Lisa Odjig of the Ojibwe Nation, fresh from making the Top Ten on Canada’s Got Talent, performs at Seneca College – her alma mater. Her hoop dance here is amazing. Lisa is a two-time world champion Hoop Dancer who has also won an additional six Hoop Dance Championship titles throughout Canada and the United States. She was the first woman in the history of the Annual World Championship Hoop Dance contest to win World Champion Hoop Dancer in the adult female and male combined adult division as well. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
In this, the second week of auditions on Canada’s Got Talent, we didn’t see any hoopers spinning things up in Vancouver, British Columbia, thus putting an early end to the trend that we would be seeing a hooper move forward in every Canadian city that auditions were held. Last week we saw Aygul Memet spin her way beyond the judges in Toronto, Ontario, only to be followed by Dallas Arcand’s native hoop dance through to the next round in Calgary, Alberta. But what we didn’t find in Vancouver, we received in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Christina Munchinsky, a 15-year-old hula hooper who spun up a hoop stack total of 50 hoops and wowed all of the judges, successfully made her way beyond the entry gate as well, prompting Toronto Life Magazine to call hula hooping “the breakout trend this season”. Watch Christina’s Canada’s Got Talent audition below, along with a video we found of her taking the $500 first place prize last month in the Westmans Got Talent show in her hometown of Brandon, Manitoba:
On the season premiere week of Canada’s Got Talent we had not one, but three hoopers spinning things up on the Canadian television program. Aygul Memet is a truly impressive hula hoop artist originally from Uyghur who fled to Canada through the Chinese circus after the Chinese government annexed her land. Her audition, which included spinning five hula hoops at once, partnered with the sad and heartwarming story about her life as an immigrant who left her family behind to escape the Chinese government, anchored the show. Now that her and her family have finally reunited in Canada, Aygul Memet is free again to show off her amazing hula hooping talents which left both the audience and the judges in awe. Her act also provided one of the nights’s biggest laughs when judge Measha asked Memet what was the name of her “art form” and she responded, “uhh hula hoop.” While Aygul’s audition in Toronto resulted in her moving forward, another hooper wasn’t so fortunate on the program. Hooper Oliver Oliver performed her audition wearing a giant red wig spinning a single hula hoop around her neck. The judges decided to give her the X. Meanwhile, in Calgary, Dallas Arcand, the Native hoop dancer who recently won the Hoop Dance World Championship for the third time with his commanding mastery of the art form, performed an audition so breathtaking it literally left even him gasping for air by the end. His skills and natural charm made him an easy favorite in Calgary and he’s moving forward in the competiion as well. While we haven’t been able to track down Oliver Oliver’s footage, we do have Aygul Memet’s and Dallas Arcand’s moving audition segments for you to watch below: