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Kristina Sutcliffe at Spin Summit

Kristina Sutcliffe

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.

The Spin Summit: Day Five

Baxter Teaches at Spin Summit

Baxter Teaches at Spin Summit

The final day of the first annual Spin Summit, held all this week high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, was comparatively simple, yet incredibly rich. Baxter of The Hoop Path, someone renowned for opening these sorts of gatherings, gathered our full group of spinners together for a closing workshop that started with a level of intimacy and connection and just kept going deeper. And on this, the fifth and final day of the longest hooping event held in North America, I can honestly say we were ready for it. It was the perfect instructional wrap up to our week of intensive education and fellowship before organizer Danielle Odette of Hoop Horizon, event organizer, led us into what would ultimately become a very emotional closing circle. There were as many laughs as there were tears, coupled with a reluctance to leave the supportive cocoon we’d created together in the aspens. That’s when we got the news that an oil tank truck had spilled its cargo along U.S. Highway 40, our route off the mountain. We weren’t going anywhere.

The Spin Summit: Day Four

Spiral Teaches Her Class

Spiral Teaches Her Class

[For those who are not at The Spin Summit, and the internet addicted who are, Hooping.org is live blogging from the event throughout the week.]

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.

LED Rollerskaters

LED Rollerskaters

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.

The Spin Summit: Day Three

Danielle Odette, Spin Summit Organizer

Danielle Odette, Spin Summit Organizer

Walking back to our little cabin in the woods following The Spin Summit’s second performance showcase and an off the hook hoopjam that would inevitably get shut down by the powers that be, I walked along a dirt road in the stillness of the night. Looking up the stars revealed themselves. Living in the big city we really don’t see the stars, not like this, but out here in the middle of nowhere, 9000 feet high in the Rocky Mountains, as I wandered along I noticed each and every one of them. What a spectacular treat to not only be spending the week with this incredible crew of hoopers, but to be spending it here surrounded by nature that continues to reveal itself as priceless.