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Unschooling Hoop Troop

14 Jul


This past week, our unschooling “tribe” gathered at North Boulder Park in Boulder, CO and we went hoop crazy!


We taped up some new hoops (40 to be exact!) with all kinds of pretty colors.


Everyone got in on the action.


From the very young… (“don’t even think about touching this hoop” -Lucy)


…to the not so young! πŸ™‚


We all enjoyed our time together. Hooping, sunshine, and great music makes everyone happy!

The Hooping Life Premiere :: Denver Style

7 May


When I first started hooping, there were whispers that a hooping documentary called “The Hooping Life”Β  was being made…the first of it’s kind. Two years later…I finally had the pleasure of seeing it premiere in Denver! It was the perfect start for my journey back to hooping after giving birth to little Emma 2 weeks ago.


There were lovely vendors with hoop goodies and more…

I caught up with some of my hoopy friends… Nick, Danielle, and MeGzz.


…and my girl Tracy.


Astral Hoops was there spreading the LED hoop love. If you’ve never seen their hoops…be sure to check them out. Incredible! Saving my pennies…they blew my mind!


Danielle and Kanyon opened up the stage for the performances and the show.


Tetra Incendia Fire Troop lit it up.

The actual documentary was very well done…with years of research and interviews included. We laughed and hollered…but also saw that hooping has truly CHANGED LIVES forever. From the inner city hoop programs to coming out of depression…we were all reminded of the power of the hoop.

There were many live performances at the event…but being that I was juggling a newborn and 2 cameras, I was only able to get four of them πŸ™‚ Excuse the shaky camera! Emma woke up right at they were starting!

One of my favorites was Nick & kiT…they have a fantastic connection and energy and are a joy to watch. Check out their promo here. Enjoy…

*A big thanks to Holly HooPs for being the coordinator for this event!

Red Rocks Flow

16 Feb


My friend Becky was in town from South Carolina last weekend and we enjoyed an awesome Spin Summit flow jam at Red Rocks!
It was a little snowier than we expected, but all in all, it was delightful. Neither of us had been to the amphitheater before, so it was super fun to be there…on the stage!

Photographic opportunities were plentiful…be sure to check out the entire set!

HoopPath Boulder // Day 1

29 Jan

This weekend is the long-awaited Hoop Path workshop in Boulder! For those of you who don’t know, we recently stopped traveling full-time and settled down in Longmont, CO (just 12 mi. from Boulder). It’s so nice to have such a lovely hoop community here. I feel so blessed.

I LOVED Baxter’s opening ceremony/sequence at Hoopcamp…and have been looking forward to attending a full workshop for quite some time. The first night was everything I had hoped it would be…meditative and freeing with some LOUD thumping music to make my soul sing. If you’ve never hooped to hip-hop music…you’re really missing out πŸ™‚

I have many friends at the workshop…including Leah and Mia, who drove all the way from Des Moines, Iowa yesterday!! So fun to flow with friends all around.

Here are some images from Day One! Full set on Facebook and Flickr. More to come!

New York Hoop Scene

25 Oct

Check out this sweet video posted by Rich at Isopop. It left me smiling. πŸ™‚
(parental advisory: one “swear” word around 1:50 for those watching with kiddos nearby).

 

The Hooping Family Tree

31 Aug


Lara of Superhooper fame is taking on a HUGE project…and I love it. She is creating a “Hooping Family Tree” to show the beautiful connections between all hoopers.

Click on over to her site right now and enter your information, including your “hoop parent”! It only takes a minute. You can also support this project by shopping at Superhooper and Hoop Pretty.

If you aren’t reading Lara’s blog, Hooposophy, on a regular basis…you should be! Her writing is thought-provoking, original, and intelligent. I love me some Lara!

Bozeman Hoopers

28 Aug


The Bozeman Hoopers meet up 4 blocks from our campsite in Bozeman…so you can imagine how excited I get on Friday mornings! We’ve been riding our bikes down there the past couple of weeks…and we’ll be here for one more session before we head West.


I’ve learned so much from these ladies! It’s so fun to hoop with different people everywhere we go because everyone has such different styles and each is interested in different movements.Β  I try to be very intentional about seeking out hoopers in the cities we visit for this reason. The Bozeman group is especially delightful because everyone is super new to hooping (just this summer)…so there is a different energy there than there is with a group that has been hooping for a long time. Love it. More photos here.

Questions of the day: Who do you hoop with? Do you have a hoop group that you meet up with? If it appears that you are the only hooper in your area…have you taken steps to start a group?

Bike + Hoop = True Love

20 Aug

I am in love with my cruiser. I am in love with hooping. So why not combine the two!? Matt recently rigged the Burley so I can carry all the hoops as I bike. In this photo, we were loading up to go to the Bozeman Hoopers Friday meetup. And it was so.much.fun!

It’s a group that just started meeting this summer…and it was such a blast to teach each other new moves and hoop it up on a beautiful summer day in Montana. I have a feeling I’ll be doing A LOT of hooping while we’re here πŸ™‚

Hoop Technique Wrap Up

12 Aug


While perusing Hoop City a few weeks back, I came across a post by Danielle that talked about the upcoming Hoop Technique workshop in Boulder. Being that we were in Golden (just 20 minutes away), I practically shouted “HECK YES!!”. Sprial and Rich’s online videos have inspired me immensely in my hoop journey, and I knew I had to go.


Matt and the girls dropped me off on Saturday at the Boulder Circus Center for the first day of my hoop bliss. The workshop started off with the typical circle up and name sharing. There was a diverse mix of hoopers, some who had just started hooping and some who had been hooping for many years. Two participants drove all the way from the Des Moines area (we have friends in common!) and another flew in from Atlanta.


There were only about 25 hoopers, which made it a lot easier to connect with others and with Rich and Spiral. There were at least 4 participants who teach hoop dance or perform professional in some capacity (Rainbow Michael, Danielle Odette, Tammy Firefly, Ali Cerulli Avalon and up and coming hooper Nick Guzzardo)…so beyond just learning from Rich and Spiral, we could watch these more experienced hoopers tear it up and learn from them as well!

The first day we focused a lot on isolations & isopops and learned more about space and energy. The second day was focused on time and flow, and we did a lot more “practicing”.

Here is a more detailed explanation of the program from their website:

Hoop Technique Theory encompasses a broad range of hoop movement and vocabulary oriented around four key concepts: Space, Energy, Time and Flow. These four concepts provide a framework for creative expression and expansion. Through exercises, theory and instruction, our focus on these concepts will increase awareness of what’s possible and encourage exploration. Each concept can be applied to any move and can be understood as a lens through which it can be examined and experienced.

  • The concept of Space explores the relationship of body and hoop to the space we occupy while hooping.
  • Energy refers to the physical and emotional energetic tones we can utilize to enrich and deepen the quality of our movement.
  • Time relates to speed, acceleration, direction changes, rhythm, tempo and beat.
  • Flow is the personal mastery of creative movement; effortless transition from move to move guided by expertise, muscle memory and inspiration. For us, flow unlocks the bliss and transcendent joy of hoop dance.

Some of the moves that were covered:
Isolations, Extensions, Isopops, Isobreaks, Antispin, 3d Moves, Dynamic Stalls, Sustained Spinning, Variations of Reverses.


The workshop had a very holistic feel to it…with every possible aspect of hooping explained and unpacked. Rich, being an architect, has a very interesting way of seeing the hoop. In explaining his isopop theory, he got out his trusty whiteboard and drew out how the hoop would be moving and pinpointed the exact point on the hoop where the rotation would occur. It was EXTREMELY helpful and it clicked instantly in my head. I’m not saying I can isopop like Rich, but at least I understand how it works! I love his approach to hooping and the means by which he explains it. On his blog, he diagrams and tests different plastics for the most perfect hoop…which makes him the ultimate hoop geek. πŸ™‚ Love it! I have to admit that before going to this workshop, I didn’t really have an interest in doing isolations and other non-core movements…but Rich changed all that! His style is so unique and clean…you can’t help but to be inspired.


Spiral balances out Rich’s popping and isolating and lends a softer, more feminine touch on the hoop. Much of her teaching at the workshop focused on sustained spinning and flow. Her teachings really helped me, because right now I’m still trying to figure out which movements combine well with others and flowing from one move to the next without thought.


Spiral is a true artist in the hoop, always looking to take her practice to the next level. She has been hooping for 8 years and is a “pioneer” in the hoop world….always exploring and expanding her repertoire and passing her knowledge along to others. I was particularly interested in her time spent in “circus school” in Vermont and I enjoyed reading her online journal of her experiences there. She is an incredible performer and she takes her craft very seriously! I feel so blessed to have learned from her in person.


The hoopers in Colorado are a delightful bunch of beautiful people and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to be a part of it…even if it was just for a few months. I also just can’t say enough about Rich and Spiral and the fantastic energy and enthusiasm they bring to the hooping community. They do have tour dates set for Canada: Vancouver on Sept. 25, Victoria Sept. 26, Hoop Camp in Santa Cruz the next weekend, and Montreal Oct. 9 & 10. There will be more in the U.S…but they are not scheduled yet. Be on the look out for their new DVD, which is scheduled to be released in late September!

And now the countdown to HoopCamp begins…I can hardly wait!

[Click here to see all of the photos from the workshop + click on photos above to enlarge]

Hooping: A Short Film

10 Aug