by Philo Hagen
Earlier this year we put out a call to all of the curvy hoopers out there to turn on their video cameras, step inside their hoops and spin it up for greater curvy hooper visibility. Yay! Our quest was officially underway and so many hotties shared their gorgeous hooping awesomeness online that we can’t even begin to share them all with you. Yes, you rocked our world and we couldn’t be more proud of and grateful for each and every one of you. Are you ready to see some of them in action? Good, because we can’t wait to share these too.
There was a little extra added incentive to the challenge as well, some prizes to give away. One lucky hooper would spin away with an “Everything But The Bed” pass to Hottie Hoop Camp 2015, the body-friendly hoop gathering taking place again this year in Surfside Beach, Texas, USA, on March 26-29, 2015. Hottie Hoop Camp is hosted by Blythe TwoSisters and Rowan TwoSisters of Punk Rock Hoops and we thank them for their amazing generosity. And a first runner up would also receive a brand new custom-made glamour hoop from Hoop Mamas too. So who are our winners? Answer: Everyone who participated this year and the whole community for having all of them be a part of it. We all give thanks to these hoopers for helping us ensure hooping represents and is inclusive of everyone. As for the incentives, it’s time to present our most noteworthy and favorite Curvy Hooper Challenge videos and we whole heartedly invite everyone to give all of these amazing women a whole lot of love and support in our comments, on their pages and more.
Our winner of the “Everything But The Bed” pass for Hottie Hoop Camp 2014 goes to Gwendolyn Genevieve Gorham, otherwise known as The Spinning Dancer. She lives in British Columbia, Canada. She says, “I bought this outfit for a NYE performance but when I took a video of me hooping in it I was mortified. I couldn’t stop staring at my bulges so I wore something else. So here’s to overcoming body issues. When you judge yourself so harshly you not only harm yourself, but you are likely going to do the same to others- and how does that help anything?! I’ve wanted to enter the last two years- I guess it took me that long to drum up the nerve.” Soundtrack: “Siren Song” by Bat For Lashes (on iTunes).
First Runner Up
Our glamour hoop is going to Sarah Aylesworth. She lives in Mountain View, California, USA. She says, “This is dedicated to that woman I used to be, and accepting that WE all change. Our bodies, minds, everything. My circle is my way to express self love, self involvement and movement. I am here to tear down these stigmas of what “qualifies” someone as a hoop dancer. As long as it makes you feel, dance, move, shake, groove, this circle is a open space to freely belong.
I have come a long, long way in just under 13 months in this ring, and I can not wait for what new joys it will bring me next.” Soundtrack: “Michael Vs. Mozart” by The Piano Guys (on iTunes).
Alisa Willcox of Apple Valley, California, USA, and we recommend watching this one all the way to the end. She says, “Unleash the goddess in you. Have the courage to grow with your hoop, no matter what you look like.”
Shannon Inertia Sealey of Ione, California, USA. She says, “Here’s me in all my lovely 5’5″ 170 lb gorgeousness. 20 weeks pregnant and curvy like a gorgeous meandering river. Only gained 5 pounds so far this pregnancy thanks to hooping!”
Eryka Andrex of Red Bank, New Jersey, USA.
Jackie Adams of Springfield, Missouri, USA.
Hooping.org’s Jenn Dixon of Akron, Pennsylvania, USA. She spun up a bit of a tribute to the television show Dr. Who.
Nellie Livengood of Peoria, Illinois, USA. She says, “I’m a middle age hooper who is so happy to have found this wonderful circle of happiness!”
Tiffani Joi made her first hooping video ever just for the challenge. She lives in Houston, Texas, USA. She says, “Even though I am coming up on my 5 year hoopiversary this May, this is my first hooping video. I put off doing this challenge last year and I am sorry that I did. This year, I wanted a way to document my self love for my first daughter. I want to show and teach her how important it is to love and accept yourself and show the world who you are through your own passions. In this video, I am going back to my hooping roots by using my very first hoop. I also wanted to present the raw, unedited video.
There’s a bunch more, but we just don’t have the room to share them all with you, but we love, love, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everybody who participated. We want to send a whole lot of hoop love to everybody who rose to the challenge this year and invite everyone watching and reading to do so as well so everybody feels celebrated because they’re all cause for celebration. You’re all amazing! Thanks everybody for participating and if we all keep making awesome hooping videos like these and keep right on representing, there won’t even be a need for a challenge like this next year. So go for it. Need video pointers? Check out our Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video and we can’t wait to see more of what you all come up with all year long. Thank you for representing and for sharing the hoop love! Happy hooping everybody!
Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and has won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.