The annual Italian Hoop Connection was recently held in “a beautiful yoga centre just a few steps from the wild and stunning beach of Alberoni” in Lido di Venezia, Italy. How many hoopers made their way to Venice for Italy’s hoop gathering? They had 40 fortunate hoopers from all over Europe on hand there to learn from an international roster of instructors including Brecken Rivara, Gail O’Brien, Gems Goddard, Kenna Hoops, Marianna de Sanctis and Reni Hardmeier. Paola Berton, the organizer of the annual event, told Hooping.org, “I’d chosen the teachers to give to people some of techniques, dancing and flow, tricks and creativity, a complete mix of what hoop dance is.”
One of the guaranteed highlights of a hoop retreat would be the performance showcase where teachers show you just why it is they are the ones leading classes. And lest you think Paola is simply an event organizer, she also delivered one of the standout performances as well.
Reni Hardmeier of HulaHooop.com also captivated us with her performance as she gracefully delivered great hooping tricks without whizzing through them so fast that you missed them. Her performance was perfect for beginners and the experienced alike, seeing what exactly is going on without being overwhelmed is just what the teacher ordered. Reni lives in Zürich, Switzerland.
Check out photos from this year too. What’s the future have in store for the Italian Hoop Connection? Paola informed us that next year promises to be even more special. She explained, “Next year I’ll find a location that can host at least 50 people in a different beautiful place in Italy. It’s gonna be a amazing surprise close to an other stunning city!”
Video Editor Richie Isaacs was adopted into a musical family and spent his life with guitar in hand. In 2010 a friend started hooping so, not one to miss out, he promptly ordered one and has been madly in love ever since. When not hooping he can be found playing guitar in local bands in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Are you still trying to figure out what the heck the difference is between doing a regular weave versus a three beat weave? Well, you’re in luck because today Emma Kerr of Hooping Mad is here with a tutorial that breaks down the three beat weave. First she reviews several ways to begin the regular two beat weave aka the figure eight weave with two hoops. She explains that the extra beat that differentiates the three beat weave is added by allowing the hoops to spin on your thumbs. She recommends not using mini hoops when you are learning the three beat weave because those tiny minis will spin much more quickly. Using larger hoops will allow the hoops to spin more slowly while you get the hang of what you’re doing. Filmed at Kings Beach in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California, USA. Kenna lives in Bristol, England, UK.
You may remember that last week, Kenna Hoops of Hooping Mad taught us how to do the one handed coin flip (as well as several variations and combinations with this trick). Now that you’ve had some time to practice, she is back with the second part of her tutorial to show us how to incorporate this trick with twins. You’ll learn how to do a one handed coin clip with an iso turn (from both a static and spinning position), a double isolation, a throw, and hip reels. Filmed in beautiful Wellington, New Zealand, while Kenna was at New Zealand Hoopfest. Kenna lives in Bristol, England, UK.
by Anne-Marie Emerson
The New Zealand hooping community came together for the second annual New Zealand HoopFest, held in the beautiful setting that is the Brookfields Outdoor Education Centre in Wainuiomata, near Wellington. The event attracted 75 hoopers from throughout New Zealand and all around the globe. Organizer Claire French of Frenchy Productions – known to everyone affectionately as “Frenchy” – says she was delighted to be able to bring international hoop stars to the event this year as well. “It’s been great to have so many super-skilled people here. Kenna Hoops is a friend of mine from the UK. She contacted me and said she was coming over this side of the world and would love to come and teach. Lisa Lu is from Germany, but she’s been doing work placement here in New Zealand. And KaytiBunny came all the way from the States.”
We take you to New Zealand where we find Kenna Hoops of Hooping Mad ready to teach all of us how to do the one handed coin flip! This is quite a lengthy tutorial because not only does she show us how to do the one handed coin flip, but she also teaches us several variations and combinations that can be done with this trick as well. Filmed in lovely Wellington, New Zealand, where the color of the sky almost matches her hair, Kenna lives in Bristol, England, UK, and was in New Zealand for New Zealand Hoopfest.
Wellington, New Zealand. The nation’s capital, home to the arts, the Beehive, Peter Jackson and wind. Lots of wind. Wellington’s official nickname is Windy Wellington so it’s no surprise our international hooper stars here are experiencing a helping hand from the breeze. Emma Hörnell from Östersund, Sweden, Kenna Hoops of Hooping Mad in Bristol, England, UK, and Ryn Hooligan of New Zealand are our truly international wind defying hoopers, hooping to Detektivbyran’s “Lyckans Undulat” which you can get for yourself on iTunes.
Deciding what to write about after an amazing day at Hoop Convergence is like trying to choose which hoops you’ll bring on a trip. There’s so much goodness! My day began with a class with Bags on Z-spins and working with two hoops without actually even spinning them. It’s opened up a new world of play for me. The class was down by the lake and now I wish every hoop class I take could be next to a lake with the birds singing and the sun shining. It was a great way to get energized and wake up. Next was more off-body hooping and arm work with Kenna Hoops, learning how to do showy tricks that wow people. Her class was so absolutely packed it was difficult to actually complete the movements at times. There was circus flips and palm spins and a bit of work on wedgies — which was hilariously entertaining as well as a great trick to learn. Mine definitely needs work…