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!

Superhooper PolyPro Winner

15 Apr

Another big thank you to Superhooper for this awesome giveaway. Have a great weekend everyone!

Superhooper PolyPro Prism Pack Giveaway

12 Apr


Yes! You read that correctly! This is a giveaway for an entire prism pack (FIVE!) of polypro hoops (custom size – 38″ or less). That’s enough for you and all of your hoopy friends! Or…just hoard them all for yourself if you like :).

Either way…you NEED these!!

If you are new to all of the polypro madness…check out my post on this fantastic plastic here. And watch my video here. And read my review of these particular hoops here.

To enter the giveaway…do any or all of the following (make a separate comment for each):

  • Leave me a comment and tell me about a new “discovery” you’ve made with your hoop or a new move that you are working on.
  • “LIKE” Superhooper on Facebook
  • Share your info on The Hooping Family Tree Project
  • Share this giveaway on your Facebook page
  • Share this giveaway on your Twitter

Cutoff for entries will be at 12:00 p.m. MST on Friday, April 15. Winner will be announced by that evening.

Happy Hooping!

Rainbow PolyPro Explosion

6 Apr

I recently received a big ‘ol box of rainbow on my doorstep…rainbow polypro hoops that is! Lara at Superhooper sent them to me to try out and I couldn’t be more thrilled with them.

My favorite part is the “friction-fit” connection…which means no rivets, screws, etc. So easy to take apart and put together. I love that the color is actually IN the plastic…so there is no tape to scuff. I can throw these around all day and they still look amazing! I can even take the slew of them to the park and not worry when two 8 year old boys claim them as their own for the entire time we are there. Yes, it happened. πŸ™‚

I think I may be in love. Seriously.

These hoops feel SO NICE. Nice to touch. Nice to spin. Nice nice nice. If you’re still wondering if you should “go polypro”…check out Lara’s info here. You can buy the rainbow colors here. At the time of this post, they are on sale!

However, you might want to wait because we are going to be doing a giveaway for an entire prism pack (38″ and under)…woooooo!! That’s a $229 value! Stay tuned for the announcement in the next couple of days.

I made a little video of me and my rainbow. I was in the living room with very limited space (and this resulted in a little chandelier mishap towards the end…oops!)…but when hoop inspiration strikes, you gotta go with the flow πŸ™‚

The Damage:

Thanks again Lara…for the hoops and for all you do for the hooping community!
Be sure to check Lara’sΒ  Hooping Family Tree Project if you haven’t already!

*side note: these are sized at 34″ and have a full sanding (no interior tape).


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™‚

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 // Days 2 and 3

4 Feb

“I teach hoop DANCE…hoop DANCE…hoop DANCE…”



I can still hear Baxter’s voice booming above the thumping music…my eyes closed behind the blindfold. Feeling more free inside my hoop than I have in a long time, I let the music and movementΒ  lull me into a comfortable rhythm.

In trying to explain HoopPath to my friends who weren’t there…I described Baxter as an “inspirational speaker” who uses the hoop as a teaching tool. That’s the only way I could think to describe it. His workshop left me encouraged in my hardships, challenged in my hooping, and more focused in my faith.

Baxter brought the ever beautiful and grace-filled Beth Lavinder with him…and as always, it was a joy to watch her hoop. I pretty much want to BE her. πŸ™‚

One of my favorite parts of the weekend was when Baxter taught “touch technique”…this was entirely new to me and I really enjoyed trying something completely different than what I was used to with my hoop.

The circus center is located just on the outskirts of Boulder and the light was so beautiful at night! Big thanks to Leah and Mia for showing me their hoop ninja moves πŸ™‚

All in all, this workshop far exceeded my expectations and I was pleasantly surprised at the intensity of physical and emotional exertion. I was completely EXHAUSTED every night…it was a great reminder at what a great workout hooping truly is!

If Baxter comes to your town (or within 10 hours of your town πŸ™‚ )…don’t miss the Deep Water. You’ll find good stuff there.

You can find LOTS more images on Facebook and Flickr.
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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.

Hoop Technique DVD Winner!

21 Dec

It’s time!! Thank you to all of you who entered and spread the Hoop Technique love around…

And the winner is…
Rebecca @ Funshine Pics!

Congratulations Rebecca! I’ll email you soon πŸ™‚

For those of you who didn’t win, click on over and order youself this DVD…they start shipping tomorrow!! Yay!