Hooping Idol 3: It’s 90s Dance Hits Week!

Hooping Idol 90's Dance Hits Week Welcome to Hooping Idol everybody, our award winning contest that is leading us all on an ever spinning search in our quest to find the planet’s next big hooper star! Are you ready for a 90’s Hoop Dance Party? Then welcome to 90s Dance Hits Week and the official kick off of what is most certain to be a super exciting third season. For their first challenge our 21 selected finalists needed to choose a 90s Dance Hit that spoke to them and their hooping. They were to make us a video showcasing exactly what they were made of and were reminded of Hooping.org’s Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video, to have fun, and to make it count – because when our 90s Hoop Day Party comes to an end five of our Idol finalists will be going home.

Hooping Idol 3 Judges Panel

We’ve introduced you to our distinguished panel of judges. Seated at our table for Season 3 we have four amazing hoopers with incredible credentials: Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach of Hoop Revolution, Babz Robinson from Canada, Marawa The Amazing from the UK, and the incomparable Mat Plendl. They’ll be sharing their thoughts this season on what all of our finalists are up to. So without any further ado, put on your fanny pack and break out the hypercolor T-shirts and a pair of Roos and make your way to the hoop dance floor for 90s Dance Hits Week! We proudly present our 21 finalists below presented in alphabetical order. Keep in mind the page is video heavy and make take some time to load. Thanks!

1. Andie Asacker of Burlington, Vermont, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Holy amazeballs Andie! Way to bring it! I loved your different outfits and your hooping was tight. The piano solo… genius! In the more hip hop portions I think you could have put a little more sharpness and energy into your body lines, but really… I loved so much about this video! Keep rocking it!

Babz: Loving the 90’s music video feel of this! I was laughing out loud at the chain link fence bit! I love that you are smiling and making eye contact with the audience and most importantly dancing to the music!!! I can not express how vital this is! Your flip while impressive didn’t seam to really flow with the rest of the video. I can’t wait to see the next video from you!

Marawa: Umm, I think I am in love with you. The lip synching was on point. The crop top and back flip in the snow – especially commendable. Your piano break = genius. Almost as good as your double hand hoop action. Love everything about this video! It is 90’s, so well styled – and you got some great pump dance moves in there with your hoop – the dream! Well Done!!

Mat: Love the gritty urban setting, the chain link fence, the nice camera personality. Thanks for mixing it up with some of your acro skills. You are obviously a talented young lady. Good skills, good sense of humor – the bench press is a nice touch. The black hoops against the white background – great. Lotsa good stuff here! Would like to see more of the stuff that you do that not everyone is doing, and less repetition. Show me more!

*****

2. Jozette Boormann, aka Iso Insane, of Worth Center, New York, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Hey Jozette, super fun! Great energy and smooth moves and I loved the intro. I think your outfit could have been cheezed up even more though. Also, a little more close up and playing to the camera would keep things interesting as well.

Babz: Wow! Some really great hooping skills here, but not enough hoopdance dance dance! You had some good eye contact and smiles going, but as a viewer I want to see you let go! Get into the music girl! Would also have liked to see more of the theme incorporated into your video.

Marawa: This felt a little bit like something out of Fame, moving between all those studios! Your friend eating in the background is a little distracting! The gym theme was great – I think I wanted you in a more 90’s workout outfit to go with it. LOVE that high throw! That seems like it took some planning to capture on film – totally worth it!

Mat: I have to admit, this is the one I like the best. Not so crazy about the first 30 seconds, but after that I LOVE the setting – great swaths of primary color. The use of the mirror – great. Really good pacing and typically good framing. Love the guy walking by and the balls rolling into the scene. Everyone should pay attention to this clip! Some good choices here, and let’s see more tricks.

*****

3. Laurie Brenneman of Charleston, South Carolina, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Ooh so cute Laurie! I loved the storyline and that you choreographed certain parts to the music. If you had played up the sexy hip hop parts I would have been pleased as punch. Some nice smooth rolls in there, but I think you could get a little more pizazz in your hooping on body. I liked the different camera angles and that you had a tight ending!

Babz: Great start that really connected you and us through the song, but I got a little lost in some of the scenes, and maybe you didn’t have any music playing outside because it often became difficult tell you were hearing the same music we were hearing. Although the outfit was great, it didn’t really scream 90’s to me. Would like to see you incorporate more of the theme next week.

Marawa: uI LOVE that tape – its so good I’m putting it on everything. This is SOOOOOO 90’s its almost impossible to tell that it was made this year. Just so you know, I used to play this on trumpet. TUNE. The indoor shots are my favourite – really cute and well put together. You look really confident as a 90’s babe. I love your power over the hoop and the universe with this power jazz get up! Good one!

Mat: Great song choice. I like what you’re doing with setting and wardrobe. The set with the chair is great. Nice art direction, adorable look. Nice relationship with the camera. Would love to see more moves, and a tighter shot on the wide angle. We rarely see you spin the hoop around your lovely figure. More, please!

*****

4. Cheko Cabrera of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Oh WOW! This is the first video I watched and if this is what I have to look forward to in this years competition I am already on the edge of my seat! Smart and creative execution, smooth and flavorful hooping and the outfits were on point!

Babz: Awesome video Cheko!! Way to rock this weeks theme!! Great outfits, great setting, great back drop! Loved that you were smiling and having a great time, it makes it so easy to connect with you and I feel like we got to see your personality shine through. Don’t be afraid to look at the camera even more. Pretty please buy or borrow a tripod or use your video editing softwares stabilization feature so we don’t have to see any more shaky camera work! This was sooooooo much fun to watch!!

Marawa: OMG!! I love 90’s dance week. Cheko! The use of tape players is making me very happy as are your glasses and RAD shirt! I love the axel spins you are doing – nobody uses those angles enough. So casual. Booty spin on a brick?! Genius. You have so many hoop friends – that gang looks like lots of fun. *I never thought my Giant forehead was ever going to be useful till today, thank you!

Mat: Much to admire about this effort: Great song choice, interesting settings – love the train. The boombox and Walkman are a nice touch with props. Love the graffiti and the wardrobe. This is one, I think, that runs a little long, at nearly 5:00. Congrats on the butt twirl. Would like to see more risky chance taking like this from you, as your hooping tends to be repetitious. You obviously have a great crew helping you out, so don’t forget to concentrate on the hooping and let’s see more surprises. Would like to see you using more of your body with this hoop. Good work!

*****

5. Jamee Campbell of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Jamee, you have great circus skills (and the HAIR.. OMG!) and there were moments where I felt like you were in the song, but mostly I felt like any song could have been playing. Also, the background got a little boring to me. I would love to see you fit your beautiful movements to the music more!

Babz: How the hell do you hoop with your hair down like that?! Truly boggles my mind. Its so great that you are smiling and engaging your audience and having a great time which always makes me want to keep watching someone. You are clearly a performer with a dance background which helps give you that super clean style, but I’m a sucker for a flailer. I really really really want to see you let go! It’s also hard to tell that you are hearing the same song we are, I can kind of tell, but I wan’t to KNOW!

Marawa: Is that your real hair? I have to know, or do you have a friend in Russia? Where are your shoes? You need RAVE SHOES. You are such a pretty hooper! Like a ballerina, but I guess I wanna see you do a body roll on the floor or the running man to go with your 90’s anthem! But geez, either way you look HOT. Your hoop skills are really tight – ha! That split leap – you must have done rhythmic gymnastics? I recognise those sashays!

Mat: Love the look, love the setting. Great song choice. Red curtain, blue hair, black and white costume. Divine. Great camera personality. I think a contrasting color hoop would have been a bit better against the red – white or turquoise or yellow? Shot framing leaves something to be desired. Be very careful about cutting off heads and feet, etc. Bless you for using the floor! I think you’re one of only 2 to use the floor. Everyone else take note! You’ve got some nice moves here that are different than what many of the others are doing. Please continue along these lines and show me more surprises!

*****

6. Mari Cunningham, aka Merrily Spins, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Ooh la la Mari! Super sexy and slick moves for sure. I loved your attitude through the whole thing and the use of other people to add variety and more of a music video feel was cool. For such a long song I would have liked to see more variation in your hooping or the setting. Over all I really liked it though!

Babz: I wan’t to see your face!! Come closer to the camera pretty please! Because you were so far away I never really got to feel connected to you. It seamed like you were going through the motions of your moves, but not truly getting into it. Your video seemed to have more of a burlesque/performance feel to it than a 90’s vibe. I want to see you get down with your bad self!

Marawa: SONG. WIN. Hmm, your camera friend forgot the tripod at one point – I like what you have done with the lighting in the back lit shots – but – you are a little bit too dark and mysterious! The rainbow change colour stuff is ace and I love your gang. I love the end – but I think it could have been a little shorter. It felt like there was a lot of repetition – its good to make everything look really different in your routines and build up the skills throughout. Still – your strutting was fierce!

Mat: Great song choice, great look, great voluptuous figure. Love the troupe of ladies. Would like to see a greater variety of moves from you, especially considering the length of the piece. Love the creativity here, let’s see more!

*****

7. Kim Cuppett of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: The outfit was definitely on point, though I didn’t recognize the song. I liked your hooping, but I thought it was a touch repetitive. I also would have liked to see you engage the camera more! Was the dog intentional? Kind of a quirky absurdist touch, but I am not sure it helped your video much… I did like the addition of the clips of the music video, but I think it would have worked better if you had tied it into what you were doing more. And more of a real ending would have been lovely too!

Babz: Hell yes!!! Enthusiasm out the yin yang! I can feel how into your dance and hooping you are! I’m so into it because you’re so into it! I really really wan’t to see your face with a smile and eye contact and that awesome attitude that you have so we can really connect with Kim. I know what you were trying to do with the picture in picture but it just ended up being really distracting as was your pooch. A cleaner ending and incorporating more of the theme will be really important to keep yourself in the game. Please never stop hooping! You are way too fun to watch.

Marawa: Perfection. I die! Genius. You even made a double boom. Ha! And you did official venga choreography whilst hooping = yes! The dog eating the stick. I love you – but where is your face?!?!? You have the best tricks – but I WANNA see your faaaaace! That’s the only thing missing – something for us at home to feel like you know we are here watching! Please, next week. OK?

Mat: Love your energy. You’ve got some of the fastest moves of the bunch, some very tricky, kicky things. Couple of things: Your shots are often too wide for me to get as good a view as I’d like, so let’s have a closer look please. Would like to see you acknowledge the camera while you’re hooping – when it isn’t clear you know you’re being watched, it gives a strangely voyeuristic quality. Remember, if you think you’re working the camera too much, you’re almost there! Like the song says, “Let’s have some fun!” with setting and wardrobe as well, but mostly I’m digging your energy, speed and precision and would like to see you take more chances.

*****

8. Lilea Duran of Napa, California, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Lilea, you are adorable! When I first watched your video I thought it was slowed down so I had to reload it to make sure it was running properly. Sure enough, your hooping was just quite a bit slower than the song you picked giving an over all feeling of not really being in sync. I think you could have pumped up your energy more or picked a song that suited your flow a bit better. I loved all your outfits though and the overall concept was super cute!

Babz: Welcome back Lilea! Maybe there was a problem when you uploaded your video because the quality really needs to be improved and Rich said the same thing last year. I like that you incorporated a storyline and had good eye contact and were smiling at the audience. Loved that you dressed up like all the spice girls with matching hoops to boot! I do wish that you had found a better setting for the theme and your framing wasn’t cutting off your head at times.

Marawa: COLOUR TO THE WORLD INDEED. Love the spice girls and second chances. I think there were a lot of good skills here, but unfortunately apart from when you were doing posh legs with isolations – you are lost for most of the video! Is it snowing? Is there rain? Get outside! You live in California! The spice girls need some room to move! The baby spice ending is adorable!! Are you filming this on a slow web cam setting?

Mat: Cute set-up. I like that you’re mixing it up with costume choices. Love the shot with the high heels – would like to have seen more of that. Need to work on your image framing – heads n ankles cut off, and such. Would like to see you expand your repertoire, take more chances with your hooping.

*****

9. Rosalie Fan of Hooptown, Pennsylvania, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Rosalie, you are adorable! Considering you weren’t alive in the 90’s I think you did a pretty great job here. Make sure you go through your video afterwards for errors. There were some typo’s and a title card left where it didn’t seem like it was supposed to be. I liked the creativity of the video though and that you had an appropriate amount of cheese.

Babz: Your enthusiasm had me smiling the whole time! Loved watching you rock out to this song and that made me want to rock out with you! The foot tapping bit was a great addition, but If you want to add something like that the camera needs to be steadier. Keep up the infectious smiling and eye contact.

Marawa: There is no way you were born when this song was thumping in clubs. But I am really happy that it is still around for you to discover and enjoy! You have found the rhythm of the night, yes! And your friend knows the Macarena?! Hurrah! Such good 90’s hooping – you are a proper RAVECHILD. Look at you casually hooping on one knee! You gotta get Carly to fix that first txt box.. hmm mm?? SO GREAT- the future of hooping is very bright seeing how much you can already do!! KEEP GOING!

Mat: This is very adorable. Nice wardrobe choices, love the brick wall with the chalk heart. Some great moves too – great hoop separation – let’s see more of that! Also, you’re doing one of the most difficult things you will EVER learn with hoops – the waist and the knees at the same time. Brava! You do tend to look down a lot, so try to pay special attention to your posture and work the camera more. You’re super-adorable, so WORK IT, GURL!

*****

10. Maryève Gaudreau of Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Oh Yes! Love the song and the vibe.. super cool! As far as your hooping… I am trying to put my finger on it and it’s hard to figure out because you’ve got all the moves, but somehow it kinda fell flat for me. I am not sure if you were tired or not into the song maybe? It feels like you are doing the moves without really believing them… does that make sense? Anyway, I liked your hooping. Maybe try to just let go a little more.

Babz: Great beginning and loved the multiple angles and the tape deck! I could tell you were into the song while you weren’t hooping, but that kind of got lost while you were breakdancing. Fewer tricks and more continuous flow would have been great to see. Don’t forget to film everything in landscape (horizontal, not vertical)! Loved that you had a great ending and really brought the 90’s into this video!

Marawa: Did you really have a Technotronic tape? If so, I am VERY happy. The knee pads are super. The catwalking is super. The scrolling 90’s is super. Editing note – you gotta film everything landscape – it looks way better, find something to rest your phone or ipad on or whatever you are using! No more shaky shaky! It’s hard filming things on your own – recruit a helper next time!

Mat: Nice set up, very retro. Love the attitude and that you used your elbows and the floor, and your feet. Let’s see more! Not so crazy about the vertical portrait format of your shots, particularly when the hoop gets cut out of the frame. Still, there’s a lot of creativity here and I’m very curious to see what you’re going to do next!

*****

11. Emma Hörnell, aka Emma Who, of Östersund, Sweden. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Emma, I so loved the beginning! I would have liked that story to continue throughout. AND I am really gald we didn’t lose you in a snowy sinkhole… HA! Please show us some hooping on the body and some more dance-y grooves please!

Babz: What was that green tentacled onesie you had on? I want! I want! Some bad ass moves here Emma, but please smile more! Anytime you are looking at the camera (making eye contact) and don’t smile it makes the viewer uncomfortable. I love your moves, but I really want to see you freak out and get down with the music!

Marawa: ARE YOU HOOPING IN THE SNOW IN YOUR SOCKS??!? EMMA! Calm down. I hope you are back in the safety of some nice Swedish sauna. Don’t catch a cold please. Gosh I really like your tricks – so technical and smooth. SO smooth. and I love that song. You have a really beautiful technique, its very enjoyable to watch – Thank you!

Mat: LOVE the setting for your very cute opening – lava lamp, wardrobe full of costumes. Would like to have seen more of that during the hooping part. You have some unique moves and would like to see more of things like spinning it around your hair. It sounds silly, but that stuff really does set you apart. Would like to see you work in a tighter shot and clean up your technique some. And let’s see your face more!

*****

12. Lee Jeffries of Pensacola, Florida, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, unfortunately no other viewing option was submitted.

Anah: Well Lee, for not having any music to hoop to I think you actually did pretty great in the dance department. Makes me wanna see you hoop with actual music playing! Nice twin work and some pretty fancy stuff in there! Maybe borrow a speaker next time? I didn’t really understand the setting and how it related to the challenge or the song… Maybe spend a little more time thinking of a creative concept next time?

Babz: Great beginning, but hard to tell that you are really into the song we’re hearing. Shaky camera work makes Babz sad. Let go and dance man! I know you want to! Sometimes I can tell you are thinking too much about executing your next move that the flow gets broken. Would really have liked to have seen more of your 90’s come out.

Marawa: Nice socks! The flow is great, the flow is flowing all kinds of great flow – except for your cameraperson! They have no flow. They need to be replaced with a tripod. flowLESS. I really like the movement and I think it fits the music despite the fact that you couldn’t hear it when you were filming! It’s obvious. It came together well though and super location too!

Mat: Great song choice. Love some of these isolations and your relationship with the hoop. Would generally like to see a tighter shot of your work, and would like to see you surprise us, particularly in using more of your body with the hoop. Your athleticism is great and would like to see that in a setting more in keeping with your urban image. Also, remember your relationship with the camera, and give us a teeny little smile, if you dare! Keep going Mister!

*****

13. Ashley Long, aka IndigoSol of Columbia, South Carolina, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Ashley, I liked your concept.. a poly-hoopstress if you will.. HA! I thought you could have done better in costuming and setting though. Hoop wise, I would like to see you follow through in your movements a little more and in general just incorporate more dance through your body as you hoop! For the LED scene there wasn’t enough light on you to make it interesting. Without your beautiful self it is just a raver light show. Ultimately, it is YOU that is captivating, not the hoop!

Babz: You kind of lost me a the beginning because you just didn’t seem that into the song you chose. The hooping in the rain was better as you seemed to get a little more into it. The LED would have been cooler, but the shaky camera drove me crazy. Loved that move at 2:45 though! Sick!

Marawa: Ashley Long, where are your shoes? Have you been so possessed by La Bouche that you forgot the ground is wet and cold??? I really love that you’re in a forest – Neon Success! You have really matched your moves to the song, which I think is the most important thing in so many ways. It makes the video really easy and enjoyable to watch – Great moves!

Mat: Love the song choice. Good energy. Would like to see more tricks from you, my dear. And also here we have this issue about performing in the dark with LED hoops. The problem of course is that we mostly don’t get to see your face! I’d love to see someone grapple with lighting the face while hooping in the dark, and if not, then best to keep these shots to a minimum.

*****

14. Sydney Malanaphy, aka Sydney Spins, of Madison, Wisconsin, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Sydney, you are adorable! I think your costuming was reminiscent of the 90’s, but I think you could have cheesed it up a lot more. I thought your hooping was smooth and had nice flow, but I think you need to dance more and have more variation in your speed and body positioning. I also would have loved to see you engage the camera with more close ups (especially in the night club scene… that would have been rockin!).

Babz: Some really great hooping here, and I can tell that you know how to move, but I want to see you really get into it. There was some good eye contact but I want more!! It was good that you incorporated multiple scenes, but the strobe light was really hard on the eyes.

Marawa: Love those gold tights! You seem to have put some nice 90’s style into your movement! The change in locations is great – this is put together well, but who are those idiots sitting behind you in the club?! Can’t they see you’re hooping?! They need to MOVE. The ending feels like a sequel! Maybe try a slower fade out and screen fade out too next time.

Mat: Some nice tricky moves here and good technique. Difficult to see some of it due to low light. Also hard to see your face. Would like to see you expand your rep and see your face! Let’s have a clearer view of all your hard work!

*****

15. Courtney McCormick of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, unfortunately no alternative viewing option was submitted.

Anah: Courtney, I liked all the blue… How did you find a blue house? Cute! I did feel you could have glammed up your outfits more. Also, you had some sweet hoop moves, but your body positioning was pretty much the same throughout… I would love to see you dance more through your body! I wish you had played to the camera a lot more because the ending was so super cute!

Babz: Pretty please borrow someone elses camera for next week. I can really tell that you are really feeling the music and not just running though your repertoire which is sooo important! Wish there was more 90’s going on in your video, but more than that I want to see your face!!

Marawa: Are you in the sea in tights?! There are some really ace tricks in here and gosh this song is SO 90’s. What was it even about?! So weird. There is something about your editing that is really 90’s too – in a good way – except for the logos? What was that? You can tell a lot of thought has gone into this and happy to read you had fun making it. British Columbia should be using most of this as a tourism ad!

Mat: Some fun settings here, and some nice tricky moves. I like the blue background and the interesting wooden path – would like to have seen you use the length of it a bit more, treacherous as it appears! Generally, though, your image is way too small on the screen to see as well as I’d like. Let’s have a closer view, please, and let’s see your lovely face. You have a tendency to look down sometimes, and I think that if you pay some attention to your posture you’ll see a great improvement. Be tall! Work the camera! And give us a few more tricks please if you got em!

*****

16. Vanessa Ortiz, aka Vanessa Fae of Miami, Florida, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Oh YES! This so reminds me of my teenage hood… The infamous “sneakout” – love it! I wish you had more light on you for your hooping sequences. It left me feeling like I don’t really know how you hoop… all I can see are blinky lights in my eyes. I love that you told a cohesive story, now let’s see YOU hoop!

Babz: Good god that is a terribly 90’s outfit! Which makes it Awesome! I think I can tell that you’re into the music, but its so hard to tell because I can’t see your face or your body!!! Liked that you had a storyline here, but we never really get to see you dance. Next time you’ll need more close ups with lots of smiling and eye contact and let me see you really dance!

Marawa: HA! Fanny pack – you were definitely a 90’s raver. Great song. The LEDS are sooooo beautiful. A vision of love. I really like the settings you have shot in and like the story you put together – its simple but it works really well. Now we just need to be able to see you too.

Mat: Great song choice, and I like the setup. Would like to see a bit more light on the subject, particularly when you’re performing feats like scaling the wall! I think though, that it’s an awful lot of night time hooping where we don’t get to see your face or the details of what you’re doing – back bend and such. Would like to have seen these scenes broken up with ones where we get to see you! Show us more of YOU!

*****

17. Marion Papillon of Lyon, France. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Ah, who doesn’t love a good 90’s love story? Yes, you do need to do something about the video quality… it definitely takes away from the overall effect of the video. Can you borrow a camera from a friend? Your hooping seemed a little “careful”. I would love to see you cut loose! Also, I would like to see you find the dance through your body too!

Babz: Some great outfits and the graffiti was a perfect 90’s back drop for your hooping. I couldn’t tell that you were hearing the same music as me though. I want to see your body move when you hoop! There needs to be more dance and eye contact so that we can connect with you and your hooping.

Marawa: Gosh, its windy in France! Oooooh the LED is so nice – black red and blue. Such a nice shot. Ummm, your boyfriend is a winner – that’s true hoop love right there. I like that I can see you smiling even when you are really far away from the camera! Very important! Thank you for that! Makes the whole thing way more enjoyable. The tricks get Bigger and are shot on good angles, I really like it! Oui!

Mat: Some nice, funny stuff here. Love the graffiti background and the stuff with your pal, but generally would like to see a tighter shot on your work. The setting for the LED hoops is very pretty – but again, if only we could light the face too. Congrats on your 3 hoops – let’s see more! Merci, my darling!

*****

18. Erin Rosenthal, aka Faeryn, of Los Angeles, California, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, unfortunately no alternative viewing method was submitted.

Anah: Faeryn, there are some pretty shots of you and your dance, but nothing about this video is 90’s or relates to the song. I loved your outfit, but 90’s it was not – unless there was some super cool 90’s fashion that I missed! I am impressed you got a video in at all considering you were at Lucidity, but it didn’t really meet the parameters of the challenge for me. I can’t wait to see what you create when you have the time to put some thought into it!

Babz: I wan’t to be where you are instead of sitting at home taking notes! Clearly we caught you at a festival which didn’t pull in much if any of this weeks theme. Your hooping is fabulous with great eye contact and attitude, but I could tell that you weren’t hearing the same 90’s music that I was hearing. Musicality! I am stoked to see that you can move so well and I really hope I get a chance to see a great video from you that incorporates the theme and more of a beginning middle and end.

Marawa: This song is terrifying, but so perfect! You look so happy and such a great palette of colours. Is this a regular festival rave look for you – or is this something you would wear anyway? I love the green backdrop – its so intense it looks like it was green screened. Maybe a little bit off theme – but either way it looks like you are having heaps of fun!

Mat: Love the setting, the colors, your way of playing to the camera. A very accomplished and thought-out image. I dig the monochromatic coolness, though I think a contrasting color hoop would have been better against the pink inflated background. I mostly want to see a greater variety of moves, young lady. It feels like you’re playing it safe, and I really want to see a somewhat higher degree of difficulty from you (and a higher resolution image too, if you can). Great beginning!

*****

19. Sara Sentman of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: OMG, Sara the beginning was so on point! But then… somehow we ended up in the woods?? I would have so loved if you had stuck with the theme and vibe of the song and really rocked out the vogue hooping on a dance floor instead of outside. Your hooping was good, but it seemed a little casual for the song. If you pick a song like Vogue I would hope you would go full Madonna and ROCK OUT! Over all though you had some nice moves in there, just kick it up a notch!

Babz: Loved the beginning!! For the love of god girl, pull your hair back so we can see your face though!! I can tell that you can dance with your hoop and you’re letting go, but we need to see your face, eyes and smile to connect with you! And I really want to connect with you!

Marawa: VOGUE. Love the black and white, beautiful settings! The filming was good – but sometimes it was hard to see the hoop – not ideal! It was a long video – with a lot of hooping – maybe try and just choose tight shorter sequences. This makes for a much better video every time!

Mat: I like the song choice, I like the b&w image, which is usually pretty effective here. The hoop disappears sometimes with the background of trees, and not so happy about the portrait frame format in some of it. Go landscape all the way. Nice body rolls, tosses. Nice going from above the head down to the knee. You’re doing some tricky, kicky things here Sara. Let’s see more of that, please. Also, not using the torso, neck, legs or feet much, so there’s room to expand your rep. FINALLY, at the end we get some actual striking of poses – would like to have seen this sort of thing sprinkled throughout. MORE! PLEASE!

*****

20. Kathryn Thessman, aka Ryn Hooligan, of Wellington, New Zealand. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Ryn, that was so super alien freaky! I am not sure it was really 90’s, but I guess the 90’s were pretty weird so why not? HA! I loved that you really DANCED and I especially loved the sequence around 2:32. Very creative and fun! Some sweet hoop moves in there too. Keep it up!

Babz: Yayyy!! Dancing!!! Sooo glad that you took your hood off so we could see that kick ass smile of yours too! Using the close up with lots of eye contact made it really easy to connect with you. I could really tell you were hearing the same music we were, soo vital! I would love to see you work more of the theme in next week and maybe use the video to tell a bit of a story.

Marawa: SO weird I love it. I love the music, the outfit, the setting. the rave editing of the hoop in and out is so great! Sometimes I wished I could see the whole hoop – but sometimes it was nice to have it cropped in tight – and SO NICE to see your smiling face! Good one!

Mat: Love the song choice and the Alien Cookie Monster getup. Adorable. Your character actually has a progression here, something everyone should pay attention to. Love that you’re doing 4 hoops – could have used a bit more of that. Nevertheless, there’s some very creative stuff going on here and everyone should take note. Would like to see a bit more light on you. Give us more surprises!

*****

21. Grace Virant of Kansas City, Missouri, USA. If for some reason this isn’t viewable where you live, try viewing it on Vimeo.

Anah: Grace, you are wonderful! I loved the neat camera angle with the arch in the background and your denim vest was definitely 90’s. I think you could have played to the camera a lot more to make a three minute song more interesting… You have such an expressive face, use it! Work on breathing a bit more while you hoop to be more fully in your movements too. Good work!

Babz: That Jean vest is painfully 90’s! And those shoes! Was great to see that you were hearing the same song we were too, especially at the beginning, but then we seemed to loose that eye contact and smile to your concentration face. Loved those chest rolls you were doing! I’ve never seen them done like that! Would have liked to have connected with you more though with a closer view of your face.

Marawa: Ooooh great angle shots! Great shapes – you are making a lot of unusual shapes which is really refreshing to see. Its nice to see you pushing for new angles! Your technique is really smooth and the composition of this video is one of the best I think with the music and timing vs the visual. Thank you!!

Mat: I like the big arch and you’ve got some terrific moves. For much of it, though, you are very tiny on the screen! I’d like to see you in a tighter shot, and perhaps in a wider variety of settings. Be careful shooting into the sun for very long too. Please continue to expand your repertoire of tricks as well, and emphasize some of the things you are doing that the others are not.

*****

There you have it, your Hooping Idol 3 finalists and their 90s Dance Hits Week video submissions. Our judges have submitted their scores that will comprise 40% of our final vote. The remaining 60% of the vote comes from you – and the time has come to cast your ballot. You can vote for one of our finalists that you want to see continue on in the competition. Also, you can only cast one voting ballot per IP address and please – don’t even try to cast more than one ballot because doing so will only creates problems for others on our less than super high tech system. If by some chance you get a message that you’ve already voted – when you haven’t – it is because someone else has tried to cheat the system and our server – in an effort to load this page as quickly as possible – is sending you the latest cache of this page that unfortunately was loaded from someone trying to thwart the system. So please – don’t try to cheat and you’ll keep the voting clear and clean and everybody else. Thanks.

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Your Hooping Idol 3 90s Dance Week ballots are being accepted only until Wednesday, April 17th at 3:00pm 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 those continuing on and Happy 90s Hoop Dance Week everybody!

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