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Faeryn Rose

Faeryn Rose hoops Watching Faeryn Rose of Hypnotic Hoop Dance, aka Erin Rosenthal, move inside a hoop is pure magic. Whether she’s hoop dancing in a desolate railway station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, flowing on a festival stage or bringing the fire at a private party in Hollywood, California, you can’t take your eyes off her. She says that an eternal bliss courses through her when she steps into her hoops and wow, does it ever. You can practically see it in the air as she moves to the music. Faeryn lives in Los Angeles, California, USA, and the ethereal music she’s dancing to is “Miracle” by Blackmill and it’s available on iTunes.

Ritzy Rouge Hoop Troupe

Ritzy Rouge Hoop Troupe 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.

The Tao of Hoops in Albuquerque

Nicole and Her Hula Hoop

Nicole Evans

When Nicole Evans, pictured, hula hoops two hoops simultaneously, she nearly looks stationary, her body movement is so slight. “The more practice, the more refined your motion,” Evans told the Albuquerque Journal. “You’re doing it in a more natural way.” She encourages others to try it, taking hoops with her everywhere she goes. Evans, a teacher at Monte Vista Elementary in Albuquerque, New Mexico, recently started a hula hooping after-school program. “I think people are afraid to look silly,” she says of the grown-up apprehension of giving it a spin. Evans says that when she began hooping a year ago, she was immediately hooked on it. And she’s not alone. Pat Dexter, 62, arrived at a Sunday hoop gathering and announced that one of his New Year’s resolutions was to “do more hooping.” Dexter, who started the hooping group about three years ago, is a PE teacher and recreation therapist with Sequoia Adolescent Treatment Center. “It’s aerobic, it’s great exercise. It’s meditative. You can hoop to your favorite music,” Dexter adds. “It’s wonderful for the kids because it gets them moving.” Candice Starr, 33, incorporates stretches and teaches her hooping students tricks using their legs, ankles, chest and arms. “It’s a low-impact workout that helps with your coordination and balance,” she says. “Basically, the hula hoop becomes your dance partner.” For Nathan Dale, 36, hooping has become a weekly habit. He lives near Bataan Park and drops by to hoop every Sunday. “It’s just a good reason to come out to the park,” Dale says. “It’s great for my joints. It’s a great way to recover from injuries.” He says the movement has helped his body feel better.

The Joy of Movement

ecstasy[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.