The Major Hoopers perform in the 2012 4th of July Parade in Redwood City, California. The Major Hoopers are Brenda Major, Gina Barnes, Lori Duvall, Crissy Gugler, Claudia Kunzler, Karen Lynch, Jerry Majors, Sharla McDaniel, Birgit Merian, Julie Paoli, Kathy Pedrini and Nanette Wylde. Soundtrack: “Dynamite” Taio Cruz (on iTunes).
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.