Hooping Idol 6 Performance Week

Hooping Idol 6 Performance Week

Hooping Idol 6 Performance Week

It’s our fifth week of Hooping Idol Season 6 and it’s the one many of you have been anxiously waiting for – Performance Week! Our final five finalists were all given the same assignment, to performance in front of a live audience to the exact same soundtrack. It’s our toughest week yet in our quest to see who will win the title of Hooping Idol and our Ultimate Hooping Idol 6 Prize Package and we’re so excited.

Our sixth season of Hooping Idol kicked off with our initial casting call. We then introduced you to our 21 contestants for season 6. For week one our finalists all spun up something groovy for Sixties Week. After the judges scores and the public vote 6 were eliminated. Then the remaining 15 all hit the clubs for EDM Week and in the end 5 more were sent home. We threw everybody a curve ball for week three, Opera Week, and 3 more were sent home. Then last week the remaining seven all spun up something spooky for Horror Week and 2 more were eliminated. Which brings us to our final five in our ever spinning search for the next big hooper star! And speaking of hooping stars we’re very excited to have Grant Leonard from Tropo seated at the judge’s table this week.

TROPO (from left) Grant Leonard, Tyson Leonard and Adam Kapuscinski
Grant Leonard, Tyson Leonard and Adam Kapuscinski
Tropo, otherwise known as Tyson Leonard, Grant Leonard and Adam Kapuscinski, are inspired by the mosaic of human experience. Tropo combines live instruments with electronic dance music to create an eclectic sound and connected-space. They’re genre-splicing orchestral with tribal, house with jazz, and blues with bass into a dance that is both heard and felt. They’ve played live at Burning Man, Sonic Bloom, Lightning in a Bottle, Lucidity and more; they’ve performed at Hoopcamp, have toured with Eoto, and appeared alongside the likes of Beats Antique, Random Rab, David Starfire and Keller Williams. Grant Leonard from Tropo is not only an amazing musician, he’s also one truly incredible hooper in his own right. Tropo’s brand new album, Blue Mountain, drops very soon and their brand new track “Open Wings” is the soundtrack for all of our Hooping Idol 6 Performance Week submissions.

tropobluemountain Here’s what our final five needed to do:

1) Read Hooping.org’s Ten Easy Ways to Improve Your Hooping Video again. Every year people forget these very things when it comes to their performance videos and wind up costing themselves very valuable points.

2) Create a Hooping Idol Performance Week video of an unedited live performance with at least ten audience members. They can add additional content at the beginning or end, but the actual performance must not contain any editing whatsoever. All Performance Week videos must be filmed with the video camera acting as a non-moving member of the audience, preferably one with a front row seat. Whatever takes place during the performance we will all see it just as if we were sitting right there in the audience with everyone else. They were all given a mp3 of “Open Wings” by Tropo and they were reminded to make these Hooping Idol 6 Performance Week videos count. At the end of it two more will be eliminated and the three will be going on to our season six finale and a shot at the Ultimate Hooping Idol Prize Package.

Hooping Idol may be a pretty crazy contest, but it’s also a golden opportunity to learn and grow along the way thanks to the guidance of our incredible panel of international hooping star celebrity judges. They know first hand what being a hooping star is all about. Seated at the judge’s table all season are:

ANAH REICHENBACH

Anah Anah Reichenbach of Hoop Revolution returns to the judge’s table for Hooping Idol 6! Anah, aka Hoopalicious™, is highly regarded as the founder of the modern art of hoop dance and a pioneer of the hooping movement. Over the past 18 years she has traveled the world teaching and performing both live and in commercials for the likes of Cirque du Soleil, Nike, Coke, Warner Bros, as well as spinning up support for Sting, Justin Timberlake, Fergie and The MTV Video Music Awards. She’s even appeared on America’s Got Talent. The Hoop Revolution™ Curriculum she developed has been the foundation of most other well-known hoop dance curriculums out there. The protagonist in the hoop dance documentary The Hooping Life and featured in countless publications from Vanity Fair to the Los Angeles Times, Anah is truly a hooper who knows what it is all about. She’s also won Hoopie Awards for Instructor of the Year, Video of the Year and was our first inductee into the Hooper Hall of Fame. A leader in the implementation of eco-friendly hooping practices too, Anah’s also the co-inventor and creator of the world’s first Eco Hoop. She’s based out of Los Angeles, California, USA.

LISA LOTTIE

Lisa Lottie Hooping Idol 6 judge Lisa Lottie has been hooping since 2006 and has a legion of fans around the world who hang on her every spin. Originally from Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Lisa spends most of the year traveling the world with her hula hoop street and stage shows. Having started her career performing in a traditional circus in Mumbai, India, she’s since developed her skills and style throughout the multi-faceted performance industry. She’s performed in over 30 countries along the way, studied at the Brazilian National circus school and holds a degree in circus from The Circus Space in London. And yet, she’s known best in the hooping world for her million-hit hooping videos on YouTube and her signature multi-hooping dance style. The multi Hoopie Award winning spinstress and Hooper Hall of Fame Inductee told us, “I am SUPER excited to be part of the judging team of Hooping Idol 6!” We’re SUPER excited to have her back this season too sharing her circus meets hoop dance flavored spin on things. It’s going to be a good one! Lisa currently lives in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

NICK BROYD

NickBroyd Since winning the inaugural season of Hooping Idol 1 back in 2011, Hooping Idol 6 judge Nick Broyd of Nick Broyd Hoop has been bringing his unique vision of hooping to the UK, as well as throughout Europe and overseas as well. Well known for his relaxed street style of hooping, Nick knows more than anyone the benefits that being on Hooping Idol can bring to our contestants. Using it as a launch pad, he has since taught and performed at countless hooping, circus and dance festivals all over the world. He’s appeared on national UK television on ITV’s Loose Women, and topped it all off by winning the 2015 Hoopie Award for Male Hooper of the Year. With a number of acclaimed videos and a solid following online, Nick understands the demands and requirements of making good hooping videos to show the world just what you’ve got. He also really knows just what it takes to win Hooping Idol. He’s done it himself! Nick’s currently one of the many who are making a living from hooping and he’s delighted to be back as a judge this year. He’s really looking forward to seeing all the new talent out there. Nick is coming to us from Bristol, England, UK.

BUNNY HOOP STAR

bunnyhoopstar Also back at the judge’s table this season is the one and only Bunny Hoop Star. Bunny is the founding owner and creative director of Australia’s first hula hoop business – her Sydney based Hoop Empire – established way back in 2005. She is also the founding creative director, writer and coordinator of Hoop Kids – a dedicated hula hoop program for kids and the adults who wish to teach them. Having introduced the international “hoop dance” community to Australia, Bunny’s circular mission has been to encourage and guide kids of all ages, skill and size to rediscover the lost art of movement and play in and beyond the hoop. She has appeared on numerous Australian TV programs, in web series, has had numerous Hoopie Award nominations, and is well known for her intergalactic activities both in and out of the hoop. Sourcing much of her cosmic information from both the stars and Galactic Mayan cosmology, she spins wheels within wheels in the name of multidimensional art and universal travel. There’s nobody quite like Bunny Hoop Star and she’s coming to us from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

PHILO HAGEN

Philo Hagen Our Hooping Idol 6 Contestants also have a whole lot of extra assistance and inspiration this season from Host & Mentor Philo Hagen. He’s in their corner again this year and he will be sharing mentoring advice publicly and behind the scenes all season long. He will not be judging or scoring our contestant videos though. As the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org, Philo’s been busy spinning hoop dance up online and off since April of 2003. Ever since discovering hooping on a starry night in the redwoods he’s been on a mission to spread the hoop love all over the world. He’s co-founded hooping groups in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, performed internationally, and he’s taught well received and popular hooping classes at Hoopcamp and other large scale hooping events. Philo’s also appeared in and been interviewed by countless publications around the globe from the New York Times to the Huffington Post regarding the modern hooping revolution and more. The winner of two Hoopie Awards himself for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year, when it comes to hooping videos he really knows what he’s talking about. Philo lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

THE HOOPING IDOL 6 ULTIMATE PRIZE PACKAGE

Our Hooping Idol 6 Ultimate Prize Package is truly spectacular and we’re so excited to finally be able to tell you all about it. Our prize package for Hooping Idol 6 kicks off with not one, but two registrations for the Return to Roots Gathering in Medford, New Jersey, USA. Our Hooping Idol also has a spot in the Return 2 Roots Performance Showcase and will be an on-stage performer! Our new Hooping Idol can take the stage too spinning up an amazing Atomic Evoke 4 Smart Hoop from Astral Hoops! We’ve got two months of free advertising from Hooping.org to jumpstart their career or business! We’ve got an online Teaching Training from Elemental Hoopdance so you can learn to Teach Hoop Dance too!

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But wait there’s more! we’ve got gift certificates starting with a $300 gift certificate from our friends at Mood Hoops, a $250 gift certificate from our pals at HoopSupplies.com, and a $250 gift certificate from the good folks at Hoopologie! How freakin awesome is that? Our new Hooping Idol will be burning things up too with a fantastic fire hoop of their choice from Synergy Flow Arts. They’ll be traveling far and wide with ease thanks to the new Breakaway Travel Polypro Hoop of their choice and awesome travel bag from our friends at Superhooper.org.

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And where might they be going? Well, besides making a trek to Return To Roots, our Hooping Idol 6 winner is also getting an incredible registration to the German Hoop Convention in Hannover, Germany, a coveted registration to the Austrian Hoop Convention in Vienna, Austria, and a super cool registration to the sold out Australian hoop gathering – Hoopy Happenings in Sydney!

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And as if that isn’t enough, we want our new Hooping Idol to be looking sharp too! We’ve got a $150 gift certificate to get yourself looking great from Hoopclothes.com, a brand new Eco Hoop – the world’s first fully recycled plastic hoop – and a Hoop Revolution Core Foundation DVD from Hoop Revolution, plus they’ll be getting the award winning hoop dance documentary The Hooping Life on DVD, a Hooping Life: How to Hoop DVD and a T-shirt! How amazing is that? And all three of our top finishers will score themselves a Scented Glitter Grip Stick from Dance Hoops. Woohoo!

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So without any further ado, let’s all take our seats. The show is about to begin. It’s Hooping Idol 6 Performance Week and we proudly present our five finalists in an order that was randomly drawn out of a hat.

*****

1. TARRYN ALLAN: LEICESTER, ENGLAND, UK. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: I thought the beginning was sweet, the only suggestion I would have is to milk the first part of your hooping a bit more. An example would be, instead of jumping right into a fast wobble once the hoop is in your hands, maybe keeping it still building your character on stage for a while so that when you do finally start to move it makes a big impact. But really, it was beautiful as is! Your transition into two hoops was seamless! Love it. For a stage performance, I would like to see more expressiveness through your face, but your hooping was so SMOOTH and suited the music quite well. I loved the roll at 1:10! Your dance ending was a little shaky. I think you were probably tired at that point, eh? I always found its good to add some “stops” in the performance to catch your breath and maintain your energy through to the end. You can make them really dramatic to add to the performance. 😉 I think the lighting could have been prettier. Maybe you were going for “stark”, but I think some softness and perhaps maybe an off white instead of white would have added to the mystery of your piece. You lost 2 point for Skills/Flow due to the lack of expressiveness on your face and that I thought your dance piece needed more “character”. You lost 1 point on presentation due to the lighting.
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 27

LISA: Tarryn! You did GREAT. Your technicality is through the roof, I can’t imagine how nerve wrecking it must be to perform some of those rolls and catches, damn! I think you are such a strong hooper in this competition. You’ve gone for a good costume that is flattering and not in the way and your hoops look beautiful (although they do look a bit flat on screen, I know thats the light on stage which doesnt translate well on the camera). One of my favorite bits was when that second hoop just APPEARED, i had no idea where it came from!!!! Now a couple of things to work on: I can see you are a great mover and you know how to turn on your feet in a beautiful pirouette, can you bring that more into your hooping? there is a LOT of ‘shuffeling’ going on which I know is necesary for the hoop tricks but it’s also one of the reasons why I would never use any of those tricks inside an actual stage routine (i’m terrible at pirouettes). Can you bring your spins more into your feet so you can execute those moves while also looking pretty on the bottom half of your body? I think you can! Also, you are concentrating like crazy and I get that, but we don’t want to see it in your face. If a move is so strenuously hard that we can see you start to frown, don’t put it in, less is more sometimes!! I would love it if we could see you be a bit more relaxed and enjoy, this comes also overtime and once you’ve remembered your routine like the back of your hand 🙂 I do not give out tens because there is always room for improvement, you did a really great job.
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 25

NICK: Boom! Choreography and performance nailed. Its brilliantly put together, beautifully executed and the musicality of your movement is outstanding. Clearly you’ve put a lot of thought in and it shows big time! I like the diversity of the styles on offer here. High trick levels, clean planes and technical fluidity. You really have put together a sparkling show. I was previously a little unsure of the edit at the start and end, but I understand we’ve clarified that and for anyone watching they should know there is a full unedited version with the audience visible of the same performance – just some camera issues I understand, which explained the edit. You know, that’s what performing is all about, rolling with the issues and finding the approach that works, so well done for finding a way through. I’m less keen on the overdubbed music, it would have been nice to have heard the live raw sound, that’s the only half point off. Outside that there really is not that much to fault here: the shot is perfect, staging, the lighting and costuming the same. Loved it.
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 10
Presentation: 9.5
Total: 29.5

BUNNY: Great performance Tarryn! WOW you’ve really got some compelling stage presence going on and your sustained spinning is spellbinding. I really love this piece – your chori is super creative, your timing and musicality is on, your tricks flowed intricately, the lighting is great, your costume is simple, elegant and striking. Thank you for showing me how you got your second hoop ~ super sleek! My only critique is to work more with expression and connection with your audience. I wanted to be drawn more in your whirld with your beautiful gaze. You’re onto IT Tarryn!!! Well done and thank you!
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 10
Total score: 29

GRANT FROM TROPO: Tarryn Allan’s performance was my favorite of the group. She showed good musicality. I liked the dancing without the hoop at the beginning and end. She showed that she has good fluidity in her transitions, and her video looked pretty good. I had to check with Philo concerning the edit though and I think that the shot should have been setup better.
Theme: 6.25
Skills/Flow: 8.5
Presentation: 9
Total: 23.75

PHILO: I’m going to be saying a lot to everyone during Performance Week because I have a lot to say, and I really want to see you get even better. So here we go! My first thought about your video Tarryn was, “Hey, what’s up with your magically disappearing audience?” Then I saw the link in your video description to the blurrier video of the same performance with them still there, so first off I’ll say smart move filming with two cameras in case one didn’t work then going with the better image, cause it all looks super crisp and gorgeous. I loved that you took command of the stage and audience immediately. I loved the slower dancing movements and slow spins to start and I would’ve had that go on even longer cause it’s gorgeous, you’re already captivating us and it’s so beautiful with the music. Especially with Tropo watching this week – or if you’re on stage with a band or artist you really want to do their music proud. An even slower start would have given you more opportunity for the energy to build over the course of the song too. The mood of “Open Wings” and your graceful slower flow are so perfect together. I loved your sustained spinning here too, so simple, yet so effective. You may be overdoing smearing – it’s one of those moves hoopers think we think looks good that general audiences tend to think is simple. Going up into head hooping just two seconds later than you did so it would have hit that peak in the music would’ve rocked that even harder – so good though. The balance moments in this routine ended up starting to kill all that gorgeous energy you were weaving, but then you immediately recovered it with some stunning floor work. Your flawless addition of that second hoop too came right when you needed to raise the volume in some way. Smart! Such gorgeous twin spin and the audience connection moments were so thoughtful and on point too. Yay! Your ending was really the only thing clearly needing work. I don’t know if losing your hoops was on purpose, but if it was it needs to clearly look like you meant to do that. As a result I had a few seconds where I thought you might be bringing in some more hoops or something and when that didn’t happen it left me wanting, so watch that Tarryn and make that ending a real TA-DA moment of some sort and then stand there in the limelight and let them love you and cheer for you. Smile and take it all in before leaving the stage. Rest assured though, this was an amazing Performance Week submission. You had me rooting for you from start to almost the finish. Applause!

*****

2. ZACHARY LAMBERT: TAMPA, FLORIDA, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: Oh Zachary! I wish you had put more effort into dressing up the “stage”. It didn’t look like a performance to me, it looked like another hoop video in a cool location. I didn’t get the sense that I was IN the audience being performed for. Sorry! As awesome as your hooping is, it didn’t really fit the music. For a stage performance you want to really EXPRESS the music! In your movements, on your face, in your costume and in your hooping (of course). Even with a few mistakes, your hooping can’t be faulted, though I would like to see more dance. As a performance though, sadly this was lacking for me. Performance is an art in of itself, and its not easy, I get it! I can’t wait to see where you go if you decide performance is the road you want to take. For now, back to work! You lost 4 points on “theme” due to lack of attention to staging. You lost 1 point on skills/flow due to some mess-ups. You lost 1 point in presentation due to the angle of the camera and the overall “unfinished” feel to it.
Theme: 6
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 24

LISA: hey Zachary, you get top marks for presentation for me (which is a 9 as I don’t do tens). your costume is beautiful, your hoops match and I even love the camera angle and the setting of the outdoor theatre. really nice work. Now here’s the hard stuff: YOu are technically my favourite hooper, i LOVE watching those crazy combinations that you do, but when you put on a live show you HAVE to make those work with the music. That’s what an act should be all about! I feel like you might as well have made up the routine first and then put the music as a background behind it later. As a result I am watching you but i’m not listening to the music at all, it just doens’t work, it’s distracting. It feels like I am watching TV on mute with the radio on in the background! You have to find a way to make these two marry, that’s so easy in a video but in real life it’s a whole different story. I actually think that you could be amazing doing hooping with a loop and a sound pedal where you could control whats going on all the time and you adjust your hooping to the rhythms you make, that would be so original and so cool, you’d be a hooper AND a musician! Remember that less is sometimes more and it’s just as entertaining for me to see you pause and stop than it is for me to see you do a killer move exactly executed to the beat. relax, listen and enjoy! i’m giving you a 6.5 with pain in my heart because I know you can do so much better
Theme: 7.5
Skills/Flow: 6.5
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 23

NICK: You have a real repertoire of techy tricks, fused with your own dance that must be a nightmare to nail so well, but you did. I actually thought this music really helped you, it forced you to slow everything down, which I’d been waiting for all season. My worry was you might end up being repetitive because your style at present is rooted quite heavily in combos built around wraps, twists and plane melted tech. Actually I thought it carried well because the combos changed quite regularly. I noted some new material in there too, which I’d not seen in previous weeks. The marks are lost on presentation, its tough finding good staging, you did well enough but others have found full cabaret style backgrounds this week. The camera angle is not ideal either, centre stage would have been great. Also the costuming was a little underwhelming, there’s a debate on the vest issue around male performers. One word: waistcoats! Despite that, the performance itself is great, well thought out, good audience interaction and great execution of really tricky moves.
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 7.5
Total Score: 26.5

BUNNY: Zachary you are an amazing hooper! I am truly mesmerised by your trick collection – it’s vast!! I feel like it would serve you to hold back on some of the tech so you can explore the subtleties in between such movements of your body and connection with your audience. If you were in a hoop tech costume, speaking to me about your focused experiments under the hoop, it could be different. As it is, I am left mesmerised by watching your practice. Master your audience and work your costume department to the max. I look forward to seeing more of your hoop videos! Well done!
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 7
Total score: 22

GRANT FROM TROPO: Zachery was, in my opinion, the most innovative of the group. I enjoyed his take on a bunch of tricks. That said, there was too much repetition in the performance. I thought the setting of his video was really great, and the natural sunlight helped to make the video clear, but the camera angle and editing could have been better.
Theme: 6
Skills/Flow: 7.5
Presentation: 7
Total: 20.5

PHILO: What a beautiful audience Zachary! And what a beautiful performance you spun up for them that they got to see live and in person – such lucky people! You did a great job this week, you really did, but my concern is that when you’re up against four other amazing hoopers with only a performance standing between you and the finale that you didn’t step into the ring this round pulling out the punches. Video wise the stage is colorless with a smart phone sitting on top of that block. I’m sure it was playing your music, but it’s one of several elements that spins this more into a truly awesome hooping practice session video, rather than a Hooping Idol 6 Performance. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved watching you do your thing. That jump through under pop over into a barrel roll – speechless! Your rolls, leg work and innovative moves always lave me with a big smile on my face. What could’ve helped it go next level? Bright colored sparkly taped hoops with bling and color, an outfit that said “Performance” – especially one overloaded with color against all that beige grey. Adding that second hoop in a bigger way could’ve made it’s arrival exciting. Having the camera aimed higher so we could see your hoops above you, and less concrete below you, would’ve helped too. I’d work on musicality so those killer moves fit the song even more too, especially with the artist watching. Beyond all that I just want to see you be the star we know you are. Allow yourself to really own the stage and spotlight. One of my performance tricks is that I tell myself I am an actor who will now be playing the part of a professional hoop dancer. It might sound silly, but it really gets me out of my head/inner critic – then I can get up there and act as if I’m a badass they want to see. We gotta sell it and when you’re in the head space it’s so much easier to do that and to own your ending with that strong and solid finish they all want too. Good luck this week Zachary, I’m rooting for you!

*****

3. JENNIFER DENNEHY: ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: Your dancing is beautiful as we have come to expect from you. Just wonderfully graceful integration between your hoop and your body. Thank you for rocking it! I am curious why the film quality was only 360p? I was wishing for higher def and also a little bit of a closer shot with the camera. We got the nosebleed seats! Regardless, I really loved your whole performance! The moment at 2:43 was just so “in” the music… This is what performance is all about! I really wish the pixilation hadn’t gotten in the way of catching the finer nuances… I just SO love your expressiveness, and how inventive and fresh your hoop movements are. You lost 2 points in the Presentation category due to the low quality film and it being a little too far away.
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 10
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 28

LISA: Oh jennifer! You’ve lost a point in your presentation cause the video is such bad quality! The best I could get was 360? I could barely see the hoop when you walked to the back of the room! However your routine was SPECTACULAR. O my god, you have progressed so much over this competition (your lines! they are AMAZING) and this performance has really blown me away – that dress also! I normally despise flowy skirts during hoop shows but you have changed my mind, this dress looks amazing on you and the skirt really adds to the show without being awkward (except for that one moment, woops!) If I was deaf, I could see the music in your movement and that is SO what I am looking for, your skills are clean, your lines are long, you look stunning and I think you are an absolute finalist. I don’t hand out 10s but you get a 9.5 from me!!!
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 9.5
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 25.5

NICK: So this is a performance that grew on me the longer it went on. At first I was concerned by some of the presentation: how far you were from the camera, the levels of lighting, the level of the audio and camera positioning. Some of those issues were present throughout so the marks off come from that. But slowly you got closer to the camera and I felt more like I was watching a performance. Then we get down to the skills. They were really, really fluid. I thought it was pretty brave to go at this with just one hoop, but actually you have such amazing poise and grace, sitting so well with the song, that and your floorwork and footwork carried it through wonderfully. You always bring a great fusion of dance with the hoop, which is particularly useful as a performance tool. Thematically, it hits the high notes: obvious audience, unedited single shot, nothing to fault there. I hope the presentation doesn’t cost you, good luck with that vote.
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 7.5
Total Score: 26.5

BUNNY: Jennifer! How stunning! Your performance was utterly sensational. Your costume and moves were completely on point. It’s a good thing because the video quality was not great – the distance of the shot, the camera angle and the resolution all seemed off. However, through your graceful and skilful prowess you transformed a near dodgy video into a lucky capture of a brilliant show, which often happens in the real world of performance. I’d be performing (and filming) that one again for sure! A black backdrop may even pop your flow a tad further. Well done!
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 7
Total score: 26

GRANT FROM TROPO: I really appreciated Jennifer’s ability to bring her dance training into her hoop performance. I felt she worked with the music very well and her use of space was excellent given the size of the stage she performed on. While I really enjoyed her flow and dance, I think that Jennifer will improve her hooping skill with time.
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 7.5
Presentation: 8.5
Total Score: 24

PHILO: I had a feeling you’d be bringing the dance to hoop dance this week and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest. Such a beautiful, graceful and gorgeously choreographed piece Jennifer! I love it! That being said your weak spot is your video. Hooping.org generally doesn’t even share videos at 360p, the quality is just too low. And you started a mile away from the camera. Why? You literally created great distance between you and your audience before you even began. Your performance was also self focused, which isn’t a bad thing, getting lost in your flow can be stunning, but add that to the distance and poor video quality and you’re challenging people to connect with you when you want everyone eating out of your hand. The good notes were your dance and your dress – thank you for dressing for Performance Week in a stunning outfit that totally enhanced your flow. Your sustained spinning around 1:45 with your arm and head movements – chills! The one handed cartwheel into floor work transition – dang girl! There are such great momoments in this, but it’s still a hooping video competition, one with four other people who are in it to win it so I’m wishing you the very best of luck this week.

*****

4. FIREFOX: LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: OMG! Firefox, I love your character and theatricality in this!! Very well thought out and professional performance. I liked the idea of having the audience in the shot, but I got the sense the kid on the left maybe didn’t know he was in the shot? I was a little distracted by his in-attention. Super smooth and rehearsed hooping and awesome transition into 3 hoops. I also loved the addition of the B&W to color fade and back again at the end. It really added some dimension! I had to dock 1 point on the presentation just for that super distracto kid in the audience… sorry!
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 10
Presentation: 9
Total Score: 29

LISA: You are just such a great hooper! i loved your performance, and I also think you did a GREAT job at actually making a creative and high quality video even though all we need this week is just one long shot -just awesome. I loved being able to see your audience. And what a beautiful finish! those hoops just landed perfectly! I also really love the way you incorporate that stool into your shows, people have no idea how hard that is but I can really appreciate that. One of the things I would say is that for me, you can pick up your second hoop much much quicker, you have such a large variety of skills with multiple hoops, i want to see them! i just faze out a little bit after then second minute with the single hoop, it’s also a long track so I understand you need to fill it but for me, you can bring it harder, quicker. Fantastic skills from you with your gorgeous flexibility, really really nicely done!
Theme: 9
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 9.5
Total Score: 27.5

NICK: I love it when a performer holds together a near drop as happened at the 4.10 mark and then makes that expression to the audience after the save. Its such a small thing, but only possible if the performer is as confident and comfortable in delivery as you are here! It made me chuckle and made me feel part of it. This is a showstopper for me, the best of the week. I love the mix up between traditional multi hoop performance and hoop dance, which is your style and the delivery is tip top. The interaction with the audience and camera is ace, the pace of the performance likewise. So much to like. I’d say you’ve done this before! The gradual build up to multis, prop use and movement around the stage were duly noted. The staging is slightly underwhelming, but its nit picking here, half point off only. I loved it. Surely a finalist. Good luck.
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 10
Presentation: 9.5
Total Score: 29.5

BUNNY: Firefox you do it again! LOVE IT! This video is so beautifully filmed and framed and your costume is super cute. Your connection with your audience, your beautiful smile, your skills, that one leg balance, on a chair, headstand into splits, your timing and flow. It’s all ON! I can’t fault this performance video at all. You left me feeling super inspired and happy to have watched you hoop up a perfect show – everything worked! Shine bright you mega hoop star!!! And seriously, THANK YOU!
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 10
Presentation: 10
Total Score: 30

GRANT FROM TROPO: Firefox had the best video presentation of the whole group. I liked the camera angle at the beginning of the video and the edit was nice and smooth. She had a well defined character and good stage presence. I think Firefox would really benefit by drastically changing pace within her routine, she had good tech, but her performance was somewhat boxy and rigid.
Theme: 9.75
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 8.5
Total Score: 26.25

PHILO: That was a really top notch performance FireFox, I mean that most sincerely. You presented it beautifully and paid attention to loads of little important details (like that little facial expression at 1:15). It all spun up into something you should be proud of. Yay! But wait, there’s more. My problem with it was that I wasn’t really surprised by it or how good it was at all. It’s a really good problem to have – LOL. It really is! The downside of it during Hooping Idol, however, is that when you’ve peaked early on the way you have, it can be very hard to stay there. Higher expectations and that lack of surprise has cost others the win along the way when they’ve gotten complacent. And one of the reasons it didn’t surprise me was that we pretty much saw pieces of this performance during Opera Week – complete with the stool, hat and leg wrappings – so it felt a little bit like just more of the same. The cool moves here – which are truly impressive – are ones we’ve seen you do beautifully before. I mention all of this mostly because if you want to win this thing you’re going to need to shake us up a bit too, bring something we haven’t seen, an element of surprise – and if you do, you might just spin away with the whole shebang.

*****

5. BETH ANNE: KILLEN, ALABAMA, USA. Not viewable where you live? Try it on Vimeo.

ANAH: I like your hooping so I hate to say it, but this just felt kind of thrown together for me. I wish you had put more effort into your costuming, theatricality, the lighting and the setting. I could clearly hear the bar and people talking in the background… It got better when they started cheering for you though 😉 I also couldn’t hear the music really well and perhaps you couldn’t either? It seemed like you were kind of disconnected from the music. I hate to be the harsh critic. You seem like such a sweetheart, but alas.. I do hold the title of “judge” so gotta bring it! You lost 3 points in theme for the “thrown together” feeling, 2 points in skills/flow for not being in the music and 3 points in presentation for the lighting and stage managing (people talking and music not loud enough, etc).
Theme: 8
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 7
Total Score: 23

LISA: haha! your audience is SO HAPPY! they love you! that’s so nice to see and it’s so nice how you really look like you are having a GREAT TIME! Now, there are a few things about the performance that I want to bring up. The main thing is that when you put together a routine to music, it’s really important that first you listen to the music ten times so you get a really good feel for it and then decide what moves you might use, it feels like you have just put your favourite moves in a sequence and then put the backing music to it. What I am missing is a bit of space, pauses, time for you to breathe and take in an applause, The best applauses happen in an act when you ask for it. this can simply done by finishing an amazing move, stopping and looking at the audience so as almost to say: ‘huh whatdidyathinkofthat??’ -it works! I wish you would have worked a bit more together with the music to create more of a piece set specifically to that music because I feel like I could just change the track and the act would look exactly the same, there is more you could have done! but impeccable hoop skills from you and oh my god, that quad stuff, will you teach me some day when I see you?
Theme: 7
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 23

NICK: Every competition has a dark horse. Without really realising it until now I think you’ve just become it, or maybe you always were, I just didn’t notice. I really, really loved this performance. You seemed happy up on that stage, taming a rowdy crowd. And by the way, in my mind whoever gets the rowdiest crowd is winning! Maybe your skills aren’t quite as polished as they could be, but its not the only thing that counts. Although, saying that, there are some high end tricks, particularly once you get going with the quads. Oh, and everyone drops, don’t worry about that either. The only thing that may let you down here is the presentation. The audio was a little hard to pick up, at the start, there was a little bit too much background noise. Don’t silence the crowd, maybe pick up the PA instead. Aside, I loved how fresh it all felt, how much effort you’d put in to making a distinct piece of choreography. My favourite from you so far.
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 9
Presentation: 8
Total Score: 27

BUNNY: Beth Anne that was a super sweet performance – thank you! Your moves are pretty freakin’ amazing you know. There were two things that I wanted less of from you in this performance and that was 1) less looking down and 2) less tricks. I wanted to see you dance, explore the stage and connect with your audience. Speaking of which, it wasn’t until the very end of your show that I understood why you seemed a little nervous – what a crowd! You had a lot of people who love watching you be a bad ass and that is no small thing! In many ways it’s more daunting than the whole world watching you through a screen – because IT’s REAL live energy. You’ve got what it takes to take it further onstage Beth Anne – I hope to see many more hoop shows to come! Well done!
Theme: 10
Skills/Flow: 8
Presentation: 7
Total score: 25

GRANT FROM TROPO: Beth Anne’s crowd was the best of the bunch. A raucous group of beer drinkers really whooped it up to her performance (It takes one to know one). It seemed like she may have been a bit nervous though and it affected her performance. Movement and fluidity of transitions are places to improve. Additionally, the stage lighting was not the best for video. Keep it up Beth Anne!
Theme: 6
Skills/Flow: 7
Presentation: 6
Total Score: 19

PHILO: Kudos to you Beth Anne for going the difficult route and performing in front of a live audience that doesn’t appear to have been one that you assembled entirely yourself. You’ve got such an arsenal of hooping moves that you seem to just knock off like you’ve been doing them your whole life too. Your rolls are so delicious. Your nose hooping and turns were awesome! I love when those smiles start popping out after a minute or so too. You’ve got serious charm and charisma – don’t be afraid to use it! I love that even though you dropped it, you didn’t miss a beat and kept right on going. Your doubles and quad work were some of your best moments in this too. Things to watch out for: your two handed ghosting isolations aren’t isolated. Get em smooth or don’t include them. Bring your eyes up and focus on the audience or look just above their heads if that’s uncomfortable – so they think you are engaging them. Like Zachary you could’ve gone with some colorful bling taped hoops for more pizazz, a different outfit that said Hooping Idol Performance Week more than this, a different way to add your additional hoops to create excitement (toss them in?) – but – on the other hand- it all seemed to work for this particular audience and setting too. You gotta perform for the audience that you’re with and the location that you’re in. I think you really accomplished just that right down to your ending. It was a super fun ending moment that totally fit here with this crowd more than some big finale probably would have – and ultimately that’s a big performance skill that you nailed perfectly. Great work this week and good luck!

*****

There you have it, out final five Hooping Idol 6 Performance Week submissions. Our judges have submitted their scores which comprise 40% of our final tally. The total scores from our judges for Hooping Idol 6 Performance Week are:

FireFox: 142.25
Tarryn Allan: 134.25
Jennifer Dennehy: 130
Beth Anne: 117
Zachary Lambert: 116

The remaining 60% of the vote comes from you and the time has come to cast your ballot. Vote for the contestants you want to see continue on in the competition, and please please please – keep it to only one ballot per person. Thank you!

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SORRY: VOTING FOR PERFORMANCE WEEK HAS CLOSED.

Your Hooping Idol 6 Performance Week ballots are being accepted only until Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00 pm PST. The two finalists with the lowest scores will be eliminated from the competition and the remainder will be moving on to our season finale. Stay tuned for those results and details for our next challenge. Happy Hooping Everybody!

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  1. A big THANK-YOU to all the Judges for your time, dedication and efforts. I do realize how much time these competitions require and I take my hat off to all of you for running it so professionally…. BRAVO!!! You really take the time to comment on all the contestants with an avid eye which can only create and encourage their growth……

    To all the contestants….. ‘YOU ROCK’!!!! I think you’re all world class FANTASTIC!
    Keep up the PASSION!

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