Bay Area Hoopers gathered at Martin Luther King Park in Berkeley today. It turned out the Thai Music and Crafts Festival was gathering there as well. The soundtrack of the day proved interesting with the occasional Thai vocalist making an appearance in the background of our breakbeats. It was also the hottest hooping day ever recorded. When Cinthia and Missy
got there they couldn’t find us all sitting in the shade cooling our jets. God bless Min Jung
and her water mister. Jason
brought a few new hoops he made this morning that ended up going home with the hoopless, like today’s BAH newcomer Marta – who had previously hooped with Aimee
and I at Burning Man. Vera
had her sister Bianca with her, visiting from Germany. Amy
totally delivered in the new tunes department with the Antibalas
music everybody liked.
, who picked up a hoop for the first time with us a few weeks ago, is already hooping like a regular – even knee hooping. Katie, hooping with us just as long, dazzled all of us on her back, on the ground, hooping on one foot. Soon we were all flat on our backs. For a lot of us including myself
last week’s knee and leg work continued – and today it paid off for me big time with A) the worst hooping pain and array of developing bruises I’ve yet experienced, and B) that next knee step accomplishment of knee hooping, removing one leg, hooping on one leg, then sticking the leg back in trick. Does anybody have a name for that? Donovan picked it up shortly thereafter too. All of this, in my opinion, speaks volumes to the beauty of hooping with others. I think we challenge one another in a way that wouldn’t happen hooping alone. We also teach what we’ve learned, we progress faster and we continue growing.
We’ll be hooping again next week, and if you want to know where check out our list
. Happy hooping!