Hooping on the Ritz! The Ritzy Rouge Hoop Troupe, aka Bonnie Claire and Alaska from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, share their charming hoop belly dance flapper fusion at Belly Nouveau. The ladies call their style Hooping Improvisational Tribal Style (HITS), a freshly emerging dance genre they have created that fuses Hula Hoop movements with Tribal Style Belly Dance. Belly Nouveau was a lovely presentation held at The Kosmos in Albuquerque recently and some of the best belly dancers in New Mexico performed. Georgio O’neil was the MC and live music was provided by Frank Bramlitt, Erik Teixeria and David-Harduin Brown.
[Nicole Evans looks back at her first year.]
At this time last year I had just discovered a phenomenon previously unknown to me: the addictive, creative, inspiring, and energizing art of hooping. I wanted to be more active in general, but I was specifically seeking something that embodied “joy of movement”, a philosophy I first discovered in Nia classes. I also wanted something I could do anywhere, in a group or by myself, and that wasn’t based in competition. I had no idea what this activity could possibly be, but I knew something must be out there. I just had to find it.
A little voice told me to look up hula hooping. I knew nothing about hooping or hoop dance as it exists today. Stunned and delighted by the vast wealth of resources available online, I immersed myself in hours of research and tutorials. Within a week I had made my first trip to the hardware store, and, along with my mom and sisters, made my first hoop. Within a couple of months my hoop collection was taking over my living room. I’ve now lost track of the hoops I’ve made, sold, or given away. I never leave home without at least one hoop. Never before have I immersed myself in something so completely and joyously.