Eric Hernandez, the amazing hoop dancer that is currently featured in the Cirque du Soleil show Totem, shares his love of hoop dance in this segment for American Latino TV. Eric, who is half Latino and half Native American says, “I’m in love with hoop dancing because it gives me the opportunity to share my culture, my Native American side.” His interest in this unique dance ceremony began at the age of 10 when he watched his uncle perform it. Now, years later, Eric is able to share this traditional dance with thousands every single night. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Hey Hoopers! It’s time for our latest Top Ten List where we count down the top ten most buzz worthy posts of the past two weeks, as based on reader response. Why two weeks? The first was short with the Thanksgiving Holiday, so if you were busy traveling or were digging yourself out of a post-Thanksgiving food coma, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with the hottest stuff from the hoopersphere that you won’t want to have missed. We’re kicking things off at number ten and we’ll be working our way up to the number one spot of the week. Here’s Hooping.org’s Top Ten List for November 24th – December 7th, 2013.
10. Coming in at number ten this week was something truly unexpected out of Bristol, UK, unexpected in more ways than one. Adult content warning. Probably not safe for work: Brizzol Bikini Massive: We’re Too Sexy For Our Hoops (254 Points).
9. We were all dazzled by Eric’s modern spin on Native American hoop dance at the YouTube office in Los Angeles: Eric Hernandez Spins Native American Hoop Dance (263 Points).
8. What do you get for the hooper in your life? Check out Hooping.org’s Ten Happy Hooper Holiday Gift Ideas from Philo Hagen (263 Points).
7. Who says it’s too cold to hoop? Nobody in this hula hoop flash mob in Helsinki, Finland! Helsinki Hula Hoop Flash Mob (269 Points).
6. Maggie knocked our socks off with her hoop dance in Kansas City, Missouri, USA – Maggie Walker: The Road to Joy (311 Points).
5. Mckenzey’s video out of Salt Lake City blew our minds! Mckenzey Simper: Ghost Hoop (323 Points).
4. Best wishes and congratulations to Erin Miga, The Hooping Bride in our top rated photo (333 Points).
3. Philo’s Thanksgiving piece interviewed two-time World Champion Hoop Dancer Moontee Sinquah and social justice American roots music legends Donna the Buffalo: Workin On That with Donna the Buffalo and Moontee Sinquah (345 Points).
2. While hooping is normally associated with joy and good times, the powerful stories shared in Hooping Through Grief by Philo were powerful indeed (364 Points).
1. And at number one is our top rated video, something truly special from Melodie in Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Melodie Lamoureux: Hooping Around the World (422 Points).
TOP 5 Photos:
1. The Hooping Bride with Erin Miga (333 Points).
2. Mike Hayataka (184 Points).
3. Vanessa Ortiz (182 Points).
4. Courtney Mccormick (145 Points).
5. Eric Pare Photographs Melodie in 360 (144 Points).
TOP 5 Videos:
1. Melodie Lamoureux: Hooping Around the World (422 Points).
2. Mckenzey Simper: Ghost Hoop (323 Points).
3. Maggie Walker: The Road to Joy (311 Points).
4. Helsinki Hula Hoop Flash Mob (269 Points).
5. Eric Hernandez Spins Native American Hoop Dance (263 Points).
TOP 5 Features:
1. Hooping Through Grief by Philo Hagen (364 Points).
2. Workin On That with Donna the Buffalo and Moontee Sinquah by Philo Hagen (345 Points).
3. Ten Happy Hooper Holiday Gift Ideas by Philo Hagen (263 Points).
4. The Brazilian Summer Hooping Explosion with Philo Hagen and Mariana Bandarra (241 Points).
5. The Power of the Hooping Community by Bonnie MacDougall (221 Points).
That’s our Top Ten List and Top 5’s for this week and remember if you see something you appreciate here (or on any of our social networking sites), it only takes a second to “Like” it or leave a comment and share the hoop love, and you get to make someone’s day while you’re at it. YAY! Each like, share, note or comment is worth a point in calculating our weekly Top Ten. And with that, we invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr if you’re not already doing so and we hope you had a very happy hooping weekend everybody!