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How To Get Your Campus Hooping It Up!

The Boston University Hooping Project

The Boston University Hooping Project

by Rachel Conlisk

So you’ve been back at school for a few months now, but something is missing. Sure, you’ve got your friends and you have your hoop, but even though there are an awful lot of clubs and societies on campus, what you really need is a hooping club, right? Well, some lucky students are actually at colleges and universities that already have established hooping or circus clubs. If there is nothing happening where you are, then you are going to have to take matters into your own hands. How? Make your own! I spoke with Mona Shpongledhoops, formerly of the University of Vermont, Valeska Griffiths of the University of Toronto, and Rose Kreditor of Boston University, all of whom successfully started up hooping clubs on campus from scratch. In fact, they gave me the lowdown on just how they did it, how it worked out for them and more.

Rachel: When and how did you get your hooping club started?

Mona: I started the UVM Hoop Dancing Club in the Fall of 2007 with some friends that I lived with. Our University had specific steps to submit a particular sport or recreational activity to be officially recognized by the school. So we filled out all the necessary paperwork and then had to present our proposal to the athletic activities board. We made a Power Point presentation explaining what “Hooping” is and how it would benefit the body and mind.

Valeska: My friend Shannon and I co-founded the University of Toronto Hoopdance and Flow Arts club (HAFA) in the summer of 2013. We’d already been spending most of our time practicing for the last couple of years (hooping for her, hooping and contact juggling for me), and thought it would be fun to get to know other students. We registered as a club through the University and attracted new members by hosting impromptu jams outside the main library on campus.

Rose: I set up The Boston University Hooping Project in 2012 on Boston University’s campus with the hope that it would entice BU students to learn and create a space and community for BU (and greater area) spinners – I had been hooping for 4 months! Though I went through the process of making The BU Hooping Project a recognized BU club alone, we now have a President, Vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

Hoop Dance with Pinto Bella

Katie Pinto Le Brun Pinto Bella, otherwise known as Katie Pinto LeBrun of Pinto Bella Hoops, is making her hooping.org debut here with this sweet and graceful representation of her hoop dance flow. Combining yoga, breathwork, dance and hooping, of course, her goal is to really facilitate a deeper level of flow and we think she did it. Katie currently lives on the road, and the soundtrack for this one is called “Awake” by Tycho and you can find your very own copy of it for your collection over on iTunes.

Ambient Hooping With Sheri Alice O’Brian

Sheri ALice Hooping Idol 4’s Sheri Alice O’Brian of Sheri Alice Performance Art dropped our jaws to the floor with her newest video. Stunting her twin hoop tech, among chest rolls, multiple hooping and juggling, she’s spinning it up at one year and seven months of hooping and we’re still blown away by her progress. Sheri Alice is from Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA, and the soundtrack to this “A Walk” by Tycho which can be easily found for your collection on on iTunes.

Hooping for Peace with Sheri Alice O’Brian

sherialiceobrienimagine Sheri Alice O’Brian of Sheri Alice Performance Art from Hooping Idol 4 spins a hooping community message of peace. In “Imagine Peace: A Hoopers Message” she asks, “Can you imagine….a world of peace?” Yes WE can, especially with our hoops. She lives in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, USA, and the soundtrack here is the Nico Luminous’ remix of John Lennon’s “Imagine” which can you can get on Soundcloud.

Summer Hooping with Nora Jenny and Kendall Meehl

tmp_15319-EarlySummerHooping-753928842 Teamwork at its best! Nora Jenny and Kendall Meehl come together for a super fun, harmonized hoop routine that, along with the beautiful wooded backdrop and sunny weather, truly captures the spirit of summer hooping. They both currently reside in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, and the soundtrack for this video is called “Pa’ Que Enamore” by Telmary Diaz & William Vivanco, and you can get your very own copy of it over on iTunes.

Little L’s Hula Hoop Performance

Little L hoopingThe Vegetable Circus is coming to town and Little L spins up an awesome circus hooping performance you won’t want to miss! Check her out as she uses four vegetable-green colored hula hoops to impress a super audience full of kids from a local school as part of a larger circus show that teaches kids to make healthy life choices. The Vegetable Circus travels around Massachusetts, North Carolina, Rhode Island and even California, so be sure to catch their show if you have the chance. Little L lives in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, and the soundtrack is “Je M’amuse” by Caravan Palace and you can get it on iTunes.

Hooping Idol 4: The Finale Results Show!

Hooping Idol 3: Finale Results Show In our Hooping Idol 4 Finale Results Show, Hooping.org salutes all three of our outstanding finalists who made it to the end because they all rock! What an amazing Hooping Idol 4 Season Finale it was and they’re all winners in our book, and even though only one will be spinning away with our Hooping Idol 4 Ultimate Prize Package, our biggest prize package ever, we invite and encourage everyone to share the love with all three of our finalists today, regardless of the outcome. We love them all and we hope you do too.

Who will be our new Hooping Idol? Will it be Sheri Alice O’Brian of New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA? Will it be Lisa Ellipse of London, England, UK. Will it be Esmeralda Garcia of Hermosillo, Sonora, México? We’re all about to find out.

We started off seven weeks ago when we met our 21 contenders who all spun up something amazing for Hip Hop Week and six were eliminated. Then our remaining 15 rocked it out for Classic Rock Week and five more were sent home, bringing us to our top ten. They all spun things up with jet set style for High Society Week and even though three were to be eliminated, only two were sent home as the result of a tie. Then came Musicals Week for the remaining eight and three were eliminated, leaving us with five fantastic finalists for Performance Week. Two more made their exits, which brought us to our season finale with our final three!

Hooping.org’s Philo Hagen hosts our Hooping Idol 4 Finale Results Show, spinning up love for all three of our contenders. And now, our search for the next great hooper star is complete!

Thank you once again to all of our contestants this season. We love you all. Thank you to everyone who auditioned, all of our illustrious judges and special guests, all of our amazingly generous prize sponsors, and to each and everyone of you for being a part of the Hooping Idol experience. Thanks everybody and congratulations to our new Hooping Idol. Happy hooping everybody!

Jennie Chenkin

Jennie Chenkin Jennie Chenkin celebrates her first hoopiversary with a video that she made especially for the occasion, and can we just say that it’s really brilliantly edited? Well good, because I guess we just did! She says, “When I first picked up a hoop, I had no idea how quickly and deeply it would take me in. I’ve since found love in its purest form, for both my circle and myself.” YAY! Happy Hoopiversary Jennie and we can so relate. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, and the soundtrack for this one is “Grayrigg” by Lotus and you can download it on iTunes.