Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ask Hoopalicious: What Helps You Stay Committed?

Ask Hoopalicious Dear Hoopalicious,

What’s the one most valuable feature, attitude, mindset, complimentary practice….that one thing that helps you stay committed to your hoop practice religiously or compliments your hooping bad assery abilities?

Thank U hoop mama of ALL hoop mamas ;o)
Suni Shine

Hi Suni!

Thank you for your great question. I struggled for YEARS to get myself to have what I considered to be a regular practice or to, as you say, “practice religiously”. Discipline has never been my strong suit! I am convinced that the reason I have hooped for so many years consistently is my innate love for movement and community. My best hooping moments and most powerful practice times have always been at a jam, a party or generally in social environments. This is likely because I got my hooping start in the music festival scene, so Hoop Dance has a very festive and social connotation for me. Knowing this about myself has been hugely beneficial because it means that I know the environments in which I shine the most! Then I just need to be sure I get myself out to hoop-able environments or invite people over to hoop often enough to be hooping at least a couple of times a week.

I do have a goal (resulting from being inspired by the Aerialist community) to hoop regularly in a dedicated practice that doesn’t need to be social. It is certainly a shift and there is TONS of resistance! How I am handling this is embarrassingly simple… as it turns out. Ha! I am committing to myself to hoop everyday for at least 30 minutes, and hopefully longer, everyday. When it comes time, and I am feeling all that resistance, I just… DO IT ANYWAY. What always happens next is I get in my hoop (after a good amount of stretching), and after a few minutes of complaining in my head I begin to enjoy myself and all is WONDERFUL! Resistance is nothing other than a thought form we take too seriously (not to be confused with real intuition, but you will know the difference). And through this simplicity I am finding my way (even if it is kicking and screaming) to a disciplined, regular hooping practice. YES!

As for the general bad-assery, I attribute my passion for dance and inherent sensual nature to my ability to rock the hoop. When I hit my groove I am feeling nothing other than my enjoyment of the music and the feel of the hoop on my body. After some time in the “hoop zone” new patterns of movement begin to arise spontaneously because of the space of flow. My mind is in the co-pilot seat instead of the lead.

SO, long answer to a short question, but the short of it is know yourself. Where are your favorite places to hoop and how can you bring more of that into your life? What are your goals for hoop dance? What is your relationship to discipline and the resistance to it? When you hoop are you allowing your passions to rise and REALLY enjoy it or has it become a “task”? I hope this rabbit hole of inquiry will help you create a powerful practice that is just right for YOU.

In hoopiness~
Hoopalicious

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Hoopalicious Need some advice from Hoopalicious? Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach has traveled the world teaching and performing and is highly regarded as the founder of the modern hoop dance movement. In fact, her Hoop Revolution™ curriculum is the foundation for most well-known hoop dance curriculums out there today so if you’ve got a question just ask at hoopalicious@hooping.org. Anah appears in The Hooping Life documentary and was our first inductee into the Hooper Hall of Fame. She lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Nicole Cadrette

Screen Shot 2013-02-28 at 5.54.03 PMThe serene and mysterious Nikki Rae Cadrette unweave’s a winterland fairy-tale in this beautiful video. Nikki is an accomplished artist from Louden, New Hampshire, USA where she is the proprietor of her photography business Luna Rae Company. Luna is the name of her daughter who inspires and motivates her throughout each and everyday. This is Nikki’s first time on hooping.org and she sure came in with a bang with this picturesque demonstration of her true artistry which made video of the day! The beautiful soundtrack is Durga Puja by Cheb I. Sabbah and it is available for purchase on iTunes.

 

Ritzy Rouge Hoop Troupe

Ritzy Rouge Hoop Troupe Hooping on the Ritz! The Ritzy Rouge Hoop Troupe, aka Bonnie Claire and Alaska from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, share their charming hoop belly dance flapper fusion at Belly Nouveau. The ladies call their style Hooping Improvisational Tribal Style (HITS), a freshly emerging dance genre they have created that fuses Hula Hoop movements with Tribal Style Belly Dance. Belly Nouveau was a lovely presentation held at The Kosmos in Albuquerque recently and some of the best belly dancers in New Mexico performed. Georgio O’neil was the MC and live music was provided by Frank Bramlitt, Erik Teixeria and David-Harduin Brown.

Long Island Hoops for Health

imageThe hooping bug has hit Long Island, New York  and the hoopers there are thrilled to talk about its health benefits.  Jami Goleski of Hip Mama Hula Hoops credits her hoop practice for her bounce back to shape after pregnancy.  Goleski told Long Island Newsday, “Finding hooping was the best thing that has happened to me since I became a mother. Hooping is what a person wants to make of it . . . It’s not structured like an aerobics class or any other fitness class that follows a structured routine with the sole purpose being strengthening muscles and losing weight.“ In Greenport, New York,  Rachel Reich, owner of Five Branches Wellness is happy to have a hooping class at her fitness center. Reich gives credence to the total body and mind benefits hooping offers, “You use the hoop on the body as well as off, so it’s really a full-body workout, strengthening deep core muscles as well as arms and legs. Hooping increases flexibility and balance, and has a positive effect on mood and self-esteem.”  And Reich personally vouches for the fitness advantages of hooping,  “After a few classes, I was already doing several techniques. I’ve noticed an increase in overall flexibility and sense of pride in being able to master new techniques.“

Fiji Sunrise Hoop Dance

Vivian KaleaWe get a delicious taste of summer with Vivian Kalea hoop dancing to greet the sun on Naviti Island in Fiji. Fiji, for those who may not know, is an island nation in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean and having grown up in an urban jungle, Vivian has developed a need for stimuli, which she attempts to satisfy through many mediums including climbing, ooping, and music. Here we find her combining all three hooping at the highest point on the island. She has a blog and the soundtrack here is called “This is How it Goes” by Goldfish and you can score a copy of it for yourself on iTunes

New Zealand Hoopfest Spins It Up

New Zealand Hoopfest

New Zealand Hoopfest: Photo by Tawny Alma

[Guest blogger Anne-Marie Emerson gives us the hoop scoop on the New Zealand Hoopfest/a>]

by Anne-Marie Emerson

The New Zealand hooping community came together for the second annual New Zealand HoopFest, held in the beautiful setting that is the Brookfields Outdoor Education Centre in Wainuiomata, near Wellington. The event attracted 75 hoopers from throughout New Zealand and all around the globe. Organizer Claire French of Frenchy Productions – known to everyone affectionately as “Frenchy” – says she was delighted to be able to bring international hoop stars to the event this year as well. “It’s been great to have so many super-skilled people here. Kenna Hoops is a friend of mine from the UK. She contacted me and said she was coming over this side of the world and would love to come and teach. Lisa Lu is from Germany, but she’s been doing work placement here in New Zealand. And KaytiBunny came all the way from the States.”

Caitlin Rae Kelemen

Caitlin Rae Kelemen Caitlin Rae Kelemen spins up an awesome video for her first appearance on Hooping.org and it features not only some definite hooping skills and incredible views – it was filmed in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum – but we get to see her smile and her spirit showcased beautifully here as well. It’s sure to put a smile on your face too. Caitlin lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. We’re not sure what the soundtrack is, so if anybody knows please share. Thanks! A Hooping.org Video of the Day.

Jilliana

Jillian Jillian, aka Jill Schofield, drops jaws with her awesome twin spin – as well as some double fire hooping – and she has some great tricks up her sleeve. Jill has performed with groups such as Super Geek League and performs acrobatic hooping and fire dancing with her partner for JPeace Love Circus. An avid performer in the Pacific Northwest, Jillian resides in Portland, Oregon, USA, and she is hoop dancing here to “Jolie Coquine” by Caravan Palace and you can grab it on iTunes!