As promised in Episode 8 – The Tease, my friend Andreas sent me evidence that he can and DOES hoop and roller blade.
For all the world to see, this is Sk8Hooping!
Hello hoopers, hoopers in the making and hooper lovers!
I’m a lucky, lucky hooper! I love doing this podcast but it has been become difficult to put together due to the old age of my computer. But out of the blue, a brand new computer arrived on my doorstep a few weeks back. A gift from the wonderful man in my life. *happy sigh*
So what does that mean?!!! Well, I’ve had 4 interviews in limbo and it’s been driving me crazy! I want to share these with you so badly.
I’ve been a hooper officially since April 2009 and I feel I’m immersed in the hooping culture enough to be wonderfully geeky about the hoops, the performers, the instructors, the clothes, the retreats, all of it! And I want to share it as experienced by other hoopers.
This episode is the “tease” episode. I started an interview with Valentina of Unity Hoops and Twisted Orbit in February in San Francisco…so long ago!! She was THEE reason I started taking Burlesque classes which in itself is the art of teasing. I wish I could take all of her classes in San Diego and be in her hoop troupe, The Hoop Unit! So, during our interview – which was AMAZING! – I did not hit the record button twice and didn’t get any of the main interview. So sad. But I did get a little taster, a tease if you will, before and after.
In addition, I sat down to interview two of my friends in Washington State, successfully recorded one interview in which we discussed, in length, how to hoop on rollerblades – I’m still hoping for either a video or a picture as proof! – and hooping blindfolded with Baxter. As we were about to start the second interview with my friend Annie, my batteries died. What we were about to talk about is her 50th birthday party celebration. I got to hoop with fire for the very first time. My hoop mama, Merilieu, felt I was ready, loaned me her hoop so I could practice and I performed for Annie using the same music that my hoop mama did for her fire hoop debut. And it was a total surprise for Annie. Yay! I’ll be interviewing Annie again to talk about that night and her life after finding the hoop. Yet another tease!!!!
Stay tuned for a follow up interview with Valentina. Her life has really taken off. She’s teamed up with UK Hooper Steve Bags and together they’ve created Twisted Orbit. Also her troupe, the Hoop Unit, went to the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Vegas this year!
Tease, tease, tease! The glove is off, people! You know you want more! Well, I’m gonna give it to ya!
After I put out this episode and Episode 9 with Beth Lavinder and Antonio Gomez for Episode 10 – because the Bay Area Hoopers (BAH) celebrated their 10th anniversary this year! – I want to make this podcast legit. I’ll be looking for advertisers, sponsors, interviewees, web designers and musicians to make this a hooper’s resource of hoop geekery and love!
Till then, thanks for listening and happy hooping!
My First Fire Performance at Annie’s Birthday Party
Ooops! I was hoping to have this up before New Year’s Eve. Oh well…
Long time no podcast! Sorry about that. I have an 8-year-old computer and it was full of photos, music and other podcasts. It’s not like I haven’t been doing hoop stuff…quite the contrary.
I had this interview sitting on the recording device that I’m still borrowing from my friend, Joel. Thank you, Joel!
Anyway, I interviewed Dustin Hubel and his lovely wife, Kay, on their honeymoon tour back in May – MAY!!! – of 2012. How embarrassing. His workshop on isolations and hooping with twins/doubles was amazing and so challenging. My brain definitely shorted out a few times! Despite that, he was a delight.
Listen for yourselves!
Thank you, Dustin & Kay!
Well, where do I start?!!
First off, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Congratulations, Mr. President.
The First Family will be hooping in the White House for another 4 years. *happy sigh* Yeah, I know. Lots of work to do. Hopefully he’ll be kicking ass and taking names this term. No more non-partisan shit. That didn’t work so well. But I digress…
Hooping! yes, I’ve been hooping and have reached a strange crossroad. It’s been the one thing I do that makes me happy and has kept me sane through the unemployment, the financial disaster that is about to become my life. Folks are always amazed that I’ve remained so calm. Since I haven’t missed a mortgage payment, I haven’t hit full on panic – yet. But I am not making money doing what I love and I’m starting to struggle with that. If I end up counting on my hoop classes and hoop sales won’t that make my passion a burden? I’ve been feeling like removing the hoop making aspect of my business – getting the tapes and tubing out of my home and enlist someone else to make all of my hoops. It feels good when I think about it but if I don’t make them myself, are they really HulaHoopla hoops?
I took a couple of workshops recently with Brecken and Luna Breeze and it felt SOOOOO good to be the student again. I want to grow and pass that one to my students. My classes are still fun and rewarding. The rent is killing me but I know I actually have a good deal on the place where I teach. I think I need to ramp up the promotions.
And then there’s performing. I’d love to do more of that. Maybe get some corporate gigs with The Spinnerettes. Hmmmmmm….
I can’t be the only hoop business owner who has struggled with this. Maybe I need to start a collective where we can brainstorm, share our stories, help each other out.
I know I need to write more on this blog – I’m starting to feel better already!!!
The Rose City Rollers invited us to be the halftime show during their Semi Finals bout between the Break Neck Betties and the Guns N Rollers on May 5th. Roller Derby and Hooping?? You betcha!!!!
Take a peek for yourself!
In this episode, I talk with the incredible Ann Humphreys! She was in Portland in March with her Two-Day Infinite Sphere Workshop. I just can’t gush enough about this lady! Not only is she beautiful and graceful (OK, she’s fucking hot!!!), she is so talented, sweet, generous, gracious, funny and one smart cookie! 😉
She’s been traveling extensively since last summer and I know I want to be her when I grow up!
My favorite quote from our interview referring to the first time she saw Baxter:
“Hot guy, dancing in public, hula hoop…these three things don’t go together at all. But they’re all together suddenly, right now, in this soul dance, somehow.”
Now, as Ann recommends, give yourself permission to dance!!!
And speaking of dance…The Spinnerettes picked up a few gigs and were blessed with working with two very sweet and generous photographers. Scott Gerke & Pete Springer. We were honored with Hooping.org’s Photo of the Day on March 21st.
And stay tuned for a video from The Spinnerettes.
Latest hoop vid, shot at Bax’s, with lots of fun stuff:
And of course, Nooping! Yooping is Next!
Photo of the Day, March 21, 2012
Scott Gerke Photography
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It’s amazing how fast time flies when you’re looking for work and rebuilding an engine. Wait, is that just me? I’ve been looking for work since August and it’s getting pretty scary. I know I’m not the only one and hooping has really helped me keep a positive attitude. I’d like to think that I’ve been very Zen about the whole brink of financial disaster thing but I actually had a panic attack. I thought my heart was going to burst through my sternum and splatter on the inside of my mom’s car (I had to borrow hers while mine was in pieces). No job, running out of money, going way over budget on an engine rebuild, low hoop class attendance.
So about this rebuild…I drive a 1977 VW Bus. Love her!!!
But as with all older vehicles, the engine was getting tired and run down. Rather than buying a new car or a new engine, I decided to do a rebuild myself. A friend found an engine in a pick-n-pull this summer and by October I got the guts to start tearing it apart.
Long story short, a couple of back-breaking months, a few meltdowns, one or two mechanical snafus and a couple thousand dollars later, I have my glorious camper and hoop wagon running again. I missed her so much. This rig hauls all my hoops and can carry everything I need to do a street fair. And for those of you who sell hoops, you know that size DOES matter.
Now that it is March, I think I can honestly say that just a taste of sunshine does turn things around. Interest in my classes has really gone up and I’m starting to sell hoops again. AND I’m getting more wonderful opportunities to hoop in front of audiences.
My friend and fellow VW bus owner John Shepski of Fluff and Gravy Records asked me to perform at the Secret Society in between sets for the Drunken Prayer record release party. I heard that the Ukeladies were one of the opening bands and got it in my head that I would learn how to play a song on the ukulele and perform it in homage. Then I was asked to bring a couple more hoopers and come up with a name. My hoop troupe, The Spinnerettes, were born!!
There are so many amazing hoopers in Portland and I wanted an opportunity to perform with them. So my thought with The Spinnerettes was to have several members who could be in several places at once, all representing the hooper community. Finding an affordable place to practice on a regular basis is in the works.
In addition to the Secret Society debut, we’ve performed pre and post-play “Circle Mirror Transformation” at the Artists Repertory Theatre. One of the characters is a hooper and the actress took one of my classes. Circle indeed! This is such a gorgeous space and we filled it with swirly light up and down the stairs, on the glass partitioned balconies and spilled into the lobby, giving audience and cast members hoops lessons after the show.
The following night we performed with our LED hoops on top of the bar at the Kenton Station for their 4th Annual Flaming Dr. Pepper World Record Bash. The before the indoor flamage began, we performed with fire out in front of the pub. Gorgeous night for it, too.
And speaking of gorgeous…(nice segue, right?) Episode 5’s guest is Annie Weinert, also known as Annie Land. I spoke with Annie at the end of November just before she moved to Utah for the winter. We met in 2010 at the Hoop Convergence in Carrboro, North Carolina. I was definitely star struck because she was a HoopGirl Allstar. Her sweet, smiling face can be seen in Christabel Zamor’s “Hooping: A Revolutionary Fitness Program” book and in the HoopGirl “Hoopdance Evolution: Intermediate Volume 1” fitness DVD. And her talent goes way beyond that. She also designed many of the HoopGirl Allstar costumes.
Well, she ended up being my neighbor here in Portland and it was such a treat to get to know her. There was always something creative and fun going on at her house. We’d chat about our lives and sip wine or a creative cocktail while she added feathers to my hair, her dog Pickles barking with excitement before cozying up on my lap. Annie created a burlesque costume for my Chica Vroom persona and a sexy pair of ruffled shorts. I’m the proud owner of an Annie Land romper which incidentally, makes my ass look great! She does aerial silks and makes fun accessories and just fills everyone around her with love and light. She embarking on another creative adventure so keep an eye on her!
Annie Performing at a Roller Derby Bout in SF
Annie Performing at Ruby Skye in SF
Learn more about all the good stuff mentioned in the Podcast:
Fluff and Gravy Records
Artists Repertory Theatre
And this is the televised hoop jam I mentioned in the podcast (better audio):
HulaHoopla on MORE Good Day Oregon
I swear I will put episode 5 of the podcast with Annie Land up soon. I promise!
So here’s what’s been going on with me…finished rebuilding a 1977 VW bus engine; learned how to play a song on the ukulele for a performance; put together a new hoop troupe called The Spinnerettes (more on that to come!); performed with said ukulele and hoop troupe with the new Atomic Pro; decided to declutter my life of belongings and create a living space in my basement.
So as lame as my promise may seem, my intent is still there!! I PROMISE.
Holy cow! Made a very special journey to Lake Havasu, Arizona this past weekend to be with friends and Volkswagens (by other passion!). Lots of hoopers down there too so I got to do what I love and got a little TV time on the local station. Thank you TV45!
Watch it here.
And if you’re curious, here’s information on Buses by the Bridge.
For night time play and performances, I like to use an LED hoop. Well, I don’t make LED hoops and often get asked where to purchase one. There are so many great companies who make quality products. But I just bought an Astral Hoop Atomic Pro because I saw one at HoopCamp and it blew my mind!!! Check out their website and buy one of their hoops!!
And if you do, please use this code: http://astralhoops.com/r/Hoopanista.
Sort of like saying, “Tell them I sent you!”
I need to tip my hat to LED Heady Hoops for my very first LED hoop. I have since gifted that hoop to another hooper. I purchased my next two Trick Concepts hoops through The Spinsterz. Those are my workhorses. They go camping with me and have been to Burning Man twice. If you’re considering an LED, do your research and talk to other hoopers before making your choice. It’s a personal and exhilarating step in the hooping world.
- Hooping Funk
- Episode 16 – Bex Burton: Tuning in to the Universe
- Episode 15 – Philo Hagen: Hooping.org, Blogging and Modern Hooping Origins
- Episode 14 – Valentina Martin: Fusion in Life and Love
- Episode 13 – Carolyn Mabry: Caroleeena, YouTube, Putting the Dance into Hoopdance
- Exploring The Path
- Hooping Hub
- Hooping Video
- The Hoops – Of Course
- The Spinnerettes
- Astral Hoops
- Brecken Rivara – YouTube
- Burning Man
- Caroleeena – YouTube
- Caroleeena's Circles of Joy
- Caterina Suttin – YouTube
- eS-Bot HoopDance
- Fire Groove
- Hero Hoops
- Hoop City
- Hoop Convergence
- Hoop Dazzle
- Hoopcamp Retreat
- Hoopdrum Music & Dance
- Ipseity Designs
- Juicy Hoops
- LED Heady Hoops
- Luna Breeze Performance Art
- Onyx's Closet
- Rose City School of Burlesque
- Sparkle Movement
- The Hooping Body
- The HoopPath
- The Spinsterz
- Trick Concepts
- Unity Hoops
- World Hoop Day
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