Monthly Archives: January 2005

Native hoop dance contest

The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona is hosting the 15th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest. The event takes place February 5-6, 2005.
The Heard Museum is a museum about all things Native American, with emphasis on the Southwest. The hoop dance is one of the more difficult ones of the traditional Native American dances.
From Native Spirit:

The hoops symbolize a sacred part of the Native American life. It represents the circle of life with no beginning and no ending. Watch as the dancer begins with one hoop and keeps adding and weaving the hoops into formations that represent our journey through life. Each added hoop represents another thread in the web of life.

Native hoop dance is quite different from hula hooping, but it’s hoop dance nonetheless, and hoopers can definitely draw inspiration from it. Watch a video from the 2000 hoop dance competition.

Loving a Billboard

On my way home from hooping on Sunday I was cruising through San Francisco’s Mission District when I came upon a little boy hooping on a billboard located in the Whiz Burger parking lot. At first I thought it was probably something corporate since the super evil Clear Channel owns all our city billboard space, but it’s not. It’s for SF Camera Work, a non-profit artist’s organization dedicated to contemporary photography. I really love the sentiment.

Forums Closed

The forums were hacked recently, and this sadly sounds the death knell for the message boards. We don’t have the time or skills to fix the forums, and so we’ve elected to shut them down. We regret having to do this, but when folks maliciously hacked into our message board, they sort of made the decision for us.

We highly recommend y’all check out the very active hoop discussions happening over at

Video from NBC 11 feature on hooping

Joe Rosato, a San Francisco hooper and NBC employee, has sent us a two minute video from a story on hooping as exercise that aired on the Bay Area local channel NBC 11 recently. The story includes an interview with Loren Bidner of, clips from the Hudsucker Proxy, and towards the end there is even a screenshot from!

(Update July 2010: Originally hosted on’s server, this low quality epic has now been uploaded to Vimeo. Enjoy!)

Hoop isolations video

There is a particular kind of off-the-body hooping that makes the hoop look as if the hooper’s body is not even touching it, or as if the hooper is moving it via a remote control. This kind of dance is called isolation. To me, it always looks as if the hooper is a wizard, moving the hoop by making certain hand movements but without actually touching it. Of course this is not true; the hooper is touching the hoop but does so in a way that creates an optical illusion.
See hoop isolation in action.
Thanks to Isa for the link!

Solstice Hoop

Qathi represents the sun with her flaming hula-hoop in a winter solstice celebration at the Seattle Center. This photo was published in the Seattle Times marking the passage of the longest night of the year.

Glowing Hoops

Those of us who hoop at night (or at night clubs) are always muttering about illuminated hoops. There are always rumors of someone being on the verge of manufacturing illuminated hoops, but these rumors never seem to come to fruition. I’ve seen illuminated hoops, but they were always custom-made mod jobs. For the rest of us, there are a few options:
EL Wire
If you want to make a serious investment, use EL wire to wrap your hoop. You will pay for the glow with added weight and at least one battery pack taped to your hoop. Pros: bright, dramatic, permanent. Cons: heavy, expensive.
Another option is to tape glowsticks or glow necklaces to your hoop. The result is lighter than EL wire, but of course only last for a few hours. Pros: light, cheap. Cons: temporary, wasteful.
UV Reactive Tape
If you know there will be blacklights present, there’s always using UV-reactive tapes. Pros: Light, cheap, easy. Cons: reliant on blacklight.
Any other options for glowing hoops?