Different Music Platforms to Use While Hooping

Different Music Platforms to Use While Hooping

Maybe you want to choose the exact songs you hoop to. Maybe you want to expand your hooping music horizons. Maybe you just don’t like the platform you’re currently using to listen to hooping music. But what platforms are out there? What do other hoopers use? What are the pros and cons of that platform? Hopefully this article will help you find the music platform that is just right for you! Or a handful of platforms you never knew existed.   Internet Radio Seeds: what a channel is built on, generally used to add variety to the channel. Some platforms limit the number of seeds you have, or what can act as a seed (artist/song/genre). Thumbs up/down: fine tunes the station. Thumbs down may ban the song from one station, or all stations, depending on which platform you are using. Skip: skips song but doesn’t affect your station preferences. Be careful, there may be a skip limit on the platform. PROS of internet radio: discover new music you’ve never heard you can view songs you have liked so you can find and download them add variety to your station (can mix genres if you want) you don’t know what song is coming next, like shuffle thumbs up/down to fine tune what the station plays CONS of internet radio: perhaps too much variety can’t force site to play a certain song Pandora One feature unique to Pandora is the I’m tired of this track option. Using this feature will stop Pandora from playing the song for a while. There is a skip limit and once you hit your limit, using...
Native American Hoop Dance

Native American Hoop Dance

I’m sure if you are a part of the hoop community online you have occasionally seen some really cool videos of Native American Hoop Dancing! These performances are truely inspiring to watch. This type of hoop dancing can at times include up to 40 hoop!! Crazy right?  For Example, check out this awesome performance!! Tony Duncan at the 2011 Adult division Hoop Dance Championship There are many differences between Native American hoop dance and our hoop dancing. This type of hooping is not what you generally think of. No one is really waist hooping and this isn’t the type of hooping you would see in an old school  Wham-o commercial. Native American hoop dance is a style of its own within the Native American culture that is unlike anything many hoopers would expect.  Native American hoop dance is passed down. You will not find videos teaching it, or classes to attend. This is not something that can be learned on youtube or at your local dance studio. It is generally taught by an older family member or family friend and passed down a generation. This means there is much less of an opportunity to learn and fewer people participate in this type of hoop dance. Native Americans use natural materials such as wood , bamboo, or reeds to make their hoops. They do not use polypro of hdpe like most “hoopers” use. You also will not see any fancy morph tape or crazy colors. The colors used for their hoops often match their outfits , represent colors of their tribes, or hold some type of personal significance to the...
A Hooper’s Guide to Festival Preparation

A Hooper’s Guide to Festival Preparation

Even though festival season is coming to an end for 2015, we wanted to help you get familiarized with planning for next season! The tickets are purchased. The outfits are primped to perfection. The squad is assembled, everyone has been practicing their flow art, and the lineup has been memorized. There is nothing quite like getting ready for a festival. Nothing is as exciting as being surrounded by good music, good friends, and good vibes. However, packing for the festival can add stress to this otherwise blissful situation. Paranoia about forgetting something essential is to be expected. We know you won’t forget your hoops, but what about everything else you’ll need for the adventure? This article breaks the festival necessities into the main categories to take into consideration when packing so that your preparation will go as smoothly as possible. Making memories will be easy and fun if everyone is properly prepared! 1. Camping Supplies Let’s start with the absolute essentials. You need a place to sit and sleep. Along with the tent (and whatever materials are necessary to set up said tent), pack some extra sleeping bags, blankets and pillows. I’ve found that a mattress topper makes a great travel bed as you can lay it across the trunk of your vehicle and put the rest of your supplies on top for the trip. Designate some blankets you don’t mind getting dirty as a sitting area, or, if sitting on the ground isn’t really your thing, bring some bag chairs along. These are easy to carry, and they’re actually very comfortable! Also, tapestries make a great addition to...
Brain Tips for Muscle Memory With Double Hoops

Brain Tips for Muscle Memory With Double Hoops

By the time you pick up your second hoop, you likely already have the muscle memory down in your dominant hand, and your natural current. Your non-dominant side probably feels pretty foreign, so you will want to practice spinning on that side. Caterina Suttin shares some effective exercises to help speed up the process of training your muscle memory on both sides in this tutorial “Drills for Twins Practice”, filmed at Sacred Circularities in Bali. Now you’re feeling a bit more comfortable with your ‘left’ side, it’s time to exercise our brain to establish a connection with both sides. The key to this, is where you bring your focus. You already *know* how to draw flowers with your right side, and keep the hoop on a clean vertical plane, but you feel your left side is still sloppy. Maybe you keep going, naturally, keeping that clean plane on the dominant side, while the other hoop is spinning more and more out of control, until finally, it flies out of your hands, or manages to swing up and hit you in the face. “WHYYYYY?!” Now, we have to evaluate what went wrong, and how do we get our ‘left’ side to stop being so lazy, and straighten out that plane? We shift our focus from the right side, to do this, we area really tuning in to where our mind, and body are paying attention to, and work on thinking and feeling, focusing on the hoop in our left hand. So although you are spinning two hoops at once, you are really only concentrating on the parts of yourself that feel awkward. Eventually with practice,...
List of Hoop Tricks Articles (Chronological)

List of Hoop Tricks Articles (Chronological)

  Did you know that The Spinsterz has been sharing videos and writing articles since 2009, known through the previous website, hooptricks.org?! All that time has buried the oldest articles and there are gems just waiting to be rediscovered! The Spinsterz are currently in the process of moving all articles from hooptricks.org to this blog location at The Spinsterz. Until then, here they are, from newest to oldest. Happy digging! (Note: this article will be a work in progress as I add the names/links of the articles. I will start at the oldest and work my way forward, so keep checking back. Once the article is caught up we will keep it updated!) WHAT TYPE OF HOOPER ARE YOU? The Echo and the Always – Go Easy- By Kimba Cooper NEW! SpinFX LED Event Entertainment Trailer! MUST SEE! “I Saw the Sign” Hooping by Lucille Schneider VOLUNTEER HOOPING WITH SPACEDRAGON THE CLOWN Hooping Combo Tutorial: Cross Arm Fold – By Dagny Sanche Hooping Tutorial for the Kick Toss with Jessica Juniper Labeling Hooper Styles and Flow Types Flowers for Pippin- By Jackie Gajda Sunrise Hooping at the Brooklyn Bridge by Lauren Cook “Cry Baby” Performance by Grace Good Hooping in Budapest by Tal Fransky Behind the Back Isolations with Variations by Betty Lucas Berg Lake Trail Hooping by Dagny Sanche Hoop Flow to “Slo” by Giraffage with Ebonie Quint Advanced Thread the Needle Variation by Monica Marie Hoops Hooping Tutorial: Ghosting Reverse Weave by Kayla Watson  Park Play Hoop Dance by Natasha Braun  List of Hoop Tricks Articles (Chronological) – Updated Often  …so meta  Traveling the World with 4...
World Hoop Day: Sat. October 3rd, 2015 – Event List Inside!

World Hoop Day: Sat. October 3rd, 2015 – Event List Inside!

Many of you may not know that hoopers get their own holiday. HOORAY! Request off work and plan out something spectacular. If you’re not the planning type, you can find many events you can show up to on the special day. Check out this website to find out more about World Hoop Day and what it means: http://www.worldhoopday.org/. PLEASE NOTE this world hoop day official website is out of date, so please make sure you check all dates for everything, especially events. Please refer to the list of events in this article.   United States   San Diego, California World Hoop Day San Diego White Box Live Arts – Admission $5   Fort Collins, Colorado World Hoop Day Colorado 3rd Annual Celebration Fossil Creek Park – $5 registration donation. (If you want to donate more we won’t say no!)   Thornton, Colorado Mile High World Hoop Day 2015 Community Park on Eppinger Blvd – Admission $5 per adult and free for children 12 and under.   Hilo, Hawaii World Hoop Day Celebration, Big Island HI Banyan Drive. Admission is free Detroit, Michigan Minneapolis, MN World Hoop Day workshops with BABZ! Tapestry Folkdance Center – $100 for 8 hours over 2 days   Dover, New Hampshire World Hoop Day – Flow jam & Intermediate Workshop Garrison Hill Park and Tower – $5 donation for workshop and jam is free Philadelphia, PA SPinCo Flow Show 2015 World Hoop Day Event At Friends Select School – Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Kids (age 12 and under)   Ephrata, PA World Hoop Day Variety Show and Playshop Ephrata Main Theatre – FREE admission   Titusville, PA...