Monthly Archives: July 2012

This is For All the Lonely Hoopers

Being Free [ columnist Casandra Tanenbaum has some tips for creating community.]

by Casandra Tanenbaum

People often ask me how I learned to hoopdance. With a shy smile, I admit to hours upon hours of solitary practice and reviewing countless YouTube videos to expand my skill set.  My house, and backyard patio were my first practice spaces, amidst scuffed, scratched walls and that one low hanging cable that made it impossible to do practically any tosses. Personal practice is fun, rich with powerful lessons for movement and life and, after some time, it can become achingly lonely.

Unless you are lucky enough to have a community of hoopers around you, hoopdance can feel like a very isolated activity. Thankfully, we can participate in the online forums, share and comment on posts and videos, but there is a significant difference between “talking about hooping” with someone and actually hooping with someone. Often I see messages in my regional forum from newbie or recently relocated hoopers crying out for someone to come find them and hoop with them! It is as if we intuitively know that the fruit of our practice becomes much sweeter when shared. You might be thinking, perhaps with a wistful sigh and downward glance, “well, that’s nice. But REALLY, you don’t understand: I’m the ONLY ONE HERE.” Well, that might be true. Or, then again, it might not!

Hoopla Beer Returns for Summer

hoopla can First released last summer in 22-ounce bottles and limited draft, Hoopla Pale Ale makes a triumphant return to the Boulder Beer seasonal lineup again, and does so with with the new addition of 12-ounce 6-pack cans. Yes, magic happened last year in Boulder, Colorado, USA, when local music and local beer came together. In search of the perfectly drinkable, yet flavorful, festival beer, the Boulder Beer brewers and avid homebrewer Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of the String Cheese Incident, joined creative forces. Imagination and improvisation flowed freely and Hoopla Pale Ale was born.

For any of our hooping beer lovers out there, Hoopla Pale Ale is dry-hopped with generous amounts of Glacier hops for a fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor that will have your taste buds dancing! Its lively hop character is wonderfully balanced with a crisp, clean finish from the unique blend of US and German grains, making Hoopla the perfect companion for hooping it up this festival season. “We wanted to make a beer that was hoppy, but still appetizing to non-hop-drinkers and drinkable on hot days at summertime festivals,” Kyle explained about the recipe. And the introduction of Hoopla cans this summer adds another element of outdoor fun to this already colorful, festive brand. The can art includes a QR code to scan for free music downloads from Kyle and more information on Hoopla to help generate a buzz about the beer and the new packaging. Twenty-two ounce “bomber” bottles and draught are available this season again as well, along with nitro kegs presenting a new option for experimental on-premise retailers that are interested in pouring pale-colored, hoppy beers on nitrogen for a smooth, creamy taste. Hoopla Pale Ale hits store shelves now and will only be available through early October. It is sold in select markets throughout Colorado and 37 other states.

Ula Ula Lección de Vórtice

Tony of Tienda Malabares is here to teach us in Espanol how to do the Vortex. Tienda Malabares has two locations in both Guadalajara and Mexico City, Mexico.

Tony de Tienda Malabares está aquí para enseñar en Español de cómo hacer el vórtice. Tienda Malabares tiene dos sedes en Guadalajara y la Ciudad de México, México.

Go With The Flow


By Heather Hughes

In the hooping community, “flow” is a term we tend to throw around a lot. We toss it around the internet as carelessly as we toss our hoops into the air. We describe hoop-stars like Mona and Spiral as having “flow.” We strive to cultivate it in our hoop-practice. But what exactly are we striving for? You see, when we talk about flow, we’re often actually talking about two different ideas that have become linked through digital alchemy.

On one hand, drawing on the work on Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, hoopers conceptualize flow as a mental state where daily worries, time, self-criticism and doubt drop away. The hooper enters a mind-state where s/he is completely immersed in the moment, in the movement. Many hoopers describe this state as a kind of heightened awareness where they find themselves reaching beyond their normal limitations as they become one with the hoop. Artists in all different forms describe similar experiences and Chomsky studied those experiences to create his theories about “flow.”