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 hoopsupplies.com.  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!

 

 

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Photo by Ava Dae Photography

Starting Circus Style Hooping

My first thought this morning was “Crap, why do I hurt so much?”  And then I remembered why.  I started taking Jenny Hill‘s class on circus style hooping the previous evening at Studio Spin.

Circus style hooping is different than most of the hooping many of your are familiar with.  First, it’s mostly on body, specifically your core.  Second, it involves multiple hoops.

Jenny is a circus style hooper.  Here’s an example of her doing multiple hoops in her hoop reel.

Yes, she is that awesome!

We started off a circus warm up drill that I’ve probably have written about before, but as a reminder, it an exercise that starts at the top of your body and you work your way down.  Here’s a great video by Kristin McQuillen, who is also Jenny’s sister, that explains and demonstrates how to do it.

It’s a pretty hardcore workout.  Give it a try.

Then we worked with hooping with two hoops at the waist, and then Jenny added a third for each of us.  We did multiple (haha) exercises with that, and worked with placing a second hoop on different parts of the body while maintaining one at the waist.

Now you see why hurt even as I write this.  It’s not as bad as it was when I woke up, but my abs are gently reminding me of the workout I got last night.  And, it reminds me that I’m out of shape.  Oi.

I recommend checking out circus style hooping if you need to try something different in your hooping life.  Core hooping is the base of what we do, anyway, and circus style hooping seems to be a great way of exploring the multiple (tee hee) ways and variations of how that can be done.

Now, go do those drills!

 

 

 

Choreography Class. Photo by Jenny Hill.

Hoop Choreography Class Wrap-Up

Photo by Jenny Hill

Yesterday, a group of eight hoop students wrapped up a five week hoop choreography class taught by Jenny Hill at Studio Spin.  It was a great class, and we learned a lot!  And, it was a lot of fun, too.

Jenny taught us a group hoop choreography to the song “Fever” by Peggy Lee.  It’s a great song for a group of gals to hoop to.

A few of us will also be performing the choreography at Studio Spin’s student recital on August 6, 2016.  I’ll be one of those performers in the group, and I will be doing a solo act, as well.

Want to see the video of our choreography?  Here it is on Vimeo!

Hoop Choreography Class Fever! from Jenny Hill on Vimeo.

Lancaster Social Circus Day Wrap-Up

The day started out rainy, but cleared up beautifully just in time for Lancaster Social Circus Day held at Buchanan Park, Lancaster, PA.  It was a rousing success!

My job was to help man the table to sign people in with waivers, but in between attendees, I was able to get some hooping in, being beside the music and all.  I had a great time. I think everyone, performers and attendees alike, did, too.

People came in off the streets, people came in from the dog park, and people came because they saw it on Facebook.  I believe when performance time rolled around, there were probably about forty people their in attendance.

Ringmaster and organizer Chris Tamburro was ecstatic over the success of this event, which was the first of its type that helped organize.  He’s the one in the foreground of the top photo in the red wig and jacket.  Well done, Chris!

I think people had a fantastic time playing with hoops, learning to juggle, discovering poi and contact staff, as well as giving acro yoga a try.

I hope this happens again next year.

Here are some more photos of the day that I got on my GoPro.  I didn’t get too many, as I was quite busy!

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Rebekah of A Joyful Canvas was on hand to paint faces.
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Hoops for play!
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One participant tries out acro yoga.

Oh, and here’s some video of parachute play that Jenny Hill of Acts of Jennius brought.

 

Thank you to everyone who had a part in this, and thank you for letting me help out.  The day flew by, and it was evident that a great time was had by all.

Lancaster Social Circus Day

Lancaster, PA….now you have your chance to join the circus!

Lancaster Social Circus Day is being held April 2, 2016 from 1Pm-4PM in Buchanan Park in Lancaster, PA.  See the Facebook page for more information.

There will be presenters there of different circus arts, including juggling, hooping, and acro yoga.  Besides performances, you will have the opportunity to learn some of these  basic skills for yourself.

The event is being held by the wonderful Jenny Hill and the fantastic Chris Tamburro, both of who are outstanding human beings who love circus arts.

If you are interested in going, please head over to the Facebook event page.  There are some things you need to know, and you can see who else will be presenting, too!

Saturday Hoop Demo Class

If you live in the Ephrata are and have been curious about hooping, Saturday, Feb 20th, is your chance! That’s THIS SATURDAY!!   Head on out out to the Ephrata Rec Center, 130 S. Academy Dr, Ephrata, PA  17522, and for $5, you can demo’s Jenny Hill’s “Hoop Yourself Fabulous” class.  I’ve taken this class before, and it’s great!

I know, I hear the excuses.  Stop listening to them, and register!  Call the Rec at 717-738-1167 to sign up.  Tell the excuses to stuff it, and have some fun.

I’ll be there, and I hope you will, too.

Upcoming Classes in Lancaster, PA Area

Interested in taking up hooping in the New Year?  Two classes, each taught by Jenny Hill, are being offered in the Lancaster, PA area.  Here they are and where you can take them.

Ab Fab Hoop LabStudio Spin at 211 N. Ann St., Lancaster, PA  17602 7:15pm Wednesdays, starting January 13, 2016.  Sign up on the website.

Hoop Yourself Fabulous Demo ClassEphrata Rec Center at 13 S. Academy Dr., Ephrata, PA 17522  One time class being offered 2-3pm Saturday, February 20, 2016.  Class is $5.00.  Call the Rec Center at 717-738-1167 to sign up.

Both classes are a great opportunity to get into hooping, and I hope those you in the areas of both places take the first step to try it out!

“One Hoops” Documentary

My friend and teacher Jenny Hill was recently featured in a wonderful short documentary by Monelli Films.  I really recommend taking a look!  It shows you some insight into the life of a professional hoop performer.

My review?  It’s fantastic!  The content is well-done, and Alexander Monelli, who filmed and produced the documentary, really knows his film techniques by engaging the viewer with interesting shots, excellent use of focus, and smart juxtaposition.

Jenny is portrayed in the film as, well, Jenny.  She engaging, smart, and emotive, in other words, a wonderful subject.

Ok, ready to watch it now?  Here it is.

 

“One Hoops” short documentary from Alexander Monelli on Vimeo.

Are You Ready?!

Are YOU ready for World Hoop Day (WHD)?  I am!

Want to celebrate?  Check this listing for events near you, or go on Facebook.

If you are in the Ephrata area, please don’t forget to come our World Hoop Day Variety Show and Playshop happening tomorrow at the Ephrata Main Theatre.  Details here!!

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To get you excited, here is my own WHD video from last year.

Hope to see you at the show, or participating in your own communities!

2015 Wellness Expo

The past Saturday brought the 2015 edition of the Wellness Expo that is put together (quite well, I may add) by employer’s Human Resources department.  I was there last year, and this year I was back running the hooping station, as I did the previous one.

It was funny, a few people came up to me asking if I was able to hula hoop while I was manning the table. I just gave them a look, grabbed a hoop, and showed them that I was quite capable.

This year, though, we had hooping entertainment from Jenny Hill of Acts of Jennius, my teacher and friend.  She was great with the kids, too.  She performed and interacted with the attendees.  People were quite entranced by her awesomeness!

Jenny Hill of Acts of Jennius helps a girl learn to twirl a hoop on each hand.
Jenny Hill of Acts of Jennius helps a girl learn to twirl a hoop on each hand.

We also did a lot of promoting for the World Hoop Day event we are putting together this coming Saturday.  (Seriously, COME ON OUT!)

It was an exhausting, but good, day overall.

Me, posing at the our table.
Me, posing at the our table.