Eva La Vida of Vida Performance Art brings a modern dance spin to her hoop dance, with contemporary choreography by Dance with Tessa, and some freestyle hoop stylings of her own. With true presence and emotion, she delivers a dynamic performance fit for the stage, even if she is in her very own garage. Eva lives in Rock Island, Illinois, USA, and the soundtrack for this is “Skinny Love” by Birdy, and you can get your very own copy of it for your collection quite easily on iTunes.
We adore this moving piece by the Erie Dance Conservatory Company featuring dance hoopers Marianna Allen, Jessica Boscaljon, Emily Emanuel, Hannah Gibson, Zoey Keeley, Nina Ricci, Giana Ruffa, Alexia Snedeker, Kyleigh Suesser, Grace Twitchell, Madison Wieczorek, and Harlie Yahn. Choreography was done by Allegra Glinsky and Jennifer Dennehy, who also came up with the concept of using the hoops to represent the growth of cancer cells. Jennifer lives in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA, and the soundtrack for their performance is “We Insist” by Zoe Keating. Grab your own copy of it for your collection on iTunes.
Kassandra Morrison of the Friendly Fire Tribe, one of Hooping.org’s Video Editors, brings us not one, but two tutorials about some mesmerizing tricks to add to your hooping repertoire: The Fold Escalator and the Vertical Hand Fold. She begins with a demo while breaking down a few prerequisites, then slows it way down so you can see all of the important details. Kassandra lives in Akron, Ohio, USA, and the soundtrack for this is “Plus Loin” by Govinda and you can get your copy of it on iTunes.
Maggie Walker of Groove Catalyst and Radiant Threads recently found herself on the road to joy that comes from hoop dance. She says, “One of my most influential teachers in the hoop once said at a workshop, ‘Dance first. Hoop Second.’ I wrote it on the mirror in my living room. I have been hooping a lot more than I have been *dancing* lately, and on this night I felt called to really DANCE it out. I found a song that I have loved for years (that carries a lot of emotional history for me) and let it reverberate through my body.” The result is awesome. She’s living in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, and the soundtrack for this is “The Road To Joy” by Bright Eyes and it’s available on iTunes. Parental Warning (NSFW): Song contains profanity.
by Philo Hagen
World Hoop Day brought hoopers together this year in cities and towns all over the world. Celebrated for the first time in it’s new timeslot on the first Saturday in October, which was 10/05/13 this year (10/04/14 next year) hoopers all over this big blue marble were spinning things up in support of world peace and raising funds to help put hula hoops in the hands of needy kids around the globe! On six continents this year hoopers gathered together in celebration of World Hoop Day this year. We took a first look at the festivities with our feature World Hoop Day 2013: The World Spins (Part 1). Now it’s time to take another look at some of the coolest stuff that happened this year around the world, all in celebration of the coolest holiday event ever!
In Sydney, Australia, hoopers of all ages gathered together in Hyde Park.
In Bristol, England, UK, one of the things going on was a challenge to keep one official hoop spinning for 2 hours between the participants, and of course they did it!
In Dublin, Ireland, hoopers spun up the World Hoop Day Dance.
In Reykjavík, Iceland, hoopers did the World Hoop Day Dance as well and made the news. Click the image above to watch the news video.
In Strasbourg, France, the World Hoop Day Dance was part of the festivities as well.
In Chicago, Illinois, USA, hoopers came together to celebrate the big event. Photo by Jessica Davis.
(The videos that were in the original post are viewable from the link at the bottom.)
The Colorado hoop community came together in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, for a color coded World Hoop Day Dance.
In Erie, Pennsylvania, USA, the Lake Effect Hoop Troop was just one of many awesome performances and the World Hoop Day celebration there.
In Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, hoopers definitely had a blast, gathering this year at the Museum of Civilization.
Let’s go to Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, where we learn about World Hoop Day and we get to see some of the performances that took place.
In Madison, Wisconsin, USA, home to one of the best World Hoop Day events annually, Loop D Lu and Cosmic Rae spun up some fun with their performance.
In Mexico City, Mexico, hoopers galore turned out for World Hoop Day this year and Venganza TV was there to get the scoop.
Michigan hoopers came together for one of the biggest events this year in Wayne, Michigan, USA, including an amazing performance showcase that featured this beautiful hoop dance by Bonnie MacDougall.
In Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, hoopers came together and hooped it up!
In New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, festivities this year included the World Hoop Day Dance.
In New York City, The Hoop Movement had hoopers spinning up the World Hoop Day Dance everywhere – including Prospect Park, at the Grand Army Plaza, in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Washington Square Park, and at Radio City Music Hall.
In Norwalk, Connecticut, JudiAnn Jones, Karen Clauson & Veronica Vixen celebrated World Hoop Day at the Wolfpit School Pumpkin Festival.
In Santa Cruz, California, USA, Hoopcamp 2013 attendees took time out from their workshops for a World Hoop Day Dance of their own.
In Seattle, Washington, USA, hoopers gathered at Gasworks Park. Check out this video from the Kaleidoscope Collective.
Want more? Be sure to check out World Hoop Day 2013: The World Spins (Part 1). Hooping.org is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of World Hoop Day and to be involved in sharing the mission of World Hoop Day annually because we truly believe that in doing so, we are making the world a better place. The more people hoop it up, the happier they are. The happier people are, the happier the world we live in becomes. And even though World Hoop Day is over for another year, you can still donate to this important cause and share the gift of play and joy and exercise by visiting WorldHoopDay.org.
by Bonnie MacDougall
Throughout time, communal dance has played an integral part in the growth of culture and society. According to Joan Cass, author of Dancing Through History, “Dance is a feature of every significant occasion and event crucial to tribal existence as part of ritual. The first thing to emphasize is that early dance exists as a ritual element. It does not stand alone as a separate activity or profession.” Think about it. Before dance was a profession or even a solitary pursuit, it existed as a means of communication, ritual, and cultural expression. So it’s no wonder that when we hoopers commune to dance together, we participate in a powerful and ancient tradition.
This comes to mind for me today because I have been bird watching, of all things. Spring and Summer reluctantly arrived in Michigan this year, pushing the cold dreariness of our long winter to the wayside, allowing the glory of rebirth to break through. My boys and I planted our first garden and they spend their afternoons checking with anxious excitement as the energy of these warm months push the tiny new plants through the topsoil. And, for my part, I have taken to watching the birds swimming and flying over the lake. It is their energy that fascinates me. The birds I covet mingle and share an energy that is mutual and interactive.
The two birds that have garnered my apt attention are a pair of elegant white swans. They appeared in early Spring and early on visited the lake every day. I marvel at their movements in the water and how they mirror each other. It is a dance. Two long, milky figures moving in a what seems a choreographed dance across the water. Swans generally mate for life, so it is no wonder that these two seemed to know the intricacies of the other, intuitively swimming in harmony. As with most things, I found my mind wandering back to hooping, drawing the similarities hoop dance can elicit in just the right circumstances.
It led me to reflect upon why the hooping community at large is so inspiring to me. Local hoop communities throughout the world take time to foster and grow their tribes. Those who cherish participating in them know how worthwhile it is to go through the steps of community development. Much like the swans I’ve been admiring, hoop communities not only dance in and out of relationships with each other, but quite literally dance WITH one other.
It’s not surprising, really. Given that the each hooper creates her own dance and energy, every hoop jam, every time is a different and new creation. Each one brings something new, invigorating, and powerful to everyone there. Like the swans, when I hoop with others, I like to do so silently. I put myself out there and hold space for others. Others like to spend time sharing skills or catching up on the week’s events while they hoop. Often a silent impromptu mingle occurs among attendees, encouraging non-verbal communication but with clear and intentional physical interaction. “Mingles” – where we find ourselves mirroring one another, or hooping in couples or as groups – are often lighthearted. Other times, they reveal a deeper, more unexpected route to connecting with those hooping around you.
Perhaps this desire to be with others in the hoop has helped spur the multitude of hoop events around the globe as well. Of course the amazing instruction given at each happening is a great pull for attendees. But when I think about the intense longing I feel to hoop with others at an event, or the melancholy I feel when I must leave them, I mostly crave the connection I get with other people who share my passion.
The spirit of hoop gatherings is such a natural conduit for interludes of magical, impromptu hoop jams. Let me share an example. Recently I taught at Peace, Love and Hoopiness in Nashville, Indiana, USA. My first class was after lunch and it was STEAMY outside. I was not sure how people were realistically going to make it through the hour-long class in that kind of heat. But then within minutes, the sky turned stormy, the temperature dropped, and the rain began to fall. Suddenly hoopers started filing in from everywhere and my class seemed to double, maybe even triple in size. And we all danced our hearts out in the rain. I gave instruction through my microphone, but sometimes wondered if it was even necessary. We seemed to all be sharing the communal pulse and reveling in the cleansing downpour. There was a language being spoken there. But no one was speaking. The surprise shower released a language of joy and freedom of movement that had previously been suppressed by the unrelenting heat.
Quite recently only one swan has returned to the lake on my property. It swims for short times, still relentlessly beautiful, but somehow it saddens me. Perhaps it’s because it swims for such small increments, or because I miss the intricate dance it had with its partner. I wonder what its story is now. This is not to say that we as dancers, as hoopers, should not spend time alone in the hoop. Of course we should! Many of us are solitary hoopers, after all, and each of us needs alone time to hone our skills in practice. However, the importance of our time together in the spin shouldn’t be overlooked or undervalued. According to James Hurd Nixon, “In ancient times and in traditional cultures, dance has functioned as the means by which people gathered and unified themselves in order to confront the challenges of their existence.” Dance has always existed as a uniting force, and it’s no different today. So my dear friends and hoopers, make sure you attend a hoop jam or event this Summer. Tune into those around you, engage in ritual dance, and feel the beating of our communal pulse just beneath your toes.
Columnist Bonnie MacDougall of HavenHoopDance has been in the spin since 2002. When she’s not dancing madly with her two kids, she sells custom made hoops and teaches local and regional hoop dance classes and workshops. From Carrboro, North Carolina, she now lives in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Sometimes we’re quite happy being single – and then we find a video like this, so full of sweetness and tenderness and the push and pull of matters of the heart that there is the using up of way more than the legal limit of sighs. In this wonderfully intimate modern dance with hoop, as opposed to hoop dance, we have Chloe Hannah Lloyd and Oliver Gratton reminding us just how sweet and sad two people, a dance floor, a piano and some hoops can be. Chloe lives in London, England, UK, while Oliver lives in Southhampton. Their soundtrack here is “I Can’t Make You Love Me/Nick of Time” by Bon Iver and it’s available on iTunes.
Deanne Love, 35, had been teaching school children in Tokyo, Japan, for approximately 10 years before coming across a YouTube video of a woman hula hooping. That moment changed her life and her path. She told The City Weekly that the hooper in the video “was just rocking out in a little bikini in her living room and I was like ‘Wow, that’s amazing’.” From that point on Love began learning not only hooping, but everything from dance techniques to yoga. She quit her day job and set up Hoop Lovers. A year ago, she and her partner Masao moved back to Melbourne, Australia, instituting her Hoop Lovers business there. Now she runs children’s classes, heads into schools, teaches adults and hosts corporate gigs. “I want people to experience what I did,” she said. “It was life-changing. I went from a conservative lifestyle to realizing I could create anything I wanted.” Half the joy in her job is helping others release their inhibitions. “Some people think I’m a kids’ entertainer, but I predominantly teach adults looking for that connection to childhood.”