Hoopie Award Winners 2016

Hoopie Award Winners 2016

Hoopie Award Winners 2016

Welcome to the Hoopie Awards 2016, Hooping.org’s 9th Annual Awards celebration honoring greatness in our hooping community. Last week we took a look at 2015’s greatest hits and Honorable Mentions. Now it’s time to announce the winners of our 9th Annual Hoopie Award Winners for 2016. All of our nominees are winners in our book though. We love them all!

The call for preliminary submissions went up at the start of the year. All of those submissions were then screened, compiled and presented to the 50 randomly selected hoopers who made themselves available to serve on our Hoopie Awards Academy Review Panel. They all voted for their top 5 selections in each of the award categories and those were tallied, resulting in our Hoopie Awards 2016 Nominees. Votes were cast around the globe and now the time has come to share the results.

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the awards celebration this year, giving an extra special thank you again to all of those who served on the review panel this year, Hoopin’ Annie of World Hoop Day for validating the computerized vote counts again, and to all of the thousands who voted in what turned out to be a record breaking awards celebration. Thank you for all for taking time out from your lives to be a part of our community based hooping awards process.

And now, we proudly present your Hoopie Award Winners 2016:

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hoop Dance Soundtrack of the YearHOOP DANCE SOUNDTRACK OF THE YEAR:

When it came to songs that hoopers were spinning it up to in 2015, nothing inspired our readers more than “Lean On” by Major Lazer. You can listen here.

Also nominated:

• Bomba Estereo: Somos Dos (Listen)
• Brenmar: Hula Hoop (Listen)
• Chainsmokers: Roses (Listen)
• Mark Ronson: Uptown Funk (Listen)
• Omi: Hula Hoop (Listen)

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooping Event of the Year

HOOPING EVENT OF THE YEAR:

The winner of our Hooping Event of the Year goes to the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Michigan, USA.

Also nominated:

• Austrian Hoop Convention
• German Hoop Convention
• Hulaween
• Return 2 Roots Gathering
• Summer Hooping Mexico

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooping Promotional Event of the Year

HOOPING PROMOTIONAL EVENT OF THE YEAR:

Since 2003 our mission has been to spread the joy of hooping to everyone all over this incredible planet. Each year we honor an event that helped to do just that. This year the Hoopie goes to Lisa Lottie’s TEDx Talk at Binghamton University. Lisa lives in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Also nominated:

• Hooping in Pitch Perfect 2
• Hooptown Hotties: You Can Hoop With Us
• Jelena Mitra: TEDx Talk Stockholm
• Lisa Sampson on Britain’s Got Talent
• #stopdropandspin hashtag

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hoop Love Ambassador of the Year

HOOP LOVE AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

This year we added a new award to recognize individuals that are doing their part to help keep the hooping community an inclusive and loving place for all. The winner of our first Hoop Love Ambassador award goes to Deanne Love of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Also nominated:

• Ali Williams: Russelville, Arkansas, USA
• Caroline Sanchez: La Jolla, California, USA
• Katie Sunshine: Conway, Arkansas, USA
• Matt Oola Hula: Ukiah, California, USA
• Philo Hagen: Los Angeles, California, USA

Hoopie Awards 2016: Local Hooping Community of the Year

LOCAL HOOP COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR:

Of all of the amazing local hooping communities around the globe, the Hoopie Award this year goes to Denver/Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Also nominated:

• Berlin, Germany
• Melbourne, Australia
• Portland, Oregon, USA
• Tel Aviv, Israel
• Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooper of the Year - Africa

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: AFRICA

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in Africa, the Hoopie Award for 2016 goes to Karen “Bunny” Smith of Cape Town, South Africa.

Also nominated:

• Corette Barham: Cape Town, South Africa
• Frehiwot Sisay: Jimma, Ethiopia
• Mbali Ngubane: Cape Town, South Africa
• Shaheen Van Der Schyff: Cape Town, South Africa
• Sass Schultz: Johannesburg, South Africa

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooper of the Year - Asia

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: ASIA

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in Asia, the Hoopie Award for 2016 goes to Michelle Hoops in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Also nominated:

• Ayumi Mitake: Tokyo, Japan
• Cara Urban, Tel Aviv, Israel
• Star Ore: Manila, Philippines
• Tal Fransky: Tel Aviv, Israel
• Tiffany Hancock: Misawa-shi, Japan

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooper of the Year - Australia

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: AUSTRALIA/NZ

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in Australia and New Zealand, the Hoopie Award for 2016 goes to Deanne Love of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Also nominated:

• Anna Fisher: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
• Bunny Hoop Star: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
• Lisa Lottie: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
• Tea Bowie-Ford: Woolgoolga, New South Wales, Australia
• Zeph Robinson: Dunedin, New Zealand

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooper of the Year - Canada

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: CANADA

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in Canada, the Hoopie Award for 2016 goes to Babz Robinson of Canmore, Alberta, Canada.

Also nominated:

• Aerial Emery: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
• Carla Snow: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
• Lola Loops: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
• Maryève Gaudreau: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
• Nina Infinity: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooper of the Year - Europe

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: EUROPE (NON UK)

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in Europe (not including the UK), the Hoopie Award for 2016 goes to Sky Flow Artist of Almeria, Spain.

Also nominated:

• Emma Hornell: Toulouse, France
• Henna Matanuska: Tampere, Finland
• Ina Hoopina: Gottingen, Germany
• Lila Chupa-Hoops: Paris, France
• Lisa Looping: Vienna, Austria

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooper of the Year - Mexico

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: MEXICO / CENTRAL AMERICA

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in Mexico or Central America, the Hoopie Award for 2016 goes to Fer Sumano of Mexico City, Mexico.

Also nominated:

• Ana Morales: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
• Esmeralda Garcia: Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
• Fay Ferrihsoon: Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
• Kenya Flowrescente: Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
• Moises Olmedo: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooper of the Year - South America

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: SOUTH AMERICA

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in South America, the Hoopie Award for 2016 goes to Mika Machálek of Quito, Ecuador.

Also nominated:

• Barbara Francesquine: São Paulo, Brazil
• Dregis Toscano: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
• Nuria Luna Llena: Buenos Aires, Argentina
• Pitila Hossmann: Cachoeira do Sul, Brazil
• Xonyi Pinzon: Bogota, Colombia

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooper of the Year - UK

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: UK

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in the UK, the Hoopie Award for 2016 goes to Gail O’Brien of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK.

Also nominated:

• Marawa the Amazing: London, England
• Nick Broyd: Bristol, England
• Philosokitty: Bristol, England
• Sharna Rose Bevan: Maidstone, England
• Silvia Pavone: London, England

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooper of the Year - USA

Hooper of the Year – USA

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in the USA, the Hooper of the Year Award for the USA goes to Rachel Sullivan of Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Also nominated:

• Alexis Dizzy Dynamic Collier: St. Charles, Illinois, USA
• Deven Zimmer: San Antonio, Texas, USA
• Caitlin Isopuppy Hofer: Crescent City, California, USA
• Morgan Jenkins: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Rachael Lust: Marion, Ohio, USA

Hoopie Awards 2016: Photo of the Year

HOOPING PHOTO OF THE YEAR

The winner of the 2016 Hoopie Award for Photo of the Year goes to Caterina Suttin of Austin, Texas, USA. Photo by Bailey Wheeler of Bailey Elle Photography. View the award winning photo here.

Also nominated:

• Brittney Isphording – LED Hooping Magic: Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Photo by Chad Perry of Creative Perspective Studios. View photo here.
• Paige Hoopnectar Palladino – Hooping at Sunset: New York, New York, USA. Photo by Richard John. View photo here.
• Jandro Nerdo – Fire Hooping Breathing Blast: Houston, Texas, USA. Photo by Andrew Dolan Photography. View photo here.
• Maria Jacob – Golden Gate LED Hooping: Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, USA. Photo by Grant Mallory. View photo here.
• Verena Firelfanz – Snowfall Hooping: Oberau, Austria. Photo by Sandra Biechl. View photo here.

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooping Tutorial of the Year

HOOPING TUTORIAL OF THE YEAR:

The 2016 Hoopie Award for Tutorial of the Year goes to the “Leg Infinity Pass” by Rachael Lust of Marion, Ohio, USA. Watch the award winning tutorial video here.

Also nominated:

• Benjamin Berry – Scorpion Wedgie Pickup: Alfred, New York, USA. Watch video here.
• Danielle Lee – Cheerleader Jump Through: Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Watch video here.
• Deven Zimmer – Mermaid Dip: San Antonio, Texas, USA. Watch video here.
• Indy Woods – No Hands Step Through: Maine, USA. Watch video here.
• Katie Emmitt – Butt Hooping: Annapolis, Maryland, USA. Watch video here.

Hoopie Awards 2016: Solo Performance of the Year

SOLO PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Our Solo Performance Video of the Year, an unedited video featuring only one person hooping, goes to “Sunshine” by Caitlin “Isopuppy” Hofer of Crescent City, California, USA. Watch the award winning video here.

Also nominated:

• Alexis Dizzy Dynamic Collier – The Rhythm: St. Charles, Illinois, USA. Watch video here.
• Caterina Suttin at Hoop the Castle: Austin, Texas, USA. Watch video here.
• Jasmine Kienne with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra: Austin, Texas, USA. Watch video here.
• Liam Spinyang Ocean at Burning Man Decompression: San Francisco, California, USA. Watch video here.
• Sheri Alice OBrian at Hooperz New England 2: New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. Watch video here.

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooping Performance of the Year

HOOPING PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

For our outstanding Hooping Performance Video of the Year, an unedited video featuring two or more hoopers, the Hoopie award goes to “Morgan Jenkins Spins Britney Spears” featuring Morgan Jenkins and friends. She lives in Los Angeles, California, USA. Watch the award winning performance video here.

Also nominated:

• Emerald City Hoop Troupe – Vaudeville Nutcracker: Seattle, Washington, USA. Watch video here.
• Grace Good and Jaimie Hayes – Electric Forest Audition: Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Watch video here.
• Hoopus Flatterus – Hooptal 2015: Berlin, Germany. Watch video here.
• Jill Jergens and Chika Genki – Supergirl Pro Surf Event: San Diego, California, USA. Watch video here.
• Lucid – Electric Forest: New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. Watch video here.

Hoopie Awards 2016: Solo Hooping Video of the Year

SOLO HOOPING VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Our Solo Hooping Video of the Year goes to “March Madness” with Rachael Lust of Marion, Ohio, USA. Watch the award winning video here.

Also nominated:

• Babz Robinson in Australia: Canmore, Alberta, Canada. Watch video here.
• Benjamin Berry – Hooping Idol 5 Science Fiction Week: Alfred, New York, USA. Watch video here
• Gail O’Brien – Hoop: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Watch video here.
• Silvia Pavone – Hoops in Motion: London, England, UK. Watch video here.
• Sky Flow Artist – Hoop Tricks 2015: Almeria, Spain. Watch video here.

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooping Video of the Year

HOOPING VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Our Hooping Video of the Year award goes to “Bang Bang” from Hooptown Hotties. They’re based out of Los Angeles, California, USA. Video by Gabriel Mann. Watch the award winning video here.

Also nominated:

• Emerald City Hoop Troupe – Psycho: Seattle, Washington, USA. Watch video here.
• Haris Adele and Lee Jeffries – Amberglitch: Pensacola, Florida, USA. Watch video here.
• Jleon & Stylust Beats – Dark Paradise: California, USA. Watch video here.
• N8tive Hoop – World’s Best Native Hoop Dancers: Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA. Watch video here.
• Twisted Orbit – Partner Hooping with Glow Hoops: San Diego, California, USA. Watch video here.

Hoopie Awards 2016: Youth Hooper of the Year

YOUTH HOOPER OF THE YEAR

Honoring our hooping community members under 18 years of age, the winner of our Youth Hooper of the Year award goes to Luna Islas, Age 10, of San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Also nominated:

• Bria Hoops: Age 12
• Eva Lou Hoops: Age 11
• Kisa Nagasawa: Age 7
• Sara Hoop Dancer: Age 9
• Savannah Hoopstar: Age 10

Hoopie Awards 2016: 40+ Hooper of the Year

40+ HOOPER OF THE YEAR

Of all the hoopers 40 and over, the 40+ Hooper of the Year award goes to Sharna Rose Bevan of Maidstone, England, UK.

Also nominated:

• Beth Lavinder: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Jasmine Kienne: Austin, Texas, USA
• Jonathan Livingston Baxter: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Lilly Hoopz: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Pam Mayer: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Hoopie Awards 2016: Senior Hooper of the Year

SENIOR HOOPER OF THE YEAR

For hoopers 65 years of age or older, the winner of our Senior Hooper of the Year award goes to Pam Theobold of Akron, Ohio, USA.

Also nominated:

• Alan Higgs: London, England UK
• Jane Jensen: Richfield, Minnesota, USA
• Joan Warburton: New York, New York, USA
• Joanie Taylor: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
• Martha Forsyth: Newton Corner, Massachusetts, USA

Hoopie Awards 2016: Doubles Hooper of the Year

DOUBLES HOOPER OF THE YEAR

For those in the twin spin our Doubles Hooper of the Year award goes to Caitlin “Isopuppy” Hofer of Crescent City, California, USA.

Also nominated:

• Caterina Suttin: Austin, Texas, USA
• Emma Kenna: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
• Jasmine Kienne: Austin, Texas, USA
• Kassandra Morrison: Akron, Ohio, USA
• Sky Flow Artist: Almeria, Spain

Hoopie Awards 2016: Fire Hooper of the Year

FIRE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

Of all of those hooping with fire, our Fire Hooper of the Year award for 2016 goes to Emma Kenna of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Also nominated:

• Jandro Nerdo: Houston, Texas, USA
• Lauren Loco Hoopnado Cole: Riverview, Florida, USA
• Lila Chupa-Hoops: Paris, France
• Michelle Bell: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
• Nick Minton: Orlando, Florida, USA

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooping Performance Group of the Year

HOOPING PERFORMANCE GROUP OF THE YEAR:

The outstanding hooping performance group consisting of two or more members award goes to Hooptown Hotties of Los Angeles, California, USA.

Also nominated:

• Emerald City Hoop Troupe: Seattle, Washington, USA
• Hoop Unit: San Diego, California, USA
• Hustletown Hoopers: Houston, Texas, USA
• Nubian Spin: Washington DC, USA
• Twisted Orbit: San Diego, California, USA

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hooping Instructor of the Year

HOOPING INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR:

Our Hooping Instructor of the Year award for the 2016 Hoopies goes to Emma Kenna of Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Also Nominated:

• Benjamin Berry: Alfred, New York, USA
• Emma Kenna: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
• Ninja Hoops: Oakland, California, USA
• Sharna Rose Bevan: Maidstone, England, UK
• Steve Bags: San Diego, California, USA

Hoopie Awards 2016: Male Hooper of the Year

MALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

Our Male Hooper of the Year award goes to Benjamin Berry of Alfred, New York, USA.

Also nominated:

• Evan Davis: Boulder, Colorado, USA
• Frank J Olmstead: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
• Lee Jeffries: Pensacola, Florida, USA
• Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
• Zeph Robinson: Dunedin, New Zealand

Hoopie Awards 2016: Female Hooper of the Year

FEMALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR

Our Female Hooper of the Year award goes to Alexis “Dizzy Dynamic” Collier of St. Charles, Illinois, USA.

Also nominated:

• Deven Zimmer: San Antonio, Texas, USA
• Emma Kenna: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
• Lisa Lottie: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
• Sharna Rose Bevan: Maidstone, England, UK
• Sky Flow Artist: Almeria, Spain

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hall of Fame Awards

Hoopie Awards 2016: Hall of Fame Awards

HOOPER HALL OF FAME AWARD

The Hooper Hall of Fame award honors trailblazers who have helped to make this movement happen, celebrating their hooping history and their contributions to the world of hooping. With an exact tie this year we have two 2016 Hooper Hall of Fame Awards this year. The first goes to Babz Robinson of Canmore, Alberta, Canada, and the second goes to Lisa Lottie of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Also nominated:

• Philo Hagen: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Sharna Rose Bevan: Maidstone, England, UK
• Carolyn Caroleeena Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
• Shakti Sunfire: Santa Monica, California, USA

Hooping.org would like to congratulate all of our Hoopie Award Winners 2016, which means we have heart felt congratulations to each and every one of you because you’re all winners in our book! Hooping.org salutes all of the nominees this year, as well as all of the hoopers in our amazing hooping community. The Hoopies will return in 2017 so if you have a great photo, video, tutorial or something else to share with the hooping world submit it to us and until next time, happy hooping everybody!

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