Danielle Odette of The Spin Summit and Hoop Horizon spins up the flames at Spin Summit 2012. She lives in Golden, Colorado, USA. From this photo set by Don Searle Photography. A Hooping.org Photo of the Day.
Enjoy some highlights from the Instructors Performance Showcase at The Spin Summit, held recently at Snow Mountain Ranch in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The video features Hoopalicious, Danielle Odette, Gail O’Brien, Mark Stampfle, Spiral, Nick Guzzardo, Rainbow Michael, Sharna Rose and Rich Porter. Video by Lora Coon Mahr of Bozeman, Montana. A Hooping.org Video of the Day.
Kristina Sutcliffe of O Dance in Boulder, Colorado, hoops at The Spin Summit at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colorado, USA. Photo by Philo Hagen of Hooping.org from this photo set. Enjoy more Spin Summit photos from Amy Windorski here, from Beth Lavinder here and here, from Carl Fuermann over here, from Crystal Edge right here, from Jessica Granish over here, and from Mitchell Tsai there is Pre-Jam, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 and Day 4.
By Philo Hagen
It’s late and things are very quiet at the Willow Cabin, except for a small group of rockstar hoopers who are thoroughly engrossed in watching cat videos on YouTube. How could they not be though? The cats crawl in boxes and things. I mean hilarious, right? Everyone else is spinning late night fire – for the first time this week since all previously scheduled fire activities were cancelled due to lightning and thunderstorms. Here at The Spin Summit on day four, things were a little quiet this morning as well as many participants were slowly recovering from last night’s big blow out dance party. However, most of the morning workshops took place as scheduled and by lunchtime all was spinning normally.
During lunch I was reflecting on a conversation I had last night with one of the other guests here at Snow Mountain Ranch. You see, we are not the only ones here on this property. In fact, there are many others and they have proven to be very curious as to who we are and what exactly it is we are up to. It’s become very apparent they’ve never really witnessed anything quite like us before. During last night’s hoopjam I couldn’t help noticing an older woman staring at us with the most intense look on her face, one I had mistakenly assumed was disapproval. Eventually, however, I felt the need to speak with her and the first thing she said was, “Do you guys have a website? You’re amazing! I’ve been trying to take this all in.” It turned out she and her family were visiting from Columbia, Missouri, and while I wasn’t able to get her into a hoop, I was able to connect her with some hooping resources in her area. It was a pleasant surprise. Not everyone here has been as supportive. One teenager told Mark Stampfle that he’d sold his soul to the devil. Teenagers have been known to be a bit harsh. I do, however, think this might have been an awkward compliment, given his incredible skill in manipulating his contact juggling ball.
The big event this afternoon was Spiral’s class (pictured), attended by everyone, which focused in on setting limits and restraint. It is always surprising to me that placing a boundary within my hoop practice session that it can ultimately deliver incredible new opportunities for creativity. Her teachings were very well recieved, leaving everyone with an expanded perception of possibility. Even the most seasoned instructors told me they learned something new.Tonight delivered something truly unexpected on the hoop spin flow retreat event scene – an LED rollerskating hoopjam. As a special guest photographer shot professional photos of participants in one corner, attendees were busy skating and spinning and poi-ing and juggling and generally running amok. “I call shenanigans!”, said Sharna Rose, and shenanigans it certainly was – and it was totally a blast! Stay tuned to Hooping.org for the video evidence.