Hoopies: The 2009 Award Winners

trophy After three weeks of nominations, deliberations and voting, the time has come to announce the winners in the 2008 Hoopies, Hooping.org Magazine’s 2nd annual awards celebrating greatness in our community! 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 networks. Nearly a thousand nominations were submitted. Those who won awards last year were not eligible to win again this year in the same category. The nomination results were tabulated and your top nominated finalists were presented for you to vote on. So who are the winners of the 2008 Hoopie award trophies? It’s time to find out.

trophy 2008 was an amazing year in the world of hooping and we applaud all of our nominees and each and everyone of you for participating in this years awards. If you’re a hooper, you’re already a winner – and there are certainly no losers here at Hooping.org. There were many close races. Here are your 2008 Hoopie Award winners:

1. Event That Promoted Hooping To A Larger Audience:
Of the many events that took place during 2008, our readers narrowed down these as being the most significant in carrying the hooping message to others. In a tight race between two popular American television appearances, we have to agree that there’s truly something to be said for our favorite five-year-old hoop diva and Hoopgirl’s national television appearance. In fact, it’s so close it’s a tie: The trophies are going to:

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Christabel “Hoopgirl” Zamor on Live With Regis and Kelly. You can watch the video here.

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Sierra Hellemans on the Ellen DeGeneres show. Watch the video here.

Last year’s winner: World Hoop Day
Also nominated this year:
Hoop La La on Britain’s Got Talent
The Hoopcamp Retreat 2008
HoopConvergence 2008
Hoopnotica on The Biggest Loser

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, you had quite a few selections to choose from this year, all of them deserving of an award. And the trophy goes to:

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Patricia Louac Does HoopCamp: Part One and Part Two. Video by Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach of Los Angeles, California.
Last year’s winner: Hoopnotica’s video: Guggenhoopin
Also nominated this year:
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.
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. Best Hooping Song of 2008:
Hooping goes to another level with the right music and these hoop tracks were singled out as the best of 2008. When it came to voting though one received more votes than any other hoopie finalist on the ballot this year. Your favorite hoop track this year has also been added to our listening station again for your enjoyment. And the trophy goes to:

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“Mandala” by Thievery Corporation
Last year’s winner: Bassnectar: Verbing The Noun
Also nominated this year:
“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

4. Oustanding Newbie Hooper (Started in 2008):
Our hooping community continues to grow and we once again celebrate our hooping “newbies” that started hooping in 2008 and are already making their mark. A few of the ones to watch in 2009, the trophy this year goes to:

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Nicole Wong: Berkeley, California
Last year’s winner: Chika aka Hooplur
Also nominated this year:
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
Holly aka Psychadelicious: San Diego, California
Rob Mills: Bend, Oregon

5. Hoop Community of the Year:
Hooping is a lot more fun when you’re doing it with other people. Last year Hooping.org gave one award for “Hoop Group of the Year” which went to The Hoopgirl Allstars. But with the mix of performance groups and community groups nominated in this category, we knew we had to separate the two this time around. Which community stood out above and beyond their locale this year? Edging out the competition by a mere five votes, the trophy goes to:

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The Hoop Path: Carrboro, North Carolina, and beyond
Also nominated this year:
Bend, Oregon (Bend, Oregon)
Bay Area Hoopers (San Francisco Bay Area)
Boston Hoop Troop (Boston, Massachusetts)
Hoopswhirled Hoop Club (London, England)
Madtown Hoopdown (Madison, Wisconsin)

6. Performance Group of the Year:
In another new category resulting from the split, this year we’re honoring an outstanding performance group as well. We’re excited to be celebrating more performance groups as a result of this change. The trophy this year goes to:

kaivalya hoop dancers

Kaivalya Hoop Dancers: Denver, Colorado
Also nominated:
GrooveHoops: New York, New York
Gyronauts: New York, New York
Hoola Monsters: Florida
Hoopgirl Allstars: San Francisco, California
Hoop La La: London, England

7. Oustanding Hoop Instructor of the Year:
With many classes being taught by more people in more places, standing out has become a bit of a challenge, but one instructor rather easily rose above the rest in your ballots. And the trophy goes to:


Sandra “SaFire” Sommerville: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Last year’s winner: Baxter (Hoop Path): Carrboro, North Carolina
Also nominated 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
Sharna Rose Bevan: Maidstone, England

8. Fire Hooper of the Year:
While all of our nominees for Fire Hooper of the Year are truly hot, one of them burned a little brighter in your eyes this year. The trophy goes to:

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Veronika “Kit” Petra: Santa Barbara, California
Last year’s winner: Kamala Mathis: Fire Groove
Also nominated this 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

9. Male Hooper of the Year:
In the 2nd closest race in the 2nd Annual Hoopie Awards, we came pretty close to ending up with a three way tie, proving that you all really love these guys. The Hoopie Award for Oustanding Male Hooper of the Year goes to:

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Stefan Pildes (GrooveHoops): New York, New York
Last year’s winner: Karis
Also nominated:
Adam Grieve: Madison, Wisconsin
Baxter (Hoop Path): Carrboro, North Carolina
Mondo Mondo: Sydney, Australia
Rich Porter (Isopop): San Francisco, California
Tim “Luciån” Keough: Austin, Texas

10. Female Hooper of the Year:
In another super tight finish, the award this year came down to a handful of ballots between three dynamic women, all of whom deserve recognition, but two were so close we’re calling it a tie. The award(s) for Oustanding Female Hooper(s) this year go to:


GroovinMeGzz: Portland, Oregon


Christabel “Hoopgirl” Zamor: San Francisco, California

Last year’s winner: Rayna McInturf: Hoopnotica
Also nominated:
Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach: Los Angeles, California
Bunny Hoop Star: Sydney, Australia
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

Hooping.org congratulates all of the nominees this year. You’re all winners in our book!
A full listing of last year’s awards can be found here: The 2007 Hoopie Awards

10 thoughts on “Hoopies: The 2009 Award Winners

  1. My apologies for any confusion I caused any early visitors. I’d been up driving cab all night, came home to finish The Hoopies for posting, a little out of it to be honest, and in two races essentially too close to call I decided to go ahead and call the winner, and that didn’t feel right and I changed my mind, which didn’t feel right either, so I decided it was best for me to stay out of it and give two awards in those two categories and that feels good. Yay! I’m going to bed now and congrats to all!

  2. It is the greatest honor for the community we are so proud to be a part of to be recognized with this award. To all of you who claim kinship with us, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you, thank you, thank you–we love you!

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