Are you ready for a disco hoop dance explosion? Then welcome to Disco Week and the official kick off of Hooping Idol 2. For this challenge our finalists needed to choose a disco song that spoke to them and their hooping, then make a video showing us what they were made of. They were reminded of Hooping.org’s Ten Easy Hooping Video Tips and to have fun and make it count because when it was over five of our Hooping Idol finalists would be going home. Welcome to Hooping Idol, our award winning contest that is leading us all on an ever spinning journey in our quest to find the planet’s next big hooper star!
Seated at our judges table for Season 2 we have four amazing hoopers with incredible credentials. If you haven’t met them already, allow me to introduce you to Anah Reichenbach of Hoop Revolution, Marawa The Amazing of MarawaTheAmazing.com in the UK, Rich Porter of Isopop and Babz Robinson of Wild Girl Hoops in Canada. They’ll be sharing their thoughts this season on what all of our finalists are up to. So without any further ado, break out the polyester! Put on those platform shoes! Make your way to the hoop dance floor for Disco Week. We proudly present our 20 finalists below presently in a randomly drawn out of a hat selected order.
Anah: Cally, you are adorable! I loved the concept and you are sparkletastic in that outfit. I certainly can’t fault your hooping, but you might have been hooping to any song. There were some great opportunities for dramatic punctuation that were missed – it didn’t look like you were hooping to your song choice. I would work on really getting into your music and allowing yourself to stop, speed up or slow down and dance to it.
Rich: You have some solid skills with the hoop. I appreciate the creative effort in this video. You put thought and effort into it and I appreciate that. The intro was too long though and the first minute of your hooping was way too dark. We couldn’t see your face until after the two minute mark. I much preferred the outdoor portion where I could see your costume, sparkles and smile.
Babz: The shaky camera work was challenging to look at your hooping was hard to see because it was so dark Cally. If you’re going to use an LED hoop and shoot in the dark you need lighting on you so we can see you – you’re the most important part! The roller disco theme was awesome and that SUIT was amazing! I loved that you wore that! Your hooping was really clean and engaging too, but you could’ve put more disco into your hoop dance.
Marawa: I want to dance among the clouds with you too please! Did you ever meet Sun Ra? Or rather, are you guys related? This is making me so happy. And what is that outfit?! Holograms?! And pink?! I love it, but why didn’t you catch that backwards roll? C’mon. Re edit – that was such a cool trick!! Ok, maybe it was an offering to the disco gods. I love that you had skaters in the background too. Your attention to detail has been noted.
Anah: Stephanie! Loved your dance moves and grooves – and in heels no less! Way to rock it! Your planes on your breaks and off body movements could use a little cleaning up. You may need to twist a bit more on your reversals to keep the plane from dipping. I do wish you would have had more lead in for such a long song too – it is almost impossible for it to stay fresh in mostly the same setting for that long. I also would have liked a little lighting on you for the light hoop scenes, but I loved you just strutting with the hoop though. Bring it on!
Rich: I dig the intro pan shot and your song selection. You genuinely look like you’re having fun, which can’t be underestimated. You’ve got the requisite skills to be in this competition and I want to see more.
Babz: Great outfit choice this week Stephanie and somewhat interesting location choices too. I really loved your attitude and you were clearly listening to and groovin to your song, so thank you for connecting to your music. That’s what it’s all about!
Marawa: Hooping in heels is hard, but it looks so good! I really like how you shot this and you look super hot in that jumpsuit lady! Very good use of appropriate dance moves for your lyrics too. Love Love Love it! And 10 points for the silhouette action too – that’s so disco! This is a really great video from start to end – really well done!!
Anah: Great setting and I loved the multiple outfits! You nailed some great moves in here too. I would have liked to see you fully commit to your dancing and to get more into your character as well. I would also love to see you use more levels in your hoop dancing. You stayed really upright and straight on most of the time… move around more, step a little wider, get low and get funky!
Rich: There was some thought put into it and it looks pretty good. The hooping seems good enough for the competition and generally I liked the video.
Babz: You really brought the great outfits to Disco Week and made a great location choice too. Congratulations! Your hooping was clean and you were clearly hooping to your awesome French disco soundtrack.
Marawa: This is so French! Really really French! And I LOVE IT! You look very beautiful. And French. And I love your hair and outfit so much and all the beautiful colours! So good. So shiny. Your sidekicks were RAD too! You have some great skills and I loved this video and all the different elements – Merci beaucoup trop trop trop!!!
Anah: Sarah, I love the super cool setting and cage and I dug the outfit too. I would have liked to see you get into the song and get a bit more “real” though. It’s got to be real and while you have some great moves here, they would have stuck out more if you had grooved in between them. I would’ve liked to see more of a beginning and an ending here too, with a bit more dramatic flair. I think you could really kick it up a notch and get into your body more. Pull out all the stops and let it flow!
Rich: That is a cool space you shot in, but is it a disco or a dungeon? I’m not sure. I think you have potential in this competition, but this is another video that was shot way too dark. It’s hard to connect with you in the video because you don’t really connect with the camera. Close up shots would have rectified that.
Babz: This was pretty good, but next week I want you to really blow my socks off. I want you to bring it next time. I think your energy got overwhelmed in such a big empty open space for so long.
Marawa: Hooping in a disco cage! Outrageous! Great angles for the video Miss Sparkles and I love the colours of your hoop! Yay for applause at the end of videos too. Yes yes yes!
Anah: Chad, you are a ninja folding master! Wowzers! Totally dig your flow and technique. I would have liked to have had some more lighting so we could see your face more and maybe a little more dynamic of a transition through the song. If you had started out dancing with it like you did somewhere in the middle, it would have made a bigger impact when you went into your badass folding and fliptasticness. Also, like with many others, I would like to see you punctuate the song more with your movements. But seriously dude, you are a rockstar!
Rich: Your hooping has me. Your moves are original, clean, and you clearly understand patterns of hoop movement better than most. That said, this video is way too too dark. I never connected with you and I didn’t even notice the disco ball until 2:45. Darkness aside, your 3d moves are inspiring and I want to see more. So far, your hooping is the most interesting of all the contestants for me to watch. I see moves I haven’t tried and might want to play with myself.
Babz: Freakin’ amazing hooping Chad with a mega-trippy LED hoop too. I think I need to watch this again so I can see it better.
Marawa: Who is that couple with the dog? Tell them to GO AWAY. They are interrupting this display of brilliance! Disco ball, check. Subtle ode to disco outfit, check. I am not even going to lie. I knew that hoop technology had improved, but C’mon! No amount of sequins is going to compete with that hoop. You also have some very nice tricks to go with it too. I don’t even care that I can’t see your face. You have made the hoop the centre of this video and for once it does justice and makes perfect sense.
Anah: Super cute Van Doan! I love the beginning with you spinning around in that afro – Ha! I would have liked more pizazz when you first put the hoop on your body to fit the song better, but it seems like you weren’t quite comfortable enough on the skates? You clearly have the groove as we can see later. Love your spunk and mobility in the hoop! I would pay attention to your body positioning in the hoop during some of the moves though. That body roll up the back is super cool, but your hunched back and dropped head make it look less than it could. Maybe try doing it facing the front and lifting your head? Also, the setting in front of the field didn’t really fit in my opinion, especially to stay static for so long. All in all, super fun and keep it up!
Rich: This video was the last I watched. Lesson one for everyone from the first round, rollerskates were clearly the low hanging fruit. If you’re gonna go that obvious, know that you’re probably not the only one. You better bring more to the table. In the roller rink, I dig the wig, but the footage looks grey and uninspiring. Your shot outside was much more solid and since you didn’t have skates on, you had the freedom to move and showcase your hooping and dance skills. I like watching you hoop and I like watching you dance. You have grace and style.
Babz: You made a good go at the skates and fro thing, good hooping and you had some groove behind it all. You’ve got lots of pizazz and you’re a great hooper, but when it’s disco week you need to bring the disco start to finish.
Marawa: Love the rolls! Love the disco skating! Great hair too! This is a proper disco moment. Your finish is super! We need more sequins and glitter though throughout and I know you have them! Great combination of rollerdisco and outdoor jamming with some really nice skills too!
Anah: Lilea, you are super cute, but I didn’t really get how your video related to your song. The lava lamp visuals were cool, but your hooping was obscured by it. I would like to see more of your personality shine through. You looked a little “deer in the headlights” this week. I think you could benefit from relaxing a little more in your hoop and not thinking too much. Try to just enjoy yourself in there and get into it!
Rich: The dress looks more 60’s to me, but those lava lamp light shots nail the 70’s better than anything I’ve seen yet. I wanna see you hoop outside. It feels like you’re hooping is being contained and restrained by the wall that’s right behind you. If you’re gonna do an indoor shoot, I appreciate your framing, the shot looks good, but free yourself and cut loose though! Also, what you’re recording with or how you are uploading your video has resulted in the frame rate being really low, making the video appear choppy. I want to see more. Cut loose next time and check your upload process to make sure you’re getting 30 fps.
Babz: This was just super happy and smily. You were hooping to the music alright, but I don’t think you were really going for it. Your genuine smile goes a long way here though.
Marawa: Yes! Yes! Yes! Great use of shadows and light Lilea and the lava was so good, so disco! I don’t think I have ever seen a shiny baby pink hoop so nice too. This was really pretty and you had some great moves. While a week is not a long time, I would be interested to see what you can come up with if you have more time to play with different techniques as well. This was a really nice one!!
Anah: Thank you, thank you, thank you for being on beat! You need to practice your “tricks” to the point they can enter this rhythm too so you don’t get the “thinking” look on your face before you execute. Also, the outfit wasn’t quite disco to me. I think it was the striped socks that sent it in another direction, but please keep dancing girl.. Get that flow into and through your more complex movements as well and you will swiftly approach star level!
Rich: This video is a solid submission. The shots are well thought out and overall the video is entertaining. I appreciate the thought out choreography, but at some points it feels a bit rigid and controlled. You win me over when you smile, then it seems like you cut back into a very focused intense face. Overall the video is well done, the skills are there and I want to see more from you.
Babz: You have some of the sickest disco moves in this competition Hannah and you move beautifully. I loved it, though some of your hooping looked rather stiff. My advice is to keep things loose for the rest of the challenges. I would rather see messier hooping with more smiling and sillyness and personality from you, than clean hooping with no visible enjoyment. When you’re smiling I’m really engaged, and when you’re not you look a little pissed, so just be aware of that. Great musicality here Hannah – thank you for actually hoop dancing to your song!
Marawa: Very nicely shot! I was worried at the start – but then you smiled! You look so beautiful when you smile! Do not stop smiling please. You have the tricks, now just relax a bit. Great outfit! Loved the leg spin on the best camera angle – classy!
Anah: Amazing set and I loved the outfit!! I think if you pick a 5 minute song though, and one that’s got lyrics this dramatic, you shouldn’t jump right into hooping and do more story telling in the beginning and the ending. Maybe you were dumped and your hoop is your survival mechanism or something else creative. 5 minutes is just too long to watch someone hoop in the same setting no matter how sparkly or fantastic it is. And there were some fantastic moves in there Max, but they began to blur together because of the lack of dynamics with the song. Over all I love your style and flair. Keep it up!
Rich: Max, you demonstrate that you have some flow and a decent repertoire, and you clearly put a lot of effort into the shoot. Overall, I think it’s pretty good. It does show how a lot of effort doesn’t necessarily make a pretty video though. There’s a lot going on and no clear focus. I also want to see you hooping without the LEDs all the time. You’ve got moves and the LED can be distracting.
Babz: This was super mega disco-y-ness Max! Wow! You were goin’ for it pretty hard and this was really good. I think we’re all suckers for male hoopers too. You could have worked the disco vibe into your hooping more, but overall – really awesome!
Marawa: What is going on Max? Are you in a light shop? Will there be an electrical shortage? THIS IS MADNESS AND I LOVE IT!!! Such a great set! And look at your shirt – perfection! There are some really nice moves in here too. Great job!
Anah: Whoa! Super sweet body rolls, loved the underhand toss to a chest roll -woot! I think you could have done better in embodying your song though. The outfit and settings didn’t really say “bad girl” to me. Heart shaped glasses = cute, not bad. Maybe if you had some shots of yourself strutting down the street with dark glasses and a bit of a snear on your face? I loved your moves though, but I would like to see a more varied set of body movements to go along with them.
Rich: Nice video. Genuine enthusiasm goes a long way in my book. I like you even though your camera man drank a pot of coffee before the shoot. You’re engaged and the hooping is solid.
Babz: You are such a groovy hooper and I loved that you were clearly into the music even though this was not overly disco-y. That being said, what was up with the horribly shaky camera? Un-friend the camera person and get a tripod. We all want to be able to watch. Awesome hooping though. I really want to see more.
Marawa: Those rocks! What are those rocks? I loved the shadows you had going on them and you looked so happy when you hoop – which is a great thing! I love that this is a happy video. I think Donna Summer would be proud!!
Anah: Super cute! I loved the car and the bubbles and hooping with a giant sponge in your hand. Heehee! I would have liked to have seen more personality in your face and in your dance throughout your body though. Again, hooping at more than one speed and the ability to add punctuation to the music is what makes the difference between hooping and hoop DANCE. Get into your body a bit more and dance it out girl!
Rich: This video is fun and I like the bubbles. It’s also well thought out. Although the hooping is clean, I want to see more creativity with the hooping. Working the props adds a little, but I want to see more with the hoop.
Babz: Your introduction was awesome, great theme for your song choice too. I love the bubbles!!! I would have liked to have seen some more disco in your outfit, but I could tell you were hooping to the actual song and I liked that a lot.
Marawa: Those bubbles! Delicious! Please look at the camera more though. As much as your eyeshadow is gorgeous, I wanna see your whole face! This was very well organised with the car and the sponge! I loved the jump through and scrub! SO NEAT! You put a lot of thought into this one Danni – Very Niiice!
12. ANGELA KEEN, aka Snake The Fire Dancer, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Angela didn’t submit a link for Vimeo.
Anah: Cute song, cute outfit and cute disco moves, but I would have liked more originality in the setting. The living room wasn’t disco enough to stay in for the whole song. I loved the rollerskates, but I would have loved it more if you were in a real rollerskating rink maybe chasing some dude around in a comedic fashion or some such creative take on this song. Hooping wise, I would like to see you learn more than one speed with your hoop. Because of this you couldn’t really follow the dynamic changes in your song which made your hooping less dynamic. Your personality does really shine through though which wins big points with me!
Rich: I feel like I’m going to wind up being the video quality critic here. The 16 seconds of blank audio at the intro had me checking my computer to see if something was wrong with my speakers. And the camera angle, shooting the corner of a room, doesn’t do anything for me. Luckily your hooping was solid and you seemed enthusiastic. The hooping made me smile. It’s disco week. You gotta ham it up or you’re goin home. You didn’t disappoint there.
Babz: I think you could have done more with your location choices and camera angles Angela. This was very basic. That being said I LOVED the outfit and loved your disco attitude! Super mega bonus points for roller hooping and your moves were pretty smooth and clean.
Marawa: Lordy! Great use of costume! Not only can you hoop on one leg and lift the other up – you can do a sunglasses reveal at the same time! Brilliant!! Rollerblades? Controversial choice for Disco Week, but commendable nonetheless. Skating and hooping are two of my favourite things. And a splits finale – I love a splits finale!!
Anah: Shannon, I loved your beginning where you were singing to the camera and later when you got close to the camera. I would have liked more story with this song and a better ending. I also would have liked some bell bottoms on you, but the hair was fab! I would work on leaning out more straight to the side or even back a little for your shoulder duck outs, they will end up a with a better line and will be more “dance-y”. Also, you may want to try your isolations with two hands for a cleaner result.
Rich: It doesn’t seem like you put much thought into this one Shannon. There’s nothing disco about it to me and the hooping on it’s own doesn’t carry it.
Babz: Given that this is Disco Week, it didn’t seem like you were bringing us the disco Shannon, but I love it when you engage the camera.
Marawa: Farrah Fawcett Yes!! I mean look at that hair!! Im so glad we got to see your face! So many videos this week have just been all eyes down and tricks, but this is great!!! And such a smile. Happy days!! It’s as if you really did grow up on disco! Good flow! I only wish you had thrown that hoop as high as you could in that park – C’mon, next time!
Anah: Oh my goodness! Harlow, thank you for having multi-dimensions of movement and allowing the song to dictate your speed and flow. You truly danced the bejeezuz out of this song and I loved it! That being said I would have liked to see a different setting or at least a creative way to tie the setting in. Maybe try a little story telling?
Rich: Despite the absence of anything disco, your hooping has me interested and I’d like to see more. I’m happy to hear you’re getting a new camera because the video quality detracted from my ability to appreciate the hooping. But the hooping is great and creative and I’m happy to see where you go with this.
Babz: Where did you come from? Sweet hooping and being really into Boney M myself you won biiiiiiiggg points with me for your song selection! Your one piece, although retro, wasn’t ‘disco” per say though. In fact, you didn’t really exude disconess here at all, but I was so into it anyway.
Marawa: Oh my goodness I love you! So much green right now, you are Daddy Cool! You are a ninja hooper Harlow – my favourite kind! Pointing fingers! The best! Very clean isolations too! This made me very happy. I really loved your technique, timing and attitude.
Philo: Chrisha got married. Congratulations Chrisha! In fact, she filmed this while on her honeymoon.
Anah Chrisha, you have some sweet moves and a fun flavor. The outfit, the setting and the style didn’t really say disco to me though. I would have liked to see you have more fun with it and ham it up a bit more too. Given that you were in Los Angeles, maybe you could have gone to a thrift shop, got some cheezy disco clothes and hit Venice beach? I also think your moves, while amazing, were less impactful because they were all at one speed and didn’t punctuate the music. Play with taking your time more.
Rich: Chrisha, I like watching you hoop. You seem to enjoy hooping even though there is a camera pointed at you. That’s a huge plus for the audience. I have a qualm with the video though. Please give us a shot that fills the screen next time! The portrait orientation leaves me looking at 2/3rds blank screen when we could be seeing more of you. I wanna see your face! How else do I connect with your enthusiasm? If we don’t see you, we can’t make an emotional connection to you and don’t feel the inclination to root for you. Your attitude and smile from the intro video though have me wanting to see you stick around in this competition so show us that. Keep it comin and step it up!
Marawa: Congratulations on your honeymoon! A major lack of costume sparkle here – but that smile on your face totally makes up for it! Two technical things – if you’re filming on an iPhone make sure you turn the camera so it is wide when you upload. And careful filming with the sun behind you too as the hoops get a bit lost and I wanna be able to see your ace tricks! Which are very nice by the way and awesome leg work.
Philo: Aidan came down with the flu this week while filming his video.
Anah: I really liked the theatricality of this video and the fact that you brought the story of the song in somewhat. When it comes to hooping I think you need to commit to your movements more. The disco moves were there, but they kind of fell flat because there wasn’t much energy or commitment behind them. Maybe it was because you were under the weather, but practice really powering through your dance and letting the fun you are having show on your face.
Rich: Aidan, I’m happy to see you in this competition. You’ve got skills and your videos so far have been creative. The intro video and this submission make me want to root for you. Your camera shots show that you’ve put thought and effort into your submission and you’ve got a lot of hoop moves. In this vid your hooping seems a bit lackluster compared to your intro video though and I really want to you commit to the dance and the movement.
Babz: Awesome introduction Aidan, great location choices and colours in the video too. Most of the hooping looked like you were merely going through the motions though. I know it was probably because you weren’t feeling well that this didn’t make me “feeeel” the disco and I hope you feel better soon.
Marawa: Unless I am mistaken, you are very young and you are apparently in a nightclub! What is going on in Brighton?! Putting this aside, I loved your glow in the dark hoop and your very nice shirt and shoe combo. I see some great costume potential in you Aidan. You seem shy though. Please look at the camera a bit more next time – I wanna see your face and your hooping is just *sigh* delightful.
Anah: Great story line and I loved the creative settings and editing! I think you could have played to the camera a bit more though. I would like to see you dance through your body more as well and not just with your hands. Great finish though. HA!
Rich: It seems that you may have less experience in the hoop than some of the other contestants, but you make up for it in style. Your video is well thought out and funny. I want to see more. I was entertained.
Babz: I loved the introduction with the skates and hoop appearing, as well as the fact that you can play an instrument. That was great and worked into your song choice brilliantly. You also chose a really good location, but lost me with the hooping unfortunately. You just didn’t seem super into it. When it’s Disco Week we must feel the disco, we must “beee” the disco.
Marawa: OMG! Roller hooping, my favourite! It’s so hard though, right?! Jasmine, that trolley was hilarious!! I loved your storyline too. I loved the back up skaters as well, they were super. And just look at that headstand! So good! You’ve got a great set of circus skills with nice moves and rolls here! Can’t wait to see what you do next.
Anah: I am not sure why, but I found myself confused here. I dug the afro, though your hair could have been tucked into it a bit better, and I liked the sparkle. I liked the disco ball. I even thought your hooping had some great dynamics in it so that’s good, but for some reason whatever you were going for didn’t really come across for me. This is a sexy song and I think if you had connected to the camera it would have impacted me more. But yay for your afro head hooping!
Rich: I like watching you spin but that shaky camera makes me feel like I’m spinning. You’re costuming and hoop moves are solid. I dug the face hooping too. You have some moves, I wanna see more, but please steady that camera.
Babz: You’re rocking the look Heather! That fro must have been hard to hoop in though. You brought some great movement at times, but you did display some “hooping in front of a mirror syndrome”. Remember the audience is somewhere behind the camera. All in all very good though.
Marawa: Heather, you are disco. You are at one with the disco. I can see the disco in you. I really like it when you spin and keep the hoop on your forehead – that is rad. Great costume too (unless you have a blond afro, in which case im jealous). The camera work was making me a bit dizzy, but apart from that it was fun to watch! Thanks!
Anah: YES! Loved the song and you nailed the vibe. I loved that you really danced through the song, brava! I think you could work on varying your speeds a bit more and perhaps working on organizing your flow so that you aren’t doing the same things in the same sequence over and over. Your fun moves will make more impact if you space them out from each other and they aren’t repeated so much. I loved the ending!
Rich: Nice job. You work the camera and it loves you. The hooping was solid, video was well shot, and you looked like you were having fun. This is one my favorite videos.
Babz: Now we’re talking! I got a serious disco vibe watching this and smiled the whole time. Good hooping too – not overly imaginative, but easily overlooked because you were clearly just so into it. I loved the Bollywood style ending and your disco outfit too! Even with no big intro or cuts or a mega-disco location, this is one of the best.
Marawa: You are a green disco goddess! What a nicely shot video! Those neon tubes are cool Digitalis. Great outfit and very nice movement too! Ten points for your Bee Gee arms and SUCH a good finale!!! Just look at that team of dancers!! Excellent!!
Anah: Great story and character! As far as your hooping goes, I thought your dancing could have fit the music more and you might want to work on your isolations. I would play with your body positioning for some of your moves too, especially when you are leaning forward. I think some practice in front of a mirror to discover the most artistic view of each movement would be good for you. I loved the progression of the story and would have liked more time in that cool hallway at the end!
Rich: You have some beautiful locations in this video, but your hooping seems unengaged. I need more energy in the hooping to keep me engaged.
Babz: I loved your attitude here Roxanne and your plot, but it seemed like you were going though the motions hooping wise at times. Still, this was a pretty awesome video overall.
Marawa: This is a real story and thank you for the journey! Amsterdam is so pretty! Such vicious isolations – you are really showing that hoop who is boss. I really liked your safe river hooping and the giant couch too!
There you have it, your Hooping Idol 2 finalists and their Disco Week video submissions. The time has come to cast your vote(s) and you can vote for as many as 5 of our finalists that you want to see continue on in the competition. You can only cast one voting ballot. Are you ready? Let’s vote!
SORRY, VOTING FOR DISCO WEEK HAS OFFICIALLY CLOSED
Your Hooping Idol 2 Disco Week ballots are being accepted for the next 24 hours only and voting will close on Wednesday, April 25th at 6:00pm PST. The five finalists with the least amount of votes will be eliminated from the competition and the remainder will be moving on to the next round. Stay tuned for those results along with the details of the next challenge for all of our Idols.
UPDATE: The Results of Disco Week