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2014 Events

Oh what fun it is to add 100 events to our map in one sitting while watching the Sopranos.  Why the Sopranos?  I miss NYC and the rough and tough get-it-done attitude the show portrays the characters.  I got most of the mapping done.  I have about 12 more place details to add, and many of the cities I added are from ambassador trips, so they don’t have computers, but they have HOOPS and they will be hooping on Whd.

Much love to you all and if you have an event, please send the details in.  Click the link.  xoxo

Kristen is Our Spring 2014 Ambassador of the Season

I met Tink aka Kristen the World Hoop Dance choreographer a few years back at my first hoop camp and her hair was hot – electric pink.  I took a great photo of she and BJ, co-owner of Astral Hoops because his hair was awesome in flaming orange!  What a glorious year that was.  Tink and I have kept in touch, because she is the mastermind behind the WHD Dance and toured the globe last year in pursuit of uniting all hoopers together to get that dance synchronized by the world.  Since this year’s dance has already been crafted with thanks from Hooping Life movie to score the song from Basement Jaxx, I wanted to give her props by making her Ambassador of the SEASON!  She and her Tokyo amigos have donated hundreds of hoops around Japan, Asia and on the Ocean through the use of the Peace Boat.  How else could we give hoops to Antarctica scientists?
Here’s what I asked in italics  and her responses inspire me.
How did you get into hooping?
I started hooping on August 20, 2008, when a friend dragged me unwillingly to a hoop dance class with Deanne Love in Tokyo. I saw myself as a clumsy brainiac loser and I was sure I would hate it. Talk about wrong self-perception. I fell in love that day.
Who is your hoop role model and why?
I don’t have one. I have hundreds. I am inspired by all of the hoopers who share their creativity, time and expertise. Our community has a lot of generous souls.
Why did you want to become a WHD Ambassador?
I feel compelled to give hoops to people who need something to relieve stress or brighten their day. In addition to raising money, building, and delivering hundreds of hoops via Niko Niko Taishi (Japan), Peace Boat (worldwide), and Spark Circus (Thailand/Burma), I make it a point to gift hoops to new hoopers no matter where I am.
Do you feel your recipients’ lives have improved and how?  
We all know that hoops have a lot of benefits and I’ve seen one I never expected: trickle-down happiness. It’s usually children in a community who receive the hoops directly. Surprisingly, adults benefit as well by seeing their kids happy and healthy, by getting a break from everyday stresses, and even from playing with the hoops when the kids will share.
What initially inspired you to create the official WHD Dance and how is this year’s going to be different?
As my first chance to celebrate World Hoop Day rolled around in 2009, I saw that there was no global activity that hoopers were doing together. It made sense that we could all share a dance no matter where in the world we were. So I put together a video tutorial for a very simple choreography – just some tricks sequenced together – and put it out for people to try.
This year is the 5th WHD Dance and it’s turning out to be a terrific celebration. The song we’re dancing to this year is the theme song from The Hooping Life movie. Basement Jaxx are so much fun to hoop to! I’ve been collaborating with Malcolm Stuart and Beka Hoop who created choreography for the song’s music video. We’re going to have two versions of the dance this year – the standard all-levels dance and a more complex one. All the details you’ll want to know will be on Spin Matsuri from April 22nd.

World Hoop Day 2013: The World Spins (Part 1)

World Hoop Day 2013 by Philo Hagen

World Hoop Day brought hoopers together this weekend in cities and towns all over the world. Celebrated for the first time in it’s new timeslot on the first Saturday in October, 10/05/13 this year, hoopers all over this big blue marble were spinning things up in support of world peace and raising funds to help put hula hoops in the hands of needy kids around the globe. On six continents this year hoopers gathered together in celebration of World Hoop Day, so let’s take a closer look at some of the coolest stuff that’s already rolling in from the coolest holiday event there is!


In Manila, hoopers in the Philippines gathered to celebrate World Hoop Day.

Hula Hoop Appetizers

In Tokyo, Japan, the big event for World Hoop Day was held this year in Yoyogi Park, but a smaller hoop-themed dinner that included these hooped up appetizers was also organized. We’re expecting a lot more of these to turn up in 2014.


World Hoop Day Sydney

In Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, hoopers from the World Hoop Day Sydney Chapter gathered in Hyde Park.


In Austria, Hoop Dancers OÖ spun up the World Hoop Day Dance this year.

In Hamburg, Germany, a public hoop jam gathering celebrated the big day and caught the attention of those passing by.

Rehkjavic Hooping

In Reykavik, Iceland, hoopers gathered in Lækjartorg square to spin things up.

And in Paris, France, another large event was held that included a performance of the World Hoop Day Dance for this year.


In Boston, Massachusetts, USA, American hoopers spun up the World Hoop Day Dance and a whole lot more.

Jessica “Digitalis” Davis delivered an amazing performance at the big World Hoop Day event in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Hoopers in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, spun up the fun again this year.

One of the places to be for World Hoop Day annually is Madison, Wisconsin, USA, and the festivities this year included some amazing performances.

In Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Mane Almqvist and Zuriel Santiago performed together.

In New York, New York, USA, hoopers performed with their hoops all over the city, and they were so excited they even performed on the F Train.

Carla Samson and Scott Van Sice spun up just one of many amazing performances on the World Hoop Day Michigan stage this year, acro hooping together in Wayne, Michigan, USA.


Brazil World Hoop Day

In South America, hoopers in São Paulo, Brazil, gathered for Dia Mundial do Bambolê

There’s more to come so keep your eyes peeled for Part 2 later this week. Hooping.org is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of World Hoop Day and to be involved in sharing the mission of World Hoop Day annually because we truly believe that in doing so, we are making the world a better place. The more people hoop it up, the happier they are. The happier people are, the happier the world is that we live in. And even though World Hoop Day is over for another year, you can still donate to this important cause and share the gift of play and joy and exercise by visiting WorldHoopDay.org.


Philo Hagen Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and has won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Happy World Hoop Day 2013

World Hoop Day by Philo Hagen

It’s World Hoop Day weekend hoopers! This Saturday, October 5th, marks the 7th annual World Hoop Day and hoopers around the globe will be spinning things up to celebrate the big event. The annual hooping holiday sets aside one single day out of the year when we’re encouraged to get together to hoop it up in an international celebration world peace, and help spread the joy of hooping to those who haven’t tried it yet – especially children in need, done so primarily by giving them a hoop of their own.

World Hoop Day is also the same name of a non-profit organization which uses the annual event to raise money to make and donate hoops to disadvantaged kids around the world.

From Brazil to Japan, from Iceland to the Philippines, and from Paris to Seattle to New York City, all around the world hoopers are spreading the hoop love this weekend. WHD Founding Director Hoopin’ Annie told Hooping.org, “With over 6 billion people on the planet and this being the Information Age, anything is possible. World Peace is possible. Do your part now. Believe it’s possible. Commit to telling a couple of people about World Hoop Day. Introduce hoops to someone new tomorrow, and take time out on World Hoop Day hoop to hoop for a better tomorrow. Together we can achieve the dream we all desire!”

World Hoop Day events this year range from big statewide offerings, to small intimate gatherings. The great state of Michigan is coming together again and Strength & Spirit and Casa de Fage are hosting an all-day event at the Wayne Activity and Banquet Center in downtown Wayne. World Hoop Day Michigan consists of playshops in varying skill levels, a hoop making class, a hoop jam with a live set by DJ Mumps, a performance showcase featuring hoop dancers from across the state and a marketplace offering handmade Michigan products and services. All profits go towards Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit-based nonprofit serving girls aged 15-20 who are homeless or at high risk for violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation.

In Eden, Australia, Krista Dodsworth is getting everyone in Eden spinning it up at a public event at noon at the Eden Sportsground, ahead of a new term of free hooping classes she’s hosting at Pambula Town Hall. “Everyone can hula hoop in some way, no matter what your ability or age, even if you are in a wheelchair,” she told the Eden Magnet.

Amber Waldburger, owner of Spinchronicity Hoops, dreamed of holding a World Hoop Day event at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery in Spearfish, South Dakota, USA. This year she’s made it happen and has joined forces with The Booth Society itself. April Gregory, executive director of the Booth Society, said, “We are happy to work with Amber on this project and look forward to a fun-filled afternoon of hooping!” Mary Temple and other performers will provide music and Waldburger will also selling special WHD hoops with proceeds being donated.

Quite a few hooping communities will also be participating in the World Hoop Day Dance, and beating everybody else to the punch this year is Tampa Bay, Florida, USA. Led by Psyche Springs of Hoopin’Spiration, the World Hoop Day Dance is choreographed by Kristin McQuillin of Tokyo, Japan, with by Mr Jennings – get it on Soundcloud.

Whether you’ve got big plans in your community or not, you can always let a few friends know about World Hoop Day and spend some time hooping for peace alone or with close friends or family. Just make sure you’re doing some hooping for World Hoop Day and if you don’t have a local way to pay it forward, consider making a donation to World Hoop Day itself. Every year WHD’s Ambassadors travel the globe gifting hoops to kids. Annie explained, “A hoop can bring joy, peace and freedom to children around the world, teaching them about love and sharing across borders. With your generosity we can send more WHD ambassadors with more hoops around the globe, reaching out to children with our sparkly circles of peace. Hoops can be so simple, but mean so much. Growing up in different parts of the world is not always easy, but hoops bring hope, inspiration and light into everyone’s life.”

Have a beautiful World Hoop Day everybody!


Philo Hagen Philo Hagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and has won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Huntsville Alabama Celebrates World Hoop Day

Huntsville World Hoop Day In Huntsville, Alabama, World Hoop Day was spinning up world peace. At the Flying Monkey Arts Center at Lowe Mill, locals and artists gathered to celebrate and the festivities included a performance showcase, raffle and more. AL.com reports, “Hoopers performed various acts while locals watched in amazement. They even raffled off hoops to help raise funds to provide the unfortunate across the world with hoops, a simple gesture that gives them with a way to play and enjoy a healthy and happy lifestyle.” And as Chrisha Favors of Circle Motion Hoops explained to them, “We want to get hoops out to everyone. It’s all about community. It’s about bringing everyone together, and if its going to be with a plastic hoop, then so be it.” The article includes a pretty great photo gallery if you want to check it out as well.

World Hoop Day 2012: The World Spins

World Hoop Day World Hoop Day 2012 brought hoopers together in cities and towns all over the world on 12/12/12 and throughout the week to spin things up in support of world peace, while raising funds to put hula hoops in the hands of needy kids around the globe. The annual celebration has become a truly become an International Holiday. World Hoop Day’s Hoopin’ Annie O’Keefe told Hooping.org, “World Hoop Day 2012 was spectacular! We had events happening in cities and places all over this big blue marble that we call home. Thank you everyone for all of your love and support. Because you believe anything is possible, appreciation and gratitude are becoming the most important values of humanity. We are collectively making that happen!”

With events happening this year on six continents, World Hoop Day 2012 was truly epic. In Africa hoopers celebrated in Cape Town, Africa, where a multi-faceted event was hosted by Arise and Hoop that included a Hoopathon. In Asia, hoopers once again celebrated in Tokyo, Japan, as well as in Jerusalem, Israel. In New Zealand hoopers were spinning it up,, and in Australia several events were held on the East Coast in Bargara, Central Tilba, Gold Coast, as well as in Sydney. The Sydney World Hoop Day event may have captured the 12/12/12 spirit of WHD better than anywhere else.

Michigan Spins Up World Hoop Day 2012

Lady Stardust World Hoop Day Michigan brought hoopers together in Grand Rapids for a state-wide World Hoop Day event, rather than having several smaller ones and along with a screening of The Hooping Life was a downright amazing performance showcase chock full of more than enough awesomeness to knock your socks off. One of our favorite WHD performances this year comes from Lady Stardust herself, otherwise known as Lynnsey Bonin, who is from Grand Rapids. Performing to “Parade Into Centuries (2011 version)” by Bassnectar which is available on iTunes, we were once again blown away by her fluidity.

Other amazing World Hoop Day Michigan performances including the one below by Hooping.org Assistant Editor Bonnie MacDougall with Sitara Bird, spinning a tale of ego – “the struggles one can deal with when putting ego first; the feelings that can be brought up, jealousy, anger, fear. But through the hoops playful attitude (and c’mon it’s a hula hoop) ego is lost and a friendship is born!” Bonnie lives in Detroit and Sitara lives in Ferndale, Michigan, USA. Their soundtrack “Crystallize” by Lindsey Stirling is also on iTunes. Watch their performance below:

Tokyo Japan Celebrates World Hoop Day

Tokyo Celebrates World Hoop Day By the time the global World Hoop Day party extravaganza for 2012 was in full swing this year, you could safely say there weren’t many hoopers who didn’t know the World Hoop Day Dance and they could sing the original soundtrack for it by heart. What’s really special about this video from Tokyo is that it has not only the WHD Dance Creator and Choreographer – Kristen “Tink” McQuillin – hooping it up on stage with Kana Mikori and Ayumi Mitake of Hoop Tokyo, but it features vocalist Esther “Swinky” Thirimu performing the WHD Dance soundtrack “Turning Around” live. Filmed at the famous Hoop Lounge, the song is freely available for download at Spin Matsuri and they all live in Tokyo, Japan.

Tampere Finland Celebrates World Hoop Day

Tampere Hoopers While hoopers in Helsinki were bravely celebrating World Hoop Day in 30° F (0° C) temperatures to spin up the World Hoop Day Dance for 2012, two hours to the north in Tampere, Finland, where it was even colder, Henna Matanuska of Mata Hoops and Kirsi Kka, Sanna Marika, Anni Roihuvuo, Veera Vainionpiäp, Anna Pulu, Hanna Tervola and Suvi Moisio, were doing the very same thing out in the snow. Beautifully filmed and edited, the original WHD soundtrack “Turning Around” is freely available at Spin Matsuri.

World Hoop Day Spins New Zealand

Anne-Marie Emerson Hooping In Palmerston North on the north island of New Zealand, hoopers marked World Hoop Day in The Square and as young and old were giving hooping a go, the Manawatu Standard was there taking it all in. Anne-Marie Emerson, who has been spinning things up for about nine months, organized the event and actively promoted it in Whanganui where she lives. “I could never hoop as a kid,” she explained. “I read about it online and thought I’d give it a go. I saw some videos and thought, ‘I’ve got to try that.'” Now Emerson teaches hooping classes in Whanganui and came to Palmerston North on Saturday hoping to grow more interest with members of Massey University’s Fire Club and the Swamp City roller derby club. “It’s a very accessible form of fitness. “It’s a lot of fun,” Anne-Marie noted, explaining that hooping is great for building core muscle strength, as well as being low-impact cardio fitness and best of all, adding, “It’s exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise.”