Monthly Archives: April 2012

Behind the Frontlines of Self-Employment: Time and Money Management

Window [Guest blogger ‘Kinetic Kristen’ shares tips for the self-employed hooper – and those who want to be.]

By ‘Kinetic Kristen’

When I started my new life as a full-time self-employed hoop performer and instructor, I wish someone had taken the time to share a few things with me. I had to figure things out the hard way. Welcome to tales and advice from the frontlines of endeavoring to make hooping your livelihood. Why frontlines? Because sometimes art can be a battlefield. There are the requirements like rehearsals, admin work, hustling for gigs, and then there are the distractions (a new video, costume hunting, uhm -sleep). If no one has clued you in yet, hooping can be an unpredictable vocation. That’s why I’m letting you behind the curtain, to share the tips and tricks of the trade that I’ve picked up along the way and to hopefully share a few laughs together in the process. So regardless if you are simply dippin’ your toes in or splashing around in the deep end of the self-employment pool, here’s a few essential time and money management tips to help you spin your way through the chaos.

Hooping For Hope

Hooping For Hope: Nashville

Forty-two hoopers spun their way past the 12 mile mark of the the Country Music Half Marathon this weekend, raising funds and awareness for Hooping for Hope™ – a nationwide program that provides pink hoops to breast cancer survivors, free of charge. Gifting these hoops, which are available as funds permit and are claimed on a first-come, first-served basis by breast cancer survivors directly, is made possibly thanks to this fundraiser, donations and the support of The hoopers completed 13.1 miles for breast cancer in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. A Photo of the Day from this photo set.

Brian Spence and The Transcendant Hula Hoop

Brian Spence and The Transcendant Hula Hoop may not be hooping or even singing about hooping in this video, but with a name like theirs they are most obviously a band who know the joy of hooping and the power that can be found inside of it. Here they perform “Evangeline” for’s “Last Ramble for Levon, a tribute to Levon Helm who passed recently. They’re from Woodland, California, USA.

Hula Hoop Fitness Class 1966

Hula-Hoop Fitness Class

This Hula Hoop Flashback photograph holds the revelation that the idea of hula hoop fitness isn’t entirely new. A woman leads a hula hoop fitness class in this Los Angeles Times shot, taken back in 1966 in Los Angeles, California. The caption read, “HOOP LA – It takes a lot of bending, rolling to achieve this svelte figure.” Source: Los Angeles Times photographic archive, UCLA Library and is copyrighted by the Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.

Nelly Furtado Releases Big Hoops

Tony Duncan Talks Hoop Dance With Nelly Furtado

Tony Duncan Talks Hoop Dance With Nelly Furtado

Earlier this month we told you about “Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)” – the new single by Nelly Furtado. Nelly was caught on camera on stilts in downtown Los Angeles and World Champion Hoop Dancer Tony Duncan was in the mix so needless to say we were super curious. Well the track has been released digitally now in the U.S. as the lead single from her upcoming fifth studio album “The Spirit Indestructible”. The song certainly has a great groove, but while the lyrics are clear that bigger is better there is little mention of hoops and she appears to be referring to big hoop ear rings. And yet a new behind-the-scenes sneak peak at the making of the music video for the single has Nelly hanging out in Los Angeles with not just Tony Duncan, but his wife Violet Duncan and his brother Kevin Duncan as well. The Yellow Bird Productions hoop dancers talk a little about hoop dance and show off some of their skills as well and we can see they are clearly in the video. So needless to say we’re still intrigued. As for the new album Nelly says, “This album is all about positivity, youth, good energy and the relentlessness of the spirit. I want people to live this music the way we did when we wrote it. I want them to jump, dance, scream, laugh, cry, love and vibe to it, and to turn it up very loud everywhere.” Listen to the new single “Big Hoops (Bigger is Better) with lyrics below and check out the sneak peak at the making of the music video with the Duncans.

Top Ten List: April 22nd – 28th

Top Ten List It’s time time to countdown the top ten most buzz worthy posts of the past week again, as based on reader response. What were the top ten hits of the hoopersphere this week? We’re starting off at Number 10 and working our way up to Number 1 – so sit back and relax. Here’s’s Top Ten List for the week of April 22nd – 28th:

10: A flash mob of hoopers took to the street during the inaugural Irish Hoop Convention held in Dublin, Ireland: Dublin Hula Hoop Flash Mob.

9: We’ve never thought about running a marathon, much less hooping it – so we truly salute and congratulate Sasha on her new world record: Sasha Kenney Sets New Fastest Hooping Marathon Record.

8: The Dudes of Hooping Calendar 2013 is coming your way featuring plenty of awesome shots of dude hoopers, raising money for Spin Cycle.

7: Lara shared her hoop taping secrets: 5 Simple Hoop Taping Tips.

6: Hooping Idol 2 announced our remaining judges this week and we were all psyched to learn Hoopalicious was joining the team: Hooping Idol 2 Welcomes Anah Reichenbach.

5: Joining Anah at the judges table for season two of Hooping Idol as well is Canadian hooping legend Babz Robinson: Hooping Idol 2 Welcomes Babz Robinson.

4: Our biggest video of the week was huge – Voodoo Dreams Into Rainhoop Mornings with Alie P.

3: Bonnie took a closer look at a the term Hooping Master, getting a lot of people thinking about just what we mean by that: Master of the Hoop?

2: It was Disco Week on Hooping Idol 2 and our finalists spun up a disco explosion (see number one). In our second spot this week was the results show farewells to our eliminated finalists and the announcement of the new challenge for the week ahead: Hooping Idol 2 Farewells and Welcome to Circus Week. Be sure to tune in for the Circus inspired extravaganza on Tuesday.

1: And at number one with a bullet this week was Hooping Idol 2: Disco Week. If you haven’t already watched our finalists struttin’ their stuff in polyester on roller skates and more, check it out.

That’s it for our top ten for this round, and remember – if you see something you appreciate, here or anywhere online, it only takes a second to give it a “Like”, leave a comment and share the hoop love. You just might be making someone’s day! Our community forums are open, as always, and we hope everybody had the hoopiest weekend ever.

5 Simple Tips For Taping a Hoop

Supergrip [ columnist Lara Eastburn shares her taping tips.]

by Lara Eastburn

At some point along our hoop journeys, often near the beginning, many of us attempt the alchemy of transforming a big, blank, black hoop into a joy-producing circle of sparkling vibrant colors. We came up with a vision and we tracked down the supplies and after we put the hoop itself together we were ready to make some magic. And then we discover that creating those adhesive rainbow spirals is, well, not quite as easy as it looks. How many of us have started off with big ideas only to end up with a hoop that didn’t turn out quite like we envisioned it? Whether you’re contemplating taping your first hoop or you make them all the time and just wish taping a hoop weren’t so gosh dang nerve-wracking, here are five simple tips for taping a hoop that will make your hooping life a whole lot easier and prettier!