• Hoopy Holidaze!

    Date: 2011.12.18 | Category: Hooping Hub, The Hoops - Of Course | Response: 0

    Bonnie found her holiday hoop picture. Thank you!
    And here it is!!!

    Hoopy Holidaze!

    Hoopy Holidaze!

  • Episode 4 – Jennaluna

    Date: 2011.12.13 | Category: PODCAST! | Response: 0

    Hoopy Holidaze!

    This year I wanted to make a Christmas hoop for my yard.  Hooper Bonnie MacDougall posted a picture of hers in her front yard in North Carolina and I just thought it was the coolest!!  Well, intentions are always good, right?  I made hoops and I put lights out in my backyard for the first time ever but the two didn’t mingle.  Maybe I can find Bonnie’s picture and post it on the blog for some hoopy joy and inspiration to others.

    I teach hoopdance classes in a ballroom near my home and right now there is a giant Christmas tree filling one corner of the room.  I love it!!!  It has such a festive glow.  I feel like my students are dancing around a Winter Solstice tree. I’m a sucker for the lights this time of year.  I don’t need the gifts or the pressures, just the lights.

    OK, bear with me for a couple more episodes.  I’ve got the microphone figured out NOW but not before I recorded this interview with my friend, Jennaluna.

    Gravy and the Biscuits 1994

    The Hoopanista & Jennaluna at SpartQuake '94

    She and I go waaaaaay back, the early 90s I think.  I played bass in a band called Gravy back in those days and one of my bandmates taught at her high school.  She sang backup as one of the “Biscuits” (get it???) during our outdoor performance at the end of the school year.

    As I got into hooping, I heard names of these mythical hoopers like Hoopalicious and Spiral and Safire but didn’t know their real names.  One of my favorites names was Jennaluna but I had no idea who this person was.  And during the same time, my friend (Gravy bandmate) kept mentioning that one of his students had really gotten into hooping down in L.A. and San Francisco.  Hmmmm.  I never put it together.

    Then one day, out of the blue, a little email came my way via Twitter from Jennaluna!!!  We connect the dots, made plans to have breakfast together (she moved back to Portland) to meet face-to-face and have been friends ever since. Happy hoopy ending!

    And don’t forget to support local businesses this time of year – that includes your community hoopers!  Buy hoops and t-shirts and other hoop-related goodies to spread the hoop love this holiday season.

    HulaHoopla Hoops for the Holidays!
    And don’t forget the HulaHoopla shirts!
    Jennaluna HoopGirl Allstar Performance
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  • HulaHoopla on MORE Good Day Oregon

    Date: 2011.12.09 | Category: Hooping Hub, Hooping Video, HulaHoopla, Performance | Response: 0

    We did some hooping at Center Stage Studios on November 29th. KPTV interviewed me about hooping during a hoop jam and put this nice package together that aired on December 7th.

    Watch it here!

  • Episode 3 – Meet My Hoop Mama, Merilieu!

    Date: 2011.11.28 | Category: PODCAST! | Response: 0

    What a weekend!!

    Zipped up to Seattle on Black Friday to spend some quality time with friends over the holiday weekend. Checked out the EMP’s exhibit on Nirvana. I spent a lot of time driving to Seattle during that era in the late 80s and early 90s and went to hundreds of shows both in Seattle and Portland. For me, it was really moving to see the old photos and band posters mentioning places and dates of shows I had attended. Amazing time in my life. And now I’m smack dab in the middle of another amazing time in my life – my hooping life!
    In this episode, I sit down with my original hooping mentor – my hoop mama, if you will – Merilieu. This woman is the reason I started hooping. She talks about her first hooping experience and where the hoop has taken her. From picking up the hoop for the first time to making hoops, creating playlists for hoop jams, performing at Burning Man and bringing the Hooping Life to Seattle are just a few of the topics we cover.

    The Hooping Family Tree Project
    Burning Man

    The Hooping Life

    The Northwest Hoop Gathering

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  • Online Shopping

    Date: 2011.11.21 | Category: HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    Just in time for the indoor hooping and gift-giving season!
    I teamed up with a local hoop maker to create an exclusive line of HulaHoopla&#0174 Hoops AND I added a page on my website for the hoops and my t-shirts. Only took 2 days of laptop time. Holy crap! I added all new photos and a shopping cart. Take a peek! Or better yet, buy some stuff!

    HulaHoopla&#0174 Hoops
    HulaHoopla&#0174 Shirts

  • Hoop Jam & TV

    Date: 2011.11.17 | Category: Hooping Hub | Response: 0

    Come for a day side hoop jam and be seen on TV!

    Center Space Studio
    420 SE 6th Avenue – PDX
    10am – 12noon
    Fee: $5

    Local TV station, KPTV Fox 12, is sending a reporter and photographer to shoot a segment for their show, MORE Good Day Oregon, which airs weekdays at 9am on Channel 12. They will be at the hoop jam from 10:30am until 11:00am or so but I thought it would be fun to make it a 2-hour hoop jam (10am-12pm) for the heck of it.

    If you do not want to be on camera, you can step out of the room for the taping and step back in when they are done. The segment will air on Wednesday, December 7th.

     

  • Episode 2 – GroovinMeGzz, Inspirational Students and the Male Perpective

    Date: 2011.11.15 | Category: PODCAST! | Response: 0

    Welcome to Episode 2 

    It’s World Hoop Day 11.11.11!  Well, it was when I recorded this anyway.
    We had a great turnout for our fund raising hoop jam.  In this episode, I pull a handful of hoopers out of the studio during the event for a little one-on-one.

    Meet hooper extraordinaire, GroovinMeGzz, a few of my very enthusiastic students and get a male perspective on hooping.  Our goal was to raise $500 for WorldHoopDay.org and we made it to $200…that’s still great!

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    World Hoop Day
    The Hooping Body
    Hoopcamp
    HulaHoopla

    Center Space

     

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  • World Hoop Day Success!

    Date: 2011.11.13 | Category: Hooping Hub, Hooping Video | Response: 0

    Total donations for World Hoop Day (cash and proceeds from hoops sales) = $200!!
    If you could not make it to the hoop jam but still want to donate, please do!!
    World Hoop Day Donations

    Here’s a little video of a moment in the hoop at the WHD hoop jam in Portland, Oregon.
    I used my iPod and free software but you can certainly sense the vibe of the festivities.

  • HulaHoopla: A Podcast for Hoopers is on iTunes!

    Date: 2011.11.13 | Category: PODCAST! | Response: 0

    Pretty frickin’ cool!  You can now subscribe to the podcast on iTunes!
    Click here>>>>> HulaHoopla: A Podcast for Hoopers

    woo hoo(p)!

     

  • 11.11.11 Happy World Hoop Day!

    Date: 2011.11.11 | Category: Hooping Hub | Response: 0

    Today is World Hoop Day!
    If you’re in Portland, OR come over to the Center Space Studio, 420 SE 6th Ave. tonight. Come anytime between 7:30pm & 10:30pm.  It’s a small space but hoopers are polite and share space well. :-)

    We are asking for a minimum $5 donation to raise funds for World Hoop Day. WHD’s mission is to bring joy through the importance of play to children around the world. Our goal is to raise $500.

    Please bring your happy hooping selves, hoops and munchies to share and your iPods with your favorite hoop jam mixes! This is also Veteran’s Day. Please read this wonderful message from World Hoop Day Founder, Annie O’Keeffe.

    I’ll be interviewing random hoopers for Episode 2 of HulaHoopla: A Podcast for Hoopers.
    Join in the festivities and meet local hoopers.

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