Hey twin hoop and mini hoop spinners! Jasmine Kienne is here, bringing us an advanced twin hooping tutorial for a move she calls “The Behind The Back Waist Wraps”. This move is so visually stunning, it’s something of a must for any twin or mini hooper to learn. Jasmine talks about great stretching techniques before getting into it too and gives us a detailed description of it in the forward current. Warning – it is tricky, but more than possible with diligent practice. Jasmine lives in Austin, Texas, USA.
Get your cowboy hats and hula hoops ready to spin it up with Stephen Wells and his equally hooptastic wife Helen! These two look like they’d be a blast to hoop with, but we’ll have to settle for this video of their living room hoop jam for the time being. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we did! The hoopy couple lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, and the soundtrack here is “Never Ever (All Star Remix)” by All Saints and you can get your own copy of it over on iTunes.
by Lilea Duran
Marcus Kenny, a Washington DC resident, recently took television screens across the nation by storm as he not only shared his love for hooping, but he also took a big step towards completing one of his personal goals “to be an Ellen hunk” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. How exactly did he do all this? We’re here to tell you all about it.
Ellen found herself in a bit of a jam when her hunky gardener Nick needed a break to shoot the film sequel for Magic Mike. Having an opening for a new “hunky gardener” during his absence, she put out a call for a replacement on her show, asking potential candidates to send in a video “if you’re hot, strong, and have that extra somethin’ somethin’.”
Calling on his experience cutting grass as a teenager and seeing an “opportunity for dude hoopers to represent” on television, Marcus created his gardener alter ego Jack Bush, and he submitted his video. “I’m a huge fan of the show,” he told us, adding, “Ellen is hilarious. I especially love her pranks and how she likes to scare people. I can watch the same clip dozens of times.” In the case of the clip below featuring Marcus as Jack Bush, we can totally see why.
After watching Marcus Kenny’s submission on the air, DeGeneres quipped “How does hula hooping trim mah bushes?” and “Last name is Bush and he knows nothing about bushes!” While Kenny’s gardening experience may not stem past grass trimming and a love for vegetables, of his alter ego he affirms, “Jack Bush is a horticulturist.” And when asked if he would teach Ellen to hoop if chosen to be her gardener, he added, “Oh yeah! I’m a full service gardener!”
While Marcus did hula hoop as a child, he began his regular hooping practice back in 2011. “There’s a drum circle at Meridian Hill Park in DC every Sunday,” he explained. “It’s quite the cultural experience. I bought a hoop there three years back and the rest is history.” Marcus describes his hooping style as “athletic hula hooping” and he enjoys the core body exercise that hooping provides him. He draws inspiration from Cirque du Soleil’s Elena Lev, who, in keeping with the talk show theme, he describes as the “Oprah Winfrey of hula hooping.”
So will we be seeing more of Jack Bush on The Ellen Show? Will he be chosen as Ellen’s New Gardener? We sure hope so! “Time will tell,” Marcus explained, “but I recommend watching this week!” If you haven’t already done so, check out his full audition video to see all his moves. You’ll be glad you did.
Contributor Lilea Duran of Sunglow Hoop Dance found herself in the hoop in 2009 and hasn’t stopped spinning ever since. Now serving as the west coast director for Vegetable Circus and co-founder of the Napa Hoopers group, Lilea teaches and performs throughout California and has appeared on Hooping.org numerous times, including two seasons of Hooping Idol. She currently lives in Napa, CA, USA with her husband and two little hoopers. She’s on Facebook.
Honey, otherside known as Victoria Aye, spins up something wondrous in her hooping.org debut with this hooping manipulation hoop dance. Filmed and edited by Boima Anderson, she serves her hoop up surrounded by colorful graffiti and street art. Honey lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and the soundtrack for this is the “Lemonade (Justin Klein Remix)” by Cocorosie and you can download your very own copy of this one for free on Soundcloud.