North Korean Hoop Troupe On The News
by Philo Hagen
When we think of wonderful places for hoop dance, North Korea isn’t one that really crosses anyone’s mind. That is until North Korea’s central television news released a recent clip. In the video there are about 10 women performing a hoop dance routine together. The clip is generating controversy as well in that they’re all wearing mini-skirts that are short enough to expose their underwear while dancing more vigorously.
Viewers have been commenting that they’re really surprised, that it’s hard to believe that such a performance was aired. Some, however, believe it’s part of a propaganda campaign to gain more support for Kim Jung-un by making it look like any other country in the world. Critics are also saying that he’s trying to gain more support from young people, while trying to shed North Korea’s image as a closed country.
Hula hooping isn’t something new in North Korea. You may recall our recent article when TV new cameraman Brad Olson was invited to hula hoop on stage. Last month talks between North and South Korea ended without an agreement. North Korea also blasted the United States for organizing a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on alleged human rights abuses in the reclusive Asian country. North Korea has been accused by a U.N. inquiry of abuses comparable to Nazi-era atrocities. North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said, “We strongly denounce and categorically reject the U.S. convocation of another meeting of the U.N. Security Council aimed at finding fault with the ‘human rights’ in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea despite opposition by many countries.”
As for the North Korean Hoop Troupe, there’s no denying they can put on a dazzling display of a show. With synchronicity normally reserved for acts like the world famous Rockettes, these North Korean hoopers certainly know how to entertain. With one hooper breaking away from the line to spin up some dynamic solo foot hooping on her own, you can’t help but think that they’ve been reading hooping.org. The aerial view of their performance at that moment is also truly incredible. Whatever is happening in North Korea, one thing is certain. From their cartwheels to their high kicks and with their hula hoops spinning, the North Korean Hoop Troupe are world class.
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.