Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Legend of the Hoop That Started a Revolution

STI [ columnist Lara Eastburn looks deeper into the legend of how hooping as we know it began.]

by Lara Eastburn

For many, the history of hula hooping begins with Wham-O and the 1950’s mania for a tiny plastic circle. Judith Lanigan and Rayna McInturf can take you even further on a hoop-trip into ancient times. But the oil-tinted and black-and-white history of tiny toy hoops isn’t responsible for inspiring the re-generation of hoopdance as we know it, are they? Somehow, somewhere, somebody got it into their head to make an adult-sized hoop, a hoop that most anyone could keep up, a hoop that would change lives. Once upon a time, someone made the hoop that would eventually spawn a community of people whose lives would be centered around it. One day, that person made a “big hoop.” Several years later, there were hoopers. Ever wondered about how that happened?’s reasearcher-extraordinaire digs deep for the story.

Sandy: Doe de Hoelahoep

Sandy, who was such a big star in the Netherlands in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s that she only needed one name – even though her real name is Anita Weijers, had a string of hit records. She also had a hoop of her own that is obviously much larger than the dancers who are performing with her. “Doe de Hoelahoep” was the opening track from her 1979 album simply entitled “Sandy” which featured another of her big hits as well called “I’m so in love with John Travolta.” Her other top 40 hit was called “Goodbye my little teddy bear.”

MizFit Finds Out About Hooping

MizFitJo Mondy of Live Love Hoop, co-moderator of’s Hoop Instructors forum, guest blogs on Miz Fit Online, with part one this week, and part two next week. She writes, “Hooping can also bring you into the moment. I love how mediation calms the craziness in my mind, but I sometimes struggle to actually sit still and clear my thoughts. I find hula hooping a great form of moving mediation, a way to stay in the moment and tune out mental distractions. If you really want to get into the zone, try blindfolded hooping. First, make sure you won’t be disturbed. Put on a great song, tie on a blindfold (you can close your eyes but a blindfold is better) and get hooping. You might feel a little silly for the first minute, but stick with it! Tune into the rhythmic circular motion of the hoop as it rolls around you and massages your tummy. Breath deep and relax.” The blog is based in Austin, Texas. Full post: Miz Fit Online

Beats To Cure Your Winter Blues

January 2011 Tracks Need some new music to hoop to? We’ve uploaded four new tracks to the Hoop Sounds iPod (left column). Starting things off we have “Cybernator” from Pixelord, aka Alexey Devyanin from Moscow, Russia (on iTunes). It’ll get you warmed up just right. Following that it’s time to take things up as we spin into heaven with “Always Loved a Film” from Underworld (on iTunes). With the departure of Darren Emerson from the band, UK duo Karl Hyde and Rick Smith decided to collaborate with seven different electronic music producers from different genres and the result is their latest album “Barking”. It’s all pretty delicious. And so long Emerson, we won’t be missing you. Then we go from there into some straight up disco body rock with “U Rocked My World” by The Glimmers from Belgium (on iTunes), certain to turn your 30/30 into something pretty fierce. Sure it’s rather mindless and sparkly, but we’ve always been distracted by shiny objects. And then finally we polish the set off with a big blast of “Sunshine” – off the new release from Bag Raiders entitled, uhm, “Bag Raiders”. Australian dance rock done just the way we like it. It’s sure to bring some brightness into your hoop life, no matter what the weather is like where you live right now.


With our recent discussions of hoop love and brain chemistry comes “Limerence” – a hand-painted, directly manipulated experimental short film expressing the euphoric and maddening condition of “being in love” as a metaphor for artistic impulse. The term limerence was coined by psychologist Dorothy Tennov to describe an irrational, biochemical state, similar to addiction, but different. The impulse towards love and attraction is represented by a seemingly endless, spinning, repetitive cycle of processes in forwards and reverse action. Limerence is expressed here as a universal experience- a continuing, non-resolving exploration of psyche and cycles, with film manipulation, optical printing, editing and hula hooping by Robbyn Alexander. She lives in Oakland, California, USA.

Geezer Chick Gets Hooping All Over Again

Geezer Chick Geezer Chick believes that staying fit past 60 means learning a lot of new and modified exercises and doing everything possible to maintain an active sex life. She writes, “In 1958, it took me months to save up the $2 for a hula hoop. … $2 was a LOT of money. When I finally got it, I took it with me everywhere so I could practice. … All the while, my hoop spun to my left. I never thought about it. I just spun it that way. As later my politics spun to the left. I don’t remember when or why I stopped playing with that hoop. I do remember there were decades when I never saw them in stores any more. … Last Wednesday night I tried an adult hoop with pretty metallic stripes. The hoop stayed up. I spun it for an hour in class. … And I almost made it home before the pain kicked in. Spinning to the left, means that the left hip does most of the work. My left hip got hit by a car. It doesn’t want to play that game any more. So, this morning I tried to spin the hoop to my right. It kept falling, like that hoop did back in 1958. But when I was done practicing, I wasn’t in pain. It’s just a matter of more practice. And I’m sure my politics aren’t attached to that hoop. Hooping to the right won’t make me stop being a liberal.” She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Full post: Geezer Chick