Ashley Drumb is super psyched about the new type of personal flow she has unleashed with her reflective hoop in a recent practice session. This totally uncut video really showcases her skills within the circle too as she dances crisply and smoothly with her hoop. She’s on point from start to finish! Ashley lives in Detroit, Michigan, USA and her soundtrack for this one is “Toxic” by Yael Naim, which is available for you to download a copy of for your own collection on iTunes.
Jacquie Imhoff spins up some beautiful moves and signature flow in her debut on hooping.org. Films in a great studio space in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jacquie’s moves are so smooth to the touch one you can get lost in them, and when she loses her hat do you think she’s going to stop hooping to pick it up? You’ll have to see for yourself. Jacquie lives in Chicago, Illinois, USA, and the soundtrack for this one is “Pretty Thoughts” by Alina Baraz & Galimatias and you can score a copy of it for your own collection on iTunes.
Alyssa Prince and Luna Byrd gathered together in what Luna calls her “Byrd Nest” for a practice session with their LED hoops. It’s really cool seeing how they respond to each others energy and their attempt at partner hooping was a success, as you can see for yourself. Alyssa and Luna both live in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA, and the soundtrack for this video is “Gooey” by Glass Animals, and it’s available for you to download a copy of for yourself over on iTunes.
It’s that time of year again hoopers! Casting for the 2015 Electric Forest Hoop Troupe has officially begun – and this year there’s another new spin on it all too. Spin up something amazing and you might just spin your way into a golden opportunity to score yourself a ticket to the sold out Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Michigan, and perform in the showcase on the Sherwood Forest stage with the Troupe. But wait, there are even more cool perks to think about, like your artist camping spot with the Troupe, 2 meal vouchers per day, artist wristbands that allow you access to all the same areas as the performers, spinning up coordinated high-visibility “Incidents” with the Hoop Troupe, not to mention the creative exchange and support of Luna Breeze and Mary Gargett, both pre-event and on-site. So what exactly are they looking for?
Before you go spinning up an audition, take note that duos are encouraged again this year and choreography is a must! This year the Hoopie Award winning hoop troupe is stepping into the new theme this year and will be spinning audiences into a whole new dimension of talent and TIME. Yes, the theme for this years troupe auditions is Time Travel and eras. Whether you throw it back as far as the Stone Age, or throw it forward, far into the Space Age, let your creative juices flow. Step into a time machine, and take us them on a video journey through history. “We are expecting fully developed acts that reflect a particular era in costuming, presentation, creativity and song choice,” Luna explained. Need some examples of eras to explore? How about Victorian, Jurassic, Stone Age, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, Colonial, Renaissance, Middle Ages, or any other specific time period you have in mind.
If you want to throw your hoop into the ring, get to work, and be sure to follow the directions specifically or your submission may not be eligible. Video auditions are being accepted from March 15th through April 12th at 11:59 pm EST. Read the rules carefully, choose the era that inspires you, create and practice your choreography, get funky or formal on the era-appropriate costume front, film your video and upload it to YouTube (so they can be part of the YouTube playlist) with the title “Electric Forest 2015 Hoop Troupe Audition” – then submit your videa using the form over here.
Here’s what you need to do to make in happen. Introduce yourself, your era and concept to the camera. Show them your unique personality and tell them why you deserve to be part of the Electric Forest Hoop Troupe. Videos must be 3 minutes or less. Got it? 3 minutes or less. Don’t go over. Your performance must reflect a specific era in your costume choice, music choice, and character. Hooping must be a large part of your performance too, although other props are also welcome. Your video does not have to be taken in one shot, although they must be able to get a good sense of your stage ready act. Obviously they want to see that you have a developed concept and amazing hula hoop skills, given what you’ll be doing, more then they want to see your video editing skills.
Remember that partner acts are welcome. All submissions must be in video format only and you can use props, music, post-production effects, and other people in the video if you want. You must, however, physically be the person featured in your audition video. They need to see you! You must agree to take this role seriously and consider yourself a high profile part of the event. You must agree that you will not submit entries that are copyrighted, protected by trademark or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owners to submit the material to this contest in full compliance with these official rules. Got it? Good.
Anything else? Actually, yes. You must also agree that you will not submit entries that are false, inaccurate, misleading, unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libelous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially offensive or otherwise annoying—or encouraging any criminal behavior — or give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or are otherwise inappropriate, as may be determined by the sponsors, or contrary to the sponsors’ other state policies and procedures where applicable. So what are you waiting for? Get your Electric Forest Hoop Troupe casting submissions together now! Follow the rules and guidelines closely and submit your videos here.
Jay Karma, otherwise known as Jason Cartwright, spins up some mesmerizing hoop skills all over the city of Detroit. In this new video, directed and edited by Elisa Azadbakht, he’s quite slick at manipulating that hoop and showing off his skills with both day and LED hoops. Jay is currently living in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA, and the soundtrack for this video is called “Moon Trance” by Lindsay Stirling, and it can be easily downloaded and added to your own collection on iTunes.
Jillian Francis, aka Francis Flow, reminds us that you can light up a melancholy day simply by spinning things up, and she does just that hooping around Marine City, Michigan. Visiting her most loved spots with her lively orange circle, she consolidates a variety of tricks ranging from flawless chest rolls to immaculate palm spins. Jillian resides in Macomb, Michigan, USA, and the soundtrack she’s hooping to here is “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request” by RJD2 and you can grab your very own copy of it on iTunes.
Mike Hayataka and Tyler Alexander spin it hard in this little kick ass hoop duet. It’s from a Bangarang Circus Arts performance – a collective of performance artists based out of Grand Rapids who share a passion for all things circus and a desire for community. They both live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and the soundtrack for this is “Do My Thang” by Griz and you can get your copy of it quite easily over on iTunes.