A beautiful shot of Rebecca Halls of iHoopU.com performing at Hoop Convergence 2010 in Carrboro, North Carolina. Photo by Lauren Justice from this album.
Belly Dancing Diva, the online Belly Dancing Magazine, turns the spotlight on Valentina “Unity” Martin and her bellydancing hooping skills. They write, “It is so difficult to go back to dancing once you stop for more than six months. When you realize your body is out of shape and can’t do the things it used to, it can scare many of us. Sometimes you just find that you can’t seem to get into your belly dance niche. … Belly Dancing Hula Hooping is a great way to get your body back in to dance shape.” Unity, who started belly dancing at the age of twelve, encourages dancers who are new at it to practice. She told the magazine, “Never give up and stay positive. Whenever my students say they can’t do something, I tell them that if they have that kind of attitude then it will be true! Belly dance and hooping are both challenging things, that’s what makes them so exciting!” Unity lives in San Diego, California. Bellydancing Diva
It was hard for Jen Moore to lose her mother to lung cancer when Moore was just 21 and planning her wedding. It was even harder to have her second child die in utero at the end of the pregnancy in 2007. “If you can come through that, there’s really nothing you can’t accomplish,” says Moore, 30, of Rochester, New York. Major weight loss, for one. Taking up hooping and becoming a hoop dance instructor helped Moore lose over 100 pounds. She had a healthy son, Eli, in March 2009. Then she ran her first 5K race in April – and now she’s enrolling in a Mrs. New York pageant. Go Jen! Full story: Democrat and Chronicle
Shakti Sunfire, writes for The Elephant Journal, “The creative contemplation of what hula hooping is to me opens a series of seemingly endless rabbit holes filled with astral musings, transcendental philosophies and spiraling, new age-y appropriations. Like the imagery of the Lewis Carroll variety, the descent into the depths of these holes conjures near-misses with flying debris of the past four years well-spent. Any inquirer who dares ask me this simple question (what is hula hooping to you?) best have at least 15 minutes on hand for the short answer. The hula hoop of today (the act of hoop dancing), for myself and for many others in the community, is a tool for empowerment. … I slipped into alignment with the love of dance like a knife in soft butter. That is to say, from the first moment I was irrevocably and uncontrollably sucked in – love at first spiral. And my internal reflection in that moment was also one of reverence for the discovery of something, one thing, that I could hold onto with all my strength of heart.” Full Post: The Elephant Journal