May 27, 2014 in Tutorials
Sonora Larson is back with a new tutorial and while the video quality could be better, the move itself is pretty awesome so give it your full attention anyway. She’s teaching us something this time around that she calls the “Weave to Arm Fold” because essentially it is just that. It starts with a weave and it goes into an arm fold, but it’s cooler than it sounds! We promise! In fact, this is a great transition move that will hopefully help with your flow and she shows us the move from both the front and the back so we don’t miss anything. Sonora lives in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA.
May 6, 2014 in Tutorials
Wanna learn something new? Good, because Sonora Larson is here to introduce us to a magic trick with this hooping tutorial that you don’t have to be a wizard to pull off! She calls the move the “Magic Knee Flip” and its a wave of movement with the hoop around your body without using your hands. She starts by showing you the trick from several different angles and then moves on to show how to do the proper grip, which she stresses is extremely important for this trick. Sonora includes a few different ways to move into it too. Enjoy! She lives in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
April 21, 2014 in Tutorials
It’s time for a tutorial by the one and only Sarah Sparkles. We’ve seen her hoop dancing on the site before, but now it’s time to learn a thing or two from her. Watch as she teaches us how to do a combination move with double hoops that she is calling “The Double Archer to Fold.” This move is also based on “hoop movement” rather than poi based movements for those spinning up twins and we hope it is the start to a series of similar tutorials. Enjoy! She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
December 17, 2013 in Tutorials
Sydney Spins, aka Sydney Malanaphy of Hooping Idol 3 earlier this year, is here with a brand new tutorial to teach us just how to do what she is calling “Iso Tosses” or “Hand Switches”. She makes it look super easy too before taking the time for us to break it down and share exactly how it’s done. Sydney says, “Hello Lovelies! Here is my first doubles/minis tutorial to date…getting mad hoop love lately and I want to put some back out there.” Thanks for sharing the love, Sydney! She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
December 16, 2013 in Videos
Danielle Lee of Hoop Elation recently spun up a winning performance at the Mad Circus Gala in the mad town that is Madison. Not only does she know how to throw down some sweet hoop dance moves and a finale, this one is worth watching even just for her mouth dropping opening move alone. Filmed by Erik Whitt and Kyle Teal, the Madison Circus Space hosted the event at the Barrymore Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. The soundtrack is “Paddling Out” by Miike Snow and it’s available on iTunes.
December 9, 2013 in Tutorials
Breezi of Gnar Hoops is back with another of her semi-silent tutorials, this time teaching us how to “Pick up the World”; a trick that utilizes two hoops and a huge helping of one of our favorite movements – spinning! Beginning with a normal front-facing view to show us what the move looks like, she transitions into a hooper’s perspective with her video camera to give us an up close and personal viewpoint that will surely help you nail this move as well! Breezi lives in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, and the music used in her tutorial is “The Keeper” by Bonobo, which you can score on iTunes.
December 3, 2013 in Features
Earlier in the year we shared with you the hilarious trailer for Hoopin’ where one man dared to dream and embarked upon the epic hula hoop battle of a lifetime. Well, guess what? The sequel we’ve all been waiting for is finally here – Hoopin’ 2: Hoops of Glory! What’s the next chapter in Skip’s hooping life? We’re about to find out!
It seems that after Skip defeated Hoops McGavin in the original he retired, vowing to never hoop again. All seemed well and rather excruciatingly dull until the news came of the arrival of El Hoopador, a crazed new hoopster on the hooping scene. And of course it all ends up forcing Skip to come back to prove to the world that he still has what it takes to hoop with the very best.
Written, Directed and Edited by Ivan Ripley and Alex Ripley, they told us, “A little known fact from the first movie is that Alex, who played Hoops McGavin, couldn’t hoop when it was filmed. Since discovering Hooping.org though he built a larger hoop using directions from the site and now he can! El Hoopador’s hoop is the one that he made.” Hoopin’ 2: Hoops of Glory also includes guest stars Nathan Whaley as Rugs and Molly Hall as Skip’s wife. It’s another awesome Ivan Panda Production out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA. The soundtrack is, of course, “Right Round Feat. Ke$ha)” by Flo Rida and you can get a copy of it for your very own on iTunes.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
May 18, 2013 in Features
“Hoops” is a brand new short film by Jordan Post that revolves around the hoop. It’s one of those stories that echoes so many people’s lives. When romance deals us all the wrong cards, things start looking a little bleak and we just plain don’t know what to do with ourselves and our lives. We need outside help! Yes, sooner or later we all need…Hoopin’ Bob! Hoopin’ Bob, played by Billy Judge Baldus of Hoopvive is a man after our own heart and wardrobe here at Hooping.org. He’s the man with the skills and hoops to help out. Witness the beauty, compassion and soul of this man, and indeed this video, with your own unbiased eyes and heart. Billy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, and if he looks familiar it’s probably because you remember him from his awesome music video. Enjoy!
April 10, 2013 in Features
Welcome to Hooping Idol 3, Hooping.org’s award-winning contest that will be leading us all on an ever spinning journey in our quest to find the planet’s next big hooper star! Before we introduce our finalists for Season 3, we first want to send out the most heartfelt thank yous to everyone who submitted Hooping Idol 3 Casting Week auditions. You made our finalist decision making process the most difficult to date as you’re all so freakin talented and each and everyone of you are already Hooping Idols in our book so if you didn’t make the cut, please don’t let that be a reflection of your mad skills or how much we care because we love you all with all our heart. With more than 50 hoopers auditioning this year it pained us to have to narrow the list down to 20 and we have nothing but love for everyone who threw their hoop into the ring this year. We so wish we were able to bring everyone along for the ride.
For Casting Week we asked you to create an audition video introduction, to show us a little bit of the city or town in which you live, to tell us what you love about hooping and include a demonstration of your skills. We gave you posting instructions and reminded you of the importance of following our directions to the letter. Casting Week entries that met the basics were then evaluated further. We also examined the skill set of each of our applicants and awarded points to those who, regardless of how long they have been hooping, we believed would be able to hold their own. These things and many more were considered, ultimately bringing us here and a final consensus on our final 20 – plus one returnee from last year. So now, without any further ado, we proudly present your 2013 Hooping Idol Finalists for Season Three for 90s Dance Hits Week in alphabetical order. Keep in mind the page is video heavy and make take some time to load. Thanks! Read the rest of this entry →
April 1, 2013 in Videos
Every now and then someone comes spinning their way into the hoop community in such a big way that we’re impressed right from the start. Enter Gina Weber in her very first hooping video, filmed and edited by Bennett Litton. We gave it a watch and instantly had a new hoop crush. Spinning things up in silhouette and in the light, Gina’s debut is most definitely a classy one. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, and the soundtrack for this is “Orchestrated Incident” by Gramatik and you can score a copy of that for yourself on iTunes. A Hooping.org Video of the Day.