Monthly Archives: June 2003

A National Hoop Dance Convention Proposal

community An idea that’s being bantied about in the hoop community is to have a National Hoop Dance Convention and here is a proposal from Christabel and Kandice about what that could look like.

THEME – Hoop for Peace!: Moving from Local Projects to a National Network

Proposal by Christabel Zamore and Kandice Bishop

Mission Statement:

To gather hoop dancers from a wide array of communities nationwide to share dance techniques, community projects, teaching skills, and personal hooping intentions and experiences. The goal of this event is to create a sense of solidarity within the hoop community and a set of collective goals for using hoops in local communities as part of a global “peace through hooping” movement.

We envision a weekend of hooping, roundtable discussions, hands on workshops, classes, presentations and performances where ideas can be shared and participants can start to gain a sense of their potential to activate personal and planetary change if allied on a national level.

We envision a two day event. The theme of the first day revolves around local projects we are each working on, providing a chance for us to learn from the experiences we are each creating and to be inspired by each other. The theme for the second day is national and involves more collaborative discussion about a single or several larger projects we wish to collaborate on nation-wide over the coming year — working together as a national network of hoopers to make this happen.

Hands on workshops and classes will be sprinkled throughout with some special two day workshops, such as fire hooping, which will require pre-registration. The evenings will have special hoop dance events at local downtown Los Angeles venues with a dance environment especially suited to hoopers.
We envision doing fundraisers for the event by throwing some hoop dance events or teaching events in the time we have before the conference occurs.

(presentations by people using hoops in various ways who can share their insights with us and stimulate discussion)

PLAY: Playful new ways of using Hoops (fire, circus, etc.)
DANCE: Creative movement and fusing various forms of dance with hooping
EDUCATION: Using hoops in schools and other learning places
HEALING: Case studies of using hoops to heal in rehabilitation and
other settings
POLITICS: Use of hoops for political action and in peaceful
TRANSFORMATION: Using hoops to change consciousness
MEDITATION: Using hoops as a meditative tool
SPIRITUALITY: Using hoops to connect with source and divinity

(Roundtable discussions on several projects established before the conference and creation of action plan/s, delegation of responsibilities to make one or more happen)
NATIONAL PROJECTS: Project Ideas to Use hoops Nationally to Create more
peace and joy (samples: Hoop Across America Project, etc.)
Beautiful hooper, What aspects are you interested in participating in?
Need volunteers for the following aspects of conference production:

1. PANEL PRESENTATION RECRUITER This person will recruit/sign up various people who will commit to a presentation of events they are doing in their own communities, whether verbal, visual media of photos video or any other form. (For the personal day 1 and the community day 2. It would be easiest to have specific e/mail addresses for each person and we can direct the people to each appropriate one, this idea will come with time, as these positions fill up.)

2. VENUE POD. People who will commit to finding a venue appropriate for conference and evening events and following through on arrangements to use them. (This will include applying for and obtaining all applicable permits required to hold the event, and have certain performances i.e. fire.)

3. FUNDRAISING POD. People who will create or co-ordinate at least 6 fundraising events to generate revenue to cover costs of space rental, brochures, etc. (These people will work closely with the venue and publicity people, so that the fundraisers will be as successful as possible.)

4. PUBLICITY-REGISTRATION POD. A group committed to publicizing the event to hoopers nation-wide and to the media and in related circles (peace movement, circus groups, etc) to register participants and get media coverage. Must create a press release and disseminate information created by graphics committee as widely as possible. (The Hoop Loop is the beginning of this process, we need an avenue to reach all of the hoopers nation-wide. What ideas do you have to do this?)

5. GRAPHICS/MEDIA POD. A group who will create the website and all relevant brochures, and written information to be disseminated. (This is very important for these are the things that will be representing us, and proceeding us in most cases, so they must be professional and creative at the same time.)

6.) CREATIVE POD. A group that will be dedicated to the overall look and feel of the conference. There jobs will include but not be limited to; collaborating with graphics committee on style of promotional materials, creating/making/purchasing all costumes, decorations, etc., they will create the floor plan or lay out for the event and what it will look like in the venue, and will have to discuss and lay down any rules pertaining to their work i.e. no materials that aren’t fire proofed near the stage, no nudity for performers costumes, etc.

7.) SOUND POD: This group will be in charge of all sound for the conference. This includes obtaining sound systems, microphones, and DJs. It also includes creating the ambience of the event musically, and providing the line-up of musicians.

8.) SCHEDULE POD: This group will be in charge of organizing the time-line for the entire event, including workshops, classes, discussion panels, performances, etc. They may also have a hand in laying down needed rehearsal schedules; by obtaining everyone’s availability, creating a schedule that works for everyone, and then informing everyone of the schedules.

–All pods will be expected to communicate and work well with all others involved. We would like them to; be flexible in their vision, allow for everyone’s creativity to thrive, be open to constructive criticism, be open to new ideas, allow for open discussions to take place, be dedicated and fulfill all that they have taken on with integrity.

Until this happens, events like Burning Man seem to be the defacto hoop conventions.

Collapsible Hula Hoops vs. Standard

Collapsable 002 There’s been a lot of buzz in the hooper community about collapsible hoops — hoops that are actually four or six segments connected by a ring of bungee cord inside. They’re similar to tent poles, with the bungee cord helping to snap the segments into place. With all the buzz, the question remains: how does a collapsible compare to a standard hoop?

Advantages of Collapsible: The biggest advantage of collapsible hoops is that they’re portable. They fit in backpacks and suitcases and are easy to travel with…whether that’s flying, biking, or riding a bus. They’re also nicer if you’re dealing with navigating a crowd, like at a concert or other large gathering.

There’s also a certain undeniable coolness of having an stealth hoop. One minute you look like you’ve just got a quiver of arrows on your back, and then next minute you’re a hooping hero!

Collapsable 001 Most obviously, they’re more expensive because they’re much more time consuming to make. You can get a nicely wrapped standard hoop for $25 to $30, but a collapsible is going to set you back at LEAST $50. Or you can try making your own — but it’s tough.

Also, some (but not all) collapsibles have joints prone to disconnecting while you hoop. It sucks to be really building up some speed and heading into a really cool trick only to find that your hoop is suddenly an oval — and those joints can pinch that delicate belly-skin! OUCH!

And! The bungee cords inside collapsible hoops doesn’t last forever. Eventually you’ll have to restring the hoop. That’s not a big deal, but when was the last time you had to restring a standard hoop?

My personal opinion? Unless you need a collapsible for traveling, standard hoops are usually a better choice. They’re less expensive, more durable, and more stable for tricking. Don’t get lured by simple hooper gear-lust: for most purposes, a standard hoop is still the best hoop.

Hooping Injuries

Hoop Injuries 101 Recently, the Hoop Loop discussion list exchanged thoughts and ideas about how to deal with hooping injuries (back pain, bruises, etc). Christabel from Circus Hoops had some great perspectives:

As most have, i also experienced the big black and blue pelvic brusies and achey hip joints during my initial hooping days. My successful hoop injury remedies have included: rest, ice, gentle self massage using arnica oil, homeopathic arnica montana gel, tiger balm, visualizing luminous healing energy on painful area while consciously breathing.
Over time, I found that I developed a better sense of where the hoop contacts my body and a more serpentine way of meeting the hoop which requires less impact … blindfolded hooping is a good way to develop this kinesthetic intelligence.

Perhaps most important for me, I brought my hoop in to a chiropractic appointment after I experienced a hip injury (he also happens to be a yoga instructor and core fitness instructor). I showed him the motions which caused pain and he was able to observe that I was not moving from my center…. the particular move was a leg lift and he showed me that I threw my whole body off balance and lifted my leg at an odd angle which put undue strain on certain muscles. He was then able to prescribe gentle exercises to help me develop more balance as well as give me an adjustment and make sure my hooping direction wasn’t aggravating the problem.

Here are Colorado hooper Matt Smith‘s thoughts on dealing with hooping pains. These were posted to another hoop discussion list, Hoop It Up:

Bi-directional hooping helps a lot. Practice touching the hoop on your stomach when it comes around. This is to develop your timing. Then, when it is touching your back (directly opposite of the pat exercise), try using the far hand (left for CCW, right for CW) to smack the hoop the other direction. It takes a little bit of practice to keep the hoop from coming off it’s axis of rotation, but if you keep the motion of your hand in the plane of rotation it’s easier than it looks.