Science!

I have always loved Thomas Dolby’s quirky hit, “She Blinded Me With Science,” so I decided to do a quirky hooping using that song.  It’s probably the best hooping video I’ve done so far.

I made this in the Outer Banks BEFORE I messed up my back. 

As for my back, I am feeling a little bit better, but I am going to pain management next week to see what can be done.

Here’s the video!

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Luminancer

Luminancer is a photo/video editor app that produces some pretty trippy effects. like light trails, vortexes, and such.  It’s available for both iPhone and Android. I was playing with it on my iPod down in the Outer Banks last week.

I did a few experiments with Luminancer, and found that you have to be really stinkin’ close to the camera to get any good effects.  Here’s the best video I put together using my LED hoop.

Hooping to The Dead Deads

Back in November, Sam and I went to a concert to see Halestorm, and the first band that opened for them was an all girl rock group called The Dead Deads.  They were awesome!  I bought their CD at their merch table.

What does this have to do with hooping?  Well, I decided to have some LED fun to one of their songs, “The Glow.”  I even posted a link to my video on The Dead Dead’s Facebook page, and they liked it!

The video is below.  Watch it, and go listen to The Dead Deads.

Video Extravaganza!!

When I say “extravaganza,” I mean two.

First off, is a hooping compilation video of Ryane and I yesterday during class yesterday.  We worked on hooping combinations, two she came up with, and one I did.  We worked on them for a little bit, and then we decided to have some fun and video ourselves doing all three.  Take a look!


The royalty free music I added is sort of cheesy, but it works.

Ready for video number two?

Courtesy of my pole teacher Latasha at Studio Spin, here is a combination we did during Pole 1 on Tuesday night!


So, two days of classes, two videos of showing progress.  It feels good!

Leftover LED Video

I just realized I never posted this video of me and my LED hoop from vacation!  I know many of you have probably already have seen it, but for those who haven’t, here you go.


It’s just me in the pitch black of the Outer Banks at night, my LED hoop, and “Save Me” by Muse.  (Why do I always LED hoop to Muse? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

Here’s the Vimeo version is you prefer that service.

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LED Hooping Save Me from Jenn Dixon on Vimeo.

Please, enjoy!

Impromptu LED Hooping Video

Yesterday, I gathered up my camera gear, LED hoop, and some music and decided to do a simple music video for no reason.

It was getting dark, but that’s what I wanted.  My next door neighbor was out on her porch, too, and I asked if I could play some music, and she didn’t care.  I had an audience of sorts, I guess, but she was really into whatever was on her phone.  That’s fine with me.

The song?  “Follow Me” by Muse.  If you aren’t listening to Muse, you need to start listening to Muse.  NOW.  The electronics in this particular song scream at me to play with my LED hoop.  So I did.

Here its!  I do like like how all you can really see is my hoop spinning around, and not me.  On the other hand, I probably should be visible, too, but, eh, it works for something out of blue.

Prefer Vimeo?

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LED Hooping from Jenn Dixon on Vimeo.

Enjoy!

Lights and Mirrors

Last night was Open Hoop at Studio Spin.  Besides Katie, I had the place to myself.  It was fun to spread out a little and concentrate a little better on what I was doing.

The main reason I wanted to go last night was to check my double hoop chase weave progress, mainly to see how it looked from the side using the mirrors.  I grabbed my doubles and started up the chase weave with my left side toward the mirrors.  I looked over, and WHOA!  I was doing the chase weave!  And it looked pretty!

I guess I wasn’t sure I was doing it right because I couldn’t see the effect it’s supposed to do.  Actually seeing that it looked correct in the mirrors was awesome.

The second fun thing about last night was that something in my mind told me to take my LED hoop, so I did.  I played with it for about the last 15 minutes of the time there.  When Katie noticed what I was up to, she started to take a quick video of me.  She also turned the lights off in the studio, too.  That was really neat.  Oh, and I had her take this video of me, too.  I love the hoop’s reflection in the mirrors.


I loved how it turned out!  I know I do a lot of the same moves in the video, but I’m afraid of dropping the hoop.  LED hoops are delicate and if I haven’t mastered a move yet, I don’t want to take even more of risk when using it.

So, that’s my hooping fun for the weekend. 

Oh, Vimeo users can view the video here if they wish.

EDIT:  My original video got muted.  BOOO!  So, I reposted it with new music.  That’s what’s linked above.  The Vimeo video still has the original sound.

Trying Out My LED Hoop

I finally busted out my LED hoop and gave it a spin, so to speak, last night.  It’s a little lighter than what I’m used to, but I’ll get it.

It’s sort of mesmerizing to watch an LED hoop, even from the hooper’s perspective.  I find myself looking down as I spin it and thinking….”Oooooh, shiny!”  It neat to watch the colors change and strobe.

I actually had the perfect excuse to try out my hoop, I got a hit back in, you guessed it, The Hooping Game.  The song is Strobe Light by the B-52’s.  My concept was to have a video imitating a strobe light flash as I hooped to the song, in the dark with my LED hoop.  I also dressed in all black as to add to the effect.  Oh, I even busted out my DSLR which takes HD video.

It turned out ok.  I may have to tweak the concept more once I get better and have more space to do this.

Though it is not my best effort,  but here’s me taking my LED hoop for a spin.

Hoopy Valentine’s Day!

Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day.  I’ve never been a fan of the holiday, but this year, I got involved with a the Valentine’s Day swap on Hooping.org and received a lovely piece of artwork from a hooper named Jackie.  Thank you, Jackie!!

I hope the hooper I sent my gift to, Trish, likes her present, too.

In other news, class was cancelled yesterday due to the snowy conditions here on the East Coast.  I am so over winter.  I did do another round in The Hooping Game again, and here’s my video, in all it’s scary glory.  The song is “Drown in the Now” by The Crystal Method.


Enjoy, and have a Hoopy Valentine’s Day!!!

The Hooping Game

I stumbled across a closed group on Facebook called The Hooping Game.  (I think Jenny invited me to it.)  Anyway, how it works is that you post in the group saying “I’m in!” and someone else give you a song that you must hoop dance to and post a video of yourself hooping to this song within 24 hours.  I jumped right in, not thinking about where I was going to do this!  But, I managed to get some space in the kitchen.  I pushed back the table and now have a modest space to hoop.

I was given a song called “Crystallize” by a wonderful young violinist named Lindsey Stirling.  She plays her violin along with a great dubstep accompaniment.  I loved it! It’s now in my hooping mix rotation. 

Ok, folks, here’s my video.  It’s not great, but I’m learning and am proud of actually making through the song without much disaster. 

Neat, huh?

Now, the second part of the game is to assign the person who assigned YOU the song one back.  I am having my partner hoop to “Undisclosed Desires” by Muse.  I can’t wait to see her video.

I have the itch to do more, since this wasn’t very hard to set up.  I also want to track my progress.  One thing I did notice in my video is that I do the beginner hooper “mantis hands” a lot.  I need to work on that.

I might sign up for another song later.  This video thing is addicting.