Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Fine Line Between Hobby and Business

Hooping Tax Confusion [While excitedly counts the days until columnist Lara Eastburn gives birth to her second child, we revisit some of her older yet timely columns, like this one.]

by Lara Eastburn

One day your hoop-making, teaching, or performance efforts are a hobby. The next, it’s a business. Oh my, it was a beautiful day when the term “instapreneur” entered our lexicon. We setup and started running businesses online in less than an hour and for less than $40. And that’s a sweet deal for those of us in the still relatively small niche of hooping. But the line between hooping “hobby” and hooping “business” is not as fine as you might think. Especially where the IRS is concerned. Here’s the lowdown.

It’s easy to think you’re just earning some harmless additional income with your hoops, teaching, or performance. You’re just bringing JOY to the world, right? Maybe, maybe not. This week’s article is intended to help my business-oriented brothers and sisters in-the-hoop find your way and protect yourselves in the not always articulated space between hoop-joy and hoop-money.

Mandala at Hoopcamp

At Hoopcamp 2011 the stage lighting for the Hooper’s Showcase could have been better and the videos we are seeing reflect that. This one featuring a LED hoop performance by Mandala (Jennifer “Jem Destiny” Alvarado, Cressie Mae Hoop, Heather Denham, Satise Dizon, and Lauren Guajardo), however, is still really enjoyable. Performance starts at the 30 second mark. Mandala is from San Francisco, California, USA. Video by Sarah Stolar.

Keke Palmer Loves to Hula Hoop

Keke Palmer Hula Hoops with Zach Sang

Keke Palmer and Zach Sang

Keke Palmer, the American actress and singer who rose to fame for her performance in the 2006 film Akeelah and the Bee, and who stars as the title character in the Nickelodeon sitcom True Jackson, VP, recently revealed that she loves to hula hoop. In fact during a recent interview on Nickelodeon she took time out from talking about her upcoming film “Rags” to teach Zach Sang how to spin things up. Now get this, given that she’s on film with a light kids hoop, she basically tells Sang that the hoop isn’t big enough or heavy enough for waist hooping, then proceeds to do some neck hooping instead. Watch the video here. Nickelodeon, owned by MTV, is America’s #1 cable channel and is aimed at kids ages 7 to 17.

Fall Reintegration: Our 30/30 Challenge is Back!

Autumn [ columnist Rayna McInturf gets us back on track for Fall.]

by Rayna McInturf

I don’t know about you, but summer was a crazy whirlwind of activity for me. Between teaching, traveling, being a mom to an active toddler and visiting with family, my hooping practice was sporadic at best. At Hoopcamp 2011, I got really inspired by all the phenomenal classes and amazing hoopers. Now that I’m finally back home and things are settling down, I’m looking forward to coming back to myself through my hooping practice – but I need some help from my community! Would you like some support too? Then please join me in the Fall 2011 30/30 Hooping Challenge!

Here’s a refresher on how the Challenge works:

The 30/30 Challenge will run for the month of October, giving us the opportunity to reintegrate after a busy summer. Beginning Saturday October 1st, and running through Sunday October 30th, we’ll hoop for 30 minutes a day and find ourselves much restored – just in time for Halloween fun and candy! For those who need even more motivation, we have another contest for you this time around as well!

Tiana Zoumer Post Hoopcamp

Tiana Zoumer gets into some new ideas and developments following Hoopcamp 2011. What’s she up to? It’s “a lot to do with manipulating space, which for me means to give texture and build pathways and patterns in space. Using a Larger hoop and Minis. And I threw in some new foot work for good measure. Really just didn’t want to stop dancing after I came back.” She lives in Berkeley, California, USA. A Video of the Day.

Miho Suzuki’s Hula Hoop

Miho Suzuki Hula Hooping

Miho Suzuki Hula Hooping

Is your hooping video art? Miho Suzuki’s is. Art Daily reports that the Bertrand Delacroix Gallery in New York City is presenting a show entitled “The Pleasure of Slowness” with works ranging from video and photography to sculpture, installation, and assemblage. Suzuki’s video revisits a childhood desire. She explains, “In 1958 the hula-hoop craze hit the US. The following year Japanese officials warned of the toy’s use in public. The warning posters were seen everywhere on the streets. The body movements it takes for one to sustain a hula-hoop were at one time considered dangerous and too sexual for a conservative society. Growing up in the late 70s in Japan, a hula-hoop was to me a good old American object I saw in movies. I neither owned one nor played with a hula-hoop. For over 6 months I carried a hula-hoop around and practiced to hula hoop playfully, in various public spaces including the middle of Grand Central Station, just like American girls I saw in the old movies.” The show runs through October 8th.