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Hoop Dance Injury Prevention with Hoopalicious

anahinjurytips Hoopalicious, otherwise known as Anah Reichenbach of Hoop Revolution, brings us an important video regarding injury prevention during our hoop dance practice. In the first installment of a series, she brings us tips and drills for how to safely waist hoop. Anah covers the basics about how to use your body to hoop in a way that will not lead to long-term injuries to our bodies too. She provides several drills and exercises to improve your practice, as well as explains common ways that hoopers tend to move that can cause misalignment. She lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Hoopcamp 2014 Presenters Showcase

hoopcampshowcase copy by Philo Hagen

On Wednesday, September 24th, the opening night of Hoopcamp 2014, I had the distinguished honor to be Master of Ceremonies once again for the Hoopcamp Presenters Performance Showcase. Held at Pema Osel Ling, a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center nestled high in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, many of the 2014 instructors took to the stage. A whirlwind of amazing performances awaited us and for first time Hoopcamp attendees, as well as those of you at home who may be unfamiliar with some of these talented luminaries, the showcase was a great way to get to know Hoopcamp’s instructors this year right away. And thanks to Ben Pierson and Peri Pierson of Hoopcamp Films and the Idea Film Factory, now everybody can enjoy it.

There were a few technical difficulties with sound, but like all good hoopers we simply rolled with it that night – and got a new sound person for the Performance Showcase featuring Hoopcamp attendees that took place on Friday night. So whether you’re here to relive the magic, or take it all in for the very first time, this is the Hoopcamp 2014 Presenters Showcase just as it happened, and I’m just as honored to share it with you online, as I was to do so live that very night.

Luna Breeze of Luna Breeze Performance Art from Portland, Oregon, USA.

Aya Iwasaki of Aya Papaya from Los Angeles, California, USA.

Caterina Suttin of Incadescent Coils from Austin, Texas, USA.

Bex Burton of Sense of Motion from Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Jill Schofield from Portland, Oregon, USA.

Shellie White Light of The Healthy Hooper from Hakalau, Hawaii, USA.

GroovinMeGzz of The Hooping Body from Portland, Oregon, USA.

Caitlin “Isopuppy” Hofer of Santa Cruz, California, USA.

Matt Porretta from Glassboro, New Jersey, USA.

Tiana Zoumer of Zoumerus.com from Oakland, California, USA.

Kandice Korves-Kaus of Holistic Hooping from Sebastapol, California, USA.

Caroleeena of Caroleeena’s Circles of Joy from Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Shakti Sunfire from Santa Monica, California, USA.

Jenna Nordgren from Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach of Hoop Revolution from Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Hoop Hooligans with Jeff and Rewi from New Zealand.

I’d like to personally thank Hoopcamp organizers Heather Troy and Nessia Starr for inviting me to ring lead the show again this year, and I hope you all enjoyed the Hoopcamp 2014 Presenters Performance Showcase as much as I enjoyed being a part of what truly spun up to be an amazing evening.

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Philo Hagen Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and has won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Top Ten List for April 27-May 3 2014

Top Ten List Guess what boys and girls? It’s time for Hooping.org’s weekly Top Ten List where we count down the top ten most buzz worthy posts of the past week (as based on reader response). We’re starting things off at number ten and we’ll be working our way up to the number one spot of the week. So what was hot in the hoopersphere this go around? Here’s Hooping.org’s Top Ten List for April 27th through May 3rd, 2014.

10. Coming in at number ten this week were The Happy Hoopers of Seattle getting happy with their hoops (193 Points).

9. Oly’s hooping.org debut in the morning knocked all of our socks off: Hoop Dancing with Olyver Kobelski (193 Points).

8. And Bryan Pope’s hooping.org debut did the same thing after dark: Night Hooping with Pope (204 Points).

7. Next up was this gorgeous photo of Acro Hooping with Alice Nimmo and Matthias Elliott (220 Points).

6. Jeannette Bansbach spun up a lot smiles with her Hooping at 10pm in Chef Lee’s Parking Lot (230 Points).

5. Our top photo of the week combined smart hoop technology with video game nostalgia: Pac Man Hooping with Jacqueline BeBout (331 Points).

4. Our top video of the week was all about Michele’s stunning performance: Michele Clark Performs at the GOP in Bremen (365 Points).

3. Shea Brock gave us tips for Hula Hooping with Back Problems (409 Points).

2. Philo Hagen schooled us on The Art of Body Rocking Hoop Dance (524 Points).

1. And at number one this week with a super bullet, things got fancy on Hooping Idol – Hooping Idol 4: High Society Week (1,623 Points).

Top 5 Features
1. Hooping Idol 4: High Society Week (1,623 Points).
2. The Art of Body Rocking Hoop Dance (524 Points).
3. Hula Hooping with Back Problems (409 Points).
4. Hooping Idol 4: Society Week Results Show (155 Points).
5. Janelle Monae Hula Hoops at CounterPoint (118 Points).

Top 5 Videos:
1. Michele Clark Performs at the GOP in Bremen (365 Points).
2. Hooping at 10pm in Chef Lee’s Parking Lot with Jeannette Bansbach. (230 Points).
3. Night Hooping with Pope (204 Points).
4. Hoop Dancing with Olyver Kobelski (193 Points).
5. The Happy Hoopers of Seattle (193 Points).

Top 5 Photos:

1. Pac Man Hooping with Jacqueline BeBout (331 Points).
2. Acro Hooping with Alice Nimmo and Matthias Elliott (220 Points).
3. Hoopalicious (156 Points).
4. Tiana Zoumer in Bali (153 Points).
5a. Hooping at Baldwin Beach with Mo Willis, Madison Walsh and Kate Charmaine Starseeker. (120 Points).
5b. Foot Hooping with Candy Swirlz (120 Points).

That’s our Top Ten List and Top 5’s for this week and remember if you see something you appreciate here (or on any of our social networking sites), it only takes a second to “Like” it or leave a comment and share the hoop love, and you get to make someone’s day while you’re at it. YAY! Each like, share, note or comment is worth a point in calculating our weekly Top Ten. And with that, we invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr if you’re not already doing so and we hope you had a very happy hooping weekend everybody!

The Art of Body Rocking Hoop Dance

Hoopalicious at Hoopcamp by Philo Hagen

A few years ago Anah “Hoopalicious” Reinchebach of Hoop Revolution and I were teaching at the Northwest Hoop Gathering in Bend, Oregon. The event which was billed as “The Evolution of Flow” had awesome teachers spinning workshops on everything from minis to isolations to floor work, even something pretty silly called zooms that never went anywhere for a reason. Only two classes at the event involved more traditional hooping, my LEGS LEGS LEGS class and a waist hooping class she taught at the very end. After an incredible weekend of submersing ourselves in hoop theory and diagrams and working on tech and lines and pushing the limits into unchartered waters, as it were, we all got into our hoops for some waist hooping with Hoopalicious and she proceeded to totally kick our collective ass.

It was following lunch earlier in the event that I told her I had a confession to make. “Honestly,” I said, “even though I think it can be really beautiful and fun to watch when others do it, I personally have next to no interest in off body hooping at all.” She got bright eyed and responded, “Me too! I’m so glad you said that.” We went on to talk about how the thing we both loved most about hooping was cranking the music loud and feeling the hoop spinning on our bodies and rocking out with it. That’s when she said, “We’re body rockers!” A term had been coined, one that defined what we loved about hooping the most.

In her waist hooping class that day, she instructed us to lean in all different directions while hooping and to get low and stretch high and as we did, hoops began hitting the floor all over the place. Anah’s hoop, however, kept right on spinning. Over the course of the class one couldn’t help but recognize that in the evolution of flow had come a glossing over of truly mastering the basics, moves that ultimately become the fundamental building blocks for hoop dance itself. Anah clearly had full control over the hoop and what her body wanted to do with it at all times. For many it was truly inspiring.

At a recent hoopjam here in Los Angeles someone asked how they could have more flow in and dance with their hoop. Noticing the hoop in her hand I asked, “Is that the only hoop you have?” She nodded affirmatively. Her hoop was small, even by toy hoop standards. Decorated with different colors of tape, it appeared to have been hand made. Sizing her up physically I imagined that if the hoop stood in front of her it might reach the middle of her thigh. When I asked how big it was, it turned out the diameter was smaller than my waist.

All of that is, of course, fine and good. There are those who spin hoop dance into their lives with smaller hoops as well, but dancing while hooping on the body is often sacrificed for breaks and more sustained spinning, necessary maneuvers if you want to keep that smaller hoop from falling. When it comes to body rocking hoop dance, however, one thing is rather universally clear. Your hoop is going to need to be big enough for you to move inside of it. My new friend looked at me in anticipation of delivering some simple and magical answer, but I was lost in thought of the many things that I could tell her.

hooping annie I thought that telling her the best place to start would be by hooping to the beat of the music, to find the rhythm and to work on bringing the rotation of the hoop into synchronicity with it. I considered noting that in order to truly hoop with the musicality of any song that is playing, no matter where we are, that we sometimes have to slow our hooping down or even double-time the actual beat inside of our head to find the inner groove that speaks to our spin, one that we can meet and comfortably match. And when the music slows, we slow. And when it speeds up, we speed up. It occurred to me to mention that while tricks are super fun to learn, that many hoopers today seem to get caught up in executing a list of moves they wish to deliver with perfection, rather than submerging themselves in the warm and circular waters of hoop dance. It’s there they will often find their own personal and uniquely magical fingerprint expression of how they spin the music that they hear. A lack of time devoted to finding our inner dancer can make it seriously challenging to executive that killer move at the high point of that song too, when we really want to punctuate that point in the track with a “Pow!”

While I thought about telling her all these things and more, I handed her a larger hoop instead, one that was big enough to dance in. Inside of it there was room within the circle to actually move, to twist, to turn, and to dance. With the slower rotation of a larger hoop around the body we also have more time for freedom of expression. The more comfortable we become with the basics of hoop dancing like waist hooping with our body at every angle, the more we can reach a place where we will become so comfortable with the hoop while spinning to the music that we’ll no longer even need to think about it much at all, and when we’re not thinking about hooping we often find our flow.

Once we become fully skilled in the art of body rocking hoop dance, our muscle memory will kick in and take care of keeping the hoop spinning for us, allowing us to focus on just being in the here and now, feeling the music, moving our body to the sounds that are playing and getting lost in them. Flow is simply about being in the zone and when you’re in it, when it’s all about you and your hoop and the beat, we can begin to really dance with an incredible partner that responds to our every move. We spin the hoop up to our shoulders, down to our knees, and back up to our waist as we dance. The rest of the world ceases to matter, even if only for a little while. Body rocking hoop dance really gets us out of our head and back into our body.

If you’re having trouble finding the body rocking hoop dancer inside of you, grab yourself a bigger hoop, put on some favorite beats, close your eyes and allow yourself to really feel the music. Bring your hoop in synchronicity with it. As you start to feel the song express that feeling in physical movement. If the hoop falls, laugh, pick it back up and try again. Feel the hoop on your body as it encircles you and as you hoop with the music and match the speed of the song, feel the momentum that larger hoop has and the effect it has on your body and begin responding to it. Dance with it. And welcome to the world of body rocking hoop dance.

You won’t need to worry about fancy moves. Body rocking is less about a constant series of tricks, and more about using those moves at just the right time in the song that they become a seamless part of your dance, rather than something unique and separate from it. Learn whatever moves or techniques you might wish to learn, and then forget about them. They’ll emerge in your hoop dance whenever it feels right. Just let your hoop spin on your body as you groove and let that physical expression be a true reflection of the amazing spirit you truly are. When your hoop dance comes from within and you are fully present in the moment and in your body, you will find it is a truly beautiful and powerful thing indeed.

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Philo Hagen Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, he’s performed internationally and won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Hooping Life DVD is Finally Here

The Hooping Life DVD by Philo Hagen

One of the questions I’ve heard so many times I’ve lost count has been, “When will there be a DVD available of The Hooping Life that I can get my hands on?” Well, dear hooper, I finally have a rock solid answer for you, and it’s all happening very soon. In fact, pre-orders for your DVD copy of the Hoopie Award winning documentary film from Director Amy Goldstein are officially being accepted starting today. The Hooping Life, for those that might be new to the community, takes an up close and personal look at the early years of the modern hoop dance movement. Featuring Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach, Christabel “Hoopgirl” Zamor, Karis Wilde, Baxter, Tisha Marina Bernard, Sass Schultz, the gang from Groovehoops and more, the film made quite the splash in the film festival circuit a few years ago. In fact, everyone I talked to at the premieres had one thing to say about it whether they were hoopers yet or not. It’s inspiring.

Goldstein put video cameras directly into the hands of several noteworthy hoopers with stories to tell and off they went to film their lives. The results became an integral part of first film that captures the origins and rise of hooping, telling eight extraordinary stories of fellow hoop devotees who embraced the circle as an art form, a teaching aid, even an instrument of redemption. From the streets, to the clubs, to giant arenas, spectacularly filmed performances as well celebrate the healing power of movement, as well as the spirit of human inventiveness. The Hooping Life also has a killer soundtrack by Basement Jaxx, additional music by The Scissor Sisters and an appearance by hooping jam-band legends The String Cheese Incident. There’s also brand new artwork too that we really love.

The Hooping Life DVD

The Hooping Life will be fully available on April 22nd, and you’ll be able to get it not only on DVD, but also on VOD (Major Cable/Satellite/Telco systems), as well as Digital download (Major IVOD platforms include iTunes Worldwide). That’s less than a month from now, but you should also know that there are perks that come with going the hard copy pre-order route. A) You know you’ll get one before everybody else, and B) Hoopers that pre-order the DVD at $29.90 can host a free public screening of it in their community between April 17 and May 17, 2014. “We believe in the butterfly effect,” Goldstein explained, adding, “by hosting a screening of the first documentary feature about hooping, the community can grow exponentially. And it’s way more fun to watch and hoop with others.”

As many already know, screenings of the film came with a $500 price tag in recent years, so to be able to show it in your community and inspire even more hoopiness is quite the incentive. When asked more about it Amy said, “Included with the pre-order we are offering you the possibility to screen the film with an audience. Screen The Hooping Life in your community for a celebration of hooping. Screen it in your living room, pool, backyard with your friends, families and neighbors, at your school, college, library, community center, local coffee shop, at work…” The possibilities are actually pretty endless, and whether you’re a hooper, hoop-curious or totally new to hooping, The Hooping Life is a movie that not only makes you move, it really allows us a cool way to organize a fun event that is truly a phenomenal vehicle to help build a hoop community around you. You can pre-order it on their website.

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Philo Hagen Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and has won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Top Ten List for February 2-8 2014

Top Ten List It was a pretty incredible week with the announcement of the winners of our Curvy Hooper Video Challenge and the launch of our Hoopcamp Presenter Invitational Contest where you can win a teaching spot and free pass to attend Hoopcamp 2014, the biggest hooping event of the year. Woot woot! And now it’s time for our weekly Top Ten List where we count down the top ten most buzz worthy posts of the week (as based on reader response), starting things off at number ten and working our way up to the number one spot of the week. What was hot in the hoopersphere this go around? Here’s Hooping.org’s Top Ten List for February 2nd-8th 2014? Let’s find out:

10. Coming in at number ten was this beautiful photo of Christina Berkshire of Augusta, Georgia, USA (160 Points).

9. Next up was another photo, this one a stunning self portrait of Mor Tal in Rehovot, Israel (181 Points).

8. An inspiring tutorial from Buenos Aires, Argentina, got everybody working on “Magic Without Hands”: Magic Without Hands with Nuria Luna Llena (204 Points).

7. Mina Bear only needed to hoop at home in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, to knock all of our socks off with her latest video (287 Points).

6. Our top photo of the week was this amazing shot of Ciara Blossom from Austin, Texas, USA. (326 Points)

5. Though she’s only been hooping for six months, at 50 Michele is just getting started and she spun up a whole lot of smiles and inspiration with our top hooping video of the week from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Michele Harris: Six Months a Hooper (378 points).

4. Hooping went country when Katie Sunshine spun it up for the new Jerrod Niemann music video that debuted at #39 this week on Billboard’s Country Chart and is destined to go all the way to #1: Katie Sunshine’s Hoop Dance with Jerrod Niemann (379 Points).

3. Our top tutorial this week by Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before and it’s a winner: Twerking Leads to Unicorn Hooping (460 Points).

2. Philo Hagen’s piece about Left Brain vs Right Brain Hooping scored big with our readers this week (532 Points).

1. And at number one with a bullet, it’s the winners of our Curvy Hooper Challenge for 2014 so give them some love! Curvy Hooper Challenge 2014: Our Winners (652 Points).

Top 5 Features

1. Curvy Hooper Challenge 2014: Our Winners (652 Points).
2. Left Brain vs Right Brain Hooping (532 Points).
3. Katie Sunshine’s Hoop Dance with Jerrod Niemann (379 Points).
4. Hula Hoops for Casa Hogar Orphanage (143 Points).
5. Hoopcamp Presenter Invitational Contest 2014 (137 Points).

Top 5 Videos:

1. Twerking Leads to Unicorn Hooping (460 Points).
2. Michele Harris: Six Months a Hooper (378 points).
3. Mina Bear (287 Points).
4. Magic Without Hands with Nuria Luna Llena (204 Points).
5. Storm Hooper (158 Points).

Top 5 Photos:

1. Ciara Blossom (326 Points).
2. Mor Tal (181 Points).
3. Christina Berkshire (160 Points).
4. Hooping Up a Storm with Ellen Phillips (92 Points).
5. Leona Rodrigues (90 Points).

That’s our Top Ten List and Top 5’s for this week and remember if you see something you appreciate here (or on any of our social networking sites), it only takes a second to “Like” it or leave a comment and share the hoop love, and you get to make someone’s day while you’re at it. YAY! Each like, share, note or comment is worth a point in calculating our weekly Top Ten. And with that, we invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr if you’re not already doing so and we hope you had a very happy hooping weekend everybody!