It’s time to announce the winners of the Fifth Annual Hoopie Awards, although all of our nominees are winners in our book. Preliminary nominations were open the first week of January and those results were then tabulated and presented to 35 randomly selected hoopers who made themselves available to be of service on their original nomination ballot. Literally drawn out of hat, these panelists reviewed all of your submissions and made their top five selections in each category, resulting in our official nominated finalists. 2011 was a truly dynamic year for hooping and as we’ve grown and evolved, so did the awards with the addition of three new awards this year: Hoop Event, Youth Hooper and the start of our new Hooper Hall of Fame Award.
We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the celebration this year with an extra special thanks to by Annie O’Keefe of World Hoop Day and Kristen “Tink” McQuillin of the World Hoop Day Dance who took on the responsibility this year of validating your computerized vote counts. With thousands of votes cast this year Tink said, “I could literally see all the admiration for the award nominees as I audited the votes. I’m so glad to be part of this caring and active community.” Annie agreed noting, “”The hooping community continually amazes me with who they are, what they produce and how fellow hoopers appreciate each other. I am grateful to be included this year and in year’s past. May our peers continually inspire us to be better, do it now and give more today.” Are you ready to find out where the Hoopies are going in our Fifth Annual Hoopie Awards? Without further ado we proudly present your 2012 Hoopie Award Winners:
PHOTO OF THE YEAR
This was one of the tightest races of the 2012 Hoopie Awards season, ultimately being decided by one single vote. The envelope please… And the Hoopie Award for Photo of the Year goes to Revolva: Photo featuring Kari Revolva of Oakland, California, USA. Photo by Rich Porter of San Francisco, California USA.
• Ashley Takes Off: Featuring Ashley Stroh of Vancouver, Washington, USA. Photo by Briana Stroh.
• Flying Hoop: Featuring Jenny Hoopnosis of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Photo by Linda Allen Photography.
• Josie Jupiter: Featuring Josie Jupiter of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo by Shami Kiely.
• Kacey Douglas and Alicia Borelli: Featuring Kacey Douglas and Alicia Borelli of Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Photo by Josh Branstetter.
• Takoda Rain: Featuring Takoda Rain of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Photo by Mario Covic Photography.
SOLO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
With virtually all of our nominees battling it out this year, proving that all of the nominees were serious contenders, ultimately the Hoopie Award for 2012 goes to Ringography: Featuring Alexandra Savina of Kiev, Ukraine. Video directed by Taras Pozdnyakov.
• Hooping in Tunisia: Featuring Roon Roon Ishimasa of Tokyo, Japan.
• Hoop or Die: Featuring Emilie “Anossens” Durand of Paris, France.
• Listening Tower: Featuring Rebecca “Beka Hoop” Halls of Berlin, Germany.
• Live and Let Hoop: Featuring Nick Broyd of Bristol, England, UK.
• Recurring Seasons: Featuring Matthias Elliott of St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
• Trembling Hoop: Featuring Marianna de Sanctis of Toulouse, France. Video by Ingrid Chikhaoui.
• Two Warriors: Featuring Rebecca Morning-Phipps of Florence, South Carolina, USA.
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
One of the highest rated awards given this year with more nearly twice the votes of its closest competitor, the 2012 Hoopie Award goes to Thriller: Zombie Hoop Dance: Featuring Nicole Wong, Sarah Starlight and more. Directed by Sarah Starlight and Nicole Wong of San Francisco, California, USA.
• Circularity Thinking: Featuring Anna Drury, Craig Reid, Sharna Rose Bevan and more. Directed by Lucia Zoro and Roses Urquhart of London, England, UK.
• Hoopless in Seattle: Featuring Michelle Hazzard and Taylor Daynes of Seattle, Washington, USA.
• Lisa vs Satya: Featuring Lisa Lottie and Satya Bella of London, England, UK.
• PIMP: Featuring Nick Broyd, Gail O’Brien, Zoe Pither and more of Bristol, England, UK.
• Swiss Natural Vitamins Hula Hoop Flashmob: Featuring Sadie Spins, Alison Logue, Wesley Whirl and more of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Video by 5Gear Studios.
• Vintage Gothic: Featuring Jasmine Gardner and Jen Tividad of London, England, UK.
TUTORIAL OF THE YEAR
The 2012 Hoopie Award for Tutorial of the Year goes to Tantra and Body Rolls: Featuring Shakti Sunfire of San Francisco, California, USA. Video by Jaguar Mary of Carrboro, North Carolina, USA.
• Hooping on One Leg: Featuring Natasha “Hoopsie Daisy” Young of Berkeley, California, USA.
• How to Hula Hoop: Featuring Jon Coyne of Seattle, Washington, USA.
• Pretzel Twist: Featuring Babz Robinson of Canmore, Alberta, Canada.
• Shoulder Hooping: Featuring Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach of Richmond, California, USA.
• Two and Three Beat Weave Behind the Back: Featuring Michelle Hazzard of Seattle, Washington, USA.
• Wedgie Combination: Featuring Sharna Rose of Maidstone, England, UK.
SOUNDTRACK OF THE YEAR
Hooping without music is like a day without sunshine. This year our readers clearly decided their favorite track to spin it up to was “Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine (on iTunes).
• Flight Facilities: Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)
• Flo Rida: Good Feeling
• Jon Coyne: Hula Hoop Appreciation Song
• Noona: Hula Hoop
• Skrillex: The First of the Year
• Sven Hammond Soul: Hoopla
HOOPING PROMOTIONAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Since 2003 our mission at Hooping.org has been to share the joy of hooping with everyone all over this incredible planet. Each year we honor an event that helped to do just that. With close to double it’s closest competitor the 2012 Hoopie goes to Hooping Idol.
• Angel Calalas on Pilipinas Got Talent (Philippines).
• Blue Peter Finale Sets Hoop Dance Record (UK).
• Eva La Dare Fire Hooping on Glee (USA).
• Laura Saik’s Go Pro Hula Hoop Video goes viral (Online)
• Karin de Wit on Holland’s Got Talent (The Netherlands).
• Marawa The Amazing on Britain’s Got Talent (UK).
• Yoga Journal reports on Hooping (Print Magazine and Online)
HOOPING EVENT OF THE YEAR
Of all of the hooping events around the one, one rose to the top for our voters as their favorite and winning with a substantial margin our new event award goes to Hoopcamp: Watsonville, California, USA
• Hoop Convergence: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Hoop Path 5: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Return 2 Roots Hoop Gathering: Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA
• Spin Cycle Camp Hoop Jam at Burning Man: Black Rock City, Nevada, USA
• The Spin Summit: Winter Park, Colorado, USA
NEWBIE HOOPER OF THE YEAR
Of those who picked up a hoop for the first time in 2011 the one who stood out above all of our outstanding newcomers this year was Jake: New Jersey, USA.
• Alex Kitral: Walworth, Wisconsin, USA
• Erica: San Diego, California, USA.
• James Fredrickson aka JJ Hula: Fairfax, Virginia, USA
• Shannon Herrington: Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA.
• Leslie “Tilly Whirls” Perales: Reston, Virginia, USA.
YOUTH HOOPER OF THE YEAR
Another new category this year recognized that greatness comes in all ages, saluting our hoop community members under 18 years of age. While all of them are amazing the 2012 Hoopie Award goes to Lottie: England, UK.
• Aaron Smith: Frostburg, Maryland, USA.
• James Fredrickson aka JJ Hula: Fairfax, Virginia, USA.
• Marium “Wondermarium” Akhter: Karachi, Pakistan
• Mikayla Blue: San Diego, California, USA
• Satori Romaine: Craig, Colorado, USA
HOOP COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR
Of all of the amazing hoop communities on the globe this year, one stood above the rest. The 2012 Hoopie Award goes to Bristol, England, UK.
• Boston, Massachusetts, USA
• Brighton, England, UK
• Denver/Boulder, Colorado, USA
• Mexico City, Mexico
• Tokyo, Japan
• Toronto, Ontario, Canada
PERFORMANCE GROUP OF THE YEAR
Which performance group out performed the others in the 2011 Hoopie Awards? Tiana Zoumer and Brecken Rivara: Oakland, California, USA.
• Astral Rhythm Dancers: Hedgesville, West Virginia, USA
• Detroit Fire Guild: Detroit, Michigan, USA
• Electric Forest Hoop Troupe: Performed in Rothbury, Michigan, USA.
• Flame Oz: Grace Billings and Satya Bella: London, England, UK
• The Hoop Unit: San Diego, California, USA
• Nicole Wong and Sarah Starlight: San Francisco, California, USA
INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR
In one of our tightest races this year decided by a mere four votes, the outstanding instructor award goes to Luna Breeze Blakeman: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
• Ann Humphreys: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
• Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
• Malcolm Stuart: New York City, New York, USA
• Steve Bags: Bristol, England, UK
FIRE HOOPER OF THE YEAR
In another tight race Olive Oyl emerged from the flames to receive your Fire Hooper of the Year award. She lives in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
• Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
• Julé “Slang” Beloussow: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Revolva: Oakland, California, USA
• Sandra “SaFire” Sommerville: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
• Valentina “Unity” Martin: San Diego, California, USA
MALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR
Your choice for Male Hooper of the Year in our Fifth Annual Hoopie Awards goes to Baxter. He lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, USA.
• Malcolm Stuart: New York, New York, USA
• Matthias Elliott: St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
• Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK
• Nick Guzzardo: Castle Rock, Colorado, USA
• Steve Bags: Bristol, England, UK
FEMALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR
Which female hooper spun their way above the rest this year? Actually two of them, for we have an exact tie. Your 2012 Hoopie Award female hoopers of the year are Gail O’Brien of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK and Shakti Sunfire of San Francisco, California, USA
• Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach: Richmond, California, USA
• Beth Lavinder: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Tiana Zoumer: Oakland, California, USA
THE HOOPER HALL OF FAME AWARD
Our new award this year honors the trailblazers who helped make this movement happen. This award celebrates a hooper’s history and their contributions to the world of hooping. Our very first inductee into the Hooping Hall of Fame is Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach: Richmond, California, USA.
• Baxter: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Bunny Hoop Star: Sydney, Australia
• Kimowan Metchewais: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Mat Plendl: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Philo Hagen: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Spiral: San Francisco, California, USA
So there you have it, and remember, if you’re a hooper, you’re already a winner! Hooping.org salutes all of the nominees this year and all of the hoopers in our amazing community everywhere. We’ll see you next year at the same time in the same place. If you’ve got something you’d like to see an award for next year let us know. As always we welcome your submissions for news, photos, videos, tutorials and more all year long. Happy hooping everybody!