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Hoopcamp Spins National Public Radio

hoopcamp by Philo Hagen

As hoopers from across the country and around the world are busy making their way this week to Santa Cruz, California, USA, for Hoopcamp 2014, the largest annual gathering specifically for hoopers on the planet, Here & Now’s Robin Young of National Public Radio took a closer look at what the big event is all about. Now in it’s 7th year, hoopers are once again coming together in California to share, connect, learn, and celebrate the hoop as a transformational movement tool for creative self-expression. Young tells her NPR listeners, “The hoops look like hula hoops, but are a little different,” and she interviews Hoopcamp organizer Heather Troy to get the spin on it and hooping itself.

Heather Troy I asked Heather about her NPR experience. Was there anything that happened before actually going on the radio? “I got up at 5am for the 6am interview – they are in Boston,” she explained. “We had an informational interview the day before where they asked me more questions having to do with Hoopcamp, including more about how I got into hooping personally.” And what does she think of the NPR interview now that it’s hit the airwaves? “The interviewer was very nice,” she explained, “and easy to chat with, although I felt like I needed to speak slowly and clearly and I think I sounded strange on the recording.” I think Heather sounds great and does a great job speaking for our community.

robinyoung We also learn on the air that Young, as it turns out, also happens to be the ex-sister-in-law of hoop dancer Sass Schultz of Johannesburg, South Africa. Sass even attended Hoopcamp #2, was part of the Good Vibe Hoop Tribe with other early hoop dance pioneers, and is one of the hoopers whose story is featured in the documentary film The Hooping Life. You’ll also hear that Robin was very interested in the Twerking Unicorn Hula Hoop Relay Race hosted by Hoopalicious, and she loved Matt Porretta’s performance video from last year’s Hoopcamp too.

“I was very honored that they contacted me,” Heather said, “and I’m so excited for Hoopcamp this year. It was really the perfect moment to have something unexpected like this spin in. It’s always great to get hooping in the news, but with 5OO wonderful hoopers about to show up here, it really couldn’t have put a bigger smile on my face.” Hoopcamp takes place annually at Pema Osel Ling, a Tibetan spiritual center located in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz mountains of California. Registration for 2014 is closed, but if you’re not going to be in attendance why not make plans to be there next year. It truly is special event for hoopers that is not to be missed.


Philo Hagen 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.

NPR Gets Hooping with Hoopla!Berlin



Earlier this week we dropped in on a hoopjam in Berlin hosted by Hoopla!Berlin. Now WNYC, New York’s flagship public radio station, is doing the same. Balazs Ari, a former mountain bike racer from Canada, has made a career out hooping. “It’s something like yoga but faster. It’s one way of saying it. It’s like Pilates without all the equipment. It’s like riding a bike with a smaller circle, if you wanna do it for exercise,” Ari explained. Hoopla!Berlin was established by Ari and his girlfriend, Rachel Catton, six years ago and they teach hoop dance. “Basically, it started with one hoop,” Ari says. “My girlfriend had this hoop at home, and after five minutes, I started sweating. I figured this could be good exercise. I don’t like going to the gym. Then we started to look into it, and we realized, in California, it’s been a trend since the early nineties. Well, it’s a trend. There are so many moves. We started to experiment and to practice, and it took about a year to build up the courage to actually start doing classes.” Britta Poppe is a Hoopla!Berlin regular. Once a week she joins their class at Kater Holzig, a club near Jannowitzbruecke. She says she can tune out all her problems. It’s a bit like meditation but also a great work out. “It’s really good for toning the body because all these lower muscles, the deeper muscles are trained. You have to change your equilibrium every second, so it’s really good for toning the body. Listen to the radio broadcast below.

Archeologist Jo Thredgold Gets Roxby Downs Hooping

Jo Thredgold and Tracy Warneke Hooping

Jo Thredgold and Tracy Warneke Hooping

Jo Thredgold gave a great interview to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), telling them it can be a bit of a squeeze hooping inside her small cabin in the Roxby Downs caravan park, but she insisted it was a fun way to wind down after her work out at the Olympic Dam Mine. Wait a minute, she works in a mine? In fact she does, as an archaeologist. When she isn’t working, however, she’s busy getting others in the outback mining community hooked on hooping. “It’s just a bit of a release at the end of the day, it’s something physical to do and I don’t have to think too much, and it’s very different to what I do during the day.” Jo began hooping three years ago after finding a video online. Jo told ABC that today’s hooping is very different than the hula hooping of her childhood. She uses large heavier hoops constructed from garden hosing and hoops all over her body, not just her waist. Often on a Sunday afternoon, Jo takes her hoop to the local community park where she gets others hooked on hooping. Tracy Warneke, a recent recruit, told ABC that most people in the community are supportive, noting, “People are really interested to know what it’s all about, but I must admit my mother thinks it’s a little bit strange.” Listen to the full interview. Jo and Tracy live in Roxby Downs, South Australia, Australia.

Rowan TwoSisters on the Radio

Rowan TwoSisters On 90.1 KPFT Radio For Peace in Houston, Texas, they tuned into the topic of health and hooping with “Fat Hooper Star” Rowan TwoSisters of Punk Rock Hoops this morning. “One thing I think is super fun about hooping is that it reminds us how to play and laugh, cause even kind of sitting here and listening to the Monsanto thing, man that’s a kick, so how do we not internalize that and get smaller and more turned in on ourselves, right? When we go outside and start hooping, turn on some good music, and when you hoop, typically in the beginning, most of us aren’t very good, especially myself, so it takes an awesome sense of humor to keep going. But once you’re in that bright and shiny hula hoop things start being a little bit more fun, the energy gets a little bit higher and you start laughing a little bit more. Somebody’s kid will wander up, try and hoop with you, and all of a sudden you’ve got a little community going and that’s what so fun about hooping… And because I am a fat hula hooper I have some biscuits, I call those the little pudgy spots underneath my arm, check out what I can do with my biscuits! Woohoo! And y’know the more I hoop the more my biscuits go down.” An inspiring awesome interview! Listen in starting at the 7:30 mark.