Hoopie Awards 2014: Rock The Vote

2014 Hoopie Awards

Welcome to the 2014 Hoopie Awards! It’s Hooping.org’s 7th Annual Awards celebration honoring greatness in our hoop community and we’re delighted that you are here. We’d like to remind everyone that if you’re a hooper, you’re already a winner whether you’re nominated or not – each and every one of you! YAY!

This year submissions for Hoopie Award consideration were accepted beginning on Monday, January 6th, through Friday, January 10th. We compiled a list of these submissions, pre-screened them for content and process manageability, and presented the remainder to our 2014 Hoopie Awards Finalist Panel. The panel this year consisted of 50 randomly selected hoopers, all of whom made themselves available to be of service to the community in this capacity in their original submission. Panelists were then instructed to forget their personal affiliations, communities and countries in voting for their top five favorites in each of our award categories. Those votes were then painstakingly compiled and now we are proud to present your 2014 Hoopie Award nominees. You may vote for one selection in each of our award categories. You may cast one ballot and one ballot only. You have until 7:00 pm PST on Friday, January 24th, to submit your ballot, which means you have three days to review the nominees and make thoughtful voting decisions.

Previous Hoopie Award winners were once again not eligible to be nominated in an award category previously won by them. And because we have a few nominees this year who are a part of and/or contribute to Hooping.org, the final electronic vote count tallies are being validated by World Hoop Day organizer Hoopin’ Annie O’Keefe. World Hoop Day events were celebrated across six continents this year, raising funds to gift hoops to needy kids around the globe. Hooping.org applauds World Hoop Day’s contributions to our global hooping community and we thank them for their assistance.

First we will provide you with a list of nominees including links to view the nominated photos, videos, tutorials and more. All links open in new windows so you will not lose your place on the page, so please make use of them. Following our complete rundown of nominees this year you will find the voting ballot. Remember to only cast one ballot.

Your 2014 Hoopie Award nominees are as follows…


In 2013 Hooping.org continued to showcase the very best in hooping photography so if you take a great photo this year, send it in. Our Photo of the Year nominees are:

1. Alli McCracken, photo by Doug Sanford: Washington, DC, USA. View Photo.
2. Hannah Stanton-Gockel, photo by Brien Vincent: Athens, Ohio, USA. View Photo.
3. Jaan Elly Monogatari, photo by Estefania Ponce Fotografía: Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. View Photo.
4. Jenn Worroll, photo by Chad Forsberg: Boulder, Colorado, USA. View Photo.
5. Jenny Hoopnosis, photo by Eiko Jones Photography: Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. View Photo.
6. Lee Jeffries, photo by Meka Milla: Pensacola, Florida, USA. View Photo.
7. Maggie Ryan and Kaeli Hansen, photo by Cadencia Photography: Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. View Photo.
8. Tokyo Sunshine, photo by thinkincolor: Buffalo, New York, USA. View Photo.


Solo videos feature only one person hooping. The nominees for Solo Video of the Year are:

1. Ayumi Mitake: Tokyo, Japan. Watch Video.
2. Cheko Cabrera: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Watch Video.
3. Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Watch Video.
4. Kristin Lahoop: Berlin, Germany. Watch Video.
5. Maryève Gaudreau: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Watch Video.
6. Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Watch Video.
7. Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK. Watch Video.
8. Tiana Zoumer: Oakland, California, USA. Watch Video.


Our Video of the Year award features two or more people hooping. The nominees for Video of the Year are:

1. Andy & Jo’s Hula Hoop Flash Mob Proposal with Andy Broughton and hoopers of Brighton, England, UK. Watch Video.
2. Etereas with Tiana Zoumer and Brecken Rivara of Oakland, California, USA. Video by The Flaminguettes of Mexico City, Mexico. Watch Video.
3. Hooping Idol 90’s Dance Hits Week with Cheko Cabrera, Renata Ibarra and Moises Olmedo of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Video by Moises Olmedo. Watch Video.
4. Hoopy St. Patricks Day with Jon Coyne and hoopers from Seattle, Washington, USA. Video by Jon Coyne. Watch Video.
5. Hula Hoopology Spring Fling with Hula Hoopology of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Video by Croshane. Watch Video.
6. One Hoop by John de Kadt featuring hoopers from around the world. John lives in Lee, Massachusetts, USA. Watch Video.
7. Meiosis with Spunshine of Austin, Texas, USA. Video by Karmakaze Productions. Watch Video.
8. Shootin Hoops: Troo Hoops Collaboration with Kyle Johnson and many others. Video by Kyle Johnson of Brunswick, Maine, USA. Watch Video.


When it came to hoopers sharing their skills with others on the web, these eight received high marks. The nominees for Tutorial of the Year are:

1. Body Rolls with Anah Hoopalicious Reichenbach of Los Angeles, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
2. Bouncy Jump with Hoopsie Daisy of Berkeley, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
3. Chest and Shoulder Hooping with Deanne Love of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Watch Tutorial.
4. Infinity Toss with Tiana Zoumer of Oakland, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
5. No Handed Smear with Caterina Suttin of Austin, Texas, USA. Watch Tutorial.
6. Three Beat Weave with Emma Kenna of Bristol, England, UK. Watch Tutorial.
7. Waist Control with Jess Wagstrom of Dallas, Texas, USA. Watch Tutorial.
8. Wedgie Flip to Scorpion Combo with Carla Snow of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Watch Tutorial.


What would hooping be without music, right? Listen to the eight nominated hoping soundtracks of 2013 below:

1. Biff Tannen: Sugar Skull (Listen).
2. Daft Punk: Get Lucky (Listen).
3. Ellie Goulding: Burn (Listen).
4. Emancipator: Minor Cause (Listen).
5. Griz: Hard Times (Listen).
6. Illya Kuryaki and the Vaderramas: Ula Ula (Listen).
7. Lorde: Royals (Listen).
8. Twin Apple: Editol (Listen).


Since 2003 Hooping.org’s mission has been to share the joy of hooping with everyone all over the planet. This award honors events that really helped get the word out:

1. Catherine Zeta-Jones Gets Ellen Hooping.
2. A Glee Hula Hoop Explosion
3. Hooping on The Tonight Show with Morgan Tsu-Raun and Nathan Kepner.
4. Hula Hoop Incident on Good Day New York with Diana Lopez and viral news.
5. Kelly Osbourne Lost Weight Hula Hooping.
6. NASCAR Hooper Steals the Show
7. Oprah Winfrey Hula Hoops.
8. Rachael Lust Hooping Videos Go Viral.


Of the many hoop gatherings and events that take place annually, the nominees for Event of the Year are:

1. Brighton Flow Fest: Brighton, England, UK.
2. Florida Flow Fest: Lake Worth, Florida, USA.
3. German Hoop Convention: Hannover, Germany.
4. Hoop Path 7: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA.
5. Return 2 Roots Hoop Gathering: Lehighton, Pennsylvania, USA.
6. Sacred Circularities: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
7. Spin Summit: Black Forest, Colorado, USA.
8. SWhoop: Bristol, England, UK.


1: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2: London, England, UK
3: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
4: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5: Mexico City, Mexico
6: New York, New York, USA
7: Paris, France
8: Portland, Oregon, USA


Of those who picked up a hoop for the first time in 2013, these hoopers stood out as outstanding newcomers in our hooping community:

1. Alice Rose: London, England, UK. Began in 2/13. Vimeo Channel.
2. Amy “IrieAmy” Neel: Houston, Texas, USA. Began in 5/13. YouTube Channel.
3. Heather Clements: Panama City, Florida, USA. Began in 6/13. YouTube Channel.
4. Laurel Cleveland: Seattle, Washington, USA. Began in 4/13. YouTube Channel.
5. Michelle Ivanek: Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Began in 4/13. YouTube Channel.
6. Pegah “Seabird” Pooya: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. YouTube Channel.
7. Sheri Alice O’Brian: New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. YouTube Channel.
8. Tyler Von Spence: Athens, Georgia, USA. Began in 3/13. YouTube Channel.


1. Jane Ann Arnado: San Remigio, Philippines
2. Kaitlyn Morrin: Eerie, Michigan, USA
3. Lauren Resnick: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
4. Marium Akhtar: Karachi, Pakistan
5. Michaela Perdue: Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
6. Mridula Shankar: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
7. Pupperdoodle: New York, New York, USA
8. Rosalie Fan: Hooptown, Pennsylvania, USA.


1. Barbara Francesquine: São Paulo, Brazil
2. Caterina Suttin: Austin, Texas, USA
3. Ciara Blossom: Austin, Texas, USA
4. Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
5. Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
6. Kandice Korves-Kaus: Sebastapol, California, USA
7. Mary Jane Schroeder: Chicago, Illinois, USA
8. Steve Bags: Bristol, England, UK


1. Beth Lavinder: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
2. Brecken Rivara: Oakland, California, USA
3. Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
4. Deanne Love: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5. Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
6. Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
7. Jess Wagstrom: Dallas, Texas, USA
8. Katie Emmitt: Baltimore, Maryland, USA.


1. BLAU: Berlin, Germany
2. Electric Forest Hoop Troupe: Rothbury, Michigan, USA
3. Heady Hoop Tribe: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
4. Hoola Monsters: Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
5. Hooptown Hotties: Los Angeles, California, USA
6. Kaleidoscope Collective: Seattle, Washington, USA
7. Marawa’s Majorettes: London, England, UK
8. Spunshine: Austin, Texas, USA


1. Chad Forsberg: Boulder, Colorado, USA
2. Cheko Cabrera: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
3. Khan Wong: San Francisco, California, USA
4. Matt Porretta: Glassboro, New Jersey, USA
5. Malcolm Stuart: Los Angeles, California, USA
6. Matthias Elliott: Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
7. Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
8. Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK


1. Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach: Los Angeles, California, USA
2. Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
3. Caterina Suttin: Austin, Texas, USA
4. Deanne Love: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5. Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
6. Lisa Lottie: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
7. Olive Marie: Detroit, Michigan, USA
8. Rachael Lust: Marion, Ohio, USA


And finally, Hooping.org created the Hooper Hall of Fame two years ago to honor the trailblazers who helped make this movement happen, celebrating a hooper’s history and their contributions to the world of hooping. The nominees for the Hooper Hall of Fame Award this year are:

1. Ann Humphreys: Carrboro, California, USA
2. Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
3. Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
4. Julia Hartsell: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
5. Malcolm Stuart: Los Angeles, California, USA
6. Philo Hagen: Los Angeles, California, USA
7. Rayna McInturf: Los Angeles, California, USA
8. Vivian Spiral: Berkeley, California, USA


Now that you’ve taken the time to get educated for your decision, you’re ready to vote! Here is the official ballot.


Voting closed on Friday, January 24th, at 7:00 pm, PST.

Hooping.org congratulates all of our nominees this year and we would like to thank all of our panelists for their dedicated service in reviewing the preliminary nominees. It’s a major undertaking so once again, thank you! Comments are welcome below, although campaigning on behalf of one’s loved ones or self in the comments is strongly discouraged. Thanks and be sure to tune in tomorrow for our Honorable Mentions Extravaganza and on Monday, January 27th, when the winners of the 2014 Hoopie Awards will be revealed. Good luck everybody!

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