Blue-haired Blaire Hammer, aka Ursa Minor, doesn’t need anything extra in her “Hula Hooping Bliss” video. All she needs are her hoops and her effortless flow. Blaire is front and center, showcasing her hoop skills in an empty room completely devoid of any furnishings or decoration. Despite the starkness of her surroundings, she finesses those hoops and fills the space with playfulness and charm. And just like the title of her video, watching Blaire hooping is pure bliss. Daniel Nobre and Daniel Kerr of A Second Sun Production add their own flair as videographer and editor, respectively. Blaire lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and the soundtrack for this is “Intro” by The xx which you can download on iTunes.
Babz Robinson not only serves up a slow motion tutorial on a fold/flip combo that she is calling the “Polish Flip”, a name given because she filmed this in beautiful Gdansk, Poland, but we really get to see Babz hoop in this too and that alone makes it more than worth your time. It’s her first video in months and we’re excited to share it with you. Check out the variations on the move as well. Babz lives in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, and the soundtrack for this is “Blue Monday” by Plastik Funk & Kurd Maverick and you can snag it for your very own on iTunes.
Traditional hoop dancer Teddy Anderson has traveled to over 17 different countries sharing his hoop skills and spreading a message of peace. In this video, he puts a modern twist on traditional hoop dance and uses 4 specific colors in order to represent the different people of the world. He truly knows how to tell a story with his hoops! Teddy is based in Alberta, Canada, but this video was filmed in Victoria, British Columbia. Cinematography was done by Zia Kalyan and more information about Teddy can be found on his webpage, hoopdanceproductions.com.
Let’s get away from it all and take our hoops to the warm and wonderful beaches of beautiful Hawaii, shall we? Or at least we can pretend we are along for the ride with Ursa Minor of the Spinning Lotus Collective, who is otherwise known as Blaire Hammer. In her hooping travelogue she takes us on a Hawaiian holiday at sunset, spinning up some pretty moves in a very pretty place and the result is sure to be a most welcome mental vacation and hoop break in the midst of your busy day. She’s from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and the soundtrack for this video is by Krystle Love B.
Hoopers can’t help but hoop everywhere we go because, well, why wouldn’t you? A wonderful trip anywhere is made even sweeter with hooping and Amanda Syryda of Hip Flick Hoops takes us on a hoop tour of her recent travels, showing us how this is done via clips of her 3 month trip to Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and Peru.” I think her title sums it up best, “4 Countries, 3 Months, 2 Hoops, 1 Girl Living the Dream.” Amanda lives in Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada, and her song of choice for this is “California Sunrise” by Dirty Gold and it’s available on iTunes.
Babz Robinson of Wild Girl Hoops serves up a slow motion tutorial on a body wrap that Sharna Rose created years ago. Why? She explains, “I don’t see enough people rock this move or at least the whole thing.” Shot at beautiful Lake O’Hara in the Canadian Rockies, it’s always a treat when we get to learn something with Babz. After all, she just won Hoopie Awards for Instructor of the Year and Tutorial of the Year. She lives in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, and the soundtrack is “Sonicturtle’s Coupe Decale” by Adham Shaikh and it’s available on iTunes.
In Canada, hooping culture is growing in Edmonton. In fact, Carla Snow of Flowlab quit her job as an accountant to become a full-time hooper making her own hoops and teaching workshops and hooping classes. “I was usually thinking about hooping. I would be at work and be watching the clock going, ‘when can I go home and hula hoop some more?!'” she told CTV News. “I now teach hula hooping full time. I have been a hoop teacher going into my third year now. I’ve been able to make a full-time career of it which is outstanding and amazing.” Snow began hooping as a hobby five years ago and was shocked that hooping helped her lose the baby weight after her third child. “I was definitely a work-out drop-out. I was always looking for some way to get fit. I tried the gym, I tried the personal trainer, I had a treadmill that didn’t get a lot of use. But once I tried hula hooping I wanted to do it every single day. Through the hooping, I found physical activity and then this confidence also started to emerge. The better I got at it, the more I wanted to do it and the more weight I did lose the better I felt so it all just became a really wonderful cycle.” Check out the news report, photos and more over at CTV News.
Mobot steps out into the snow for some winter hooping in this beautiful video. She hoops her way through the crisp, white snow at Mill Creek Ravine and leads us to the expansive frozen Sylvan lake in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She’s so happy to be able to play with her hoops in a proper snowy setting. “Toronto just doesn’t deliver the fluff,” she explains. She lives in Toronto, Ontario and the soundtrack for this video is called “A Cog in the Snow” and it’s by Moth Equals. It’s available for you to download on SoundCloud. A Hooping.org Video of the Day.
Over one hundred hoop dancers gathered at the West Edmonton Mall for a rally protesting Bill C-45, which was passed by the Canadian Senate last month. In response, the Assembly of First Nations unanimously voted to adopt a statement of unity which says, “Bill C-45 will not be enforced or recognized by the First Nations.” The Idle No More movement was out in full force with approximately two thousand demonstrators urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to repeal parts of the bill, saying that it infringes on aboriginal treaty rights, and on the rights of all Canadians to have clean drinking water. Samson Cree drummers led the protest participants in a procession around the West Edmonton Mall. Conway Kootenay of the Alexander First Nation, who helped organize this event, explained to the Edmonton Journal, “The general public got to see some of the ceremonies we conduct all the time. The grand entry is where everybody comes in, dancing in solidarity and nationhood. It represents our appreciation and our love for Mother Earth.”
There was a great deal of diversity among the participants. Non-aboriginal groups such as the Council of Canadians and the Edmonton Raging Grannies also came to show their support for the Idle No More movement. Some hoop dancers were from nearby Canadian provinces while others traveled from as far away as California to support First Nations. Sage Romero, a 34-year-old Paiute hoop dancer from Taos Pueblo, California, said, “We’re all related as native people in the issues that we’re dealing with, so we’re showing them that they have the support of our people down there. We’re trying to assist in raising awareness. For us to work together, it will show that we’re all stronger, unified.” At the gathering, he offered a hoop dance that he described as “a healing type of dance.” He explained the reason he chose this dance: “Seeing the hurt that people are going through right now, and the tough times, I felt it’s good to bring that traditional teaching of this dance back, that’s what it was offered for.”
Due to the sounds of the crowd cheering, we advise you to turn down the volume of your speakers before clicking “play” on this video: