Hoopie Award Winners 2017: And The Hoopie Goes To…

Hoopie Award Winners 2017

Hoopie Award Winners 2017: And The Hoopie Goes To…

Welcome to the Hoopie Awards, Hooping.org’s 10th Annual Awards celebration honoring greatness in our hooping community. Last week we took a look at 2016’s Greatest Photo Hits & Honorable Mentions and Greatest Video Hits & Honorable Mentions. Now it’s time to announce all of our 10th Annual Hoopie Award Winners. All of our nominees are winners in our book though, we love them all!

Our call for preliminary submissions went out at the start of the year. Those submissions were then pre-screened, compiled and presented to 50 randomly selected hoopers who made themselves available to serve on our Hoopie Award Finalists Review Panel for 2017. Panelists voted for their top 5 selections in each award category, then these scores were tallied, resulting in our Hoopie Awards 2017 Nominees. Then votes were cast throughout the community and around the globe – and now the time has come to announce our Hoopie Award Winners for 2017.

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 Hoopies, giving an extra special thank you to all of our dedicated panelists, Hoopin’ Annie of World Hoop Day for validating our computerized vote counts again this year, and to the thousands who voted in our record breaking awards celebration this year. Thanks everyone for participating and being a part of this community based hooping awards process.

And now, we proudly present the Hoopie Award Winners for 2017. And the hoopie goes to…

Hoopie Awards 2017 Winners: Soundtrack

HOOP DANCE SOUNDTRACK OF THE YEAR

When it came to songs that hoopers loved spinning it up to in 2016, nothing inspired our readers more than “Never Be Like You” by Flume featuring Kai. Listen.

Also nominated:

• Chainsmokers featuring Halsey: Closer – Listen
• Chainsmokers featuring Daya: Don’t Let Me Down – Listen
• DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber: Let me Love You – Listen
• Kiiara: Gold – Listen
• Sia: The Greatest – Listen

Hoopie Award 2017 Winners Event

HOOPING EVENT OF THE YEAR

The Hooping Event of the Year award goes to the Alpine Hoop Retreat in Kleinwalsertal, Austria.

Also nominated:

• German Hoop Convention: Germany
• Hoop Dream Retreat: Indonesia
• Hoopen Circles: Italy
• Spin Summit: USA
• Suwannee Hulaween: USA

Hoopie Awards 2017 Promotional

HOOPING PROMOTIONAL OF THE YEAR

Since 2003 our mission has been to spread the joy of hooping all over this incredible planet. Each year we honor an event that helps us do just that. This year the Hoopie goes to Jelena Znaor on Supertalent Hrvatska. She lives in Zagreb, Croatia.

Also nominated:

• Dayna Fisher on American Ninja
• Mad About Hoops Half-time Hula Hoop Show at Rice University
• Marawa The Amazing Sets New 200 Hoop World Record
• #stopdropandspin
• 100 Hula Hoops Project in Guadalajara, Mexico

Hoopie Awards 2017 Winners Hoop Love Ambassador

HOOP LOVE AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

We also honor those who strive to help keep the hooping community an inclusive and loving place for all. The winner of our Hoop Love Ambassador of the year award goes to SunnyDaze from Rolla, Missouri, USA.

Also nominated:

• Baxter: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Katie Sunshine: Conway, Arkansas, USA
• Lori Jacobsen: Columbia, South Carolina, USA
• Morgan Jenkins: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Philo Hagen: Los Angeles, California, USA
• See Ying Hoopspirit: London, England, UK

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Community

HOOPING COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR

Of all of the amazing local hooping communities around the globe, the community Hoopie Award this year goes to New York City, New York, USA.

Also nominated:

• Berlin, Germany
• Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
• Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
• Portland, Oregon, USA
• Tel Aviv, Israel

Hoopie Award 2017 Winners Africa

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: AFRICA

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in Africa, the Hoopie Award goes to Mbalenhle Fires a’Light of Cape Town, South Africa.

Also nominated:

• Corette Barham: Cape Town, South Africa
• Danie’l Bailey: Cape Town, South Africa
• Frehiwot Sisay: Jimma, Ethiopia
• Sass Schultz: Johannesburg, South Africa
• Shaheen Van Der Schyff: Cape Town, South Africa

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Asia

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: ASIA

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in Asia, the Hoopie Award goes to Grace Hoop of Hong Kong.

Also nominated:

• Ayumi Mitake: Tokyo, Japan
• Kana Hoop: Osaka, Japan
• Rajni Ramachandran: New Delhi, India
• Tal Fransky: Tel Aviv, Israel
• Yael Di: Haifi, Israel

Hoopie Awards 2017 Winners Australia

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: AUSTRALIA/NZ

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in Australia and New Zealand, this year the Hoopie Award goes to Lisa Lottie of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Also nominated:

• Anna Fisher: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
• Bunny Hoop Star: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
• Caitlyn Woods (Spinjoy): Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
• Helen War (Helly Hoops): Melbourne, New South Wales, Australia
• Jane Fondle: Melbourne, New South Wales, Australia

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Canada

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: CANADA

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in Canada, this year the Hoopie Award goes to Bexy Bloom of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Also nominated:

• Emi Vauthey: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
• Kat Kierans (Hoopcircles): British Columbia, Canada
• Kate Ryan: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
• Marika Cockney (Arctic FlowFox): Calgary, Alberta, Canada
• Maryève Gaudreau: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Europe

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: EUROPE (NON UK)

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in Europe (not including the UK), this year the Hoopie Award goes to Lila Chupa-Hoops of Paris, France.

Also nominated:

• Emma Hornell: Toulouse, France
• Florence Huet: Paris, France
• Henna Matanuska: Tampere, Finland
• Ina Hoopina: Gottingen, Germany
• Marianna De Sanctis: Toulouse, France

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Mexico

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: MEXICO / CENTRAL AMERICA

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in Mexico or Central America, this year the Hoopie Award goes to Fay Ferrihsoon of Puebla, Puebla, Mexico.

Also nominated:

• Allison Diaz (Hula McAfy Hoop): Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
• Ana Morales: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
• Kenya Flowrescente: Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
• Moises Olmedo: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
• Zuriel Santiago: Mexico City, Mexico

Hoopie Award Winners South America

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: SOUTH AMERICA

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in South America, this year the Hoopie Award goes to Maki Makana of Santiago del Estero, Argentina.

Also nominated:

• Anna Ellen: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
• Barbara Francesquine: São Paulo, Brazil
• Laura Lloreda: Cali, Colombia
• Nuria Luna Llena: Buenos Aires, Argentina
• Vini Cirque: Vitória, Brazil

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 UK

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: UK

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in the UK, this year the Hoopie Award goes to Emma Kenna of Corby, England, UK.

Also nominated:

• Elina Vessonen (Elli Maria): Cambridge, England, UK
• Marawa the Amazing: London, England, UK
• Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK
• Sharna Rose Bevan: Maidstone, England, UK
• Silvia Pavone: London, England, UK

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 USA

HOOPER OF THE YEAR: USA

Of all the hoopers spinning it up in the USA, this year the Hooper of the Year Award for the USA goes to Morgan Jenkins of Los Angeles, California, USA.

Also nominated:

• Lee Jeffries: Pensacola, Florida, USA
• Melissa Daly (AlbinoPlant): San Diego, California, USA
• Nata Ibragimov: Brooklyn, New York, USA
• SunnyDaze: Rollins, Missouri, USA
• Taylor Duffrin (Taylor Flows): Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Youth

YOUTH HOOPER OF THE YEAR

Honoring our hooping community members under 18 years of age, this year the winner of our Youth Hooper of the Year award goes to Savannah Hoopstar, Age 11, of Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Also nominated:

• Eva Lou Hoops: Age 12
• Kisa Nagasawa: Age 8
• Kylee Tenny (Rula Hula): Age 15
• Sara Hoop Dancer: Age 10
• Sarah Teakle: Age 15

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 40+

40+ HOOPER OF THE YEAR

Honoring our hooping community members 40-64 years of age, this year our 40+ Hooper of the Year award goes to Jasmine Kienne of Austin, Texas, USA.

Also nominated:

• Heike Hoops: Hamburg, Germany
• Jonathan Livingston Baxter: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Lilly Hoopz: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Pam Mayer: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Senior

SENIOR HOOPER OF THE YEAR

Honoring our hooping community members 65 years of age or older, this year the winner of our Senior Hooper of the Year award goes to Alan Higgs of London, England, UK.

Also nominated:

• Frances Luedeking Garner: San Antonio, Texas, USA
• Joan Warburton: New York, New York, USA
• Joanie Taylor: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
• Jones Benally: Black Mesa, Arizona, USA
• Martha Forsyth: Newton Corner, Massachusetts, USA

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Minis

MINI HOOOPER OF THE YEAR

Of those making the most of and maximizing mini hoops, this year our Mini Hooper of the Year award goes to Kassandra Morrison of Akron, Ohio, USA.

Also nominated:

• Dustin Hubel: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
• Ginger Alsobrook: Dallas, Texas, USA
• Grace Good: Nashville, Tennessee, USA
• Pam Mayer (PamHoops): Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
• Sunny Hooplove: Toledo, Ohio, USA

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Doubles

DOUBLE HOOPER OF THE YEAR

Of those making the most of the twin spin, this year our Double Hooper of the Year award goes to Lila Chupa-Hoops of Paris, France.

Also nominated:

• Jasmine Kienne: Austin, Texas, USA
• Lee Jeffries: Pensacola, Florida, USA
• Melissa Daly (AlbinoPlant): San Diego, California, USA
• Monica Marie: Chicago, Illinois, USA
• Rachel Sullivan (Dances With Circles): Chicago, Illinois, USA

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Fire

FIRE HOOPER OF THE YEAR

Of those who love to play with rings of fire, this year our Fire Hooper of the Year award goes to Grace Good of Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Also nominated:

• Jandro Nerdo: Houston, Texas, USA
• Lauren Cole (Loco Hoopnado): Riverview, Florida, USA
• Michelle Bell: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
• Nick Minton: Orlando, Florida, USA
• Valentina Martin (Unity): San Diego, California, USA

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Performance Group

HOOPING PERFORMANCE GROUP OF THE YEAR

Our outstanding hooping performance group consisting of two or more members award for this year goes to Hustletown Hoopers of Houston, Texas, USA.

Also nominated:

• Emerald City Hoop Troupe: Seattle, Washington, USA
• Hoop Unit: San Diego, California, USA
• Infini-Tribe: Youngstown, Ohio, USA
• Marawa’s Majorettes: London, England, UK
• Sparkle’s Hoop Troupe: Cardiff, Wales, UK

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Instructor

HOOPING INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR

Our Hooping Instructor of the Year award goes to Dizzy Dynamic of Saint Charles, Illinois, USA.

Also Nominated:

• Jasmine Kienne: Austin, Texas, USA
• Melissa Daly (AlbinoPlant): San Diego, California, USA
• Morgan Jenkins: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Rachael Lust: Upper Sandusky, Ohio, USA
• Steve Bags: San Diego, California, USA

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Male

MALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR

Our Male Hooper of the Year award goes to Lee Jeffries of Pensacola, Florida, USA.

Also nominated:

• Devin Sewall:Portland, Maine, USA
• Fay Ferrihsoon: Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
• Michael Mickler (Kungflow): Fernandina Beach, Florida, USA
• Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
• Zachery Lambert (Zach Zacatackkk): Tampa, Florida, USA

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Female

FEMALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR

Our Female Hooper of the Year award goes to Lisa Lottie of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Also nominated:

• Elina Vessonen (Elli Maria): Cambridge, England, UK
• Lila Chupa-Hoops: Paris, France
• Melissa Daly (AlbinoPlant): San Diego, California, USA
• Morgan Jenkins: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Sky Flow Artist: Almeria, Spain

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Hall of Fame

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. Our new Hooper Hall of Fame Award member is Sharna Rose of Maidstone, England, UK.

Also nominated:

• Beth Lavinder: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Bunny Hoop Star: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
• Julia Hartsell (Jewels): Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Philo Hagen: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Shakti Sunfire: Santa Monica, California, USA

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Photo

HOOPING PHOTO OF THE YEAR

The Hoopie Award for Photo of the Year goes to Rager Rabbit Rocks Sonic Bloom with Rager Rabbit of Boulder, Colorado, USA. Photo by Eric Allen Photography.

Also nominated:

• Alice Nemo’s Extreme Double Foot Hooping: Orlando, Florida, USA. Photo by Darius Mrkonic. View photo here.
• Brittney Isphording Dives Deep: Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Photo by Keith Dixon Studios. View photo here.
• Grace Burgner at Suwanne Hulaween: West Chester Township, Ohio, USA. Photo by Josh Webster Photography. View photo here.
• Isabella Maria’s Supermoon Hooping: Horsching, Austria. Photo by Florian Pöpl. View photo here.
• Miss Twisted Rose’s Celestial LED Hooping: San Diego, California, USA. Photo by LensLife Photo. View photo here.

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Tutorial

HOOPING TUTORIAL OF THE YEAR

The Hoopie Award for Tutorial of the Year goes to Dizzy Dynamic of Saint Charles, Illinois, USA, for her Around The World Tutorial.

Also nominated:

• AnaHoops: The Sundial – Chicago, Illinois, USA. Watch video here.
• Emily Wheeler: The Jawbreaker – Watford, England, UK. Watch video here.
• Jaimie Hayes: CAPS (a Different Approach) – Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Watch video here.
• Jasmine Kienne: The Atomic Smear – Austin, Texas, USA. Watch video here.
• Lauren Cole: Split Time Isoflowers – Tampa, Florida, USA. Watch video here.

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Solo

SOLO PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Our Solo Performance Video of the Year goes to Lila Chupa-Hoops of Paris, France, for this performance video.

Also nominated:

• Emma Kenna: Corby, England, UK. Watch video here.
• Fernanda Sumano: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Watch video here.
• Firefox: Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA. Watch video here.
• Nata Ibragimov: Brooklyn, New York, USA. Watch video here.
• Sky Flow Artist: Almeria, Spain. Watch video here.

Hoopie Award Winners 2017

HOOPING PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

For our outstanding Hooping Performance Video of the Year featuring two or more hoopers, the Hoopie award goes to Melissa Daly & Rob Alberstein of San Diego, California, USA, for this performance video.

Also nominated:

• Cassie McKenney and Brian Thompson: Oakland, California, USA. Watch video here.
• Italian Hoopers at Hoopen Circles: Cesentatico, Italy. Watch video here.
• Mad About Hoops: Houston, Texas, USA. Watch video here.
• Sparkles Hoop Troupe: Cardiff, Wales, UK. Watch video here.
• The Hoop Unit: San Diego, California, USA. Watch video here.

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Solo Video

SOLO HOOPING VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Our Solo Hooping Video of the Year goes to Perkulator of Chicago, Illinois, USA, for this hooping video.

Also nominated:

• Coelti: Chicago, Illinois, USA. Watch video here.
• Karin de Wit: Breda, The Netherlands. Watch video here
• Kate Ryan: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Watch video here.
• Marianna De Sanctis: Toulouse, France. Watch video here.
• Patrick Willie: Orem, Utah, USA. Watch video here.

Hoopie Award Winners 2017 Video

HOOPING VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Our Hooping Video of the Year award goes to Lee Jeffries of Pensacola, Florida, USA, & Morgan Jenkins of Los Angeles, California, USA, for this hooping video.

Also nominated:

• Dancing Bear Tribe: St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Watch video here.
• Hoop Dream Retreat: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Watch video here.
• Jennifer Dennehy & Friends: Erie, Pennsylvania, USA. Watch video here.
• Katia Kripak and Sara Abdou: Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Watch video here.
• Radiant Circle Hoop Troupe: Tampa, Florida, USA. Watch video here.

Hooping.org would like to congratulate all of our Hoopie Award Winners 2017. A heart felt congratulations to all of our nominees this year because you’re all winners in our book too! We have nothing but applause for each and every one of you. The Hoopies will return in 2018, so if you have a great photo, video, tutorial or something else cool to share with the hooping world this year, let us know! And until next time, happy hooping everybody!

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