Deanne Love of Hoop Lovers proclaims to be a choco-holic and eats chocolate every single day, sometimes even for breakfast! But, never fear, she goes on to show you how she burns all those brownie calories away, turning them into stong abs thanks to an awesome hula hooping core workout. What perfect timing with the holidays just around the corner and all the yummy foods that will be festively place around our tables and offices, right? Keep this one handy and bookmarked for easy reference and go ahead and enjoy a few holiday treats. Deanne Love lives in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
by Philo Hagen
Great isn’t the only word, especially when you have Olivia Newton-John center circle. Hooping is the word as well and the English-born Australian singer, songwriter, and actress with four Grammy awards and five No. 1 singles to her credit, is spinning up something fun and festive this weekend for a good cause down under. For those who may not know her, with more than ten Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles and two No. 1 Billboard solo albums, Olivia has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world, even doing so in a variety of genres from pop to country, even new age. Having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide and perhaps best known for co-starring role with John Travolta in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Grease, the legendary pop idol is also a cancer survivor. Having survived breast cancer in 1992, she has been an advocate for health awareness becoming involved with various charities, health products and fundraising efforts.
Tomorrow night in Melbourne, Australia, Olivia is celebrating the grand opening of her new Cancer and Wellness Center and to celebrate and get the community involved she and her team organized a Wellness Walk through the streets of the city. An incredible team at Perfect Events helped organize the festivities and reeled in Deanne Love of Hoop Lovers. She told Hooping.org, “They wanted me to share hoops with the walkers as they came in for a water break and playful pit stop. I was set up with 50 hoops and fun music ready to entertain and play with as many hoop stars as I could.” Little did she know, one of those hoop stars would turn out to be Olivia herself.
Of the 1500 walkers who stopped in for a spin and a laugh, most of them recounting childhood memories inside the hoop and sharing their hoop joy with Deanne, after most of the walkers went through a smaller group entered the area and it was none other than Olivia Newton-John and her team. Deanne explained, “Olivia walked straight up to me and the hoops, picked one up and instantly gave it a spin like a total hoop star. With absolute grace and poise she chatted to me and the rest of her team while hooping around the area. We joked that her outfit and hoop matched perfectly as if she had planned it.” Olivia continued to hoop as well, encouraging her team to all get their hoops spinning too, and they did. “We giggled at the ‘moopers’ in her crew,” a term coined for male hoopers, as “they were having a blast.”
But wait, there’s more. “Later on Olivia even tried partner hooping inside the hoops with her man. She told me that she used to be able to hoop very well as a child, even neck hooping. It seemed like she hadn’t lost any of her hoop skills either. She’s still got it!” After lots of hooping, plenty of laughter and many photos were taken, Olivia graciously thanked Deanne and the other hoopers in the area before moving on to complete the Wellness Walk. How was it for a hoop star like Deanne to hoop with a superstar of her caliber? She told Hooping.org, “It was such a lovely experience to hoop with my childhood idol. She was very warm, friendly and playful; best of all a total natural inside the hoop.”
Quite the advocate for health and wellness, we won’t be at all surprised if we get to see Olivia hooping it up more in the future. Tomorrow night, however, she’ll be spinning things up for the new Cancer and Wellness Center and the event is sold out. Presented by Olivia with The Board of Austin Health, Olivia and celebrity friends will be bringing Grease back to life. The spectacular show held at the Regent Plaza Ballroom will be hosted by Deborah Hutton and David Campbell with live performances by Olivia Newton-John, Kate Ceberano, Anthony Callea, Rob Mills, Tim Campbell, James Reyne, Kate DeAraugo, Brian Mannix, Chantelle Delaney, Melinda Schneider, Tottie Goldsmith & The Chantoozies and Paulini Curuenavuli.
Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and has won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Deanne Love of Hooplovers returns with another superb tutorial, this time teaching hoopers how to master an off body pop in combination – in Bali! The Sacred Circularities retreat sure provides a breathtaking backdrop for learning. As she demonstrates the stellar combo, she explains that “often we just kind of change the direction of the hoop just by squeezing…. but a pop in makes [it] really extravagant”. So true, Deanne Love! We love seeing how creative hoopers can get with transitions and combinations to make their dance unique. Sharing these unique moves provides the opportunity for us to get more comfortable with turning hooping into hoop dancing. She lives and teaches in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.