Hoopus Flatterus Perform at Hooptal 2015. Hoopus Flatterus spun up a super fun and well choreographed partner hooping performance at Hooptal 2015 in the Harz Mountains of Northern Germany. This dynamic duo known in real life as Sophie and Kristin Lahoop of Lahoop.de, or by their Hoopus Flatterus aliases Sally & Kelly, with their great costumes and creative partner work this is most definitely a hooping duo performance we don’t think you’re going to want to miss. Filmed by Dino Ng. They live in Berlin, Germany, and the soundtrack for this one is “Shake Break Bounce” by The Chemical Brothers and you can get a copy of it for your very own quite easily over on iTunes.
Hoop Jam! When hoopers get together and crank up the music it’s always a good time and so is this hoop jam video featuring Caitlyn Woods of SpinJoy Hoop Dance, Emilija Rupšytė, Amanda McKenna and Beau Khuu. There are plenty of smiles and their hoop dancing skills not only caught our eye, but the eyes of everyone passing by as well. They live in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and the soundtrack for their hoop jam is “Push Up (Original Mix)” by Freestylers, and you can totally snag a copy of it for your own collection over on iTunes.
Jamye La Luna at Montréal Complètement Cirque. It’s been quite awhile since we’ve seen Jamye La Luna of Production Jamye La Luna on the site, but she is back to make up for lost time with an incredibly enchanting performance for Montréal Complètement Cirque 2015 at the Hula Hub at Casino de Montreal. Complete with a funhouse-styled carnival mirror off to the side adding a unique perspective, she pulls off some incredible moves with single and multiple hula hoops, even throwing some spotless floorwork into the mix! A great performance. She lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and the soundtrack for this is “The Game” by Smokey Joe & The Kid, which you can easily download a copy of over on iTunes.
Leg Hooping Selfie with Alex Dotti. Alex looks absolutely adorable in this leg hooping selfie that she took recently! She lives in Gaithersberg, Maryland, USA.
Tiana Zoumer: There Is No Right Way. Tiana returns to hooping.org with a thoughtful flow meditation that reminds us of something important, “There Is No Right Way”. Following her thoughts on living and dying shared here she concludes, “There is no great curse or blessing that holds us completely. Rather we need both in order to appreciate the other. How we dance with the circle of life is an improvised balancing act harmonizing these forces. Falling in love a little bit every day, with self and circle, time and time again.” Tiana lives in Oakland, California, USA, and the soundtrack for this is “Someone New” by Hozier and you can get your copy of it easily on iTunes.
Sometimes our kids can teach us the most important things in life. Just ask Kelly Chinchilla. Her daughter, Rylee Sandberg, began dancing almost as soon as she was able to walk and she hadn’t even celebrated her second birthday when she started attended pow wow club. Kelly told CBC News, “I didn’t grow up around pow wows or had pretty much anything to do with First Nations culture. Once I had Rylee, however, I wanted that for her. I wanted her to have a strong identity.”
At pow wow club the thing that Rylee instantly loved more than anything else were the hoops, and it was on her 4th birthday that she was given a set of her own. And now, at only five-years-old, Rylee is hoop dancing with 13 hoops and spinning up a variety of shapes. When asked what shapes she could make Rylee shyly said, “Caterpillar, eagle, butterfly, jet.” Where she isn’t the least bit shy, however, is when she is hoop dancing.
What Kelly never would have imagined, however, was that her daughter would one day inspire her to join her in the dance as well. Chinchilla explained, “I was a single mom taking her around everywhere, and I was always just sitting off on the side. I kind of felt like the drum was pulling me, the pow wow circle. I started wanting to dance too.” Then one night she had a dream and envisioned herself dancing in a fancy shawl. “For a lot of First Nations people, dreams are really important. They guide us, they tell us certain things we need to know; they help our spirit,” she told CBC News. Following her the night vision she had, Kelly made the regalia for her Fancy Shawl dance and she’s been dancing for more than two years now too.
What is inspiring her dancing? Chinchilla revealed that she feels strongly connected to the story of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. “I relate to that story because I guess I blossomed, you could say, through my cultural reconnection.” She also explained that her dancing has made her more confident in life and that it has been teaching her to live life in a positive way.
Today Chinchilla loves dancing with her daughter and sharing their First Nations culture together. “I feel like she is my little duckling following me. It feels really special because she’s following in my footsteps, literally, and I am that role model for her.” The mother daughter/duo recently spun up two Aborginal Day performances and it’s no big secret that they’ve found healing in their hoops too. “It’s a medicine dance,” Chinchilla explained, “It represents life. The shapes that are made is everything that exists in creation.”