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Carly Palmer: Our Hooper of the Week

carllypalmer by Philo Hagen

When it comes to stars of the hooping world, you may not have heard of Carly Palmer. Chances are, however, that she’s probably heard of you. Truly a star in our book, Carly joined the staff here at Hooping.org back in September of 2013 as one of our Visual Content Editors. She’s shared more than 300 hooping videos with the hooping community at large, and got the inside scoop on a few of our feature stories as well. But who is Carly Palmer? A melancholy office worker by day and an uber-obsessed, hyperactive hooper by night, from her home computer in Manassas, Virginia, USA, she has diligently been making sure the greatest hooping videos out there find their way on to our pages. She’s been shining the spotlight on so many hoopers that we knew it was time to shine it on her as well. A dynamic hooper with a truly wonderful spirit, join me as we take an up close and personal look at our very own Carly Palmer, our Hooper of the Week.

Hooping Idol Esmeralda Garcia: One Year Later

esmeralda by Philo Hagen with Lilea Duran

A year ago we were all anxiously awaiting the announcement of who would become our next Hooping Idol, the winner of our fourth exciting season of Hooping Idol and our Ultimate Hooping Idol Prize Package, the biggest one yet worth more than $3200! When the news finally broke and Esmeralda Garcia of Hularamma from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, emerged victorious, it was a well deserved victory, the perfect ending to her truly impressive season and her steady progress to the top all season long. With the casting call for Hooping Idol 5 rolling int next week, I spoke with Esmeralda amidst the whirlwind that her life has become to find out more about her Hooping Idol story of what being Hooping Idol was like for her this past year.

Brandy Hug: Inside The Hoop

Brandy Hug

Brandy Hug

Back in 2008 Brandy Hug was visiting a friend when she saw her pick up a hoop and start playing with it in her backyard. “At the time I was 265 pounds and miserable and had never touched a hula hoop in my life,” Brandy explained. While her friend, Dana Moore of Aura Hoops, tried getting Brandy to give it a spin, after several weeks of persuasion she finally managed to talk her into it. What happened over the next few weeks was simply magical. “I had found my new passion and outlook on life within a plastic circle! The first time I could only keep it up for more than a few seconds. In fact it took three weeks of practicing over and over again and learning my body’s natural rhythm to learn to hoop.” But learn to hoop she did, so much so that she ended up losing 120 pounds, going from a size 26 to a size 4, became a hoop performer and started a non-profit to share the healing power of the hoop with others. Pretty remarkable, right? Join us as we find out more about amazing hooping life transformation in our interview with Brandy Hug, our Hooper of the Week!

Colleen de la Huup: Inside the Hoop

Colleen de la Huup

Colleen de la Huup

Back in 2007, two poi spinners made a New Year’s Eve resolution to exercise more, not knowing where it would end up leading them. “My friend Jennifer was surfing around the web one day and read that hooping could be really good exercise, so we ordered a couple of hoops and started wobbling around in that funky way you do when you start as an adult.” Despite Colleen and Jennifer’s backgrounds in poi and object manipulation, hooping still took some getting used to. “I had a slow summer for my freelance work that year, so I did a lot of hooping in my backyard – just the basics: walking, turning and trying to dance.” Unlike today, there were very few hoop teachers or classes back in 2007, so they turned to the internet for help. “Once we found other hoopers on YouTube, that opened up an entire world for us! We tried to figure out how to do the tricks from different videos, and I actually broke a pair of glasses learning the duckout!” Five years later, Colleen is the co-owner of Hyperbola Hoops and our Hooper of the Week – join us as we go inside the circle with her!

Jewelz Hanssens: Inside The Hoop

Jewelz Hannsens

Jewelz Hannsens

Back in 2006 Jewelz Hanssens’ sister, Lisa, was doing trapeze classes and she went to see her end of term show. Inspired, she decided trapeze would be a fun way to build up her upper body strength and she started taking beginner classes. “I was working casually as a tour leader and would often go overseas for two to three weeks at a time, so I would lose any strength I built up, but sometimes we warmed up with a hula hoop and I picked up a few tricks and thought this would be easier and I wouldn’t have to go to classes regularly!” She then set out on her own hoop path which led her to classes with Bunny Hoop Star. “I loved it! Before I knew it I was hooked and six lessons later did my first performance for a local Women on Wednesday (WOW) night and ‘WOWed’ the audience even though it was very basic.” These days Jewelz continues to wow Australia reaching out to less fortunate kids while being responsible for Hoopy Happenings, the first and only Australian hoop gathering which is now in it’s third year. Always entertaining, we knew we had to find out more about her, so join us for our interview with Jewelz Hanssens, our Hooper of the Week!