Betty Lucas of Lucas Hooping is here to teach us a move she is calling a “Back Roll Reverse Weave”. Unlike other back rolls, she explains, this move focuses on rolling over your lower back. Very cool! She lives in Oakland, California, USA.
Betty Lucas of Lucas Hooping is here to teach us a move she is calling the “Waist Wrap.” She says the key is to keep a very loose grip on the back hand and spread the distance between your hands on the hoop as it is flipping over your head. She lives in Oakland, California, USA.
Betty Lucas of Lucas Hooping is here to teach us a move she is calling the “Vertical Head Neck Spin”. It’s probably best to begin learning this one with a smaller, lighter hoop. Betty says, “The angle at which you set the hoop on your chest is key to this move. Over time you will figure out just the right spot to place the hoop on your chest, and the right amount of pressure to push the hoop toward your shoulder to spin it around your head.” She lives in Oakland, California, USA.
Didn’t make it to the Bay Area screening of The Hooping Life documentary in Alameda, California? Here we get to see everything but the movie, including an awesome juggler introducing Betty Lucas, a hoop dance performance by movie hooper Tisha Marina to “Bamboleo” by The Gipsy Kings (8:00 mark, on iTunes), followed by a group performance of The Electric Slide – country western hooping line dance style.
Amy Goldstein, film director, explained “Hooping today really has nothing to do with the ’50s fad — the only parallel then and now is turning something that was nothing into a phenomenon, and it came about at a time when there wasn’t much real community going on — people on Facebook all the time, on a machine. Adults had kind of stopped physically playing. But then they picked up this crazy thing, this hoop, this circle, and discovered it’s inclusive. Anybody can do it and love it.”Speaking with Crissy Gugler of Sunnyvale, Hill learned that you can’t be sad when you’re hooping. “It’s impossible,” Gugler told her. Betty Lucas (pictured) of Lucas Hooping, organizer of the Bay Area screening and now in her late 50s, told Hill she discovered hoop dance several years ago when she was diagnosed with osteoporosis and had to stop long-distance running. She found the hoop to be a fun strengthening exercise.
Hooping.org’s Philo Hagen, a co-founder of Bay Area Hoopers, explained, “People are picking up a plastic ring and finding joy, especially in a time when there doesn’t seem to be a lot of that around… Some people hoop for fitness — I’ve lost 40 pounds doing it myself. Some just to rock out. And for some, it’s a very centering experience. I’ve found it quite phenomenal for meditating, grounding myself and getting back in my own rotation. There are so many elements. You get people from the 40-year-old housewife doing it for exercise, to the punk rock kid who wants to throw it down, to the hippie chick who wants to meditate to the groove. It crosses all walks of life.” Read Angela’s full story and if you’re in the Bay Area, go see the film.
Betty Lucas of LucasHooping.com is here to teach us a move she calls the “Butterfly”. She explains, “It helps to know how to reverse the hoop from waist hooping, except that instead of reversing the hoop, you keep spinning in the same direction, and your forearms flip the hoop over your head.” It’s a fun way to get in and out of waist hooping. She lives in Oakland, California.