Hooping in and of itself can be epic, but add fire to the equation and it can become a full-blown spectacle, whether you’re watching from the audience or in the hoop yourself. There’s nothing quite like the rush of heat and sound when a flaming fire hoop is swirling around you. And while fire hooping can be quite an empowering skill to learn and master, most believe comes with its own set of risks. The phrase “If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned” seems like more than a cliche to those who spin fire. Watching fire hoopers in their full glory, it’s as if they are able to shut off the part of their brain that tells them to be afraid. Is fire hooping truly dangerous? If so, how do they turn their fear off? How do they overcome that very human instinct to shrink away from the flames that are licking at their bodies? How likely is it that you will burn yourself? And moreover, how do hoopers who have been been burned overcome their fear and step back inside a flaming circle? We talked to a few experienced fire hoopers from around the world to find out.
Lisa Looping of LisaLooping.com has a brand new fire hooping demo that is most certainly heating things up. With her fire fans and her fire hoops, Lisa spins up a truly beautiful glow here, along with some beautiful hoop moves and flow too. She is currently living in Vienna, Austria, and the soundtrack for this one is unknown to us, so if you know the name of it, please share the information in the comments below. We appreciate it!
Lilli Schmidt serves up a wide variety of talent in this video including single and double hoop flow, to fire hooping and LED performance. The scenery is rich too with that mysterious intrigue of a long forgotten industrial building. It’s dilapidated structure juxtaposed to her clean hoop tech and beautiful dance is striking indeed. Lilli currently lives in Giessen, Germany, and the soundtrack for this is “Luminance (Be Svendson Remix)” by The Micronaut which you can score a copy of for your very own on Bandcamp.
Elizabeth Hope Davis of Kalalea Fire is making her site debut with this graceful hoop session filmed by Daniel Amato and Rafael Bergstrom. With the breathtaking Pele’s Chair in Honolulu as her backdrop, her elegant flow is as captivating as her scenery. Elizabeth is living in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, and the soundtrack here is called “Jubel” by Klingande and you can download a copy of it for your very own over on Soundcloud.
With water at her feet and fire on her hips, hoop dancer Shawna Sanders plays with the elements in her latest gorgeous video, filmed on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. She moves quite gracefully with her hoop and if you watch closely, you can see how the reflection in the water lights the fire up even more! Shawna lives in Fullerton, California, USA, and the soundtrack for this video is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole. You can easily snag a copy of it for your own collection on iTune.
Things heat up when Sarah E. Sparkles of Sparkle and Burn Hoop Dance goes fire hooping. This 2015 Fire Hooper of the Year nominee shows us what she’s made up. Filmed in an abandoned building, this was produced by Parish Productions with a special appearance by fire breather Lee Colt. Sarah lives in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, and the soundtrack for this one is by BenSound and you can find out more on the BenSound website.
Saleurn “eS-Bot” Ramos of Hoop Bots lights up the night and the cherry blossoms with her springtime single and twin fire hooping. She spins up some impressive throws, interesting camera angles, and beautiful shots framed by the white cherry blossom trees. She lives in Seattle, Washington, USA, and is dancing here to “Cheeba Cheeba (Instrumental)” by Madlib, which you can download your very own copy of over on iTunes.
When the sun goes down it’s time for Nick Minton to set the night aflame, literally. Spinning some impressive fire hooping after dark in the great state of Florida, the flames swirl as Nick spins up the blues and the end result is quite beautiful. He lives in Orlando, Florida, USA, and the very appropriate soundtrack for this is “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” by Charles Bradley, and you can get your copy of it for your very own quite easily on iTunes.