman on August 11, 2009 at 9:15am —
So I visualized having 5 students at my class and the next day - out of nowhere - I had them! It was totally amazing! I had sold one of my hoops at our local flea market at cost to one of the nannies, and I guess her employer tried it and loved it. So she brought a friend. Now I've suddenly got people contacting me everyday! I'm thinking about expanding to a central location and selling hoops at a couple of local shopping "fairs". Its exciting, now I'm just a little nervous about my ability to…
Added by Shireen Advani Lee on August 11, 2009 at 6:58am —
I am home from the Northeast Kingdom Music Festival. We had an absolutely amazing time! We arrived a day early because we were vending hoops. After a couple of hours setting up we were able to relax in our comfy chairs in an almost empty field. They were doing lighting work and soundchecks on the stage so there was music and we started hooping....the way a person can in a huge open field under the full moon with no one around to run into or hit accidentaly with an errant hoop. It was pure…
Added by Salali on August 10, 2009 at 7:27pm —
i give up.
on knee hooping, that is. i have tried and tried...with jeans on, fleece pants, scarves tied around my kness...but i can only knee hoop for 5 seconds at the most. i'm not hooping on my actual knee, but slightly above it and it's still killing the outside of my legs. i can't seem to get the hoop to raise either. i've tried it with my lightest, biggest hoop and still nothing.
every other hooping move i have had trouble with in the past i've been able to practice…
Added by miss megan on August 10, 2009 at 2:41pm —
The sunlight streamed brighter that day,
The leaves shimmered green in a dazzling way,
As I spun my hoop in an arch through the air,
Till it dropped with a clattered against the leg of a chair.
The girl learned forward, preparing to stand,
Dangling the hoop, like a wand, in her hand,
Then passed it back. I read in her glance,
That in motion or still we both form the dance…
Added by Tangled Macrame on August 8, 2009 at 7:00am —
today I had a great day hooping in the morning, then I went to see the LORITZ CIRCUS (Out Of Africa) featuring Americus Wilson http://americus.co.nz/
It amazed me...if you don't know, this girls only 6 years old.
I even got her autograph on a photo of her spinning 24 hoops at once.
It absolutely made my day, and when i got home, inspired me to hoop even more.
I have achieved so much and feeling really proud looking back on the days when I could barely keep…
Added by Rachel Gorniot on August 8, 2009 at 1:55am —
How time flies! Still amazed that I can hoop around the waist AT ALL! It's like every day I show myself that I am amazing - the confidence boost this is is PRICELESS! (And yes, really, everyday I can say to myself I am incredible - I have wanted to waist hoop since I was 5!)
Have just got contra-current working but no tricks yet - BUT I can waist hoop the opposite way to my dominant current!
Otherwise I have loads of tricks but my challenge at present is chest hooping which I reckon…
Added by LN on August 7, 2009 at 6:00am —
Phew. I was getting ready to go to bed when I remembered I said I'd come post!
I haven't been blogging much of anywhere lately. I have this blog, my main blog, and a Myspace blog I keep for times when I want to be a little more frivolous and private. But mostly I have been on Twitter. I blame Apple for it, since I got an iPhone two weeks ago I have been Jenny-on-the-spot, mobile blogging with TwitVid, TwitPic, and Tweetie. Which is a lot of fun, but not big on details, as it…
Added by Lissa Serenhoopity* on August 7, 2009 at 1:30am —
Hey there! Now, I've got three journals, so this one is going to be pretty specific. This journal is going to keep track of everything hoop or pole related. I say pole related too, because they're both favoured hobbies of mine, and they tend to be equally challenging, as far as I can tell. Think of this as my "fun workout" journal.
I've been pole dancing for about three years now, and thus far not gotten inversions at all (though I got a tip on them recently!) but I've found heightened…
Added by Jayde May on August 7, 2009 at 1:25am —
I have been hooping for about a month now and I am really starting to get the hang of it. I am proud of myself and have been more happy and healthy than I have been in a long time:):) But today was a super special day! Not only did I make my first homemade hoop but I also nailed hooping at the chest, both with arms and without. I never thought I was going to get it but I did....Can I get a....WOOP WOOP, I LOVE TO HOOP!..LOL
My husband made fun of my homemade hoop though.…
Added by Natulie on August 6, 2009 at 7:04pm —
I swear, I have a video or two on the pipeline and a whole entry to write here!
I'll be back tonight.
Added by Lissa Serenhoopity* on August 6, 2009 at 2:18pm —
Okay, so I really need to update this! Back in June, went to WildFire 'fire arts' camp - four days of fun with hoops, awesome people and camping. It was all around a great experience. I took classes in poi hooping, knee hooping, hoop tossing, traditional staff, and aerials. Every night there was a free spin with awesome dj's - I didn't try any fire hooping yet, but hopefully one day soon. I had fun on the sidelines with my LED though :)
Since then, I have been preparing to teach two…
Added by Amy Irish on August 6, 2009 at 9:35am —
It's kind of amazing how just a little over a week of not hooping can rust me up. Unfortunately I wasn't able to bring a travel hoop with me on the cruise, but I still had a fun time. Although, I did hoop once. My cruise was through Disney, and it was a amusement park/cruise combo. At Magic Kingdom before the 3:00 parade, they had workers out on the street with small hoops for children to play with before it started. I went over and grabbed the biggest hoop (which was still incredibly small)…
Added by Gabrielle on August 5, 2009 at 11:30pm —
I've heard time and time again to pay attention to your arms when you hoop, and I thought I was.....but now that I really have started to pay attention it's opened me up to so much flow with my hoop. I finally feel like I'm actually DANCING in my hoop!!! My boyfriend was watching me and he said that it has added so much to my hooping. Now there is way more to focus on instead of just the hoop....it makes any imperfection in tricks nearly unrecognizable. I took a video the other night but I want…
Added by Alli on August 5, 2009 at 1:47pm —
Its day 3, I'm doing the 30 day raw challenge. Along with Safire and Oprah, I count Alissa Cohen as a leading light. Someone I want to follow. She pioneered raw vegan eating, at least for me. I first saw her on the Tyra Banks show, "Diet Wars". I never actually watch the Tyra Banks show but thanks to being a stay at home Mom in Singapore I was stuck with whatever programming was on and too exhausted to change the channel.
Fortunately the universe gave me exactly what I needed at that…
Added by Shireen Advani Lee on August 4, 2009 at 7:17pm —
Unfortunately my home was set ablaze by an arsonist last weekend, and all of my materials, machines, creations and supplies were destroyed. :(
I'll put up a posting once I have the time and funds to re- stock.
Added by RedLunarMoon on August 4, 2009 at 2:52pm —
Got arms in chest hooping today. YAY. Breakbeat + DnB were required. I was dancing while chest hooping too.
I can chest hoop horizontally so far. Goal is to get to angled & vert chest hooping
Vert & Horizontal Breaks are very handy.
Started working behind my back too.
I'd really like to get the vert step through. I'm placing my hands wrong I think.
Added by disco* Lissa on August 3, 2009 at 11:55am —
I'm sick so no hooping today. This is pretty crap, I have had a battle with an episode of scabies I caught from my brother, and my immune system took a bit of a knock I think, (for anyone who has never had it, you basically have to cover yourself in nerve agent to kill these bugs, poison is not good for you...) I didn't manage to kill them for months, and now they're gone but I am hyper sensitive to allergen now and it is hayfever season yay...so now I have an enlarged epiglottis, which is…
Added by Liz on August 2, 2009 at 4:15pm —
with hooping. I started a bit under a year ago, having never been able to hoop previously, picked it up same day and have barley put it down. I have been having quite a bit of trouble finding material to make hoops with, and figuring out how to go about making a fire hoop. I have been spinning poi/fire for a few years and that definitely helped with learning to hoop. Just relearning the planes with bigger instruments :) Im in the DFW of texas atm but travel around a bit, staying southern for…
Added by Pele on August 2, 2009 at 12:53pm —
So i went out yesterday and bought a hoop.
it was alot harder than i thought it out to be..
but that doesnt mean im going to give up.
For anyone who has advice my ears are open to anything.
it would mean alot for me,
i had to teach myself poi by myself, but its always good when someone is there to help you.
Any big or little suggestions lemme know.
but until then, i shall keep practiceing. :)
Added by Gabz Wetherell on August 1, 2009 at 11:01am —
I have spent entirely too much time reading through the 'Hoop Making' discussions this morning and all I can say is WOW!! You ladies (and gents) have made some amazing things! I am so inspired by all of you. All I want to do right now is run out to the craft/fabric store and spend the next week sitting on my living room floor trying to figure out how to make fur covered hoops, fabric covered hoops, decourage paper (I still don't even know what it is!) coverd hoops, fabric ribbon hoops..... my…
Added by Siren of the Circle* on July 31, 2009 at 10:27am —
I made a first hooping video after 5 weeks of hoop fun! Wanted to see how I look in my hoop. I was pretty embarrassed in front of camera. Didn't feel relaxed at all. And when I saw myself I wasn't so happy :) But it's very good that I made a movie of me hooping so I can see what mistakes I made. I look down to much, hands are attached to the body, ... Many things to repair. I can not perform in circus yet :))))
I also showed video to some friend and they say that I'm good. It feels good…
Added by Ursa, Free bird on July 31, 2009 at 5:30am —
...so i am posting it so i can look back on these words...
What is your goal for 2009? (Doesn't have to be hooping related)
To provide compassionate and individualized care to all those that I am in contact with who are transitioning from this lifewalk to what comes next.
Why is this goal important to you and how will it improve your quality of life?
This is less of a goal and more of a mission statement. I do this…
Added by Cady Clasby on July 30, 2009 at 10:37pm —
This entry is mostly to provide a reference point as to how far I have developed later on.
I have been hooping for almost 3 weeks now. I have attended 4 beginners classes. I started off with a Saturday group and did three sessions with them. I had been progressing well and felt like I had made a bunch of progress already. I walked into my first class not able to hoop at all, and now I can hoop in inflow and out, do breaks, paddling, off body passing, floating up and down (only in…
Added by Rachel M on July 30, 2009 at 1:35pm —
Ok its 1.36 am but I must just jot down that phase one went reasonably well, tested in garden as shown in latest vid. It is extremely light due to the materials, and it wasn't properly fixed as I realised when I increased the speed lol! All in all though I think this shows promise. Cost so far has come to around £8, at the most. Not bad for an LED hoop. Will keep updates of progress.
Added by Liz on July 29, 2009 at 6:30pm —
-Working on flow (which FINALLY seems to be coming together)...
-I figured out how to transition from the shoulder pop (the first part of the move) into vertical chest hooping which is super duper exciting since I've knocked myself in the face a few times trying :)
-Trying to get motivated to make some hoops, but it seems like all the tape I get from Identi-tape falls apart :\
-Thinking about making a hoop video but that's really on the bottom of my list…
Added by miss megan on July 29, 2009 at 2:28pm —
Today has been a bust, it started all sunny, but by the time I was showered and ready, a great deluge had set in, and has remained for the whole day!
I recently had a plan. It may not be fantastic but I am going to try it. In Tesco there are some child size hoops, cheap and flimsy. I bought a couple of them to try some twin moves, since hoops aren't cheap and I can't find anywhere to get supplies to make em....plus the fact I have little time!
Well, the little hoops had…
Added by Liz on July 29, 2009 at 11:46am —
I have to confess my hooping has become very very sporadic...VERY sporadic.
Which makes no sense considering it is summer and hooping outside is so much better than inside..
but summer also means i get to spend time in my shop doing art.. my shop is not heated so winter i don't get much welding in, so hooping in cramped spaces in the house in winter happens daily.
Between work, shop time, friends, looking for a house to buy, and packing up my current abundance of accumulated crap…
Added by spider baby on July 29, 2009 at 10:54am —