Nina Infinity of Infinity Hoop Dance is here with a new hooping tutorial and she’s going to be teaching us all how to do Whip Isolations. Yay! She says, “It can be done in either the wheel or wall plane with one hoop, and then add a second hoop for even more fun!” She breaks the move down really well in this too and demystifies the complexity of it with some really great instruction. Nina is currently living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Dagny Sanche of Citrus Circles Hoop Dance is here with a brand new hooping tutorial on a fun move that you can really spin into any hooping level too. She’s here to teach us all how to do a “Peacock Lift” and it not only looks great, it’s a fun transition to go from on-body to off-body hooping too (or vice versa) for beginners, and it can also be an interesting alternative lift for advanced hoopers too. Danny lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and the soundtrack for this is “Moontricks” by Soul Mechanics and you can download a copy of it for free actually over on Soundcloud.
Need some extra flavour in your spin today? Never fear! Babz Robinson is back to add some spice with a brand new hooping tutorial on a “Vertical Kickstart into Wedgie combo”. Not only will this combination leave you feeling like a magician once you get it, Babz makes sure we all leave feeling good about our “luscious thighs” and “sexy quads” too. With her signature slow motion move breakdown and all angle shots, you’ll be rocking this up in no time! She lives in Canmore, Alberta, Canada.
Spinner Ella from Hooping Idol 5, otherwise known as Ella Schrute, may not be spinning it up in the competition any longer, but she’s spinning up some beautiful hooping on the shores of Nova Scotia. With waves crashing and the sun setting behind her, her skills shine while surrounded by her gorgeous Canadian scenery. Ella lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and the soundtrack for this one is “Tennis Court (Flume Remix) by Lorde and you can enjoy it some more over on Soundcloud.
Luna, otherwise known as Michelle Ivanek, has been soaking up the sun in beautiful Mexico and having a fabulous time hooping it up at a variety of great locations. Here she incorporates some acrobatics, chest rolls and incredible vertical duck outs with her super circle. Watch for some exceptionally impressive double hooping technique here as well. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and the soundtrack for this one is “Heart of Fire” by Adamallday, which you can download a copy of for your own playlist quite easily over on SoundCloud.
Carron McCabe of Hooptality is here to show us how to do a move that she likes to call “The Slingshot” – and when you see her do it you’ll understand why that’s a great name for it too! The trick combines a wedgie and a foot roll-up into one fluid movement that will add a fun pop to your hooping and really make you stand out. Don’t forget to consider the helpful tips Carron includes too, such as practicing barefoot and making sure the diameter of your hoop is the right size. Carron lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
What do you get when you mix a hoop dance group, a corporate sponsor, and a lot of enthusiastic, but freezing cold Canadians? Record breaking magic, that’s what! Hundreds of hoopers recently took over Toronto’s Yonge Dundas Square to beat the world record for the largest hula hoop workout. According to Guinness World Records, an impressive record was set two years ago with 407 people, but Toronto area hoopers were not about to be intimidated.
I arrived at the event 15 minutes into the designated sign-in time, thinking I would have no trouble getting in. Instead, I found a nice long line up that stretched down the block. Registration was a bit of a hassle because of the waivers we had to sign, but there was a world record to break, and a free hoop for the effort, so I didn’t mind. Activia, the aforementioned corporate sponsor, decked the Square out in green, white and yellow, and they erected an incredibly large tent canopy as well. The organizers had an ingenious color coding system of squares on the pavement to help us stay properly spaced out and fully counted by our team leaders for the world record attempt. Once settled at my designated spot, it was time for the fun to begin!
Mandy Harvey, Sugar Hoops founder, and instructors Amy MacCutchan, Colleen Costello, Scarlet Deamon and Tomoko Couture, showed off their crazy hooping skills to get the crowd psyched up, as if we weren’t already. Mandy then led everyone in doing a warm up to get ready for our world record moment of glory. I was near the stage, but I kept turning around to see the rows upon rows of people behind me all following along. It was quite a rush to be part of something so big, and Scarlet told me afterward that it was incredible to see everyone moving in unison from the stage! What also amazed me was that Mandy, many of the instructors, and their friends and family, had made and taped all 500 of the hoops on hand for the day. I couldn’t even begin to imagine how much work was involved.
For our big moment, the announcer explained that she would sound an air horn and we would follow Mandy’s instructions for five minutes, at which point she would blow the horn again and the record would hopefully be set. Up to that point, the day had been quite lighthearted, but once that horn sounded, people really focused. Mandy took the crowd through some basic drills including waist hooping in both directions, stalls and isolations. When the horn sounded for the second time, I’m convinced the workers in the neighboring high-rises could have heard all of us cheering!
While it took a few days to determine whether or not we had indeed broken the world record, eventually the news came that we did not. Mandy shared that “only” around 380 hoopers participated. She noted, “I feel that we certainly did our part and pushed our limits and were more than successful especially considering how cold it was outside.” While the World Record attempt was a great rallying point, to me the real success is that hundreds of people got introduced to the joy of hooping. The camaraderie and enthusiasm, punctuated with many “aha moments” as people figured out how to hoop, could not be beat. I expect I’ll be seeing those green and yellow world record hoops in Toronto parks all summer long.
Contributor Liz Frederiksen was a rhythmic gymnastics performer with Ritmika in the ‘80s/‘90s and participated in the SkyDome (Roger’s Centre) opening ceremonies and Argos football halftime shows in Toronto. After two decades away from rhythmics, she discovered hoop dance and is having fun learning the on-body skills to go with her off-body tricks. She’s a social media consultant and lives in the GTA with her husband, cat and growing collection of hoops! She’s on Twitter and Pinterest.