Well Rounded Hoops

Reviving old hoops

Colleen Costello

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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 - I love a well-worn hoop. I got misty-eyed at Shambhala this year when I spotted a Pixie Hoop that was wrecked - it was clear it had been well-used, well-loved, and had been on many adventures.  However, I do like to keep my hoops...


A hooping mountain!

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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? No?!? Today's your lucky day:


Eyes Up

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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. When a performer looks at the ground, it gets a so-so reaction.  "You looked like you were having a good time" or "You must have practiced a lot".  When the performer gets the eyes up, and connects with the audience, the comments turn towards "Inspiring!"...


Wall - an invasive species

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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 -- to combat Wall. The Wall is an invasive species that feeds off of insecurity, lethargy, giant sunglasses and texting.  You'll be able to identify Wall-infected members by their planted feet, stiff body, positioned equidistant from their neighbor, silently proclaiming "this is my space".  Wall also...


Territory in the hoop

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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 free to move however I like, and no matter what I do, the hoop will be bigger, it will protect me! I love warming up the dance floor at the beginning of the night, my body alone seems so small in comparison to the endlessly...