Archive | Fun
08
Nov

Happy hooper knees

A long-time super-sustained-spinning hooper put a call out to Facebook last week wondering about hooping’s effect on the knees, and asking for advice from long-time spinners. Since I’ve had a few knee injuries and recoveries associated with spinning, I shared my experience with her and now I’m putting it here as an archive, or maybe […]

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19
May

10 ways to be a festival-friendly hooper

It’s festival season! That mean it’s time to spin under the sun to enchanting beats alongside friendly faces and curious strangers.  Hoops can be a delightful addition to a festival scene, the fluid (and sometimes awkward) movements of hoopers give other dancers the permission to move freely, and hoops are a beautiful way to fill […]

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17
Apr

Tips for Smoother Cycling

This isn’t a hoop-post, but I think it’s still important since so many local hoopers are cyclists!  If you’re new to city biking, stop right now and check out this video : How to bike in the city (tips for the bicycle curious) Not all bike riding is a leisurely pedal through the park with […]

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26
Mar

“No Talking” on the dance floor

Today I was chatting with a friend who facilitates a weekly ecstatic dance jam and the topic came up of how to communicate ‘no talking’.  It’s a core component of many (dance) practices because our movement exploration can bring us to deep feelings, deep movements, deep connections – and chatter quickly bring us back into […]

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18
Nov

Traveling with Pushbuttons

We love the lightness and sharpness of high performance hoops, and certainly the super-sparkly super-sleek finish!  We love their oh-so-circular shape so much that we don’t mind taking up extra space to keep them whole in travels around the city and into the forest. However, there comes in time in any hoop’s life when it’s […]

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30
Sep

Reviving old hoops

After a season of muddy adventures, hoops can get that not-so-fresh feel.  We know there’s a temptation to replace the old, trusted friend with a new sparkly one, or to put off hooping until “after I have time” to retape it. Neverfear! There are many ways to revive your dirty hoop! Don’t get me wrong […]

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11
Sep

A hooping mountain!

We hoopers love to think that every-one and every-thing in the world is hooping, so we slap that circle on every-graphic we can find. Sure, you’ve seen stick figures hooping and silhouettes hooping and maybe even pedestrian crossing dudes hooping. You’ve probably even seen stars and flames hooping. But have you seen a mountain hoop? […]

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30
Aug

Eyes Up

When a super-skilled hooper, on the brink of becoming a ‘performer’ asks me for suggestions, it always starts with … “Get your eyes up” We connect to the audience with our eyes.  By watching them, we give them permission to watch us, to be part of the LIVE show that’s happening right here, right now. […]

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15
Aug

Wall – an invasive species

The dancefloor ecosystem is a community of living organisms (dancers, djs, kids, mosquitos) in conjunction with nonliving components (air, music, water, dirt floors, stars), interacting as a system.  Like all ecosystems, the dancefloor is constantly changing, balancing, and feeding the goals of these diverse components. We, the hoopers, have an important role to play — […]

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06
Jun

Territory in the hoop

Let’s face it – hoopers are territorial creatures.  Sure, we welcome any one to come join us, try our hoop, but that doesn’t mean we’re low-maintenance — we like to have the space of 10 people when we do our dance! I’ve benefited from this perimeter and the ‘safe’ feeling.  Inside this sparkly bubble I’m […]

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