Every year hoopers from all over the world make their way to the most uninhabitable place on earth, located essentially in the middle of nowhere, to hoop, meet, greet, teach, trade, party, spin and play. Where are they all going you ask? Burning Man, of course. Nearly 70,000 will be attending the big event this year and right now hoopers from all over are trying to figure out just what they are going to pack, how many hoops to bring, and just how they’re going to get it all there. As our World Hoop Day organizer Hoopin’ Annie once said, “Burning Man starts one week before Labor Day and ends with burned art installations, happiness, and a new sense of self and playa-fied everything.” Aren’t you excited? We certainly are!
So what is on the hooping calendar for Burning Man 2016? The 9th Annual SpinCycle Hoop Jam returns to Black Rock City so be sure to not to miss that, and hooping goes to the next level at the burn this year with BRC itself having hoop making workshops at the man itself throughout the week. There are also loads of hoop making workshops and hooping classes so there’s a lot you can learn on the playa this year. If you’re new to Burning Man and the locations are confusing they will most likely make a lot more sense once you’re there. Be sure to visit Playa Info, located near Center Camp, to find out where that camp is too if you really don’t want to miss something. You can also stop by the camp to verify the event is actually happening. It’s Burning Man, after all. Things happen.
And now, for a complete run down on everything noteworthy that is hoopening on the playa this year, check out the Burning Man Hooping Events Calendar 2016 below. And if you know of something hooping related that didn’t make it into our listings, please accept our apologies and if you add it in the comments below, we’ll be sure to add it to the calendar so everyone else will know about it too.
The 2016 Rio Olympics are well underway and for hoopers, that means the moment we’ve all been waiting for is about to begin. It’s time for the return of rhythmic gymnastics, the one spot where hooping will be spinning up Rio! We are going to see some amazing hoop skills beginning on Friday, August 19, when the individual competition begins, and concluding on Sunday, August 21, when the team competition ends. That means this is the weekend we should all be keeping a watchful eye on Brazil. And if you’re not familiar with the world of rhythmic gymnastics, you’re in luck! Hooping.org is here to help and we’ve got a few competitors we’ll definitely be keeping our eye on.
For those who may be unfamiliar, rhythmic gymnastics combines gymnastics with the use of five different types of apparatus: hoop, ribbon, ball, clubs and rope. For the individual event, each gymnast performs four routines (one with each apparatus: hoop, ribbon, ball, and clubs). In the group event, each team performs two routines: one where all five members have the same apparatus and another where three gymnasts have one apparatus and two gymnasts have another apparatus. The Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) selects which apparatus will be used for each two year cycle of competition. For the current 2015-2016 cycle, the team event features one routine with five ribbons and one routine with two hoops and three sets of clubs. What does that mean for us? There are hoops this year in both the individual and group events!
Caroline Godwin (on Facebook & @carolinegodwin on Instagram and her website) makes her hooping.org debut spinning up the lights after dark! In this cool video that was filmed and edited by Ever 17 Studios, Caroline shares her hooping talents with both single and double LED hooping. The light trails are as gorgeous as her flow here too. We love it! Caroline lives in Austin, Texas, USA. The soundtrack for this hooping video is The Buzz (feat. Big K.R.I.T., Mataya, Young Tapz)” by Hermitude. You can easily score your copy of it too over on iTunes.
We love this super shot of Shaheen Van Der Schyff (on Facebook) of The Fiery Pixies! We love it not just because it’s so amazing, but because of the story behind it too. He’s shown here spinning up the magic at the Chetla Slum community in Calcutta, India, while on tour with Performers Without Borders. He told us, “The team arrived and surprised the slum community with an hour circus show and a 30 minute fire finale. It was magical.” We love it! Shaheen is currently living in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by Shreya Goswami.
Emily Wheeler (on Facebook & @hoopdancewithemily on Instagram and her website) is back with a new twin hooping tutorial. This time around she’s here to teach us all how to do a move she’s calling a “Flip Flerp Flutterby”. She says, “It has a similar vibe to the flutterby, yet is a bit more glitchy.” Emily explains just how to go about making it happen in your hooping life and then she teaches us how to execute this move with a couple of cool perspectives on it too. Go for it! She lives in Watford, England, UK.
Abby Albaum and Ellie Swic of Hoola Monsters (@hoola.monsters on Instagram) & Hoola-Fit may be sailing on the high seas, but why should that stop them from hooping? While most of us would be concerned not only about the wind, but of losing our hoop to the waters below, these two are having a blast spinning things up. This is hooping joy at it’s finest with big smiles and sweet moves while sailing takes them away. Stay tuned for a surprise ending too. We love it! They both live in in Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA. The soundtrack for this is “Come Alive” by The Hip Abduction. You can easily score your copy of it too over on iTunes.