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A Viva Las Vegas Hoop Dance with Katie Sunshine

KatieKeckWilson Back with a fresh and fun hooping video is Hooping.org’s very own Katie Sunshine of Katie Sunshine Hoops. The Hooping Idol 5 judge is spinning it up everywhere she can, giving us a hooping mini-tour taken from her latest excursion in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Katie lives in Conway, Arkansas, USA, and the soundtrack for this is, of course, “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley, and you can download a copy of it for your own playlist over on iTunes.

Hooping Idol 5: Let’s Meet the Judges

meetthecontestants We’re so excited about our fifth exciting season of Hooping Idol, we can hardly wait for it to begin tomorrow! Our 21 contestants are busy putting the finishing touches on their New Wave Week videos and getting them posted, all for a shot at our ultimate Hooping Idol prize package, and this golden opportunity to learn and grow with the guidance of our incredible panel of international hoop star judges. When it comes to Hooping Idol 5 presenting a series of revolutionary challenges in our search for the planet’s next great hooper star, all four of our judges already know what being a hooping star is all about. So, who is seated at the judge’s table for season 5? Allow us introduce you to four of the world’s biggest names in hooping, four super hoopers that we are honored to have with us this year.

Partner Hooping Tutorial with Katie Sunshine & Morgan Jenkins

Partner Hooping Tutorial Double your pleasure, double your fun with Katie Sunshine and Morgan Jenkins who are here to show you some hoop duet tricks! Partner up and go round n’ round with three different moves including,”The Partner Weave,” “The Shamrock” and “The Cutesy Coin Flip.” Katie currently lives in Conway, Arkansas and Morgan is based out of Los Angeles, California. The music is provided by Deep Chills which you can check out on Soundcloud.

A Burlesque-esque Hoop Dance by Katie Sunshine

katieburlesque Hooping.org’s very own Katie Sunshine of Katie Sunshine Hoops is back with another fantastic video, this time with a burlesque twist! She’s “calling this routine “Burlesque-esque” because it’s not quite true burlesque, but was definitely inspired by it.” Katie spins up some new moves with her favorite day hoops and throws in her LED hoop for a little variety too. She lives in Conway, Arkansas, USA, and the soundtrack for this is called “Get a Move On” by Mr. Scruff, which can be downloaded for your own music collection over on iTunes.

SaulPaul’s Do That Hula Hoop with Rachael Lust

Rachael Lust by Katie Sunshine

Rachael Lust, the hooper that everyone knows and loves, is featured in a brand new music video by rapper and activist SaulPaul. The video couldn’t have featured a more appropriate performer too, since the name of the song is “Do That Hula Hoop.” Set in a graffiti park in Austin, Texas, USA, the video features colorful spray-painted backgrounds that compliment Rachael’s vivid hoops and her signature artfully printed leggings. I had an opportunity to talk to Rachael and SaulPaul and ask them both a few questions about the making of the video, their experience working together, and the very cool project for kids behind it all.

Katie: Rachael, how did you get involved with the making of this music video?

Rachael: SaulPaul reached out to me on Facebook, saying that he was a musician and a hula hoop enthusiast and he liked my hooping style. He said he was going to be filming a music video to a hula hooping song very soon in Austin. I just so happened to be heading to Austin at right about the time he contacted me too, so it worked out perfectly. He sent me a copy of the song and said he would be shooting at the graffiti park downtown. I thought the song was pretty cool and it seemed like a fun project to be a part of. I was also into the idea because SaulPaul seemed to want to do some good in the world.

Katie: Yes, he is quite the activist. In what ways did you see him as doing something good?

Rachael: He said he only rapped family friendly stuff, so that was cool with me. Plus, the video is part of his #hulahoopsforhope project where he is trying to raise money for several good causes.

Katie: Including raising money for SWAN, which is so great. SaulPaul, can you tell us more about that and your Hula Hoops and Hope campaign?

SaulPaul SaulPaul: It’s called #HulaHoopsAndHope because it’s based on 2 things. 1) The song I wrote called “Do That Hula Hoop” and 2) Hope. I’m heading off on tour spreading love and inspiring hope and I will have my hula hoops with me. While on tour, my goal is to raise funds for some people and organizations that are near and dear to my heart, including SWAN. My goal is to raise $1000 to give to them for an upcoming trip they are taking.

Katie: Are you involved with SWAN directly?

SWAN Program SaulPaul: Yes. SWAN’s mission is to break the cycle of crime for children who have one or both parents with a history of incarceration by providing free private music lessons, ensemble training, performance opportunities, and mentoring.

Katie: So this isn’t just a music video, it’s a campaign to raise awareness and do some good at the same time!

SaulPaul: Exactly! SWAN serves children of incarcerated parents. My wife and I teach music performance and choreography to these students and involve them in local shows in Austin. They have been invited to perform at half time at the April 2nd Austin Spurs basketball game. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for the kids involved. SWAN currently has 19 elementary school children, ages 6-10, enrolled and they are in need of $1000 to ensure that the students can get there and participate and I’m personally donating the proceeds from the download of this song to SWAN.

RachaelLust Katie: I love it! Readers can buy the song on iTunes and donate more to the cause as well. I love that you’re making good things happen and having fun doing it.

Rachael: It was fun, I would do it again.

Katie: Was there anything particularly challenging about hooping in this video?

Rachael: The day we were filming it was raining and everything was really muddy and slippery, but it turned out ok.

Katie: I think it turned out great! Thank you both for your time and good luck with this project.

You can get your copy of “Do That Hula Hoop” on iTunes and learn more about SaulPaul’s #HulaHoopsAndHope campaign, and find out more about the the SWAN program too. Happy hooping everybody!


Katie Columnist Katie Wilson, better known in the hooping world as Katie Sunshine, is a teacher, a painter, a performer, and above all a proponent for the powerfully positive change hooping brings to one’s life. She picked up hooping in 2009 at a music festival and she hasn’t put it down since. A Hoopie Award winner with many YouTube viral videos, Katie lives in Conway, Arkansas, USA, with her wonderful husband and her two lovable dogs.

6 Tips To Make Your Hooping Practice Count

6tipsforhooping by Katie Sunshine

Is there anything better than spending a sunny afternoon or quiet evening at home with just you and your hoop? One of the things I’ve always loved about hooping is that practice doesn’t feel like work. It’s energizing, enjoyable, and rewarding. But are you getting the most out of your hoop practice? Whether you’re a new hooper wanting to nail down some new tricks, or a seasoned performer practicing your routines, these six easy tips may be just what you need to take it to the next level.

1. Warm Up. There’s a lot more to it than you might think. A good warm up increases your heart rate slightly, gets you breathing more heavily, and increases your body temperature – hence the name. And get this – if your body is warm, then your muscles are warm. Warmer muscles have a lot more elasticity in them. They’re not only less subject to strains and pulls, warm muscles have more range of motion for reaching, pulling, and stretching your hooping body. You might just take that hooping move farther than you ever have before, literally. I also highly recommend stretching if you’re going to attempt some kind of acrobatic hoop moves. Stretching comes after a warm up, when you’re muscles have more flexibility. Some good warm ups can be non-hooping activities like walking or aerobic stepping, or they could be simple hooping movements like waist hooping to warm up the core, and passing the hoop in your hands around your body to warm up your chest and shoulders. Need more warm up ideas? Check out 9 Great Warm Up Exercises For Hoopers.

2. Wear Something That Exposes Your Skin. As you may already know, those skimpy little outfits you often see hoop performers wearing are not just to get attention. Many tricks are much easier to do on bare skin. The hoop sticks to bare skin in some cases, where it might slide or slip right off of regular clothing. So when you’re practicing, choose an outfit that exposes as much skin as possible. When I first started my hoop journey, I would always practice in a sports bra and gym shorts because I often found the secret to unlocking a new trick was trying it on bare skin. Even now, after five years of hooping, I still plan my performance outfits to expose the following areas: arms, shoulders, and legs. So whether you’re in public or practicing in the privacy of your own home, consider donning that tiny bathing suit and start practicing!

3. Listen To Music You Like. For me personally, listening to good music while I practice makes all the difference in the world. Practicing with music that inspires you to dance and move also helps you find your flow with the hoop. Good music encourages you to move rhythmically, and if you’ve got your hoop then your discovering ways to incoporate the hoop into that movement which is key to unlocking a fluid dance sequence. And if you’re listening to music you already know and love, you already know all the spots that the tempo changes, things speed up, the right spot for a dramatic hooping moment and more.

4. Record Yourself. Having the ability to watch yourself hoop is invaluable. Many times I’d be following along with a tutorial and I would think “I’m doing everything like they say, but it still doesn’t feel right. Am I doing it right?” At that point, out would come my camera. I’d use the back of my couch as an impromptu tripod, punch up the video function and record myself doing the trick. Often times, when I watched the video back, I would see that I was, in fact, doing the trick correctly and that gave me the confidence to keep going. Alternatively, I’d sometimes see that I wasn’t doing the trick correctly, and I could see what I needed to fix. I’d say to myself, “Oh, Ok, I need to get that hand out of the way to land this trick.” Recording yourself also has the added benefit of documenting your progress. Weeks or months or years down the road you will have a video diary of all your progress and accomplishments.

5. Get Inspired. Nothing motivates you to practice and try something new like that wonderfully yummy feeling of being inspired! For artists and hoopers alike, inspiration can be an idea that compels you to create, that motivates you to get up and do something, and makes you say “I MUST create something beautiful right this very MOMENT!” There are things you can do as a hooper to encourage this feeling too. Something I like to do before a hoop practice session is what I formally call “research.” Research roughly translates into binge-watching all the videos on hooping.org. It’s actually a great way to get inspired. You might see a trick, or transition, or combination of moves you really like and think “Oh, I really like that! I bet I could get that with just a little practice.” Watching videos may also inspire new ideas for videos of your own – and there you go! Congratulations, you are now inspired!

6. Practice With Friends. This tip goes hand-in-hand with number five. There’s nothing more inspiring than being around other hoopers. Just as a painter or sculptor can get inspired by watching or being around another artist, we do too. When you see someone do something you like, you can say “Wow! that was cool, can you teach me that?” Nine times out of ten they will! Conversely, you can do the same if someone says to you, “Wow, that was really cool, can you teach me that?” It’s not only a great confidence booster, but teaching others new moves gives you a better understanding of them. Where you live may make this a challenge, but set a goal to hoop with others once a week, once a month, or as often as you can.


Katie Columnist Katie Wilson, better known in the hooping world as Katie Sunshine, is a teacher, a painter, a performer, and above all a proponent for the powerfully positive change hooping brings to one’s life. She picked up hooping in 2009 at a music festival and she hasn’t put it down since. A Hoopie Award winner with many YouTube viral videos, Katie lives in Conway, Arkansas, USA, with her wonderful husband and her two lovable dogs.

Hooping It Up With Katie Sunshine

katiesunshinetbt Hooping.org’s Katie Sunshine of Katie Sunshine Hoops spins up the fun and goes back to her hooping roots. “Getting back in touch with what I used to do…jam out with one hoop and furry boot covers!” Yay! Spinning her hoop dance moves with a speciality hoop and LED hoop as well, this is pure gold. She lives in Conway, Arkansas, USA, and the soundtrack used for this is “One Million Views” by Goldfish featuring John Mani, which you can score a copy of for your own collection on iTunes.

The Twin Helicopter Spin with Katie Sunshine

katiesunshinehelicopterspin Hooping.org’s very own Katie Sunshine of Katie Sunshine Hoops brings us this wonderful twin hoop tutorial for The Helicopter Spin! She says, “You want hoops that are pretty much the exact same size and weight.” Katie also discusses what you will need to accomplish this beautiful trick too. Being able to spin two hoops on one arm is also really fabulous for exercising your motor skills, toning your arms – and it looks great. Give it a spin! She lives in Conway, Arkansas, USA, and the soundtrack is “Latazz” by Funky Lowlives which can be easily purchased over on iTunes.

Katie Sunshine and The Hooptown Hotties Spin Up Some Fun

KatieSunshineHooptown Katie Sunshine of Katie Sunshine Hoops pays a visit to Hooptown and guess who she runs into? The Hooptown Hotties, of course. Traveling back in time she meets up with Morgan Jenkins and Rebecca Victoria and this super hooper trio spin up some serious fun together from yesteryear. Filmed by Melissa Badamain, the video was edited by Morgan. Katie lives in Conway, Arkansas, and The Hooptown Hotties live in Los Angeles, California, USA. The soundtrack for this is “Heatwave” by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas and it’s available for you to download on iTunes.