Eve Proper and friends were driving from North Carolina to Tennessee on the Cheorhala Skyway when they stopped at a scenic overlook. Realizing where she was, she had to hoop! Photo by Christy.
In Maine, The Bangor Daily News reports, “Hips don’t lie. Neither do the arms, neck, hands, legs or any other body part around which a Hula-Hoop can spin. There’s a special combination of grace and coordination that keeps that big, plastic circle spinning around your hips. Just ask Jenny Carr, a hooper who has been gyrating in the Bangor area for the past year. Carr, 32, has practiced Middle Eastern dance, or belly dance, for years, but only picked up a Hula-Hoop in April 2008, after an article in a magazine piqued her interest. Within six months, Carr had taken her considerable belly dance skills and applied them to her newfound passion. Shortly after that, she completed a hoop-dance certification program, and began teaching classes in Portland and Bangor. Now, Carr makes her own hoops, out of a special type of irrigation tubing and rolls of multicolored electrical tape. In performance, she adds in LED lights and glow-in-the-dark tape to make a visual spectacle that’s partly belly dance, partly circus performance and always gracefully unique.” Bangor Daily News
When Erin Shaw Street first heard about hula hooping as a trend, she reacted the same way a lot of people do: “Come again?” Or at least a lot of people living in the Southern United States. Sharing her first person hooping experience at SouthernLiving.com, Erin told readers, “I visited Sunny Becks at her studio Hooprama, where I learned that yes, hooping is most definitely a workout. … Hoopers say this and it’s true — the repetitive motion of the hoop can be calming, almost Zen like. (OK, I wasn’t exactly being enlightened out on the floor but it was relaxing once I got the swing of it.) … When I asked Sunny how much time a hooper should practice every day she said that her advice is just to put on one great song and hoop through it. If you’re having fun, try another, and another. The advice works — once I put on my music there’s no stopping me. The neighbors are probably tired of hearing The BeeGees blasting from my iPod speakers.” Full story: SouthernLiving.com