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A Look Back at Summer Hooping México 2014

Summer Hoooing México, Let us take you away to Xilitla for a look at Summer Hooping Mexico 2014. Not only does this film features organizer Fer Ramirez, but keep an eye out for Shakti Sunfire, Malcolm Stuart, See Ying Hoopspirit, Janelly Haros and many more. This event brought together hoopers from all corners of Mexico’s community to learn, share and grow in their hooping. Filmed and Edited by Arre Films, the soundtrack to this is “Blue Meanies” by Opposum – which can be easily found for you to download over on iTunes.

Hoopcamp 2014 Presenters Showcase

hoopcampshowcase copy by Philo Hagen

On Wednesday, September 24th, the opening night of Hoopcamp 2014, I had the distinguished honor to be Master of Ceremonies once again for the Hoopcamp Presenters Performance Showcase. Held at Pema Osel Ling, a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center nestled high in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, many of the 2014 instructors took to the stage. A whirlwind of amazing performances awaited us and for first time Hoopcamp attendees, as well as those of you at home who may be unfamiliar with some of these talented luminaries, the showcase was a great way to get to know Hoopcamp’s instructors this year right away. And thanks to Ben Pierson and Peri Pierson of Hoopcamp Films and the Idea Film Factory, now everybody can enjoy it.

There were a few technical difficulties with sound, but like all good hoopers we simply rolled with it that night – and got a new sound person for the Performance Showcase featuring Hoopcamp attendees that took place on Friday night. So whether you’re here to relive the magic, or take it all in for the very first time, this is the Hoopcamp 2014 Presenters Showcase just as it happened, and I’m just as honored to share it with you online, as I was to do so live that very night.

Luna Breeze of Luna Breeze Performance Art from Portland, Oregon, USA.

Aya Iwasaki of Aya Papaya from Los Angeles, California, USA.

Caterina Suttin of Incadescent Coils from Austin, Texas, USA.

Bex Burton of Sense of Motion from Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Jill Schofield from Portland, Oregon, USA.

Shellie White Light of The Healthy Hooper from Hakalau, Hawaii, USA.

GroovinMeGzz of The Hooping Body from Portland, Oregon, USA.

Caitlin “Isopuppy” Hofer of Santa Cruz, California, USA.

Matt Porretta from Glassboro, New Jersey, USA.

Tiana Zoumer of Zoumerus.com from Oakland, California, USA.

Kandice Korves-Kaus of Holistic Hooping from Sebastapol, California, USA.

Caroleeena of Caroleeena’s Circles of Joy from Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Shakti Sunfire from Santa Monica, California, USA.

Jenna Nordgren from Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach of Hoop Revolution from Los Angeles, California, USA.

The Hoop Hooligans with Jeff and Rewi from New Zealand.

I’d like to personally thank Hoopcamp organizers Heather Troy and Nessia Starr for inviting me to ring lead the show again this year, and I hope you all enjoyed the Hoopcamp 2014 Presenters Performance Showcase as much as I enjoyed being a part of what truly spun up to be an amazing evening.

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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.

Hoopcamp 2014: The Big Event

hoopcamp by Philo Hagen

If you’ve never been to Hoopcamp, then you’ve never attended the largest annual gathering specifically for hoopers on the planet. Every year we make a pilgrimage from all over the world to spend five days together spinning it up in the California redwoods, sharing knowledge and hoop love with one another along the way. Driving up the long and winding road, climbing higher and higher into the Santa Cruz Mountains, I grew increasingly excited about Hoopcamp the closer that I got to Pema Osel Ling, a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center and Hoopcamp’s home for the past five years. Making the left turn and arriving at the top of the drive, a sign welcomed me to Hoopcamp 2014. I made it and I couldn’t have been happier after missing it last year due to health concerns. Having attended six out of the seven events though, I knew it would be a great week, I knew there would probably be some unforeseen surprises, and I knew right where I wanted to pitch my tent. Organizers Heather Troy and Nessia Starr were there putting the finishing touches on everything as green, blue and red lights soared high into the trees above us, aglow in the dark especially for our time there together. Heading to my campsite a deer paused on the trail and welcomed me. You could feel the magic that was to come lingering in the air before it even began.

WEDNESDAY: SEPTEMBER 24th

Hoopers came in droves from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil, the UK, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, even Thailand, each and every one of them with a bundle of circles made of plastic draped over one shoulder. Once registered they each climbed the hill and found a place to call their own for the duration, and soon we were called to gather at the Temple Stage for an opening circle with Kandice Korves-Kaus of Holistic Hooping. The energy and intention set also set the course for another kickass Hoopcamp opening workshop by Jonathan Livingston Baxter of the HoopPath. As we spun it up together, we began to let it all go, finding ourselves in our circles surrounded by beautiful souls in a gorgeous setting.

Hoopcamp 2014 Begins. Photo by Beth Lavinder.

Hoopcamp 2014 Begins. Photo by Beth Lavinder.

From there we climbed the hills to the dining hall for dinner and delicious fellowship. The camp was abuzz with excitement and conversation. After dinner there were those who chose to partake of a workshop on Body, Breath Work and Beyond taught by Jocelyn Gordon of Hoop Yogini, while others of us preferred to revel in a little after dinner relaxation. I personally was busy getting the opening night Presenters Performance Showcase together. Honored to be the MC again this year, it was super exciting to see the instructors for this year taking to the stage and showing us what they were all about. A whirlwind of amazing talent indeed, with videos coming to hooping.org in the future. Even if our more newbie attendees weren’t familiar with some of the hoop stars that night, they certainly had an idea of whose classes they wouldn’t want to miss by the time it was over.

Bex Burton Performs, Photo by Jodi Jodette.

Bex Burton Performs, Photo by Jodi Jodette.

And following the big show there was, of course, more hooping. And cocktails for those who partake of such libations. And reconnecting with old friends. And connecting with new real life friends previously only witnessed online. They were real, and we could reach out and touch them. And time flew by. About 2am I made my way down the hill to my tent and once safely inside it, the rain began to fall. Listening to the pitter patter of raindrops upon the roof throughout the night, it was easy to tell when it began to pour later on. With my laptop and phone safely snuggled up beside me in my sleeping bag, I was able to hold out for a few hours. The waters inside my temporary home were rising and I was eventually forced to abandon ship. While the majority would weather their way through the storm brilliantly, I was one of several that sank. Most everything I owned ended up soaking wet. “Well, this must be the unforeseen surprise of 2014,” I said to myself. I put my laptop under my shirt and ran for shelter.

THURSDAY: SEPTEMBER 25th

It had previously only rained once at Hoopcamp, several years earlier. It happened near the very end of the event, just as we were packing up, and it was a light and warm rain that we all delighted to hoop and dance in. This year, however, the rain continued through the morning. Weather reports, however, called for a 20% chance of scattered showers, and with a three year drought most of us never really saw it coming. Was it the hoop dancing that called the much needed clouds to the mountain? Between the forecast and the downpour, me and several of my close hoop friends seriously began to wonder. Beth Lavinder and Bukki Sittler and Danielle Odette headed off to try to teach classes and find spaces under cover. As for myself, having been up all night, I managed to last through lunch and before finding a dry place to nap for most of the afternoon. Occasionally I caught ear shot of Caroleeena or Nicole Wong teaching a class, but the highlight of my afternoon was some much needed sleep.

I awoke later to the sounds of DJ Eartha Harris and her music soothed my soul and called me to life. I’m glad that it did too, or I might have missed something truly incredible – The Great Unicorn Hula Hoop Twerk Race. Hosted by Hoopalicious of GroovinMeGzz, Katie Holt McClain and Tiana Zoumer in the finals, but it was the only male unicorn, Van Maffei, who spun away with it all.

BeastWares.com Supermodels Phoenix McNamara, Samuel J. Granillo, and Amanda Shumack.

BeastWares.com super models Phoenix McNamara, Samuel J. Granillo, and Amanda Shumack. Photo by Philo Hagen.

Thursday evening there were hors d’oeuvres by Chef Mazi, another delicious Pema Osel Ling dinner and dessert (some amazingly delicious berry cobbler), and a fashion show where all of the amazing vendors from Hoopcamp strutted their stuff on the catwalk. Yes, another great reason to go to Hoopcamp is for the shopping.

Our night time featured a great big community trick share with everybody swapping notes on their moves, more cocktails, more conversation and more hooping galore. Sleeping bags made their way to the dryer, a few other hoops who needed to be relocated found new homes, and as we went to sleep on Thursday I think we all had the feeling everything was gonna be all right.

FRIDAY: SEPTEMBER 26th

Mornings at Hoopcamp begin with a yoga class at 7:00 am, followed by breakfast. There are hoopers that tend to be morning larks, who are naturally up at that hour and ready to stretch and greet the dawn. I’m personally of the be the last one to bed so I don’t miss anything night owl variety, and while I can’t really tell you about the mornings on campus, I can tell you that there is action from dawn to dusk. There were class offerings from Baxter and Luna Breeze on Friday morning, a tasty lunch break, and more classes taught by Mary Gargett, Aya Papaya and Matt Porretta. Earlene taught people how to hoop on stand up paddle boards in the swimming pool. There were aerial classes and cyr wheel classes and acroyoga classes too. Oh, and there was more rain. And thunder. And lightning. The hoop dance weather theory began making even more sense as millions of droplets of water fell from the sky. It didn’t last as long though, and most of us were well prepared the second time around.

Friday night, following a delicious dinner, came one of the true highlights of 2014 for me – the Community Performance Showcase. While many Hoopcamp attendees who are likely to be some of the most badass hoopers in their own local communities, at Hoopcamp everything is different. There are hundreds of hoopers and everyone knows about hooping and loves to spin it up. Performing in front of your peers takes courage and those who were willing to grace the stage this year let me know and all of their names were entered into a lottery. The only person certain to appear in the showcase was Esmeralda Garcia, the winner of Hooping Idol 4. She’d not only won a ticket to Hoopcamp 2014, but also a spot on stage. 13 other names were drawn and as I assembled the order for the show I soon realized several had never performed anywhere before in their life. As each person took to the stage the love fest for each and every one of them and our community grew and grew too. I don’t think there was a single one of us that wasn’t touched by all the love that very night. Stay tuned to hooping.org for performance videos from that night.

Heather Troy takes the stage. Photo by Yeshe Lhadron ZT.

Heather Troy takes the stage. Photo by Yeshe Lhadron ZT.

Our finale was something of a surprise as well, even to the person performing. Heather Troy, the organizer of Hoopcamp, who has been so busy at previous Hoopcamps that she never even got a chance to hoop, had never performed at her very own event either. Having told me about a dream she had once where her and her hoop were on the Hoopcamp stage, she said there were hoopers encircling her on all sides. She told me that a certain song was playing, and little did she know I’d downloaded it just for her. Ensuring she’d find a little time to hoop at Hoopcamp 2014, something she hadn’t yet been able to do, hoopers were invited up onto the stage to encircle the performance area, and as Heather stepped on to the stage and “One Voice” by The Wailin’ Jennys (on iTunes) began to play, she stepped into her hoop and performed for the very first time at Hoopcamp, and I don’t think there was a dry eye left in the house.

SATURDAY: SEPTEMBER 27th

The most beautiful day at Hoopcamp 2014 brought with it many delights and a few surprises. There were classes taught by Hoopalicious, Shakti Sunfire, Bex Burton, Caterina Suttin, The Hoop Hooligans, Tiana Zoumer, Shellie White Light and more. There was even a Samba Hoop Dance class taught by Davaryah Trugman with a live drum line that ended up parading through camp.

Down at the Temple Stage everyone gathered for our final evening hoopjam with live music. We all got together for a group photograph too, and then we made our way back up the hill to a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings – turkey, tofurkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce – it was really something. A fun filled Saturday night was in store for all of us too and it kicked off with the very first Hoopcamp Hoop Tape Off where several hoopers battled it out to see who could tape their hoop the fastest. It was hilarious and congratulations to Danielle Odette, the fastest hoop taper on the planet.

The Renegade Show also took place on Saturday night. Known for silliness, heckling, absurdity and plenty of laughs, before we made our way to the Redwood Stage, we first assembled in front of the dining hall for the very first cyr wheel performances at Hoopcamp. Sam Tribble and Elijah Leone Cherweznik, both of whom have been teaching at Hoopcamp in years past, dazzled all of us even more when they were able to truly show off their talents. Elijah’s performance was actually so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes, so it wasn’t any wonder that the audience demanded more, and more is what we got. Renegade fever took over and Elijah spun up what is probably the world’s first little boylesque strip tease performance ever done in a cyr wheel. It was amazing.

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As for the Renegade Show itself, Shellie White Light hosted the festivities and we all had a great time. There were redneck hooping boys singing country songs, stand up comedy about hooping that made us all literally laugh out loud, contortion, hhooping while playing the didgeridoo, incredible poetry, burlesque, even musical theater to the soundtrack from Grease. After the show there was an LED hooping class followed by a glow hoop walk through the woods, as well as DJs and dancing and visual art. I think everybody gave it their last night at Hoopcamp their all and I kept hearing from many that in spite of the rain, this had turned out to be the best Hoopcamp ever.

SUNDAY: SEPTEMBER 28th

In case you thought that was enough, there were more classes on Sunday morning taught by Caroleeena, Jenna Nordgren, Jinju Dasalla and Michelle Nayeli. There was lunch. Then we packed up our stuff and came together for a closing circle with Kandice, grounding the energy of our time together so we could take it home with us, while letting it go to share it with the world and the universe. Hoopcamp 2014 was something truly special, a time of hoops giving for the magic of the circle and the wonder of the community that has come to each of us from simply stepping inside of one.

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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.

A Dance for the WILDS with Shakti Sunfire

Shakti Sunfire Hoop dancer Shakti Sunfire never ceases to blow us away and her new video leaves us just short of speechless with it’s stunning beauty. Prepare to be captivated by her smooth moves in what she describes as a “ceremonial dance for the majesty of the mountains”. This was filmed in Aspen, Colorado, USA, by Wanderlust. Shakti lives in Santa Monica, California, USA, and her soundtrack for this is “Awake” by Tycho. It’s available for you to download on iTunes.

Electric Forest Hoop Troupe Casting Begins

EFHoopTroupe 2014sm It’s that time of year again hoopers! Casting for the 2014 Electric Forest Hoop Troupe, our Performance Group of the Year, has officially begun – and this year there’s another new spin on it. They’re looking for a dozen hooping characters/acts. Spin yourself into something amazing and you might just spin up a golden opportunity to score yourself a ticket to the Electric Forest Festival in Rothbury, Michigan, on top of performing in a showcase on the Sherwood Forest stage with the Troupe. There are other cool perks as well, like artist camping with the Troupe, 2 meal vouchers per day, artist wristbands, coordinated high-visibility “Incidents” with the Hoop Troupe, not to mention the creative exchange and support of Shakti Sunfire and Luna Breeze, both pre-event and on-site. So what exactly are they looking for?

This year they’re looking for experienced PERFORMERS to show them a wide variety and mix so grab your hula hoop(s), your props, and your costume, and show them your best character show or act in three minutes or less. Their particularly interested in seeing characters/acts incorporating things like stilts, living statue pieces, contortion or circus hooping, multi-prop skills, single or multiple hoop acts, choreographed stand alone busking acts, clowning, burlesque, hooping + belly dancing, etc. So does that get your creative juices flowing? Good!

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. Create a two to three minute video that features your hoop character act using a soundtrack by one of the artists performing at Electric Forest this year. Again, the video needs to be least two minutes in length, but no more than three, and the music has to one of the performing artists. Got it? Good. In the video you’ll need to introduce yourself to the camera, costume yourself in a way that is uniquely you and specific to your act / character, and then go for it. Duos are welcome to submit together if you have a partner in crime. So make the video, upload to it YouTube with your name(s) and “Electric Forest 2014 Hoop Troupe Casting” in the title. You’ll also need to submit the form at the bottom of this page. After that, post it to the Electric Forest Facebook page or tag @Electric_Forest on Twitter to show off your amazing skills! Share your video and your unique act with the community on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, anywhere using the hashtag #EFHoopTroupe too! The deadline for submissions is May 25th, 2014, at Midnight EST. Full details here. So what are you waiting for? Good luck everybody!

2014 Hoopie Award Honorable Mentions

Hoopie Award Honorable Mentions With voting in our 2014 Hoopie Awards well underway, the time has come once again for our Hoopie Award Honorable Mentions list. Every year we take time out to shine the spotlight on some additional awesomeness that just didn’t make the awards this year. Some of our selections may have been panel favorites that missed a nomination by as little as a single vote. Others may have been big hits with our readers that didn’t fair as well with panelists. Still others here may just be things we truly loved this year that we think didn’t really get the attention they deserved. While only eight selections per awards category move forward into voting this year, 2013 was overflowing with visual delights worth taking a second look at, so without any further ado, here are 25 videos from 2013 and 10 great photos, our 2014 Hoopie Award Honorable Mentions list.

VIDEOS

In addition to our Solo Video of the Year and Video of the Year nominees in our 2014 Hoopie Awards, these 25 videos remain incredibly worthy of your time and attention, presented in no particular order:

IlonaCosmic Hoop Love and A Song of Another Summer are two videos, both by Ilona “Lilo” Kędracka, and they both knocked our socks off in completely different ways. She lives in Parczew, Poland.

Mission (I’m)possible took Johannah “Mojo” Birney on a super fun mission to deliver a hoop in New York City. She lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Ali Padiak’s Demo had Ali Padiak spinning up something not only wonderful to watch, it was one of Hooping.org’s top ten most popular videos of the year. From Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA.

Hooping Forever More had Hooping.org’s Philo Hagen celebrating his tenth hoopiversary, putting his own quirky hoop dance spin on our third biggest video of the year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Barbara FrancesquineFire Hoop and Recyclable Sounds brought us something uniquely captivating with Barbara Francesquine and live music made from recyclables by Conrado Pera. They’re from São Paulo, Brazil.

Radius with Candace Rivera may have flown by under the radar with some of our favorite hooping imagery of the year, filmed in Joshua Tree National Park. She lives in Corona, California, USA.

Cupid’s Hula Hoop spun up some Valentine’s Day hoop love with Jon “Hoopsmiles” Coyne, Carrole Johnson, and Jaime Ramirez as Cupid. They’re from Seattle, Washington, USA.

Underwater Hoop Dance took Vivian Spiral and her hoop beneath the waves in the Tyrrhenian Sea for some stunning hoop imagery that was truly art. She lives in Berkeley, California, USA.

AilonaAilona Lukiyanova featured Ailona rocking her circus performance harder than just about anybody this year in a stunning video spun to Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix and more. She lives in the UK.

Hoops, a short film by Jordan Post, had Billy Judge Baldus spinning up life changes as Hoopin’ Bob. He’s from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Ghost Hoop with Mckenzey Simper blew us away with quite possibly our favorite LED hooping video of the year. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

One Hoop One Love might have been an awards contender this year had Shakti Sunfire not won the award previously – one of Hooping.org’s Top 20 videos of the year. She lives in Santa Monica, California, USA.

UntitledHooper of the Corn took a year for her to complete and Talya Solomon’s hoop dance through the life of a corn field went by much too under appreciated in our book. She lives in Hadley, Massachusetts, USA.

Dreaming in Color proved dreams do exist when Paola Berton spun one up on location, as well as in fluorescent backlight. She lives in London, England, UK.

Lilac Attack, aka Joey Espo, lit up our world this year with glowing trees, glowing pants and glowing hoops, serving up a video that was luminous, radiant, alluring, and a little sexy. He lives in Miami, Florida, USA.

Sade Amina Nadour’s debut hooping video this year proved Sade is a force to be reckoned with with this definitively eye catching piece of performance art. She lives in Paris, France.

Dance The SlurpDance The Slurp: Hooping at the 7/11 with Jenny Marie proved to be a true Hooping.org favorite throughout the year for it’s silly slurpee spin on the hoop. She lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida, USA.

Nick Guzzardo at Hoop Convergence with Nick Guzzardo may very well be the best single, straight shot, uncut performance video performance of the year. He lives in Castle Rock, Colorado, USA.

Baila Morena with Hoggus Hoop spun up something we really enjoyed, one of our favorite hooping videos out of Mexico this year. She lives in Querétaro, Mexico.

Hooping For a Cause was the debut video from Tiia Ferrol that spun up a message for a cause and proved to be one of the most stunning debuts we’ve seen. She lives in Oakland, California, USA.

Surf HoopingSurf Hooping with Michael and Shaheen saw Michael Lowman and Shaheen Van Der Schyff grabbing their hoops, getting on their surf boards, and heading out to sea. Shaheen lives in Cape Town, South Africa, Michael in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Tribal Week on Hooping Idol was when Ashley Long took everything she learned during the competition to spin up this powerful video, one that carried an unexpected contender all the way to the finale. She lives in Lamar, South Carolina, USA.

Hooping Fighter II and Love Thy Hoop were both super fun winners in our book this year, a kickass hoop spin on an old video game, followed by a hoop love romance for a lifetime. Both from the wonder that is Marawa The Amazing in London, England, UK.

PHOTOS

Flowcamp When it came to hooping photos we think we could have seen on the awards list this year and didn’t, here are our top ten Honorable Mentions List favorites:

This color explosion shot by Jason Mooney was taken at Flow Camp following a class taught by Lynn Spencer Nelson.

This sunset beach portrait of Gems Goddard taken in Arambol, Goa, India, was something we really fell in love with. Photo by Louisa Dean.

A performance photo of Emma Kenna, brilliantly captured by photographer See Ying HoopSpirit, was another favorite this year. They live in Bristol, England, UK.

Courtney McCormickThis beautiful jump shot of Courtney Mccormick was something we expected to see at awards time this year. Photo by Alison Paananen. She lives in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada.

A beautiful jump shot of Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach in Bali soared to new heights of gorgeousness. Photo by Cadencia Photography. She lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Another Bali photo by Cadencia Photography, this one of Nayeli with her twin hoops, proved to be equally beautiful and truly stunning. She lives in San Francisco, California, USA.

Mary Jane SchroederThis ninja hooping picture of Mary Jane Schroeder not only inspired others to snap similar shots of their own this year, it was our second biggest hit on Hooping.org this year, taken by Nat Von Photography. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

A mind bending photo of Cassandra Momah left us wondering what exactly happened in the best way possible. Photo by The Sacramento Bee in Sacramento, California, USA.

Another LED hooping photo rolled in at number two on our Tumblr and and made us all really happy, a beautiful shot of Sylvi performing that was taken by Stephen Huang. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

This performance shot of Zaylaa van Hoops was one of our magic moment favorites of the year, and one of Hooping.org’s top ten pics of the year. Photo by Omar Nazif Photography. She lives in Santa Ana, California, USA.

Top Ten List for July 14-20 2013

Top Ten ListHello Hoopers! We hope you’ve all had the most hoopiest weekend possible, because we certainly did! And now it’s time for our weekly Top Ten List where we count down the top ten most buzz worthy posts of the past week (as based on reader response), so if you were off somewhere hooping it up this week, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. We’re starting things off at number ten and working our way up to the number one spot of the week. What was hot in the hoopersphere? Here’s Hooping.org’s Top Ten List for July 14th – 20th, 2013.

10a. First up in our tie for #10 this week we have a hoop dance video with Sati Flow that focused on chest hooping and spun up a lot of smiles: Sati Flow (117 Points).

10b. Bethany Lynn Corey shared her hoop journey as The Hooping Academic (117 Points).

9. Coming in at number 9 was Luna Breeze’s dazzling performance in Guadalajara – Luna Breeze at Periplo (118 Points).

8. The new video by Rocket rocked our world – Rocket Hoops (118 Points).

7. And this awesome video from Kimmie Miller made a whole lot of people happy (132 Points).

6. Lilo’s stunning video knocked our socks off: Ilona Kędracka (147 Points).

5. And Katie Sunshine’s first tutorial proved to be a smash as well: The Hip Twist (153 Points).

4. Melissa Hart was so excited to hoop her pregnancy up following a long restriction – Moon Mama Hoop Dances at 37 Weeks Pregnant (165 Points).

3. We got ready to hit the road with our hoops for some Hoopy Travels with Shea Brock (173 Points).

2. The new video from Shakti Sunfire proved to be amazing – Shakti Sunfire: One Hoop One Love (246 Points).

1. And at number one this week was Sati Flow’s great lessons in failure: Yay! I Failed! (255 Points).

That’s our Top Ten List for this week and things should get back to normal tomorrow, and remember that if you see something you appreciate here (or anywhere online), it only takes a second to “Like” it or leave a comment so share the hoop love and make someone’s day. YAY! Each like, share or comment is worth a point in calculating our weekly Top Ten. With that, we invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr if you’re not already doing so and we hope you had a very happy hooping weekend everybody!

Shakti Sunfire: One Hoop One Love

Shakti Sunfire In this gorgeous new video from Shakti Sunfire of One Hoop One Love, the elements spin and come together to gift us something truly special. She says, “When I first picked up a hoop I was outside with only the wind for music. The sunlight was coming through the trees and the forest seemed so still. I began to move, just simply, keeping a cyclical rhythm. I felt in my body that we are all a part of this great dance. At our core everything is moving.” Shakti lives in Santa Monica, California, USA. Video by Cinemaui Studio with a soundtrack called “R Life” featuring Brandon Mitchell and Carlos Garcia by Shigeto and you can download it on Soundcloud.

Top Ten List for May 5-11 2013

Top Ten List It’s time for our weekly Top Ten List everybody! Every week we count down our top ten most buzz worthy posts of the week (as based on reader response) and we are starting things off at number ten and working our way up to the number one spot of the week. What was heating up the hoopersphere this time around? Here’s what climbed into Hooping.org’s Top Ten for April 14 – 20th, 2013.

10: We kick things off this week with a beautiful video: Lori Schweikert at Torrey Pines Beach (74 Points).

9: Coming in at number 9 is a performance by Shakti Sunfire at Sacred Circularities (78 Points).

8: Our Hooping Idol 3: Tribal Week Results Show clocked in at number eight (120 Points).

7: Hoopers who fans of Doctor Who, and even those who aren’t, loved this Doctor Who Hooping video with Megan (188 Points).

6: Hooping.org Celebrated Our Tenth Anniversary this week with a great big redesign and relaunch (233 Points)!

5: Hula Hoopology’s Spring Fling video was a big hit this week (250 Points).

4: Jennifer reminded us that It’s All About the B Word, and that would be “Beginner” (261 Points).

3: Lara got all of us celebrating a Hoopy Mother’s Day (268 Points).

2: The top rated video of the week goes to Center of Gravity (331 Points).

1: And at number one this week with a bullet, Hooping Idol 3: Tribal Week (1,031+ Points).

That’s our Top Ten List for this week, and remember that if you see something you appreciate here (or anywhere online), it only takes a second to “Like” it or leave a comment so share the hoop love and make someone’s day. YAY! Each like, share or comment is worth a point in calculating our weekly Top Ten. With that, we invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Tumblr if you’re not already doing so and we hope you had a very happy hooping weekend everybody!