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Hoopie Awards 2015: Rock The Vote!

2015 Hoopie Awards Welcome to the 2015 Hoopie Awards! It’s Hooping.org’s 8th Annual Awards celebration honoring greatness in our hoop community and we’re delighted that you are here. We’d like to remind everyone that if you’re a hooper, you’re already a winner whether you’re nominated or not – each and every one of you! YAY!

This year submissions for Hoopie Award consideration were accepted beginning on Monday, January 5th, through Friday, January 9th. We compiled a list of these submissions, pre-screened them for content and process manageability, and presented the remainder to our 2015 Hoopie Awards Academy Panelists. The panel this year consisted of 50 randomly selected hoopers, all of whom made themselves available to be of service to the community in this capacity in their original submissions. Panelists were then instructed to forget their personal affiliations, communities and countries in voting for the top five in each of our award categories. Those votes were then painstakingly compiled and now we are proud to present your 2015 Hoopie Award nominees. You may vote for one selection in each of our award categories and you may cast one ballot. You will have until 11:59 pm PST on Friday, January 23rd, to make your thoughtful voting decisions.

Previous Hoopie Award winners were once again not eligible to be nominated in an award category previously won by them. And because we have a few nominees this year who are a part of and/or contribute to Hooping.org, the final electronic vote count tallies will once again be validated by World Hoop Day organizer Hoopin’ Annie. World Hoop Day events were celebrated across six continents again this year, raising funds to gift hoops to needy kids around the globe. Hooping.org applauds World Hoop Day’s contributions to our global hooping community and we thank them for their assistance.

First we will be providing you with a simple list of nominees including links to view the nominated photos, videos, tutorials and more. All links will open in new windows so you will not lose your place on the Hoopie Awards page. Please make use of the links we’ve included. They’re there to assist you in making educated decisions. Following our complete rundown of the nominees for this year, you will then find the voting ballot. Remember, please only vote once.

And your 2015 Hoopie Award nominees are…

Hoopie Awards 2014: Our Winners

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It’s time to announce the winners of our Seventh Annual Hoopie Awards, although we would like to be clear that all of our nominees are winners in our book. We love them all! The call for preliminary submissions for the awards went up at the start of the year. They were screened, compiled and presented to 50 randomly selected hoopers who made themselves available to serve on our Finalist Review Panel. They voted for their top 5 selections in each awards category and those votes were compiled, resulting in our official 2014 Hoopie Award nominees. Voting began on Tuesday, closed on Friday, and now the time has come to reveal our winners.

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the celebration this year from start to finish, giving an extra special thank you again to those who served on the Finalists Review Panel this year. We’d like to congratulate all of the nominees one more time and give a big hug to Hoopin’ Annie of World Hoop Day for taking on the responsibility of validating the computerized vote counts again this year. And now, with thousands of votes cast in a record breaking awards celebration, we proudly present your 2014 Hoopie Award Winners:

Photo

While all of our nominated photos this year did well, the winner of the 2014 Hoopie Award for Photo of the Year with 20% of the total vote goes to Tokyo Sunshine of Buffalo, New York, USA. Photo by thinkincolor. View Photo.

Tokyo Sunshine

Also nominated:

• Alli McCracken, photo by Doug Sanford: Washington, DC, USA. View Photo.
• Hannah Stanton-Gockel, photo by Brien Vincent: Athens, Ohio, USA. View Photo.
• Jaan Elly Monogatari, photo by Estefania Ponce Fotografía: Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. View Photo.
• Jenn Worroll, photo by Chad Forsberg: Boulder, Colorado, USA. View Photo.
• Jenny Hoopnosis, photo by Eiko Jones Photography: Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. View Photo.
• Lee Jeffries, photo by Meka Milla: Pensacola, Florida, USA. View Photo.
• Maggie Ryan and Kaeli Hansen, photo by Cadencia Photography: Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. View Photo.

Solo

In reviewing the vote totals for outstanding Solo Video of the Year, a video featuring only one person hooping, with 25% of the total vote the Hoopie award goes to Tiana Zoumer of Oakland, California, USA.

Also nominated:

• Ayumi Mitake: Tokyo, Japan. Watch Video.
• Cheko Cabrera: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Watch Video.
• Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Watch Video.
• Kristin Lahoop: Berlin, Germany. Watch Video.
• Maryève Gaudreau: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Watch Video.
• Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Watch Video.
• Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK. Watch Video.

Video

In the most decisive decision of the 2014 Hoopie Awards, with 42% of the total vote, our Video of the Year award goes to Etereas with Tiana Zoumer and Brecken Rivara of Oakland, California, USA. Video by The Flaminguettes of Mexico City, Mexico.

Also nominated:

• Andy & Jo’s Hula Hoop Flash Mob Proposal with Andy Broughton and hoopers of Brighton, England, UK. Watch Video.
• Hooping Idol 90’s Dance Hits Week with Cheko Cabrera, Renata Ibarra and Moises Olmedo of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Video by Moises Olmedo. Watch Video.
• Hoopy St. Patricks Day with Jon Coyne and hoopers from Seattle, Washington, USA. Video by Jon Coyne. Watch Video.
• Hula Hoopology Spring Fling with Hula Hoopology of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Video by Croshane. Watch Video.
• One Hoop by John de Kadt featuring hoopers from around the world. John lives in Lee, Massachusetts, USA. Watch Video.
• Meiosis with Spunshine of Austin, Texas, USA. Video by Karmakaze Productions. Watch Video.
• Shootin Hoops: Troo Hoops Collaboration with Kyle Johnson and many others. Video by Kyle Johnson of Brunswick, Maine, USA. Watch Video.

Tutorial

Our 2014 Hoopie Award for Tutorial of the Year, with 21% of the vote, goes to The Infinity Toss with Tiana Zoumer of Oakland, California, USA.

Also nominated:

• Body Rolls with Anah Hoopalicious Reichenbach of Los Angeles, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
• Bouncy Jump with Hoopsie Daisy of Berkeley, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
• Chest and Shoulder Hooping with Deanne Love of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Watch Tutorial.
• No Handed Smear with Caterina Suttin of Austin, Texas, USA. Watch Tutorial.
• Three Beat Weave with Emma Kenna of Bristol, England, UK. Watch Tutorial.
• Waist Control with Jess Wagstrom of Dallas, Texas, USA. Watch Tutorial.
• Wedgie Flip to Scorpion Combo with Carla Snow of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Watch Tutorial.

Soundtrack

When it came to songs that hoopers spun it up to in 2013, nothing inspired us more than “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, scoring 31% of the vote.

Also nominated:

• Biff Tannen: Sugar Skull.
• Ellie Goulding: Burn.
• Emancipator: Minor Cause.
• Griz: Hard Times.
• Illya Kuryaki and the Vaderramas: Ula Ula.
• Lorde: Royals.
• Twin Apple: Editol.

Promotion

Since 2003 our mission at Hooping.org has been to share the joy of hooping with everyone all over this incredible planet. Each year we honor an event that helped to do just that. This year, our clear winner with 33% of the vote, the Hoopie for Hooping Promotional Event of the Year goes to Rachael Lust Hooping Videos Go Viral.

Also nominated:

Catherine Zeta-Jones Gets Ellen Hooping.
A Glee Hula Hoop Explosion
Hooping on The Tonight Show with Morgan Tsu-Raun and Nathan Kepner.
Hula Hoop Incident on Good Day New York with Diana Lopez and viral news.
Kelly Osbourne Lost Weight Hula Hooping.
NASCAR Hooper Steals the Show
Oprah Winfrey Hula Hoops.

Event

The winner of our Hooping Event of the Year award, in one of our tightest races this year with 17% of the vote, the Hoopie for 2014 goes to Sacred Circularities Bali in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

Also nominated:

• Brighton Flow Fest: Brighton, England, UK.
• Florida Flow Fest: Lake Worth, Florida, USA.
• German Hoop Convention: Hannover, Germany.
• Hoop Path 7: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA.
• Return 2 Roots Hoop Gathering: Lehighton, Pennsylvania, USA.
• Spin Summit: Black Forest, Colorado, USA.
• SWhoop: Bristol, England, UK.

Community

Of all of the amazing hoop communities on the globe this year, one stood above the rest this year. The 2014 Hoopie Awards for Outstanding Community goes to Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Also nominated:

• Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
• London, England, UK
• Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
• Mexico City, Mexico
• New York, New York, USA
• Paris, France
• Portland, Oregon, USA

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Of those who picked up a hoop for the first time in 2013, the two who stood out to our voters above the rest resulted in a tie. The awards for Newbie Hooper of the Year go to Alice Rose of London, England, UK, and Tyler Von Spence of Athens, Georgia, USA.

Also nominated:

• Amy “IrieAmy” Neel: Houston, Texas, USA.
• Heather Clements: Panama City, Florida, USA.
• Laurel Cleveland: Seattle, Washington, USA.
• Michelle Ivanek: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
• Pegah “Seabird” Pooya: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
• Sheri Alice O’Brian: New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA.

Youth

Honoring our hoop community members under 18 years of age, the winner of our Youth Hooper of the Year award goes to Michaela Perdue of Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.

Also nominated:

• Jane Ann Arnado: San Remigio, Philippines
• Kaitlyn Morrin: Eerie, Michigan, USA
• Lauren Resnick: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
• Marium Akhtar: Karachi, Pakistan.
• Mridula Shankar: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
• Pupperdoodle: New York, New York, USA
• Rosalie Fan: Hooptown, Pennsylvania, USA.

Fire

Our Fire Hooper of the Year award goes to Caterina Suttin of Austin, Texas, USA.

Also nominated:

• Barbara Francesquine: São Paulo, Brazil
• Ciara Blossom: Austin, Texas, USA
• Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
• Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
• Kandice Korves-Kaus: Sebastapol, California, USA
• Mary Jane Schroeder: Chicago, Illinois, USA
• Steve Bags: Bristol, England, UK

instructor

And the winner of our Instructor of the Year award in the 2013 Hoopie Awards is Deanne Love of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Also Nominated:

• Beth Lavinder: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Brecken Rivara: Oakland, California, USA
• Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
• Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
• Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
• Jess Wagstrom: Dallas, Texas, USA
• Katie Emmitt: Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Troop

For outstanding performance group containing two or more members, the winner of the Hoopie is the Electric Forest Hoop Troupe in Rothbury, Michigan, USA.

Also nominated:

• BLAU: Berlin, Germany
• Heady Hoop Tribe: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
• Hoola Monsters: Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
• Hooptown Hotties: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Kaleidoscope Collective: Seattle, Washington, USA
• Marawa’s Majorettes: London, England, UK
• Spunshine: Austin, Texas, USA

Male

Our Male Hooper of the Year award goes to Matthias Elliott of Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA.

Also nominated:

• Chad Forsberg: Boulder, Colorado, USA
• Cheko Cabrera: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
• Khan Wong: San Francisco, California, USA
• Matt Porretta: Glassboro, New Jersey, USA
• Malcolm Stuart: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
• Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK

Female

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Our 2014 Female Hooper of the Year was so close that we’ve declared it our second tie. With both capturing 22% of the vote each, The Hoopies go to Caterina Suttin of Austin, Texas, USA, and Rachael Lust of Marion, Ohio, USA.

Also nominated:

• Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
• Deanne Love: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
• Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
• Lisa Lottie: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
• Olive Marie: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Hall of Fame

And finally, who is our third inductee into the Hooper Hall of Fame? This award honors the trailblazers who have helped to make this movement happen, celebrating a hooper’s history and their contributions to the world of hooping. This year’s Hooping Hall of Famer is Spiral of Berkeley, California, USA.

• Ann Humphreys: Carrboro, California, USA
• Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
• Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
• Julia Hartsell: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
• Malcolm Stuart: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Philo Hagen: Los Angeles, California, USA
• Rayna McInturf: Los Angeles, California, USA

Hooping.org would like to congratulate the winners, which means congratulations to each and every one of you because you’re all winners. Hooping.org salutes all of the nominees this year and all of the hoopers in our amazing community everywhere! The Hoopies will return in 2015 and if you have a great photo or video or tutorial or something else you’d like to share with our readers this year, submit it and we’ll look forward to seeing it. So until next year, happy hooping everybody!

Hoopie Awards 2014: Rock The Vote

2014 Hoopie Awards

Welcome to the 2014 Hoopie Awards! It’s Hooping.org’s 7th Annual Awards celebration honoring greatness in our hoop community and we’re delighted that you are here. We’d like to remind everyone that if you’re a hooper, you’re already a winner whether you’re nominated or not – each and every one of you! YAY!

This year submissions for Hoopie Award consideration were accepted beginning on Monday, January 6th, through Friday, January 10th. We compiled a list of these submissions, pre-screened them for content and process manageability, and presented the remainder to our 2014 Hoopie Awards Finalist Panel. The panel this year consisted of 50 randomly selected hoopers, all of whom made themselves available to be of service to the community in this capacity in their original submission. Panelists were then instructed to forget their personal affiliations, communities and countries in voting for their top five favorites in each of our award categories. Those votes were then painstakingly compiled and now we are proud to present your 2014 Hoopie Award nominees. You may vote for one selection in each of our award categories. You may cast one ballot and one ballot only. You have until 7:00 pm PST on Friday, January 24th, to submit your ballot, which means you have three days to review the nominees and make thoughtful voting decisions.

Previous Hoopie Award winners were once again not eligible to be nominated in an award category previously won by them. And because we have a few nominees this year who are a part of and/or contribute to Hooping.org, the final electronic vote count tallies are being validated by World Hoop Day organizer Hoopin’ Annie O’Keefe. World Hoop Day events were celebrated across six continents this year, raising funds to gift hoops to needy kids around the globe. Hooping.org applauds World Hoop Day’s contributions to our global hooping community and we thank them for their assistance.

First we will provide you with a list of nominees including links to view the nominated photos, videos, tutorials and more. All links open in new windows so you will not lose your place on the page, so please make use of them. Following our complete rundown of nominees this year you will find the voting ballot. Remember to only cast one ballot.

Your 2014 Hoopie Award nominees are as follows…

PHOTO OF THE YEAR:

In 2013 Hooping.org continued to showcase the very best in hooping photography so if you take a great photo this year, send it in. Our Photo of the Year nominees are:

1. Alli McCracken, photo by Doug Sanford: Washington, DC, USA. View Photo.
2. Hannah Stanton-Gockel, photo by Brien Vincent: Athens, Ohio, USA. View Photo.
3. Jaan Elly Monogatari, photo by Estefania Ponce Fotografía: Monterrey, Nuevo León, México. View Photo.
4. Jenn Worroll, photo by Chad Forsberg: Boulder, Colorado, USA. View Photo.
5. Jenny Hoopnosis, photo by Eiko Jones Photography: Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. View Photo.
6. Lee Jeffries, photo by Meka Milla: Pensacola, Florida, USA. View Photo.
7. Maggie Ryan and Kaeli Hansen, photo by Cadencia Photography: Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. View Photo.
8. Tokyo Sunshine, photo by thinkincolor: Buffalo, New York, USA. View Photo.

SOLO VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Solo videos feature only one person hooping. The nominees for Solo Video of the Year are:

1. Ayumi Mitake: Tokyo, Japan. Watch Video.
2. Cheko Cabrera: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Watch Video.
3. Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Watch Video.
4. Kristin Lahoop: Berlin, Germany. Watch Video.
5. Maryève Gaudreau: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Watch Video.
6. Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Watch Video.
7. Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK. Watch Video.
8. Tiana Zoumer: Oakland, California, USA. Watch Video.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR:

Our Video of the Year award features two or more people hooping. The nominees for Video of the Year are:

1. Andy & Jo’s Hula Hoop Flash Mob Proposal with Andy Broughton and hoopers of Brighton, England, UK. Watch Video.
2. Etereas with Tiana Zoumer and Brecken Rivara of Oakland, California, USA. Video by The Flaminguettes of Mexico City, Mexico. Watch Video.
3. Hooping Idol 90’s Dance Hits Week with Cheko Cabrera, Renata Ibarra and Moises Olmedo of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Video by Moises Olmedo. Watch Video.
4. Hoopy St. Patricks Day with Jon Coyne and hoopers from Seattle, Washington, USA. Video by Jon Coyne. Watch Video.
5. Hula Hoopology Spring Fling with Hula Hoopology of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Video by Croshane. Watch Video.
6. One Hoop by John de Kadt featuring hoopers from around the world. John lives in Lee, Massachusetts, USA. Watch Video.
7. Meiosis with Spunshine of Austin, Texas, USA. Video by Karmakaze Productions. Watch Video.
8. Shootin Hoops: Troo Hoops Collaboration with Kyle Johnson and many others. Video by Kyle Johnson of Brunswick, Maine, USA. Watch Video.

TUTORIAL OF THE YEAR:

When it came to hoopers sharing their skills with others on the web, these eight received high marks. The nominees for Tutorial of the Year are:

1. Body Rolls with Anah Hoopalicious Reichenbach of Los Angeles, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
2. Bouncy Jump with Hoopsie Daisy of Berkeley, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
3. Chest and Shoulder Hooping with Deanne Love of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Watch Tutorial.
4. Infinity Toss with Tiana Zoumer of Oakland, California, USA. Watch Tutorial.
5. No Handed Smear with Caterina Suttin of Austin, Texas, USA. Watch Tutorial.
6. Three Beat Weave with Emma Kenna of Bristol, England, UK. Watch Tutorial.
7. Waist Control with Jess Wagstrom of Dallas, Texas, USA. Watch Tutorial.
8. Wedgie Flip to Scorpion Combo with Carla Snow of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Watch Tutorial.

HOOP SOUNDTRACK:

What would hooping be without music, right? Listen to the eight nominated hoping soundtracks of 2013 below:

1. Biff Tannen: Sugar Skull (Listen).
2. Daft Punk: Get Lucky (Listen).
3. Ellie Goulding: Burn (Listen).
4. Emancipator: Minor Cause (Listen).
5. Griz: Hard Times (Listen).
6. Illya Kuryaki and the Vaderramas: Ula Ula (Listen).
7. Lorde: Royals (Listen).
8. Twin Apple: Editol (Listen).

HOOPING PROMOTIONAL EVENT OF THE YEAR:

Since 2003 Hooping.org’s mission has been to share the joy of hooping with everyone all over the planet. This award honors events that really helped get the word out:

1. Catherine Zeta-Jones Gets Ellen Hooping.
2. A Glee Hula Hoop Explosion
3. Hooping on The Tonight Show with Morgan Tsu-Raun and Nathan Kepner.
4. Hula Hoop Incident on Good Day New York with Diana Lopez and viral news.
5. Kelly Osbourne Lost Weight Hula Hooping.
6. NASCAR Hooper Steals the Show
7. Oprah Winfrey Hula Hoops.
8. Rachael Lust Hooping Videos Go Viral.

HOOPING EVENT OF THE YEAR:

Of the many hoop gatherings and events that take place annually, the nominees for Event of the Year are:

1. Brighton Flow Fest: Brighton, England, UK.
2. Florida Flow Fest: Lake Worth, Florida, USA.
3. German Hoop Convention: Hannover, Germany.
4. Hoop Path 7: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA.
5. Return 2 Roots Hoop Gathering: Lehighton, Pennsylvania, USA.
6. Sacred Circularities: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
7. Spin Summit: Black Forest, Colorado, USA.
8. SWhoop: Bristol, England, UK.

HOOP COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR:

1: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2: London, England, UK
3: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
4: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5: Mexico City, Mexico
6: New York, New York, USA
7: Paris, France
8: Portland, Oregon, USA

NEWBIE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

Of those who picked up a hoop for the first time in 2013, these hoopers stood out as outstanding newcomers in our hooping community:

1. Alice Rose: London, England, UK. Began in 2/13. Vimeo Channel.
2. Amy “IrieAmy” Neel: Houston, Texas, USA. Began in 5/13. YouTube Channel.
3. Heather Clements: Panama City, Florida, USA. Began in 6/13. YouTube Channel.
4. Laurel Cleveland: Seattle, Washington, USA. Began in 4/13. YouTube Channel.
5. Michelle Ivanek: Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Began in 4/13. YouTube Channel.
6. Pegah “Seabird” Pooya: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. YouTube Channel.
7. Sheri Alice O’Brian: New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA. YouTube Channel.
8. Tyler Von Spence: Athens, Georgia, USA. Began in 3/13. YouTube Channel.

YOUTH HOOPER OF THE YEAR (Under 18 Years Old)

1. Jane Ann Arnado: San Remigio, Philippines
2. Kaitlyn Morrin: Eerie, Michigan, USA
3. Lauren Resnick: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
4. Marium Akhtar: Karachi, Pakistan
5. Michaela Perdue: Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
6. Mridula Shankar: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
7. Pupperdoodle: New York, New York, USA
8. Rosalie Fan: Hooptown, Pennsylvania, USA.

FIRE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

1. Barbara Francesquine: São Paulo, Brazil
2. Caterina Suttin: Austin, Texas, USA
3. Ciara Blossom: Austin, Texas, USA
4. Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
5. Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
6. Kandice Korves-Kaus: Sebastapol, California, USA
7. Mary Jane Schroeder: Chicago, Illinois, USA
8. Steve Bags: Bristol, England, UK

INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR:

1. Beth Lavinder: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
2. Brecken Rivara: Oakland, California, USA
3. Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
4. Deanne Love: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5. Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
6. Gail O’Brien: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
7. Jess Wagstrom: Dallas, Texas, USA
8. Katie Emmitt: Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

PERFORMANCE GROUP OF THE YEAR (2 or More):

1. BLAU: Berlin, Germany
2. Electric Forest Hoop Troupe: Rothbury, Michigan, USA
3. Heady Hoop Tribe: Phoenix, Arizona, USA
4. Hoola Monsters: Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
5. Hooptown Hotties: Los Angeles, California, USA
6. Kaleidoscope Collective: Seattle, Washington, USA
7. Marawa’s Majorettes: London, England, UK
8. Spunshine: Austin, Texas, USA

MALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR:

1. Chad Forsberg: Boulder, Colorado, USA
2. Cheko Cabrera: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
3. Khan Wong: San Francisco, California, USA
4. Matt Porretta: Glassboro, New Jersey, USA
5. Malcolm Stuart: Los Angeles, California, USA
6. Matthias Elliott: Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
7. Mike Hayataka: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
8. Nick Broyd: Bristol, England, UK

FEMALE HOOPER OF THE YEAR

1. Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach: Los Angeles, California, USA
2. Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
3. Caterina Suttin: Austin, Texas, USA
4. Deanne Love: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
5. Emma Kenna: Bristol, England, UK
6. Lisa Lottie: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
7. Olive Marie: Detroit, Michigan, USA
8. Rachael Lust: Marion, Ohio, USA

HOOPER HALL OF FAME AWARD

And finally, Hooping.org created the Hooper Hall of Fame two years ago to honor the trailblazers who helped make this movement happen, celebrating a hooper’s history and their contributions to the world of hooping. The nominees for the Hooper Hall of Fame Award this year are:

1. Ann Humphreys: Carrboro, California, USA
2. Babz Robinson: Canmore, Alberta, Canada
3. Carolyn “Caroleeena” Mabry: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
4. Julia Hartsell: Carrboro, North Carolina, USA
5. Malcolm Stuart: Los Angeles, California, USA
6. Philo Hagen: Los Angeles, California, USA
7. Rayna McInturf: Los Angeles, California, USA
8. Vivian Spiral: Berkeley, California, USA

VOTING BALLOT:

Now that you’ve taken the time to get educated for your decision, you’re ready to vote! Here is the official ballot.

SORRY, VOTING FOR THE 2014 HOOPIE AWARDS HAS OFFICIALLY CLOSED

Voting closed on Friday, January 24th, at 7:00 pm, PST.

Hooping.org congratulates all of our nominees this year and we would like to thank all of our panelists for their dedicated service in reviewing the preliminary nominees. It’s a major undertaking so once again, thank you! Comments are welcome below, although campaigning on behalf of one’s loved ones or self in the comments is strongly discouraged. Thanks and be sure to tune in tomorrow for our Honorable Mentions Extravaganza and on Monday, January 27th, when the winners of the 2014 Hoopie Awards will be revealed. Good luck everybody!

Hoopie Awards 2013: Our Winners

2013 Hoopie Awards

It’s time to announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Hoopie Awards, although we wish to be clear that all of our nominees are winners this year. We love them all! The call for preliminary nominations for the awards went up at the start of the year. Those results were then compiled and presented to 50 randomly selected hoopers who made themselves available to be of service for our Finalist Review Panel. Literally drawn out of hat, these panelists reviewed all of the preliminary submissions and voted for their top five selections in each awards category. Those votes were then compiled, resulting in our list of 2013 official Hoopie Award nominees. Voting began on Tuesday, closed on Saturday, and now it’s time to reveal our winners.

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the celebration this year from start to finish, giving an extra special thank you again to those who served on the Finalists Review Panel this year. We’d like to congratulate all of the nominees one more time, and give a great big kudos to Hoopin’ Annie of World Hoop Day for taking on the responsibility of validating your computerized vote counts again this year given that those associated with Hooping.org received nominations.

And now, with thousands of votes cast, and a record breaking Hoopie Awards, are you ready to find out where the Hoopies are going in our Sixth Annual Hoopie Awards celebration? So are we! So without any further ado, we proudly present your 2013 Hoopie Award Winners:

Hoopie Awards 2013: Polls Are Open and Honorable Mentions

Hoopies2013 There’s still time to cast your ballot in the 2013 Hoopie Awards, Hooping.org’s 6th Annual Awards Celebration honoring greatness in our hooping community. And if you’ve already voted be sure to check out our Hoopie Award Honorable Mentions and Year End Wrap up because there was just so much great stuff happening in our community this past year and we’ve been really excited to round it all up and share it all with you one more time.

As for the awards themselves, please remember that it’s only one vote per IP address, so if you’ve already voted there’s no sense in trying to do so again. Ballots are, however, still being accepted and will be right up until 11:59pm on Saturday, January 26th. To cast your ballot and get all of the nominees, rules and information about the Hoopies this year, you can do so by going here: The 2013 Hoopie Awards. And just as a reminder to everyone, please don’t forget that if you’re a hooper then you’re already a winner – each and every one of you! So happy voting, reminiscing and have a hoopy weekend.

Hoopie Awards 2013: Rock The Vote

2013 Hoopie Awards

Welcome to the 2013 Hoopie Awards! It’s Hooping.org’s 6th Annual Awards celebration honoring greatness in our hoop community and we’re delighted that you are here. We’d like to remind everyone that if you’re a hooper, you’re already a winner – each and every one of you! YAY!

This year the official nominations process opened on Monday, January 6th and closed on Friday, January 11th. We compiled a list of all of the preliminary nominees and presented them to our 2013 Hoopie Awards Panelists for consideration. Our panel this year consisted of 50 randomly selected hoopers who made themselves available to be of service via their nomination ballot. Panelists were then instructed to forget their personal affiliations, communities and countries in voting for their top five selections in each of our award categories. Those votes were then compiled and now we present your 2013 Hoopie Award finalists! But before we vote, it’s time to take a quick look at our rules, categories and nominees for this year, so if you’re ready to roll let’s get started!

2013 Hoopie Awards: Nominations Begin

Hoopie Awards Hooping.org proudly presents our sixth annual Hoopie Awards honoring greatness in our hooping community. Preliminary nominations are now open and will close on Friday, January 11th, at 11:59 pm PST. Previous award winners are not eligible to win within the same category twice, but feel free to nominate them for other categories if you so choose. Remember, you can only submit one (1) preliminary nomination email with no more than one (1) nominee in each of our award categories. Please keep in mind that a single nomination is all that is needed for consideration and by asking friends and family to nominate you all you are doing is unnecessarily slowing down the nominations process.

Final Nominations Panelists: Want to be of service to the hooping community? Consider making yourself available to serve on the Final Nominations Panel for the awards this year. This weekend a finalized list will be sent to 50 randomly selected panelists from those who made themselves available to serve. They are the ones who will have the honor of reviewing the preliminaries and making their fair and impartial selections regarding who should receive our final nominations this year. Panelists agree to maintain complete secrecy that they are serving on the panel and who has received preliminary nominations until after the final nominations are announced on January 21st. To serve on the awards panel simply state “YES I am available” at the end of your preliminary nominations ballot. Our panelists will have Monday through Friday next week to make their selections. Panelists who do not have their ballots submitted before the deadline will not be included.

The Nomination Ballot: You may now cast your preliminary nominations in the following award categories for the 2013 Hoopie Awards by sending an email to Hoopies2012@gmail.com with the following information. You do not need to make a nomination in every category. Some category nominations require additional noted information for the nomination to be valid. These categories MUST have this information included.

1. Photo of the Year: Photo must have been taken and posted online in 2012. Include link url:

2. Solo Video of the Year: Solo video can only have one person hooping in it and it must have been filmed and posted online in 2012. Include link url:

3. Group Video of the Year: Group video must include two or more people hooping and must have been filmed and posted in 2012. Include link url:

4. Tutorial of the Year: Must have been filmed and posted online in 2012. Include link url.

5. Hoop Dance Soundtrack of the Year: Must have a 2012 release date to be considered.

6. Outstanding Event That Promoted Hooping to a Larger Audience in 2012. Nominate an event that carried the hooping message to others during the calendar year of 2012. Hoop gatherings and retreats are not eligible in this category:

7. Outstanding Hooping Event of 2012 (Hoop gatherings and retreats are eligible in this category:

8. Local Hoop Community of the Year for 2012:

9. Newbie Hooper of the Year: Must have started hooping in 2012 with no prior hooping experience. That means even a little, sorry. Include a link url to an online video or video channel of the nominee along with how many months they have been hooping.

10. Youth Hooper of the Year. Nominees in this cateogry must be under 18 years of age:

11. Performance Hoop Group of the Year (Two or More):

12. Hoop Instructor of the Year:

13: Fire Hooper of the Year:

14. Male Hooper of the Year:

15. Female Hooper of the Year:

16: Hooper Hall of Fame Award: Nominees in this category must have a minimum of eight years of hooping experience for consideration.

FINALIST PANEL: Are you available to serve on the final nominations review panel as specified above? Write “YES I am available” or “NO I am unavailable” here:

Please email your nomination ballot to: hoopies2012@gmail.com

Our finalists in the sixth annual Hoopie Awards will be announced on Monday, January 21st and community-wide voting will begin.

Hoopie Awards 2012: Our Winners

Hoopie Awards 2012

It’s time to announce the winners of the Fifth Annual Hoopie Awards, although all of our nominees are winners in our book. Preliminary nominations were open the first week of January and those results were then tabulated and presented to 35 randomly selected hoopers who made themselves available to be of service on their original nomination ballot. Literally drawn out of hat, these panelists reviewed all of your submissions and made their top five selections in each category, resulting in our official nominated finalists. 2011 was a truly dynamic year for hooping and as we’ve grown and evolved, so did the awards with the addition of three new awards this year: Hoop Event, Youth Hooper and the start of our new Hooper Hall of Fame Award.

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the celebration this year with an extra special thanks to by Annie O’Keefe of World Hoop Day and Kristen “Tink” McQuillin of the World Hoop Day Dance who took on the responsibility this year of validating your computerized vote counts. With thousands of votes cast this year Tink said, “I could literally see all the admiration for the award nominees as I audited the votes. I’m so glad to be part of this caring and active community.” Annie agreed noting, “”The hooping community continually amazes me with who they are, what they produce and how fellow hoopers appreciate each other. I am grateful to be included this year and in year’s past. May our peers continually inspire us to be better, do it now and give more today.” Are you ready to find out where the Hoopies are going in our Fifth Annual Hoopie Awards? Without further ado we proudly present your 2012 Hoopie Award Winners:

Hoopie Honorable Mentions 2012

Hoopie Awards 2012 With our 5th Annual Hoopie Awards well underway with voting closing tonight at 11:59pm PST, the time has come for the Hoopie Honorable Mentions. Every year we take time to shine the spotlight on some additional awesomeness that just didn’t make the list. Some may have been favorites from the review panel, missing a nomination by a single vote. Others may not have done so well with our panel, but we think they really should have. The focus of our Honorable Mentions this year is on photography and video, categories that were overflowing with brilliance this year, so much so that we really needed to pay tribute to ten more selections in three categories one more time. And as we share the hoop love, we invite you to join us in doing so. Without any further ado here are our 2012 Hoopie Honorable Mentions.

Hoopie Awards 2012: Rock the Vote

Hoopie Awards 2012

Welcome to the 2012 Hoopie Awards, Hooping.org’s 5th Annual Awards celebration honoring greatness in our hoop community. We’d like to remind everyone that if you’re a hooper, you’re already a winner – each and every one of you. This year the official nominations process opened on Monday, January 2nd and closed on Friday, January 6th. Publicity for the Hoopie Awards began on December 24th, 2011, and the nominations were featured numerous times on Hooping.org’s front page, as well as through Facebook and via our Twitter and our Google+ accounts. We compiled a list of all of our preliminary nominees and presented them to our 2012 Hoopie Awards Panelists for consideration. Our panel this year consisted of 35 randomly selected hoopers from the 78 who had made themselves available to be of service via their nomination ballot. Panelists were instructed to forget their personal affiliations and be community minded in voting for their top five selections in each award category. Those votes were compiled and we can now present your 2012 Hoopie Award nominated finalists! But before we vote it’s time to learn more about our rules, categories and nominees this year so let’s get started!