[Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn and Hooping.org celebrate hoopers of all sizes.]
I am a proud and full-bodied hooper. But in ten years of hooping, I have made exactly one video. One. What prompted me to make it? Lissa Angeline’s “Calling All Curves” video challenge last year on Hooping.org. She laid down the gauntlet and shot down every excuse for not making a video I’d ever had. Was I just not that into making videos or was I staying away from the camera because I had body issues? I knew that if there was even the slightest chance that I was hiding from the YouTube/Vimeo hooping world because of my generous physique, I was going to squash that fear like a Texas mosquito in the summertime. If it wasn’t enough to do it for myself, I was going to do it for full-bodied hoopers everywhere! So thank the curvy stars that it’s that time again! I’m picking up Lissa’s torch to light a fire under all of us ample hoopers. It’s time to represent, to come out from behind the computer and the camera, to confront our own fears, and make our presence known in the online hooping video community. Need more encouragement to make your video? I’ve got some for you right here.
Lissa Angeline reminds us to “Keep Breathing”
Your community will love you for it. Our 16 video submissions from last year received more support, praise, and encouragement than your average hooping video. Hoopers of all body sizes were overjoyed to see videos from people that don’t often post them and enthusiastically supported those that bit the bullet and rose to the challenge. Get ready to take a compliment, because you’ll get a lot of them here!
You will inspire other hoopers to put themselves out there. One of the most obvious reasons that more full-bodied hoopers don’t make videos is because there aren’t enough examples out there. I can watch hundreds of hooping videos without ever coming across one that features a hooper that looks (or hoops!) like me. That very lack implies that hooping videos are for other people – thinner, more confident people with mad hoop skills. Pshaw. Hoop videos, like hooping itself, are a way for us to share our lives in the hoop with another across borders of all kinds. Being able to see someone hoop online has done more to spread hooping than perhaps any other single thing. Seeing YOU hoop online will inspire others to do the same and change our perceptions of who should or should not share their love of hooping on camera.
You can cross “Making a hooping video” off your bucket list. And oh, man, does that feel good. For real. Every week for 8 years, I kept saying to myself, “I should make a hooping video.” I must have imagined it a million times. The sheer sense of accomplishment that washed over me when I finally got it done was incredible. Join us in this video challenge if nothing else but to be able to say, “I did it!” You’ll be SO glad you did.
Video is just another way to play. Your hooping is already visual art. When you make a video, you open yourself to creating that art in a medium that you can fill with the images and sounds that inspire you and your hooping. Follow our Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video and choose the background and music that will fill YOU with a sense of beauty and inspiration. We can’t wait to see it!
Still worried about how you’ll look or what you’ll wear or what other people will say? You can stop that noise right now by reading Lissa’s step-by-step curvy hooper video fear squasher right here and check out last year’s contest forum thread. Here’s last year’s winning video “Winter” by Loopdlu.
The 2012 Hooping.org Curvy Hoopers Video Challenge starts now. Calling all curvy women (and men too!) out there in the hoopersphere. It’s time to show us what you got and help create greater visibility for hoopers of all shapes and sizes. Between now and November 30th at 11:59pm PST make a hooping video of yourself. Post it on YouTube or Vimeo with the title “Curvy Hoopers Video Challenge 2012 on Hooping.org”. Send the url for your video to firstname.lastname@example.org and voila, you’re done, you’re included, you’re entered! Still need a little more inspiration? While completing the challenge is a win simply in and of itself, we do have a couple prizes to give away as well. One lucky 2012 Curvy Hoopers Video Challenge winner will hoop away with an “Everything But The Bed” pass to Hottie Hoop Camp 2012 – the body-friendly hoop gathering that is taking place March 21-24, 2013, in Surfside Beach, Texas. Hottie Hoop Camp is hosted by the awesome women at Punk Rock Hoops and we thank them for their generosity. We also have your choice of a brand new custom-made glamour hoop from Hoop Mamas for a first runner-up as well, just to give you a little extra incentive to throw your hoop in the ring. Join us in changing the climate for plus size hoopers and create greater curvy hooper visibility.
UPDATE: Here are our winners.
Lara Eastburn has been dancing in meadows and singing with the moon while spinning in circles for eons at Superhooper.org. She’s also the driving force behind Circumference with online and live business and marketing classes for hoop makers, instructors, and performers.