Ileana Grgic of Hoop in Joy may be 22 weeks pregnant, but it hasn’t stopped her from taking time to spin up an absolutely adorable and happy hoop dance video. She is having fun playing with some tosses, and we had a fun time watching her too. Ileana lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and the soundtrack here is called “Ghostwriter” RJD2, and you can find a copy of it for your very own over on iTunes.
Check out this hooping video of Ella Cormier practicing her skills in her yard on a sunny afternoon. She looks like she’s having a great time even though it’s still a bit chilly outside – and we are totally loving her funky leggings! As Ella puts it, “I finally made it outside for some tricks.” She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and the music that she’s hooping to in this is called “Cirkus” by Gramatik and you can snag your own copy of it on iTunes.
Blue-haired Blaire Hammer, aka Ursa Minor, doesn’t need anything extra in her “Hula Hooping Bliss” video. All she needs are her hoops and her effortless flow. Blaire is front and center, showcasing her hoop skills in an empty room completely devoid of any furnishings or decoration. Despite the starkness of her surroundings, she finesses those hoops and fills the space with playfulness and charm. And just like the title of her video, watching Blaire hooping is pure bliss. Daniel Nobre and Daniel Kerr of A Second Sun Production add their own flair as videographer and editor, respectively. Blaire lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and the soundtrack for this is “Intro” by The xx which you can download on iTunes.
Melodie Lamoureux has been traveling the world thanks to her hula hoop gig on Celebrity Cruises. She says, “Hooping around the world is a project I started six months ago. Instead of collecting souvenirs, I wanted to collect photos and footage of some of the beautiful destinations life has brought me to.” Watch for scenes from Juneau and Skagway’s Lower Lake in Alaska, Victoria, British Columbia – Seattle, Washington – San Francisco, California – and Lahaïna, Hawaii. Melodie currently lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, when she’s not hooping on the high seas, and the song she’s dancing to here is “Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root, which you can snag on iTunes.
In Aerial Emery’s new “crazy hula hoop video” we get to see one of the instructors at Turbo Fest 8 this coming January, spinning up the fun, along with some seriously cool moves along the way. Shot on location in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, Aerial told Hooping.org, “It would be wonderful to get a bigger hooper community up at the festival in Québec this year. It’s slowly growing every year!” Turbo Fest is held in collaboration with l’École de Cirque de Québec and this fun video production is the work of Norbi Whitney. Aerial lives in Québec, Québec, Canada, and the soundtrack for this video is “I Love It” by Icona Pop and you can score a copy of it for yourself I Love It (feat. Charli XCX) [Remixes], Pt. 2 - Icona Pop">on iTunes.
Jade Dussault is a passionate circus artist most recently seen in Cirque du Soleil, Le Cirque Fantastique and Cirque Magnifique. Performing a hypnotizing combination of hooping, juggling, contact moves and acrobatics, she never ceases to leave us in awe and inspire us along the way. It’s seven minutes long, but it’s seven minutes well spent for anyone who loves to hoop. Jade lives in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, and the soundtrack for this video is “The Antikythera Mechanism” by B.T. and it’s available for you to purchase on Amazon.
Being an artist is tough on one’s spirit. Being a circus artist is tough on the spirit, the heart, the mind and the body. “Circulart” showcases the exploits of several female circus artists working with circles in their respective disciplines. While not entirely about hooping, this is so good you won’t want to miss it. Watch as these women push their limits into something magical and expressive with emotion, grace – all filmed without their makeup and costumes so their beauty emanates right through the lens. The performers include Bekka Rose – Ring Juggler, Jade Dussault – Hula Hoop, Julie Lavergne – Cyr Wheel, Myriam Lessard – Lyra, Sania Quirion – Lyra, Andrée Brunet – Hula Hoop, Constanza Sommi – Hula Hoop, and Laurie Jobin-Ross – Hula Hoop. They appear to all be living in Quebec are associated with the École de cirque de Québec. Circulart is the creation of Jacques Gaines, including filming, editing and scoring.
Matthew Branieu likes to shake it. Matthew Branieu likes to get a little funky in the park, a park that proudly displays the beautiful reds and golds of Autumn. Matthew Branieu likes to have a good time, so it isn’t a big surprise that Matthew Branieu likes to hoop. He hoops in the street, he hoops downtown, he hoops in the hallway, and he isn’t about to let some circus diva with some tiny hoops get in his way. In this super fun video from Rae of Life Productions, one of our favorite videos of the season tells the story of Matthew Branieu and his love of hooping. They’re based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and the soundtrack for this is original music by Brendan Vincent and this is easily one of our favorite videos of the season.
Every so often you find a book. A book that completely pulls you in, holds you up, and never lets you down. Watch as this story unfolds, as it is told through hoop dance, a story spun like a beautiful dream you hope not to wake from before its over. Our Hooping Idol 3 winner Maryève Gaudreau of Hula Hoop Quebec gets super creative with this beautiful performance at Hoopcamp 2013 in Watsonville, California, just as you’d expect from her Hooping Idol victory earlier this year. She lives in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, and the soundtrack is “Cheft el Khof” by Orange Blossom and it is available Cheft el Khof - Annie Nightingale Presents Y4K" target="_blank">on iTunes.