JJ Hula, aka James Frederickson, has been laying low for awhile, but he’s back with a new video highlighting his favorite hooping moments from the past 3 years. Included are clips from performances, practices, and unreleased projects that truly show off his passion for hoop dance. He says, “With this magical toy, I have felt true love. Before my first, freshly taped hula hoop rolled into my life, there had never been a physical activity that captivated me!” JJ is from Virginia, USA, and his soundtrack here is “Applause” by Lady Gaga. Its available on iTunes.
It’s a family affair for the Dogtown Hoop Mafia, an up and coming hoop dance troupe in Virginia. With raw talent, fluid collaboration, and boundless passion, they intend to revolutionize the way the world sees hoop dance and with a cast of fifteen, spreading the hoop love is going to be a breeze. The troupe melds dramatic music, mafia inspired costumes and synchronized hooping to create a performance so good, it’s downright criminal! They’re performing here at Spiral 9 at the Dogtown Dance Theatre and you can find them in Richmond, Virginia, USA. The quirky tune that they’re performing to is “Chambermaid Swing” by Parov Stelar and it’s available for you to download on iTunes.
Rachel “Rae” Frantz, aka Paris Frantz, is back after a three year hoop video hiatus and it’s great seeing her again! With a much welcomed free style hoop dance video, check her out as she is “going wild”, as she puts it, in a lecture hall provided to her by Radford University, where she is going to school as a fashion design major these days. Maybe you remember her from when she was hooping on the Ellen Degeneres show in 2010 too, and if you don’t it’s time you get to know her. Rae is currently living in Radford, Virginia, USA, and her soundtrack here is titled “We Own The Night” by The Wanted and it’s available on iTunes.
Here’s a really cool sneak peek into the hooping subculture in Richmond, Virginia, USA. This mini documentary-style short from Brittany Bell features hoopers Stacey Firefly, Emily Miller, Russell Harris, and Scarlet Starlet discussing what hooping is, why they love it, how they got started, and what keeps them spinning things up. Get up close and personal with these hoopers via one-on-one interviews, studio practice time and performances and get a pretty clear picture of what the hooping world is all about.
What’s better on a hot summer day than spending some quality time with your hoop and a frosty beverage? JJ Hula, aka James Fredrickson, scores himself a Frappuccino and takes us out for a big spin – or as he is calling it, some “FLURTY FRAPPUCHINO FLOOOOHHHHHHH.” He lives in Virginia, USA, and the soundtrack for this is a track called “Goodies” by Ciara featuring Petey Pablo and if you want to snag a copy of it for your very own you can do so on iTunes.
One of the greatest gifts you get when you follow a particular hooper is getting to see them evolve and mature in their art. JJ Hula, aka James Fredrickson, gifts us with something a little different from what he normally shares, and as we congratulate him on his high school graduation we find his morning practice spinning up something a little deeper, something that feels personal and serious in a positive way, reminding us that sharing someone else’s journey can be as rewarding as your own. He lives in Virginia, USA. The soundtrack is “Perfectly Crystal” by Asobi Seksu and you can get it on iTunes.
It’s been a year since we’ve had Aaron “Adawg” White and Dinah Myte grace our page, but here they are again, back in the circle and both hooping it up. Dinah was a super fun part of our second season of Hooping Idol and in this very welcome return our dynamic hooping heroes spin things up both individually and as a team. Aaron and Dinah both live in Virginia, USA, and the soundtrack for this one that goes well with their hooping style is “Hot Like Sauce” by Pretty Lights, which you can get a copy of for yourself really easily on iTunes.