Things heat up when Sarah E. Sparkles of Sparkle and Burn Hoop Dance goes fire hooping. This 2015 Fire Hooper of the Year nominee shows us what she’s made up. Filmed in an abandoned building, this was produced by Parish Productions with a special appearance by fire breather Lee Colt. Sarah lives in
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, and the soundtrack for this one is by BenSound and you can find out more on the BenSound website.
Danielle Lee of Hoop Elation and her hoop take us on a whirled-wind hooping tour of Southern Utah. She says, “In a hooping video that took 49 miles of hiking, 7 miles of river wading, 9,270 feet of elevation gain, rappelling down canyons, and a whole lot of granola bars, join Danielle as she visits 4 parks and 9 trails in Southern Utah.” Video filmed by Robin Lee. They live in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, and the soundtrack for this is “Antenna” by Bonobo and you can get your copy of it over on iTunes.
Check out this cute clip of Hooping.org’s Sarah Woelfel, also know as Sarah Supernova, and Melissa Daczyk. They’re practicing their tandem hooping skills with an enormous 70inch tandem hoop and showing us what teamwork is all about. We love the way they are working together and letting each other know what the other is doing. They manage to get shoulder hooping happening, and even a lift into lasso! They both live in Wisconsin, USA.
Nika Rose, her website here, is the featured hooper in this stunning short film that left us all a little breathless. Made by James DeMary of Svvvge Bevuty Films, and filmed at Pewits Nest in Baraboo, Wisconsin, Nika spins her twin hoops and does some solo hooping as well and the result is simply beautiful. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, and the soundtrack is a “Fine Shrine (Huglife Remix)” by Purity Ring and you can get your free download on Soundcloud.
by Philo Hagen
World Hoop Day brought hoopers together this weekend in cities and towns all around the world. Celebrated for the second time in it’s new timeslot, the first Saturday of October, hoopers all over this big blue marble were hooping it up in support of world peace and raising funds to help gift more hoops to needy kids around the globe. On six continents this year and in over 125 locations world wide, hoopers gathered together to spin up a wide variety of World Hoop Day celebrations. There were community hoop jams, performance showcases, daytime events, flash mobs, big crowds, rural solo celebrations, fire hoop extravaganzas and a whole lot more. So let’s take a closer look at some of the coolest stuff that happened for World Hoop Day this year.
Cape Town, South Africa: The World Hoop Day Performance Finale by Arise and Hoop featured a choreographed fire performance not to be missed. Circle of Love also gifted many hoops and puts smiles on the faces of many kids.
Johannesburg, South Africa: A celebration for World Hoop Day was held at the Emmarentia Dam.
Kamakura, Japan: Hoopers gathered to spin up the World Hoop Day Dance with WHD Dance for 2014.
Manchester, England, UK: Hoopers gathered at All Saints Park for a World Hoop Day Dance for 2014.
Moscow, Russia: World Hoop Day was celebrated with the World Hoop Day Dance in Moscow as well.
Reykjavik, Iceland: Hoopers spun the World Hoop Day Dance inside what appears to be a local shopping mall.
Zagreb, Croatia: This fun World Hoop Day flash mob was part of the celebration this year in Zagreb.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada: A dynamic duo spins up the World Hoop Day Dance.
Chetumal, Mexico: A World Hoop Day event held at The Park Bandshell in Chetumal City included various arts, artists, workshops and performances.
Detroit, Michigan, USA: Grace Alexander was one of the inspiring performances at the WHD event held there year in Wayne.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Hoopers gathered to celebrate World Hoop Day. Photo by Cindy Anita.
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA: Anna Mandala shares footage from her local celebration, as well as some solo spin time of her and her friends.
Guadalajara, Mexico: Their big event at Parque Extremo included this amazing choreographed hoop number by Cuatro Diez (Four Tens).
Mexico City, Mexico: Tebo Noseqe was one of the performers this year at the World Hoop Day celebration in Mexico City.
Nine Mile Falls, Washington, USA: Brooke Verwiel celebrated World Hoop Day solo hoop dancing on the Spokane River.
Quintana Roo, Mexico: The second World Hoop Day event held in Quintana Roo had many things going on.
San Diego, California, USA: The Circus Mafia kept right on spinning in 97 degree weather, including a workshop taught by Valentina “Unity” Martin, and many hoops were gifted to kids. Photo by Krystin Nicole Railing.
Washington, DC, USA: Lighting up the fire hoops after dark was part of the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) gathering for World Hoop Day.
There’s undoubtedly a whole lot more to come so keep your eyes peeled for Part 2 of our spotlight on World Hoop Day 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 that we live in becomes. World Hoop Day may be over for another year, but you can still donate to this important cause and share the gift of play and joy and exercise with kids around the world by visiting WorldHoopDay.org too. Happy World Hoop Day 2014 everybody and let’s spin up an even bigger celebration next year on October 3, 2015.
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.
Are you interested in nailing the perfect back roll? Then this tutorial is just what you’ve been waiting for. Sarah Sparkles of Sparkle and Burn Hoop Dance shares how to do just that with her new “Back Roll with Drill” hooping tutorial. “The more contact you have with the forearm the more contact the hoop is gonna make with the arm,” she explains while sharing the drill you need to work on to get that send off just right. Sarah currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.