Tag Archive for Long Island

Hula Hooping at the Beach: 1960 Long Island NY

beachhooping1960 The vintage hula hoop revolution began in 1958, and this 1960 flashback video by David Haas contains rare footage of his family hula hooping on a Long Island beach in New York. David’s uncle, William “Buddy” Whitman Jr., filmed his friends having a fun day with a hula hoop. Many of William’s friends are eager to take a turn and David’s daughter, Anna Hass, sings the beautiful soundtrack in the background, inciting nostalgic memories of better times. This song in fact is called “Better Times” by Anna Hass and it can be downloaded on iTunes.

Full Moon Hooping with Abby Lane

Abby Lane Hooping Things are getting spooky around here! Abby Lane hoops by the light of the full moon in this hauntingly beautiful video by Bartholomew Schwarz at Under the Radar Studios. Abby has her fire hoop lit and puts a spin on Halloween spirits with some cool effects that really turned this into something magical. Abby comes to us from Montauk, New York, USA, and the soundtrack used here is called “She Was” by Seven Lions Featuring Birds of Paradise and it is available you to download She Was (feat. Birds of Paradise) - Days to Come - EP">on iTunes.

Hula Hoop Fitness with Heathen Benny


Heathen Benny Hello, lovelies. Benny Berrafato, otherwise known as Heathen Benny, is here to teach us a few things about hula hooping for fitness and it’s actually one of our favorite lessons in awhile. Why? Well, it’s not that everything he has to say is accurate, like his directions for how to choose the right size hoop simply do not work for lots of people. And it’s not that he even really has hooping for fitness down – in fact he’s a veritable novice. But in spite of these things we know that Benny likes to be happy and he made us a whole lot happier simply by watching this and we’re pretty sure he’ll do the same for a lot of you as well. He’s from Long Island, New York, USA.

Evan Davis

Evan Davis Summer, beaches, and hula hoops almost make the perfect love triangle. When two of these components are paired it’s almost like they were made for each other, but when all three come together? That’s when it becomes something magical. Evan Davis shares some summer seaside hoop love with us as he brings sunshine of his very own, jamming out on the beach in Amagansett, Long Island, New York. Evan lives in Coram, New York, USA, and his music of choice for this is “Don’t Blame Yourself” by New Deal, which you can get for yourself on iTunes.

Bat Mitzvah Hooping

Bat Mitzvah Hooping Welcome to Taylor’s Bat Mitzah. Our entertainment for tonight will be the hoop dance stylings of the lovely and talented Jami Doria of Hip Mama Hula Hoops – who is in fact a very hip mother of two. After several years of only seeing herself as “mom” and “wife” she rediscovered her inner essence and regained her identity as a vibrant woman, uncovering her creative passions through the art of hoop dance. Now hooping is her vibrant life. She’s a full-time resident of Long Island’s East End community in New York and the soundtrack for this beautifully filmed video by Forte Productions is “Finally Moving” by Pretty Lights and it’s available on iTunes.

Long Island Hoops for Health

imageThe hooping bug has hit Long Island, New York  and the hoopers there are thrilled to talk about its health benefits.  Jami Goleski of Hip Mama Hula Hoops credits her hoop practice for her bounce back to shape after pregnancy.  Goleski told Long Island Newsday, “Finding hooping was the best thing that has happened to me since I became a mother. Hooping is what a person wants to make of it . . . It’s not structured like an aerobics class or any other fitness class that follows a structured routine with the sole purpose being strengthening muscles and losing weight.“ In Greenport, New York,  Rachel Reich, owner of Five Branches Wellness is happy to have a hooping class at her fitness center. Reich gives credence to the total body and mind benefits hooping offers, “You use the hoop on the body as well as off, so it’s really a full-body workout, strengthening deep core muscles as well as arms and legs. Hooping increases flexibility and balance, and has a positive effect on mood and self-esteem.”  And Reich personally vouches for the fitness advantages of hooping,  “After a few classes, I was already doing several techniques. I’ve noticed an increase in overall flexibility and sense of pride in being able to master new techniques.“

Diane Gunder Has Northern Long Island in a Spin

Diane Gunder

Diane Gunder (photo by by Lisa Finn)

Diane Gunder had never even touched a hula hoop until a year and a half ago. Then, one day, Gunder saw a Facebook post from her friend Jamie Doria about hooping and decided to give it a whirl. “I saw it and said, ‘Wow, I want to do that,'” according to the North Fork Patch. “I haven’t been able to put the hoop down since. I’m addicted. I found one of my passions in life!” For her, hooping is great for fitness as well. She explained, “It’s a great workout that strengthens the entire core and tones the whole body. When you’re moving with the hoops, it’s an intense cardio workout. You can burn up to 600 calories per hour in a low-impact workout. I’ve never felt better in my life.” She’s also got her Mom hooping now too. “My mom hoops for 40 minutes a day. She was having back problems, but now she’s able to bend and garden again.”