Triple Threat

I preparation for the second class in the series of circus style hooping classes that Jenny is teaching and I am attending, I decided to make what I am dubbing the Triple Threat Hoops, which are basically just a set of three polypro matched trio of hoops that I whipped together last night.

I didn’t use really expensive hoop tape on them, mostly because the sparkly ones are too wide and I’d have to cute them down anyway, so I decided to use electrical tape, this transparent colored tape called Plexi Deco,  and what gaffer grip tape I had on hand, which wasn’t much.  I stretched it across all three, so at least they have some grip to them.

The tubing I used wasn’t normal polypro, but rather it was repurposed polypro, i.e. recycled, tubing from  It only comes in 5/8″ outer diameter size, but it’s decent to handle, though it is a little harder to get the connectors in.  I recommend getting an appropriately sized HDPE connector rather than a polypro one.  It seemed easier to insert using the one I had.   The tubing only comes in black, but it still is san-dable and tape-able.

I’m anxious to give these hoops a spin tonight in class, and am looking forward to another hard workout.  I have a lot of steam to blow off tonight.  I’ll tell you about that next post as to why.

Until then, keep on hooping!



Hooping with Photographers

What happens you bring a bunch hoops along to a group photographers?  Pretty much what you’d expect; people want to try it!

On Saturday, the photo meetup I belong to had a “Proud to be in America” party for a French family that just received their green cards.  Yay!  Congrats, Benôit, Delphine, and Breànne!

Of course, a picnic is a great excuse to being hoops, which I did.  I packed up a few along with my camera and headed out to Overlook Park in Manheim Township, PA, USA.  There were plenty of great photos, a lot of great conversation, and tons of fun!

The hoops were were a hit.  I got them out and started hooping, and people immediately wanted to try it.  Oh, and once again, I hardly have any photos of myself hooping, obviously because I’m not going to use a DSLR camera while hooping, but some friends DID get some great shot.  Here they are!

Me hooping. Photo by Benôit Barbé.

Photo by Benoît Barbé

The lady in the background is Diane, and she had fun hooping, too.  I actually took this shot of her below.

Diane hooping

Lastly, the photo was taken by Sally, who did a fantastic job organizing the picnic!

Hooping at a picnic. Photo by Sally Crill-Denlinger

Photo by Sally Crill-Denlinger

If you are interested in the other non-hooping photos I took at the picnic, head on over to my photography portfolio and check them out!

Oh, and Benôit is pretty awesome with some flow arts stuff, too.  Check him out using a diablo!

Benôit and his diablo.



Two teeny tiny hoops!

Teeny Tiny Hoops!

For the past few years, I have been participating in the Hooper Valentine Exchange on  This year, I was the recipient of these adorable teeny tiny hoops.  I love them!! Thank you, Allison!

I have plans for these teeny tiny hoops.  Big plans.   And, since the weather is supposed to be stinkin’ cold all weekend, I may just have to work on said big plans for these small wonders as something to do.

Happy Valentines Day to all out there!  Whether you are single or taken, go out, have fun, and eat chocolates.

My Hoopy Confession

I trust and hope that you all had a very good Christmas!  I did, though I need a rest from the festivities.

I figures I’d start off the last week of the new year with a confession.  It’s nothing earth-shattering, nothing surprising, really, and not really a big deal.

Here it is.  Ready?

Confession:  My favorite type of tape to tape hoops is electrical tape.

There.  My soul is cleansed.

I love taping hooping with electrical tape.  It’s forgiving, it covers up black PE tubing wonderfully, and it comes in a decent amount of colors.  And you don’t have to deal with crazing paper backings.  I love electrical tape!

My in-laws fed this passion by giving ten colored rolls of this wonderful stuff for Christmas.  Thanks, guys!

So, what’s you favorite type of tape to tape hoops with?