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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!

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Hoopenanigans

4 Mar

This is my sweet sister friend Rebecca…the hoop-making extraordinaire behind “Hoopenanigans“. You might remember her from this post. She recently flew up to spend time with me in Colorado and we had WAY too much fun.

She has just recently decided to follow her passion: she quit her long-time job and decided to make a living inspiring others to hoop. She has started teaching and hosting hoop jams in South Carolina and the number of hoopers has exploded each week! She is passionate about what she does and it *shines* through.

She now has an Etsy store and her hoops are gorgeous! Becky is also an amazing artist, and it shows in her hoops. Speaking of gorgeous hoops…we will be doing a giveaway of one of her hoops on this blog SOON! Stay tuned πŸ™‚

You can visit her shop here.
See her videos on YouTube here.

Congratulations Miss Becky! You inspire me! πŸ™‚

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!

Hoopie Awards 2011

21 Jan

Today (1/21) is the last day you can vote for the 2011 Hoopies! So get on over there and VOTE by 9pm PST! I’m especially excited that so many Colorado hoopers are in the running for awards…Danielle, Nick, Rainbow Michael, and the Boulder Circus Jam! I cannot wait to see who the winners are…so excited!

Also, be sure to click through all of the links to the nominees…there is some serious inspiration to be had.

Mesmerized

17 Dec


I’m starting to wonder if Nick ever eats or sleeps…because it appears that he works on his hooping every minute of the day! This video is mesmerizing…with moves that I’ve never seen anywhere before…you’ll be rewinding this one to see it again and again!!

*filmed at the Wednesday jam at the Boulder Circus Center

A Circular Teacher

29 Nov

Featured Guest Blogger: Rebecca Morning glory Phipps

A few months ago, my husband got my kids a couple of water hoops from a local toy store. When my oldest daughter got her hands on the new shiny swirly hoop, she picked it up with ease, and was hooping her heart out in the yard immediately. I was made keenly aware of the fact that in all my 31 years, I had never learned to swing one of those hoops around my waist.

I had seen hoopers at shows, and couldn’t figure out the draw of the jam band kids to these toys. I saw the funny widespread street signs depicting pedestrians with a hoop around their waist, and I always chuckled but never really got it…..

I knew there had to be something very special about it to draw such a diverse crowd of people. From tour heads, to club kids, to exercise fanatics. I just didn’t know how, and up until then had not been exposed to the true magic of it.

After a few days of watching my daughter spin to her hearts content, I picked one up and tried my hardest to keep the hoop spinning around my body. But every time I tried, it fell right back down with a big watery clunk on the floor. No matter what I tried, I would whip that thing to the right and blam…down again. It wasn’t until I stopped and spun it in the “wrong” direction…the direction that felt the silliest, that it actuall stayed up. Just for a few minutes, but stayed none the less…

Lesson Number One:
Sometimes the things that feel the strangest to us move us to new places. Right doesn’t always equal comfortable.


I blogged about my hoop experience and the lesson I had learned right off the bat with my fantastic new discovery.Β  Shortly after, Sara (my fairy hoopmother) sent me a link to some hoop dancers doing their thing. I was awestruck!! How did they move like that? How did they make those hoops defy gravity?! In a couple of days a package came in the mail: my very first big girl hoop! It was a collapsible rainbow hoop and it was beautiful! I was at work when my husband brought it to me, but that didn’t stop me from ripping open the packaging and hooping right there in the bakery! It was blissful!!!

Lesson Number Two:
Even when I think I can’t find anything else in life, new beautiful things arrive (sometimes by mail).

I scoured the YouTube channels, finding all sorts of hoop tutorials, by dozens of seasoned hoopers. I drained the video that my fairy hoopmother sent me of all of its beginner hoop glory! I would watch a segment, go outside and try it till I got it, then move to the next lesson. I wanted to dance with rhythm and beautiful flow…but realized quickly that I couldn’t move in my hoop the way I wanted until I understood the basic concepts of how the hoop moved.

Lesson Number Three:
If you want to learn a language, you first have to learn to make noise.


I was sucking up hoop technique like a dying woman in the dessert. I spent hours in my yard spinning and twirling, laughing, tormenting the dog. I would get a movement, and practice until my body ached. Covered in bruises and dirt I would make my way back inside at the end of a hoop session covered in sweat and smiling from ear to ear…..

Lesson Number Four:
Growth = Bruises and dirty feet…no matter how you look at it.

After about a month of heavy hooping, I started to notice an obvious change in my body. My upper arms started to slender and I could see muscle definition where there used to be none. My bruise-covered legs started to tone up. That baby weight I was holding on to around my tummy was peeling off bit by bit everyday. I felt good about my body and it felt good on me. I felt stronger and more balanced almost immediately. I dropped about 10 pounds in the first 2 months. I figured that would happen after I had read that hooping for an hour could burn up to 600 calories…but I just didn’t think it would happen so fast.

Lesson Number Five:
Fun can make you stronger (this one has been hard to accept!).

Since then, I have become a full on hoop junkie. After a couple of months, I decided to start making my own hoops and hoops for others. I wanted to see other people get excited about hooping too! Hooping has taught me not only a healthier way to move my body, but has challenged me on a daily basis with lessons about life, and yes, even my faith!

Hooping has become a thick thread in my life’s canvas, and I hope to paint it well!


Love hard.
Love right.
Follow your Flow!
Rebecca Morning glory Phipps // “Hoopenanigan”

Rebecca’s Hoop Blog // Hoopenanigans
Rebecca’s YouTube Channel

**A big thank you to the lovely Rebecca for sharing her hoop story (I love you girl!). My heart just aches watching her hoop because I miss her SO MUCH. She is one of my best friends andΒ  is actually my very FIRST friend that I met online and then became friends with in real life πŸ™‚ Here are some photos of our last visit so many years ago. I think we’re due for another one!


Philo Tears It Up!

30 Oct

If you’re a hooper, it’s almost certain that you spend time on the fabulous website that is Hooping.org. All of the fabulousness happens because of the hard work of one man…Mr. Philo Hagen. Don’t miss this great interview if you want to know more about the beginnings of the website and how this hooping community began.


Baxter and Philo // 2010

I had the chance to chit chat with him a bit at Hoopcamp and I can tell you…he’s wonderful. Warm and funny…and loved by all. And what’s more? He can TEAR IT UP with a hoop too. He took a break from his emcee duties at the Hooper’s Showcase to entertain us with his sweet moves (his very FIRST time performing on the Hoopcamp stage!). I can’t watch this without having a perma-smile on my face!

Philo…I appreciate all you do within our hooping community. THANK YOU!!