If you don’t know who Martha Graham is, the American modern dancer and choreographer’s influence on dance has been compared with the influence Picasso had on the modern visual arts, StravinskyH had on music, or Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture. Here we find Lainey Be of the Kaleidoscope Collective hoop dancing in celebration of historical dance legend Martha Graham. As Lainey says, “I love me some Martha Graham!” She’s planning on lengthening and perfecting this routine for her next performance too, so keep an eye out for it. Lainey lives in Seattle, Washington, USA, and the music used in this is the “Psycho Suite” by Bernard Herrman and it’s available for you to get on iTunes.
Hooping on your own is a blast, but it’s even more fun to do with friends and that’s something they recently decided to do a whole lot more of. Jaaron Miller, Kwame Corbett, Lainey Be, Annie Boitano and Laurel Cleveland have joined forces for the first time as a complete company, one that they’re calling the Kaleidoscope Collective. These Seattle based hoopers are on a mission too and we have to say, we haven’t seen a hoop jam video we’ve enjoyed this much in a long time. They live in Seattle, Washington, USA, and the soundtrack for this is “Wallow” by Throwing Snow and Py and you can get it for yourself on iTunes.
Laura Lantz has some incredible balance going on in her life, and we’re not just talking about her ability to get through the day. Here we find her taking her hoop for a walk and a spin as she braves the scary world of the slack line. And for those of you have never tried setting foot on one, we’re here to tell you that it’s even more difficult than it looks. She lives in Kirkland, Washington, USA, where apparently all of the trees And yes, those are the same trees you’ve wear beautiful sweaters.
Would you like to learn how to hoop on one leg? Well then this is the tutorial for you. John “Hoopsmiles” Coyne is here to teach you how to hoop on one leg / knee, including lifting your leg and inserting your leg back into the hoop – from beginner to advanced trick possibilities. After all, one legged hooping can be pretty important in a lot of more complicated hooping tricks. Jon lives in Seattle, Washington, USA, and the song playing is called “Head Out The Window Going 60″ which he wrote himself.
On March 17th of ever year, Lá Fhéile Pádraig, aka The day of Feast of Saint Patrick – more widely known as St. Patrick’s Day – is celebrated all over the globe. And while the celebration is generally about what it means for them to be Irish, a lot of people are are only Irish for this one day every year. Seattle hoopers serve up a pint or two of St. Patrick’s Day smiles in this very fun and wonderfully creative and well choreographed hoop dance video that’s not to be missed. Shot at Gas Works Park and co-stars some of Seattle’s finest hoopers including Renee Niemerg, Sarah Bellum, Samantha Imperi, Turn Ity, Beverly Smith, Nicole Sanchez, Carrie Christensen, Heather Burditt, Sarah Beth, and of course Jon “Hoopsmiles” Coyne of Hoopsmiles who also directed this project. The choreography is by Jon and Renee. They live in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Ah, the bliss of love of Valentine’s Day that can only be delivered by Cupid’s Hula Hoop. It’s a tale of romance and wonder when Cupid and his special hoops bring love to two desiring hoopers, in a tandem double hooping sort of way. It’s a Valentine’s Day hoop dance romance production by Jon “Hoopsmiles” Coyne of Hoopsmiles that also features Carrole Johnson and Jaime Ramirez as Cupid, filmed on location in the city they all live and love in – Seattle, Washington, USA. The original soundtrack is also by Jon Coyne. A Hooping.org Video of the Day.
Hooping.org proudly celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr, shown here with his wife, kids and a hula hoop. Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day, a federal holiday in the United States that marks the birthday of King. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement in America, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968 and was finally officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.
A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, serving as its first president. With the SCLC, King led an unsuccessful struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia in 1962, and organized nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama that attracted national attention following television news coverage of the brutal police response. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech which you can hear portions of in this tribute to King by Jon Coyne of Hoopsmiles and other Seattle hoopers. It’s a tribute to King done through hula hoop art and song. He lives in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Hey mini-hoop enthusiasts, Michelle Hazzard is here with a recap from the mini-hoop class that she taught at Hoopcamp 2012. Here she shows us a move called “Fountain” that is lovely – and you can also catch two more new tutorials from her if you’re interested in minis – a 1.5 Beat Weave and the Behind the Back Waistwrap. She lives in Seattle, Washington, USA.