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The Curtsey Flip with Sallie Kristine

Sallie Kristine Hooping Sallie Kristine of Happy2BHooping is here with a charming new hooping tutorial for a move that she likes to call the “Curtsey Flip”. It’s something she discovered while working on a reverse escalator and it involves a little fancy footwork to get you there, and opens the door for a variety of other great things to spin off it too! So follow along and you’ll be able to give this one a spin in no time. Sallie is currently living in Tampa, Florida, USA.

Siesta Key Drum Circle and Hoop Dancers

Siesta Key Drum Circle Siesta Key is a barrier island off the central western coast of Florida, situated between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. It’s home to Siesta Key Public Beach, extending a half-mile and offering the most pristine white sands anywhere in the world – a pure quartz, pulverized to a fine powder. It has a truly magical quality. Adding to the magic, drummers and hoopers gather on Sunday nights an hour before sunset for the Siesta Key Drum Circle – and we are dropping in on them in this panning time-lapse video shot entirely with a GoPro Hero3 by LT, aka Miss Getaway Moments.

Changing the World One Hula Hoop at a Time

Carissa Caricato

Carissa Caricato

Fox News in Tampa Bay got the spin on Hoola For Happiness and how Carissa Caricato and company are changing the world one hula hoop at a time. Volunteer Elizabeth Carter explained, “It’s a lot of fun. It’s more than just hoola hooping around your waist which is what most people think hoola hooping is. There’s a lot of dance incorporated into it.” And as the hoops circle their bodies, the volunteers circle the globe, sharing their mission with others in more than a dozen nations. Carissa Caricato told Fox 13 News, “We have been to Haiti and Africa, Cambodia. Just got back from India for the second time.” The non-profit, which is based in Tampa, Florida, is on a mission. “Our mission is for the joy of hooping and the love of God, all over the world, one hoop at a time, one life at a time. I’ve been in Africa before where elderly women, you’d think they’d never smile and they’ll pick up a hoop and they’re just laughing like crazy and it’s just really, really cool to watch.” Most of all they are bringing hoops to kids. “They learn to share, they have a lot of fun, smiles break out, they show you their tricks and now, for the first time ever, someone’s noticing them, someone’s paying attention to them and congratulating them and it’s just really fun to be able to do that together,” explained Caricato. “We want to use the hoop as a tool to build friendships and meaningful relationships and restore joy that has been lost in many of the dark places around the world.” Watch the television news feature below:

Carissa Caricato: Hula Hoop Missionary

Carissa Caricato

Carissa Caricato

In Tampa, Florida, Bay News 9 reports that Carissa Caricato is known as the ‘Hula hoop Missionary’. While some use hula hoops for fun and exercise, she’s using them in the 21st century to change lives. “Spread the joy of ‘hooping’ and the love of God all over the world, one hoop at a time,” said Caricato. That’s Caricato’s mission and she lives by it everyday. Caricato started the non-profit organization Hoola for Happiness about a year ago. “It just really connects you with your inner child, like with kids they just love having fun,” Caricato said. Caricato takes her hoop with her everywhere she goes, and everywhere includes the ten countries she’s been to in the past year. She quit her job in marketing at a non-profit group in Tampa on July 29 to follow her hoop dream. “This has been on my heart for over a year, so it just kind of came to that point that I literally had to make that leap of faith,” said Caricato. Amazingly enough, she’s not worried about money or how she’ll get her next meal. Her focus is on where she’ll go next and who she can help when she gets there.