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Hooping Meets Levitation Wand with Meg Geyser

hooping and flow wand Meg “Gem” Geyser of Gem Hoops brings us something of a Hooping.org first, combining her hoop dance flow with her flow wand / levitation wand practice. She says, “I am so excited about the possibilities here,” and we are too. Meg currently lives in Durham, Connecticut, USA, and the soundtracks that she’s used here are “The Old Man” and “Hancock” by Chinese Man (on iTunes), as well as “Tall Ground” by Deluxe”, which is also available on iTunes.

The Hoop Unit

Screen Shot 2013-02-14 at 5.17.58 PM On this day where men and women are gathering worldwide for 1 Billion Rising, a global event demanding an end to violence against women, it is beautiful to witness women breaking the shackles off their wrists in this new video by The Hoop Unit.  The performance entitled “The Sultan’s 10 Wives” incorporates hooping with a variety of other flow arts.  And who are these amazing artists? Appearing in the video are Lady Leeloo, WendyT, Jessica Hurado, Siouxanne Zet, Kinki Kalypso, Jillian Lange, Rachel Weinress, Miyuki Nawata and Valentina (Unity). They are performing, in part, to “Venus in Furs”, by the Velvet Underground and Nico (on iTunes).  A Hooping.org Video of the Day.

I Just Want To Hoop

I Just Want To Hoop [Hooping.org columnist Abby Schwartz just wants to hoop.]

As I celebrate my two-year hoopiversary this month, it dawns on me that in just a short time span, the world of hooping as I know it has evolved into something way beyond spinning with (and in) a plastic hoop. Within our community of hooping enthusiasts there is a great deal of diversity. Women and men of all ages, from countries all over the world, have found connection through a shared love of hooping. From that common starting point, this thing we call “hooping” can begin to splinter off into different meanings for different people. There are casual at-home hoopers like me, as well as professional circus-style performers. There are hoop dancing body rockers, off-body spinners, those hooping for fitness and those who hoop for art. And while hooping can apparently be just the beginning for some, a gateway drug perhaps to other types of things referred to as “flow arts”, my interest remains fundamentally simple. I just want to hoop.

I Just Want to Hoop

I Just Want To Hoop [Hooping.org columnist Abby Schwartz just wants to hoop.]

As I celebrate my two-year hoopiversary this month, it dawns on me that in just a short time span, the world of hooping as I know it has evolved into something way beyond spinning with (and in) a plastic hoop. Within our community of hooping enthusiasts there is a great deal of diversity. Women and men of all ages, from countries all over the world, have found connection through a shared love of hooping. From that common starting point, this thing we call “hooping” can begin to splinter off into different meanings for different people. There are casual at-home hoopers like me, as well as professional circus-style performers. There are hoop dancing body rockers, off-body spinners, those hooping for fitness and those who hoop for art. And while hooping can apparently be just the beginning for some, a gateway drug perhaps to other types of things referred to as “flow arts”, my interest remains fundamentally simple. I just want to hoop.

Incorporating Hooping into Dance Classes

Dance teachers like Mary Ann Krupka-Hodnett of the Progressive Dance Studio in Englewood, New Jersey, are incorporating hooping as a compliment to their usual dance technique classes. Using the hoop to add artistic expression as well as an understanding of the potential it holds for new dancers, Krukpa-Hodnett told Dance Studio Life, “There is so much imagination and creativity to this ‘Zen’ dance style. The circular motion of the hoop is peaceful and beautiful. It is an amazing core builder, and arm strength is enhanced as well with tricks similar to baton twirling. The hoop has a beautiful meditative quality that blends well with lots of different music styles.” Krupka-Hodnett has been teaching hooping in her dance classes for nearly five years. In her current studio she saw the number of students nearly double in size within the first month so it is definitely a hit! Krupka-Hodnett not only teaches classes on hoop technique, but also includes hooping in her hip-hop, jazz, and modern dance classes as well.