It’s that time of year again when hoopers from all over the map come together for another week of savage heat, eating dust and hooping up a storm at Burning Man. If it’s your first visit to Black Rock City you may be wondering just what you’re in for, and whether you’re new or a veteran you’re sure to want to know what, where and when there will be hoop happenings.
Hooping.org Magazine and our tribe moderator Xta are hosting the first major hoop down of the Burn this year. Come join us at sunset on Wednesday evening at ePlaya Bar Camp, 3:00 and Anxious for a chance to get together, meet one another, and hoop. Once the sun goes down we’ve been cleared for fire hooping to follow. The theme is a Technicolor Explosion of Joy! Wear your brightest most festive colors and join us.
Not sure how many hoops to bring with you? Diana explains, “You could never be too excessive with bringing hoops to Burning Man. Bring’em all or as many as you can fit into your car or RV with all of your other stuff and peoples. That being said, I’m probably bringing about 25 hoops: 1 white, 1 LED, 2 fire and 15 for the newbie hoopy playshop.” Anah has a similar philosophy. She notes, “I bring a couple for myself to use, maybe five including a glow hoop and a fire hoop.. and yes, I always bring some extra that I don’t mind getting thrashed! When others see me hooping with my bright and shiny hoop, I can never say no to letting them use it so having a loaner to hand them is great!”
There’s a Newbie Hoopy Playshop happening on Tuesday morning at 8 AM at the Ojai Bureau of Pleasure at 8:30 and Esplanade. At the playshop you’ll learn the basics of hoopdance so bring your own hoop or if you’re one of the first 15 newbies you’ll receive a sparkling hope-infused hoop of your own. Not a newbie and still want to get your groove on with the gang? “A Short Sudden Burst of Hoopla” hoop jam follows from 8:45-9:30 AM with music by DJ Sidewinder and Chaplin MXR.
On Thursday night at Sunset, the hooping continues with Christabel’s invitation for everyone to converge at Deep End Camp at sunset, located at 9:00 and Eager, in celebration of her wedding day. Wear white in keeping with the theme, and, as she notes, “It’s a wonderfully luminous color for twilight hooping too.” The actual wedding is taking place on the playa at sunrise that very morning.
Also, at more or less the same time (from 6pm until 7 actually) the Hoopnotic Hoopers are also inviting you to get your groove on as their beloved Pocket DJ’s rock their camp with funky beats.
Whether you’re starting your evening at Deep End or Hoopnotica, there’s more hooping to follow at the “Second(ish) Annual Hoopdown” at the Hookahdome! My favorite time spent hooping last year was at the First and it’s particularly fun because it’s all happening right on the Esplanade. Hookahdome is located at Esplanade and 3:00 and regular and fire hoops are both welcome from 8pm until 11pm.
For those of you interested in hoop making Ellen is planning on hosting a hoop building session, probably Tues or Wed in the daytime at Ka’palina – the Hawaii Burning Man group. Harold Hooper will turn your standard hoop into a collapsible hoop. Bring your hoop to Camp Tornádoll at 8:00 and Destiny on Monday between 10am and 4pm, then pick up your collapsible on Tuesday between 10am and 1pm. And you can also learn how to make and decorate your first hoop on Thursday from 3-4 pm at Outpost AutoSub. They want you to know that supplies will be limited, so show up on-time!
There’s certain to be more hoop happenings and we here at Hooping.org hope to be hooping it up with all of you along the way. See you Wednesday night at sunset at ePlaya Bar Camp and throughout the week!