Comic artist Rose Vallesio shares her hooping experience
So you’ve been back at school for a few months now, but something is missing. Sure, you’ve got your friends and you have your hoop, but even though there are an awful lot of clubs and societies on campus, what you really need is a hooping club, right? Well, some lucky students are actually at colleges and universities that already have established hooping or circus clubs. If there is nothing happening where you are, then you are going to have to take matters into your own hands. How? Make your own! I spoke with Mona Shpongledhoops, formerly of the University of Vermont, Valeska Griffiths of the University of Toronto, and Rose Kreditor of Boston University, all of whom successfully started up hooping clubs on campus from scratch. In fact, they gave me the lowdown on just how they did it, how it worked out for them and more.
Rachel: When and how did you get your hooping club started?
Mona: I started the UVM Hoop Dancing Club in the Fall of 2007 with some friends that I lived with. Our University had specific steps to submit a particular sport or recreational activity to be officially recognized by the school. So we filled out all the necessary paperwork and then had to present our proposal to the athletic activities board. We made a Power Point presentation explaining what “Hooping” is and how it would benefit the body and mind.
Valeska: My friend Shannon and I co-founded the University of Toronto Hoopdance and Flow Arts club (HAFA) in the summer of 2013. We’d already been spending most of our time practicing for the last couple of years (hooping for her, hooping and contact juggling for me), and thought it would be fun to get to know other students. We registered as a club through the University and attracted new members by hosting impromptu jams outside the main library on campus.
Rose: I set up The Boston University Hooping Project in 2012 on Boston University’s campus with the hope that it would entice BU students to learn and create a space and community for BU (and greater area) spinners – I had been hooping for 4 months! Though I went through the process of making The BU Hooping Project a recognized BU club alone, we now have a President, Vice president, secretary, and treasurer.
Some hoopers like their hoops little and some hoopers like ’em big. They don’t, however, really get too much bigger than this. Judson Kimble of JudsonKimble.com recently made a 7 foot hoop and he took outside, which is probably the only place with enough room to give it a spin and shows the hoop world what big autumn hooping is all about. We love the autumn landscape colors in this too. He lives in Essex Center, Vermont, USA. The soundtrack here is the beautiful sounds of the great outdoors.
Janelle Smith Wilfong of Janetics Ink spins up a treat with her fun and happy early morning hoop dance. She gives us nothing but flow, sunshine and smiles which is something we all love to see. Janelle is currently living in Proctorsville, Vermont, USA, and the soundtrack for this is unknown, so if you know the name of this tune please share it with the rest of us. Thanks.