Cat Jameson of Cat Hoops declares, “We need to talk about boobs and chest hooping” in this excellently explained tutorial. She tells us, “When I first started hooping I convinced myself that I couldn’t chest hoop because of my boob shelf.” Watch as she not only debunks the myth that well-endowed women cannot chest hoop, she goes into detail how to make it happen, providing handy tips and demonstrating how easy it is to get over the “boob shelf” in your life. She also recommends avoiding lightweight polypro hoops and going for larger and heavier taped dance hoops instead, and remember that turning with the hoop gives you more time to make it work. Video filmed by Benjamin Marshall. Cat lives in Bristol, England, UK.
Are you ready to get a new hoop crush? Then check out Piers van Looy of Van Loop Media & Performance who is making his hooping.org debut here with this fun and fresh hoop dance that captivated us from start to finish. His energetic and fast paced flow proves he’s definitely one to keep your eye on in the future. Piers lives in Southend-on-Sea, England, UK, and the soundtrack is called “High You Are (Branchez Remix)” by What So Not and it’s available on iTunes.
Cyr wheels aren’t hula hoops, so please don’t share them with us thinking that they are. That being said, Charlie Ledger of Seduced By Circus really wows us with this video of her amazing hooping skills and cyr wheel flow! This awesome combination showcasing her multiple talents proves that she’s great with circles, no matter how large or small. Charlie currently lives in Sheffield, England, UK, and the soundtrack for this video is “Why Don’t You (Radio Edit)” by Gramophonedzie and you can get a copy of it for yourself over on iTunes.
Nick Broyd of of NickBroyd.co.uk is at it again, silver hula hoops and all! Hooping.org’s first Hooping Idol took the time to share some beautiful autumn flow with the community. His one and two hoop tech is very impressive here, as always, and so his very fancy foot work. Nick lives in Bristol, England, UK, and the soundtrack for this is a song called “The Drop” by The Nextmen and Joe Dukie and you can find a copy of it for your own hooping collection on iTunes.
It’s great seeing Bee here spinning things up again, and Bee Varga of PT Bee is actually 17 weeks pregnant. She’s very excited to be hooping again too, just as we’re so excited to see her back on hooping.org. She says, “Thank God I am now feeling well enough to do something. The first 14 weeks were spent above the loo with morning sickness 24/7. It is wonderful to be able to hoop again.” She’s still spinning up some great moves too. Bee lives in Basingstoke, England, UK, and the soundtrack is unknown.
by Lilea Duran
UK photographer Martin Kimbell has taken the Internet by storm with an ongoing series of photographs being described as “dramatic tornadoes of light” by the likes of Boing Boing, This is Collosal, Daily of the Day, Petapixel, and even the good folks at Wired Magazine. In fact, Kimbell told Wired that he warns the locals first before going out in the British countryside at night to take pictures. “I’m sure I’ve freaked out a few people who have happened to walk by at the wrong time,” Kimbell told them. What he is using to create his dramatic images, however, is something quite familiar to all of us. To others his work may look like an alien invasion, but to us we know right away that he’s spinning up hula hoops with LED lights as his main subject. We talked with Kimbell to find out more about him and his work.
Kimbell’s interest in photography ignited after taking a course at the age of 16. Inspired by Stu Jenks’ works with light and fire, which have been featured on hooping.org in the past, Kimbell began his own exploration with long exposures and light about a year later.
He’s also creating his own LED hoops to use for his photographs too and hasn’t experimented with the LED hoops or smart hoops currently on the market today. “When I first started I would just use any hoop I could find, usually in toy stores, and then connect LEDs to that,” he explained. “Recently, I’ve been making my own hoops using MDPE piping and the connectors from Fancy Tapes. It has allowed me to experiment with different sized hoops, and the ones I’ve made myself have been much stronger than anything I’ve used before.”
Kimbell’s work requires strong and sturdy hoops as he achieves the patterns and vortex-like shapes by tossing and throwing them in various ways. “Right now my favourite hoop to work with has a diameter of around 4 feet, a small battery pack adds a bit of weight, but it is still very easy to throw. I’ve also tried adding weight to change the flight path of the hoops as I throw them, as shown in this photograph:
Kimbell has also created incredible photographs using sparklers and steel wool. When asked if he had interest in exploring fire hoops he replied, “I’ve not had the chance to photograph a fire hula hoop before, I’m sure it would make for some great photographs, but it is probably something I shouldn’t be attempting by myself without proper training! I would love to try it one day if I had the chance to work with a professional.”
While hoops may be Kimbell’s current muse, the talented photographer has yet to become a hooper himself. “It was only after I started to do research on how to make your own hula hoops did I get a sense of the size of the hooping community which exists,” he told hooping.org. He does, however, have advice for hoopers interested in photographing their own LED hoops: “I would just say get out there and try it out, most digital cameras have some sort of long exposure function, so if you have an LED or fire hoop then it is very easy to try out. Even if you just wrap some cheap fairy lights around a hoop, like I did when I first started, it is possible to get some really great photographs.”
Contributor Lilea Duran of Sunglow Hoop Dance found herself in the hoop in 2009 and hasn’t stopped spinning ever since. Now serving as the west coast director for Vegetable Circus and co-founder of the Napa Hoopers group, Lilea teaches and performs throughout California and has appeared on Hooping.org numerous times, including two seasons of Hooping Idol. She currently lives in Napa, CA, USA with her husband and two little hoopers. She’s on Facebook.
Jo Mondy and Andy Broughton of Live Love Hoop are here with a rockin’ hip-hop hoop routine performance that took place at SWHoop 2014 at the Trinity Arts Centre in Bristol. With ridiculously funky moves and a great dynamic on stage hooping together, it’s almost too awesome to put into words. Video by See Ying HoopSpirit. Andy and Jo live in Brighton, England, UK, and the soundtrack here is “The Heat” by Jungle and you can get it on iTunes.
Chanti Hobbit has been working hard on a piece she calls “Hobbit Hoop” and we’re happy to have her back on the site. This is an amazing combination of acrobatics and hoop dance using multiple hula hoops. The close up shots are perfect for watching her nail these tricks. She lives in Bristol, England, UK, and the soundtrack for this is “Nocturne in D-Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2 by Brett Boudreau and it’s available on Amazon.
Lets get funky with Alice Rose of Hoop Shaker, our 2014 Newbie Hooper of the Year. She spins up something that is simply captivating with this, showcasing bountiful moves in the studio with rhythm and style. Alice lives in Portsmouth, England, UK, and the soundtrack to this is “Dance Baby (Dopamine Remix)” by Urban Monkeys, which can be easily found for you to download for yourself on iTunes.