In the short time since I’ve moved back to this town, I have had the good fortune of meeting or running into several folks who are hoop-happy and wanting to spread the revolutionary love around. It’s an instant hoop group that we can form to travel the city with our rings of joy. Since I am beginning to take these trips around town to hit parks and sidewalks of DC with hot-hoop’n-action, I want to put an invitation out for anyone that wants to join up to contact me or check back here for posts of when and where I will be whirling~
Archive for April, 2006
For those of you planning to attend this Saturday’s fun-filled Glen Echo Park Family Day, here is the specific schedule of the hooping happenings:
HOOPING IN GRASSY AREA:
Hooping Demo #1- 12:30 to 12:45
Contest #1- 12:45 to 1:30
Hooping Demo #2- 2:00 to 2:15
Contest #2- 2:15 to 3:00
Hooping Demo #3- 3:30 to 3:45
Contest #3- 3:45 to 4:30
There will also be some super-stilt-walking by local hooper Talia during the following time periods:
12:15 to 12:30
1:30 to 1:45
3:00 to 3:15
Again, Family Day will be happening this Saturday, April 29 from 11 am to 4 pm to celebrate the re-opening of the historic and exquisitely restored Dentzel Carousel. It is 86 years old and made of hand-carved wood! Check out glenechopark.org for more details.
Here’s an upcoming hoopilicious event not to be missed: A group of wonderful-artist-folk from Baltimore, MD called Fluid Movement is hosting a fundraiser for their 6th annual water ballet performance~ and the fundraiser is a “hoop ’til you droop” hooping contest fully equipped with a live dj and beer and peanut butter and jelly goodness. Presiding over the wild event will be the one and only Miss Saturn hooping queen with the musical stylings of DJ Bump. The last one still hooping wins a cash prize and giant trophy. Hoop-friendly costumes and booty shaking strongly encouraged. Tickets are $20 to get in and $5 more to compete. Some hoops will be provided but if you have your own, bring it. For more info or questions email: email@example.com.
To be held on Saturday 13 May, 2-6 pm. Contest starts at 3pm sharp.
Will go down at the Fluid Movement World Headquarters located at
122 North Avenue at Howard St., Baltimore, MD.
Whoh. I just finished watching a spectacular hooping/contortionism act from the Alegria show of Cirque du Soleil, thanks to its recent post on hooping.org. While I am not a contortionist and not likely going to run off with the cirque anytime soon (although I do dream about it sometimes), it was truly inspiring to watch and adds greatly to my thoughts of late about learning new tricks. I really want to work on getting the hoop up from the ground, and the cirque clip provides repeated demonstration of this. Also, I want to be able to easily isolate and spin hoops on different parts of my body (i.e. knees and chest). I think that having hoops of exactly the same size may be a success factor with spinning multiple hoops the way you want them to go. I welcome suggestions and/or feedback from any skill masters out there.
This week I plan to meet up with fellow hoopers in the DC metropolitan area- folks I’ve never met before- and relish in our collective love of hooping. I have not done a lot of group-hooping before. I’m looking forward to this new outlet for both energetic merging and learning fun tricks that I have yet to attempt. I tend mostly to focus on hoopdancing, so it’ll be rad to challenge myself a bit more on tricks and supa-hoopa-skill building!
I have recently learned about a fabulously fun filled day coming up to celebrate the re-opening of the carousel at Glen Echo Park. On Saturday the 29th of April, the park will be holding it’s annual Family Day activities from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. There will be no shortage of things to do and check out, ranging from dancing, art, puppet shows, outdoor exploration, and of course: HOOLA HOOPING HOOPLA! Local hoopers will be doing demos, showing folks how to make hoops, and there will even be a contest for the person who can hoop the longest~ the winner will receive a quality, hand-made hoop of their own! So be sure to mark your calendars and check out glenechopark.org for more details.
I just finished ordering my first shipment of supplies from Identi-tape online. It’s a very user and hooper-friendly site, as stated by the great collection of folks at hooping.org. What fun I had picking out different colors and types of tape for hoopmaking! As the weather gets springy I am itching to get outside and explore my new homeland…
I am getting excited about spreading the magic of the hoop world to more and more folks. Yesterday I delivered 2 shiny hoops to my Aunt’s home in Burtonsville, MD. I got to watch my young cousin try out her brand new pink, orange, and purple hoop. She’s so skilled! One of the things I love most about hooping is that it truly does cross all borders, be it age, ability, gender, ethnicity, class, or creed. I would be so happy if I could get nuns and monks in the monestary to people living on the streets to folks with high-stress corporate jobs to all let loose and hoop it up. It’s an instant-good-time-maker.
Last night I made my first two hoops since I moved back to the DC area. I grabbed one on my way out as I headed off for a night of dancing downtown. Went to the Black Cat where there was a rad group of people shaking tail feathers to the musical offerings of the First Ladie’s DJ Collective. After scoping out the scene, I assessed that there was enough room and good spirits to throw a hoop into the mix. The crowd really loved it. The back room of the Black Cat has a sweet stage seperate from the DJ booth, dance floor, and bar- which made a perfect hooping platform. It was a lot of fun hoopdancing and meeting new friends.