Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Happy World Hoop Day!


Today, 12/12/12, is World Hoop Day. Not sure what that is?

Every year on an international, easy-to-remember date World Hoop Day volunteers invite their communities to share in the vision of creating a more peaceful world through play and giving back.  Goals of World Hoop Day’s annual event are to recruit new hoopers through teaching lessons of hoop making and dance, sharing of music, food, games and laughter, and raising funds to distribute hoops to as many individuals in the world as possible.

I'm hoping to build a hooping community in my hometown, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. My goal is to have an event next year for World Hoop Day!

Happy Hooping!



Thursday, 6 December 2012

December Dungeon Hooping

With the cold weather upon us, I'm limited to where I can hoop...the basement is now my studio.

Here's a video of me messing around. Warning...I'm not professional. I think I'm about 4 months into hoop dance. The biggest difference between last month and this month is I have started to document myself more to learn moves and such, plus I have started to use music during my practice. This has been wonderful and energizing! And holy cow, is choreography super hard!

So, I will leave the fancy dance planning to the professionals and as I said, this is just me messing around. I'll post a more serious attempt soon. Enjoy and I hope you get a laugh...I had a great time in the dungeon tonight.
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Music: Queen: I'm in love with my car
My dancing really doesn't do the song justice...please don't sue me Queen or Roger Taylor.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Missing Hoop Dance Video Found!


Here is a video that I was searching for everywhere...Thank you  Hoop O'Clock Collective for reposting it on Facebook!

It's raw, emotional, creative and cute all at the same time. Enjoy!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d6hASveyjSM

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Hooping is...

Hooping is:  

freedom
flow
dance
expression
creative
movement
challenging
motivating
energizing
encouraging
strengthening
esteem building
empowering
exercise
meditation
musical
artistic
geometric
healing
fun
interactive
solitary
graceful
escapism
fashion
culture
symbolic


Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Friday, 23 November 2012

fashion

leggins and asymmetrical skirt
 http://alchemyfashions.com/cgi-bin/cdn_retailcart/cart.pl?db=stuff.dat&category=Sitara+Yogini+Skirts


blank and white stripe circus style pants

http://www.arwensapparel.com/catalogue.php?cat=4&product=74

i would be so happy with these can can capri pants
  http://www.arwensapparel.com/catalogue.php?cat=4&product=166


elven star has some nice things but their catalog is download only.


awesome hula pants are here at the fairies pyjamas but I couldn't get a pic from their site...boo
http://shop.thefairiespyjamas.com/WPO-101.html


awesome long over lock leaf belt skirt thing....so theatrical and fairy like...again...couldn't get a pic of it.
http://shop.thefairiespyjamas.com/WSO-10.html


velvet skirty in orange


http://kelseyscreations.net/store-2/#!/~/product/category=2201798&id=528944

From MahaDevi Design:

alice dress

http://mahadevidesign.com/shop/alice-dress/

love the pants and skirt belt together


http://mahadevidesign.com/shop/classic-skirtbelt-2/



i love this whole look
arm warmers are important

and throw in a pair of funky leg warmers

awesome pixie pants

http://mahadevidesign.com/shop/pixie-pants-2/


http://ombooty.com

corest top



skipper shorts





octopus vest
http://radiosubrosa.bigcartel.com/product/skipper-shorts

http://radiosubrosa.bigcartel.com/product/octopus-vest

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Hoop Dance Styles

Hoop Dancing can take on so many forms. I thought I'd like to highlight some different styles of hoop dance just to demonstrate how versatile this art form can be.


Ballet Inspired Hoop Dance

Burlesque Hoop Dance

Off Body / Isolations / Modern

Circus / Contortion

Belly Dance

Trick Based / On Location

Gymnastic

Steampunk / Modern

Multi Hooping

LED Hoop Dancing

Fire Hooping

Partner Hooping

Native Hoop Dance

Dancing with a hoop can lead to other forms of flow arts like ariel hoop or lyra, manipulation, poi, staff and I'm sure a bunch of other art forms I'm not aware of.

There is a video of a very cool chick doing a modern hoop dance in an empty swimming pool...and I can't find it online for the life of me...I'll keep looking!


Monday, 19 November 2012

Hoops with Character

awesome hula tape arrived from hooptapescanada.com
a berry cool hoop colour combination


the first hoop I taped...spoon on the floor thank you, my little monster



dark princess...this princess needs a manicure

glam hoop

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Progression and Encouragement

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Just to show some progression I thought I would show 2 videos of my islolation practice. I was working on getting down the iso-pop. Here's my first day doing it.

And now here's the next day.
You might not see much difference, but I do:) More smooth, real pop going on and my confidence is improved as a result of documenting these little practice runs.

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I suppose this is also documenting how I haven't cleaned up the kitchen either:)


Sunfire Inspired hooping

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A new trick I've picked up and am working on...floating something or other:)
Shakti Sunfire is the hooper who inspired me...she has such a wonderful flow and philosophy for life and hooping.

Excuse my mess in the kitchen.

Monday, 5 November 2012

November hooping



My playbook is getting finicky on me...so as a result I couldn't add a video directly...this link will show my...November hoop update

And a few days later...More backyard fun

It was cold that day but I was desperate to get out and hoop with no ceiling or walls to confine me.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Hoop Journey

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Here is a video I made for my friend Rosalie documenting my hooping progress. I estimate less than 2 months practice.

I was working on a trick called the horizontal duck out and after a few tries I threw in a jump through at the end for fun.

I've been encouraged by a youtube hooper to post videos...it's motivating and documenting my hoop journey just reinforces how much fun and rewarding hooping is.

While this is a new hobby, I feel like it's where I should be right now...a small, unique community where encouragement, support and motivation are underlying values and the sheer joy of nailing a trick...it's a process that is quite addictive!

More videos to come