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Tiana Zoumer at New Zealand Hoopfest

Tiana Zoumer Tiana Zoumer of ZoumerUs.com brings us another one of her funk-ified freestyle performances, this time at the New Zealand Hoopfest. You know things are going to get crazy when she breaks out the “noodle hoop”! Tiana writes, “Had an awesome time teaching, geeking, and meeting my NZ hoop family.  And in case nobody’s told you yet today: I like the way you work it, No Diggity. No doubt.”  Tiana lives in Oakland, California, USA, and her performance soundtrack is “No Diggity” by Chet Faker and you can grab a copy of it for yourself on iTunes.

New Zealand Hoopfest Spins It Up

New Zealand Hoopfest

New Zealand Hoopfest: Photo by Tawny Alma

[Guest blogger Anne-Marie Emerson gives us the hoop scoop on the New Zealand Hoopfest/a>]

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.”

New Zealand’s First Hoop Gathering

Claire French Hula Hooping

Claire French

New Zealand HoopFest is spinning into Wellington soon and it’s the first hoop gathering in kiwi country. Stuff reports that Karori woman Claire French is planning the inaugural three-day festival in Lower Hutt starting on February 17th. “I’m trying to show a lot of different styles so people who have never hula hooped before can get involved,” she said. “There will be workshops on burlesque hooping, hoop yoga and Native American hooping.” French became interested in hooping about five years ago when a friend encouraged her to try it. As well as being fun, hooping was very good exercise, she said. “I used to be double the size I am now. It’s a fun way to exercise and tone up. It doesn’t feel like you’re slogging yourself out in the gym. You can put some tunes on and give it a go.” Want more info? Check out the website and Facebook event page.