Everybody is spinning up some fun for Halloween, even Count Hoopula, otherwise known as Joy “Hoopsmiles” Coyne of Hoopsmiles. The Count is here along with some spooky friends of his to wish each and everyone one of you a very hoopy Halloween! Yay! This short, but festive video features a witch, vampire, mummy, sailor and unicorn, all of whom are spinning up some hair-raising hooping with their LED hoops just in time for the holiday. Hoopsmiles and company live in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Would you like to learn how to bring that hoop up from your waist to your neck without using your hands? This this tutorial is just for you. Joy “Hoopsmiles” Coyne of Hoopsmiles is here to teach us how to get that hoop spinning on up the body with our arms inside the hoop and he does a great job of breaking it down. He also has some great tips on hoop size here too. He lives in Seattle, Washington, USA, and the song playing is called “Head Out The Window Going 60″ which he wrote himself.
Guess what boys and girls? It’s time for Hooping.org’s weekly Top Ten List where we count down the top ten most buzz worthy posts of the past week (as based on reader response). We’re starting things off at number ten and we’ll be working our way up to the number one spot of the week. So what was hot in the hoopersphere this go around? Here’s Hooping.org’s Top Ten List for April 27th through May 3rd, 2014.
10. Coming in at number ten this week were The Happy Hoopers of Seattle getting happy with their hoops (193 Points).
9. Oly’s hooping.org debut in the morning knocked all of our socks off: Hoop Dancing with Olyver Kobelski (193 Points).
8. And Bryan Pope’s hooping.org debut did the same thing after dark: Night Hooping with Pope (204 Points).
7. Next up was this gorgeous photo of Acro Hooping with Alice Nimmo and Matthias Elliott (220 Points).
6. Jeannette Bansbach spun up a lot smiles with her Hooping at 10pm in Chef Lee’s Parking Lot (230 Points).
5. Our top photo of the week combined smart hoop technology with video game nostalgia: Pac Man Hooping with Jacqueline BeBout (331 Points).
4. Our top video of the week was all about Michele’s stunning performance: Michele Clark Performs at the GOP in Bremen (365 Points).
3. Shea Brock gave us tips for Hula Hooping with Back Problems (409 Points).
2. Philo Hagen schooled us on The Art of Body Rocking Hoop Dance (524 Points).
1. And at number one this week with a super bullet, things got fancy on Hooping Idol – Hooping Idol 4: High Society Week (1,623 Points).
Top 5 Features
1. Hooping Idol 4: High Society Week (1,623 Points).
2. The Art of Body Rocking Hoop Dance (524 Points).
3. Hula Hooping with Back Problems (409 Points).
4. Hooping Idol 4: Society Week Results Show (155 Points).
5. Janelle Monae Hula Hoops at CounterPoint (118 Points).
Top 5 Videos:
1. Michele Clark Performs at the GOP in Bremen (365 Points).
2. Hooping at 10pm in Chef Lee’s Parking Lot with Jeannette Bansbach. (230 Points).
3. Night Hooping with Pope (204 Points).
4. Hoop Dancing with Olyver Kobelski (193 Points).
5. The Happy Hoopers of Seattle (193 Points).
Top 5 Photos:
1. Pac Man Hooping with Jacqueline BeBout (331 Points).
2. Acro Hooping with Alice Nimmo and Matthias Elliott (220 Points).
3. Hoopalicious (156 Points).
4. Tiana Zoumer in Bali (153 Points).
5a. Hooping at Baldwin Beach with Mo Willis, Madison Walsh and Kate Charmaine Starseeker. (120 Points).
5b. Foot Hooping with Candy Swirlz (120 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!
Happy hoopers from across the greater Seattle area didn’t let rain stop them from gathering together to spin up happiness and joy through the art of hooping. In a very special video directed by Jon “Hoopsmiles” Coyne, children and adults tap into their hooping happiness in a truly happy production featuring Jason Dean, Marisa Hughes, Sarah Bellum, Carly Aniluk, Turn Ity, Luna Sea, Suzan Setel, Nicole Sanchez, Jackie Sunshine, Elizabeth Peters, Beverly Smith, Olivia Aley of LiviJoyHoops, Alison Douglas, Melissa Westberg, Sara Beth, and “Hoopsmiles” himself, with additional camera work by Jaime Ramirez. They live in Seattle, Washington, USA, and the soundtrack for this is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and you can get your copy on iTunes.
It’s time for our weekly Top Ten List where we count down the top ten most buzz worthy posts of the week (as based on reader response), starting things off at number ten and working our way up to the number one spot of the week. What was hot in the hoopersphere this go around? It’s time for us to find out. Here’s Hooping.org’s Top Ten List for March 9th – 15th, 2014.
10. Coming in at number ten this week is a performance from Henna Matanuska in Tampere, Finland (114 Points).
9. We loved this beautiful photo of Lenna Nakauchi in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia (119 Points).
8. Kirby Bright was caught spinning his twin hoops in Live Oak, Florida, USA (129 Points).
7. Tiana’s latest exploration in Oakland, California, USA, captivated many – Tiana Zoumer: Analyse (134 Points).
6. This sweet photo of Tiia Maaret was taken on the beach in Alameda, California, USA (142 Points).
5. Marria Grace Kicked It Up in this awesome pic taken in Oakland, California, USA (148 Points).
4. And our top photo of the week goes to this slackline hooping shot of Corinne Watson in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA (171 Points).
3. Our top video of the week was this great tutorial by Jon Coyne in Seattle, Washington, USA – From the Knees to Your Waist with Hoopsmiles (175 Points).
2. Casandra Tanenbaum wrote up something for those spinning things up in places without much community – This is For All the Lonely Hoopers (278 Points).
1. And at number one this week is Philo Hagen’s closer look at the question we all hear, a lot – Is That a Hula Hoop? (301 Points).
Top 3 Features
1. Philo Hagen Is That a Hula Hoop? (301 Points).
2. Casandra Tanenbaum This is For All the Lonely Hoopers (278 Points).
3. Ana Fernandez: The Real Nashville Hooping Housewife (87 Points).
4. Hooping The Orange River in Africa (85 Points).
5. Blooming Inside The Hoop (67 Points).
Top 5 Videos:
1. From the Knees to Your Waist with Hoopsmiles (175 Points).
2. Tiana Zoumer: Analyse (134 Points).
3. Henna Matanuska (114 Points).
4. Barbara Francesquine and Camille Bastos (113 Points).
5. Matt Porretta (103 Points).
Top 5 Photos:
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 if you’re not already doing so and we hope you had a very happy hooping weekend everybody!
While gravity seems to really enjoy helping the hoop go down to our knees at times, getting it back up to our waist can be another story. If you’re having problems getting it back up then this tutorial from Jon Coyne of Hoopsmiles is one for you. The prerequisites for this one are, of course, knowing how to hoop on your waist and your knees, and Jon’s here to teach us all how to do bring that hoop back up to our core. He lives in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Would you like to learn how to do knee kick reversals? Well then these are the tutorials for you. Jon Coyne of Hoopsmiles is here to teach you how to do just that with his longest tutorial to date, which is why it’s broken into two parts. He’s a great instructor and if knee breaks interest you then it’s most definitely worth your time. Jon lives in Seattle, Washington, USA. Watch Part 2 of this little tutorial series below.
Jon Coyne of Hoopsmiles is the 12th man of the Seattle Seahawks with a hula hoop, a term for a fan or fans who have the power to take their 11 man football team all the way. He says, “I’m a big time fan of the Seattle Seahawks. May they win Super Bowl XLVIII (48) against the Denver Broncos!” Hooping outside Centurylink Field in Seattle, Jon spins up some Seahawks fever, along with some kickass hoop dance skills. He lives in Seattle, Washington, USA, and we think the soundtrack is another one of Jon’s very own creations.
Hooping.org proudly celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr, shown here with his wife, kids and a hula hoop. Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day, a federal holiday in the United States that marks the birthday of King. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement in America, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968 and was finally officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia in 1962, and organized nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama that attracted national attention following television news coverage of the brutal police response. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech which you can hear portions of in this tribute to King by Jon Coyne of Hoopsmiles and other Seattle area hoopers. It’s a tribute to King done through hula hoop art and song. He lives in Seattle, Washington, USA.
That hoop is rocking all around your body. You’ve got this. You’re HOOPING. And now you feel an itch. An aching can’t-stop-it-itch to expand the reach of your hoop dance. First step? Getting that hoop in the air and spinning above your head. For many hoopers, moving the hoop from the body overhead to the hand is the first movement we learn after waist hooping. The Lift is a portal, a sort-of rite-of-passage into a brand new universe of what you can do with a hoop. Are you new to hooping and dying to learn how to do this? Or are you a teacher yearning for a new way to bring this initial move to your hoopers? Maybe you learned to lift one particular way and don’t know there are other ways to do it? Well, let’s dig in and lift our hoops and our spirits! Here’s to the art of moving the hoop from the waist to the hand.
Overhead Preparation. Lifting is one thing. Knowing what to do when your hoop is in your hand is another. So I like learning this backwards. Get a feel for what it’s like to have your hoop in your hand and over your head before it gets there. MAKE AN L with your dominant hooping hand. If you hoop to the left, this will be your right hand. If you hoop to the right, it will be your left hand. You make an “L” so that the hoop doesn’t slide down your arm. Your thumb keeps it safely in your hand.
Now take it down a notch. Your hand is smaller than your waist. That means you don’t have to exert as much energy to get it to go around. Relax your hand. It’s okay. Keep an “L” as you slowly turn the hoop over your head. Try lightly gripping the hoop every time it comes around, but you don’t have to man-handle it. You’ve got Centripetal force on your side. Does it wobble? Do you feel like it’s going to fall? That’s cool. Let it wobble. Let it fall. Your arm and hand and fingers are learning. Be patient with them.
Ready to Lift? Once you feel confident overhead, you’re ready to give that lift a go. It can be a little intimidating, for sure. Are you gonna bop yourself in the nose a couple times? Yes, that’s probably going to happen. It’s gonna hurt a little. Are you likely to catapult your hoop 10 feet in any given direction while you learn? Oh, yeah. Make sure you’ve got lots of room to work with. Give yourself a mighty pep talk and go for it.
1) The “Classic” Lift. Get a good waist hoop rhythm going and hold your “L” fingers pointed down slightly to the side of the middle of your back closest to your lifting hand. Feel the hoop go over your hand each time it comes around. When you’re ready, use that hand to lift your hoop overhead. Stay loose – if you grip the hoop too tightly, it will stop moving and you’re more likely to bonk yourself. Repeat.
2) The Scoop. You can also lift the hoop overhead by using a scooping motion in front of your body. Make a “C” with your lifting hand and “scoop” up. Try either hand – one will feel more comfortable than the other. Some hoopers find the scoop easier at first. Success is the goal – but even if you dig the scoop best, I recommend learning both lifting methods for versatility later.
Here’s what actually worked for me. Many can expect to pull off one of the lifts after 10-20 tries. Yeah, it took me a lot longer than that. I’m the type to focus on the instructions and try to make it perfect. In the end, though, my first successful lift came more intuitively. I stopped thinking about it. And here’s how. I was practicing at a gathering of friends in a big wide field. I was moaning and groaning as the hoop flew and I chased it, over and over again. Was I ever going to get this? Aaaaaargh!!! Then a guy walked by, stopped and looked at me for a minute. Then he said, “Just lift it.” In my head, I thought, “Yeah, just lift it.” And bam! It happened. It took many more times to do it again, but I knew it was possible. And found that every time I said to myself, “Just lift it” and didn’t think about HOW to do it, my body did it for me.
Practice makes permanent, so just keep at it. Each time, you’re teaching your muscles what to do, and they will remember! They’re so clever. With each lift, you’ll grow more confident. This is the mechanics. After you’ve got it, you get to spend lots of time “making it pretty.” Which you should enjoy tons. Happy Lifting, my hooping friends!
Lara Eastburn has been dancing in meadows and singing with the moon while spinning in circles for eons at Superhooper.org. She’s also the driving force behind Circumference with online and live business and marketing classes for hoop makers, instructors, and performers.