Hoopies 2009: Rock The Vote

trophy Welcome to the 2008 Hoopies, Hooping.org’s second annual awards celebrating greatness in our hooping community. We’d like to remind everyone that if you’re a hooper you’re already a winner! Nominations for the 2008 Hoopies opened on Monday, January 5th, 2009, and closed on Friday, January 12th, 2009, at 9pm PST. Nomination proceedings were not only publicized on Hooping.org, but through our associated social network sites as well. Nearly a thousand nominations were submitted. The results were tabulated and your top six nominated finalists are presented here. Where there were ties, and there were several, you will find more than the customary six finalists presented. Winners of the 2008 Hoopie Awards will receive the 2008 Hoopies trophy. Our rules and voting ballot follow below:

trophy VOTING RULES: You may cast your votes once in a 24 hour period between now and Friday, January 16th, 2009, at 9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. This means you can vote as many as five times total, but no more than once per day. TAKE NOTE! With each ballot our voting system automatically logs your IP address, the unique Internet Protocol (IP) address of your computer. Exceeding the number of votes from your IP address within a 24 hour period will cause all votes from that IP address to be disqualified. For this reason if you don’t know if it has been a full 24 hours since your last vote, we’d advise not risking it. If you have other people who want to vote that share your computer at home or work we apologize for any difficulties this presents, but in our efforts to ensure fairness there can be no exceptions. Thank you for understanding.
Our 2007 Hoopie Award Winners are not eligible to win within the same voting category two years in a row. If you’re wondering why you’re not seeing a particular nomination this year, it might be that they won that award last year and weren’t eligible. Check the list.
To encourage more thoughtful voting, all of our nominees on the ballot are linked and clicking the purple links will open these web pages in a new window. If you’re not sure who we are talking about feel free to click the link to find out more, knowing that your voting page will not be disturbed. If video loading becomes too slow due to server overload please try again later. All of our hooping track nominated songs have been added to our Listening Station up top for you to check out as well. Hooping.org invites you to take time out to really explore the nominated videos, songs, groups and individuals this year. Without a doubt, it was an amazing year in the world of hooping! Your 2008 Hoopies winners will be announced on Monday, January 26th, 2008.
Are you ready? Then will begin. Please enter your name in the box below and then choose your selections. Hooping.org is pleased to present your top nominated finalists:

1. Event That Promoted Hooping To A Larger Audience:
Of the many events that took place during 2008, our readers narrowed down these five as being the most significant in carrying the hooping message to others.
Hoop La La on Britain’s Got Talent
Hoopcamp Retreat 2008
HoopConvergence 2008
Hoopgirl on Live With Regis and Kelly
Hoopnotica on The Biggest Loser
Sierra Hellemans on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

2. Online Hooping Video of the Year:
With more than fifty nominated videos submitted and a rather hefty tie that we just couldn’t narrow down any further, here’s your favorite online videos of 2008:
Earth Dreaming: Video by Bunny Hoop Star of Sydney, Australia.
Mademoiselle’s Monsoon Hoopers: Featuring Mademoiselle’s Monsoon Hoopers of Los Angeles, California.
Miss Rosie: Video by Miss Rosie of HeroHoops.com in San Francisco, California.
Nayeli In The Desert: Featuring Nayeli Michelle of HoopNectar from San Diego, California.
Patricia Louac Does HoopCamp: Part One and Part Two. Video by Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach of Los Angeles, California.
Rich at Hoop Heaven: Featuring Richard Porter of Isopop in San Francisco, California.
SaFire Rocks It: Video by Sandra “SaFire” Sommerville of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Shakti Sunfire at O Dance Studio: Video by Shakti Sunfire of Boulder, Colorado.
spin0da0rella: Video by Michele aka spin0da0rella of Baltimore, Maryland.
Fall Hooping In The Park: Video by Jennifer Rice of Tailspin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Tokyo Hoop Stars: Video by Deanne Tonking in Tokyo, Japan.

3. Hooping Song of 2008:
Hooping goes to another level with the right music and these five hoop tracks were singled out as the best of 2008. All of the nominees have been added to our listening station up top and you can find out more about them and download them by following the links below:
“Hoop” by Glamarchy
“Bring It On” by Goose
“The World Should Revolve Around Me” by Little Jackie
“Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti and Spearhead
“The Longest Road” by Morgan Page
“Mandala” by Thievery Corporation

4. Oustanding Newbie Hooper (Started in 2008):
These hooping “newbies” started hooping in 2008 and are already making their mark! They’re ones to watch in 2009!
Autumn Exiner: Wheaton, Illinois
Bee Varga: Basingstoke, England
JC DiStefano: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jennifer Severo: Livermore, California
Jodie Urias: Sarasota, Florida
Justina Flash: New York, New York
Nicole Wong: Berkeley, California
Holly aka Psychadelicious: San Diego, California
Rob Mills: Bend, Oregon

5. Hoop Community of the Year (new category):
Hooping is a lot more fun when you’re doing it with other people and the nominees for Hoop Community of the Year are:
Bend, Oregon (Bend, Oregon)
Bay Area Hoopers (San Francisco Bay Area)
Boston Hoop Troop (Boston, Massachusetts)
The Hoop Path (Carrboro, North Carolina, and beyond)
Hoopswhirled Hoop Club (London, England)
Madtown Hoopdown (Madison, Wisconsin)

6. Performance Group of the Year (new category):
GrooveHoops: New York, New York
Gyronauts: New York, New York
Hoola Monsters: Florida
Hoopgirl Allstars: San Francisco, California
Hoop La La: London, England
Kaivalya Hoop Dancers: Denver, Colorado

7. Oustanding Hoop Instructor of the Year:
With many classes being taught in more places, these nominated instructors rose above the rest this year:
Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach: Los Angeles, California
Christabel “Hoopgirl” Zamor: San Francisco, California
Miss Rosie: Hero Hoops: San Francisco, California
Mollie Hogan: Hoopdazzle: Bend, Oregon
Natasha “Silverstar” Young: Berkeley, California
Rayna McInturf: Hoopnotica: Los Angeles, California
Sandra “SaFire” Sommerville: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sharna Rose Bevan: Maidstone, England

8. Fire Hooper of the Year:
Brandon Huston (Spinsterz): Bend, Oregon
Hannah Mooney (Firegroove): Los Angeles, California
Katie “Surprise” Desmond: Washington, DC
Miss Rosie (Hero Hoops): San Francisco, California
Sandra “SaFire” Sommerville: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Satise Dizon: Oakland, California
Shredder: San Francisco, California
Veronika “Kit” Petra: Santa Barbara, California

9. Male Hooper of the Year:
Adam Grieve: Madison, Wisconsin
Baxter (Hoop Path): Carrboro, North Carolina
Mondo Mondo: Sydney, Australia
Rich Porter (Isopop): San Francisco, California
Stefan Pildes (GrooveHoops): New York, New York
Tim “Luciån” Keough: Austin, Texas

10. Female Hooper of the Year:
Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach: Los Angeles, California
Bunny Hoop Star: Sydney, Australia
Christabel “Hoopgirl” Zamor: San Francisco, California
GroovinMegzz: Portland, Oregon
Miss Rosie (Hero Hoops): San Francisco, California
Sandra “SaFire” Sommerville: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sharna Rose: Maidstone, England
Shredder: San Francisco, California
Veronika “Kit” Petra: Santa Barbara, California
Vivian “Spiral” Hancock: Vermont

16 comments for “Hoopies 2009: Rock The Vote

  1. January 12, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    We’re proud of you.

  2. January 12, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    We’re proud of you.

  3. January 12, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    We’re proud of you.

  4. kelli bowen
    January 12, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    i didnt vote in all categories cause i am not sure about some. i just know that stefan pildes has gotta win! he rocks! 🙂

  5. January 13, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Bee is also an amazing person who is working hard to turn lots of people on to hooping.
    Not just the fun aspects, but as the is studying to be an Osteopath, also the medical benefits.

  6. Kyle Luker
    January 13, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Go KIT

  7. chloe exiner
    January 13, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    VOTE FOR AUTUMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! shes the newcomer

  8. dani
    January 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    SaFire and Gyronauts

  9. dj dragonfly
    January 14, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Go Rosie!

  10. January 15, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Hoola Monsters ROCK!!

  11. Kate Davis
    January 15, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Veronika “Kit” is the most dedicated, awesome, talented hooper. VOTE for HER!!

  12. Cathy Nash
    January 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    JC good job

  13. Jeremy
    January 15, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Justina Flash and the Gyronauts rock my world quite regularly.

  14. January 15, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    good luck all you fabulous hoopers out there!

  15. Sharon
    January 16, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Autumn ROCKS!!

  16. Trav
    January 17, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Well done, Bend! Mountains, juniper, and hoops.

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