Samantha Underseth of Hoop Dance Love is back with a video filmed in the stunning lands of Sedona, Arizona, USA. She has such an amazing view as she hoops it up amongst the infamous red rocks in one of her many rockin’ costumes. The fun editing will be sure to catch your eye, just like her skills will. She lives in in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, and the song she’s hoop dancing to is the Odesza Remix of “One Day They’ll Know” by Pretty Lights. Be sure to snag your own copy of it over on iTunes.
We are excited to see Marsha “Marshoopial” Myrtle back on hooping.org, having graced the hoop community with this recent hoop dance video. She really puts the “dance” in hoop dance with her beautifully badass flow! She says, “Slower pace for me, wanted to work on dancing more”, and we’re glad she did. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and the soundtrack for this one is “(Another Song) All Over Again” by Justin Timberlake, which can be downloaded for your own collection quite easily on iTunes.
Jessi Harris is back and she’s rockin’ the hoop out in her backyard and showing off some impressive moves. In fact, we were particularly blown away by the head break she casually throws in here, which is something new to us that definitely caught our eye. Jessi lives in Rocky Face, Georgia, USA, and the soundtrack for this video is a live version of “Gumbo” by Phish, which was performed in Alpharetta, Georgia. You can snag a copy of it for some hooping of your own really easily on iTunes.
Every so often you find a book. A book that completely pulls you in, holds you up, and never lets you down. Watch as this story unfolds, as it is told through hoop dance, a story spun like a beautiful dream you hope not to wake from before its over. Our Hooping Idol 3 winner Maryève Gaudreau of Hula Hoop Quebec gets super creative with this beautiful performance at Hoopcamp 2013 in Watsonville, California, just as you’d expect from her Hooping Idol victory earlier this year. She lives in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, and the soundtrack is “Cheft el Khof” by Orange Blossom and it is available Cheft el Khof - Annie Nightingale Presents Y4K" target="_blank">on iTunes.
Inspired by the snow on the ground and the light reflecting off the lake, Hooping.org’s very own Nicole “Nico” Colindres of Flow Hoopdance spins up something really warm and wonderful that we’re excited to be able to share with you. The video is the creation of Jim Baclagon of Hysteria Pictures and the soundtrack that is used here is by Lindsey Stirling – and it’s not “Crystallized” for a change, it’s “Shadows” and it’s available for purchase on iTunes. Nicole lives Meredith, New Hampshire, USA. A Hooping.org Video of the Day.
[Hooping.org will be celebrating Thanksgiving Day with our loved ones and we will return on Friday. Until then, Hooping.org Editor Philo Hagen celebrates the giving of thanks.]
by Philo Hagen
Every year when Autumn arrives I find myself in a little resistance. I want to stay outside in the bright warm sun and crank the tunes and keep right on hooping. The seasons, however, have other ideas and as the leaves fall and the very ground on which I live turns inward, I inevitably can’t help but find myself turning inward as well. Autumn is a time of harvest, a time of reflection on the year that is nearly past, and with the arrival of Thanksgiving it’s also a great time for gratitude. For those who aren’t familiar, gratitude can be as transformational in our lives as hooping itself, and like our hooping gratitude is not a noun, it is a verb.
When I was younger I often found myself defaulting to a place of being rather chronically malcontent. It was just a part of my psyche, the way I saw the world back then. So when a mentor in my life at the time asked me to make a list of all the things I was grateful for, I had a really hard time coming up with anything. “You’re breathing, aren’t you,” she would ask. I would nod and add breathing to the list. Then she’d cajole, “You’ve got ten fingers, don’t you?” I’d look at my hands and though I’d see them as being not anything special, I would nod again and pencil “having all of my fingers” on to the list. At the time basic body functions and having my extremities didn’t seem like much, but they most certainly are. Over time I was able to begin to understand and believe in the process and the power of gratitude. For if I could not breathe, I most likely could not hoop. I am so grateful to be breathing today! And if I did not have my fingers, I doubt I could hold and grasp and twirl this plastic circle within my hand. I’m so thankful for my fingers! In recognizing our gratitude we change our perspective, our view of the world, and in doing so we may even wind up changing the world around us. At a loss for things to be grateful for? Here are a few things I think most of us hoopers can have on our gratitude list.
When Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach of Hoop Revolution shows up to teach a workshop in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the result is an awesome video featuring Anah spinning it up with Alberta’s finest – Babz Robinson (Canmore), Carla Snow (Edmonton), Amanda Syryda (Grande Prairie), Geoffrey Szuszkiewicz (Calgary) and a whole lot more! Anah lives in Los Angeles, California, USA. Video by Amanda Syryda of Hip Flick Hoops. Soundtrack: “Ego Tripping – Featuring Farina Miss (WBBL Remix)” by Featurecast (on iTunes). A Hooping.org Video of the Day.