A surprise turn up last month was the World Record Breaking Day which was mentioned in a local free paper as providing an opportunity for members of the public to set some new records in various activities (mostly silly!) including hula hooping. So a number of us went along to take part in setting some records. In fact, if we hadn’t turned up then there wouldn’t have been any hooping! They were very grateful to us for helping to raise the energy of the event at the end of the day and create some entertainment for the public. So do keep an eye out in the local press for news that could provide a hooping opportunity and let us know.
World Record Breaking Day – New hula hoop records set
On Saturday 29th January a world record breaking day was held at The Forum to raise money for Macmillan Cancer. The event which ran all day was reported in the Evening News but unfortunately it makes no reference to Norwich Hoop Club (The reporter must have gone before we turned up!). A number of us set some new, previously unrecorded records for hula hooping. Paul Lightning set some waist and neck hooping records, Emma Ward set some waist and neck hooping records, Tracey Daniels set a waist hooping record and Sachiko Quelch set some foot hooping records. We also put on a rather spontaneous short hoop dance demo including 5 year old Arwen who impressed us all and some good photos were taken of the event. Dean Gould, a local man who is the UK president and founder of Record Holders Republic and was adjudicating our records appears to have a lot of connections and will be interested in arranging future appearances for us – stay posted!
Hoop dance classes coming soon
Sachiko is soon to be starting some hoop dance fitness classes in Norwich. In her own words: “In these classes work on tricks and techniques to create dynamic routines and learn to express yourself with this uplifting dance form. Suitable for complete beginners, all ages and body shapes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be the first to hear about these exciting new classes.”
Teacher training in the UK
Both Hoop Girl and Hoopnotica are offering teacher training over here this year. The Hoop Girl Teacher Training is taking place in London for Level I (April 18th – 20th) and Level II (April 25th – 27th) - the UK organiser is Diana Defries. The The Hoopnotica Teacher Training is taking place in Nuneaton on February 25th – 27th and covers all 3 levels (one on each day) – the UK organiser is John Parnell (HoopGuy). These certifications are expensive but participants always seem to rave about them in terms of the confidence it gives them to teach.
Dates are starting to be announced and tickets going on sale for the summer season circus festivals. Southern Lights is in Kimmeridge Dorset again (June 9th – 13th), a beautiful location close to the sea and is gaining popularity every year. It also appears that the Play Festival is returning (July 27th – 31st) after a few years absence and comes highly recommended. These events provide a more relaxed opportunity to acquire new skills and share time with other hoopers on the field than the more intense weekend hoop specialist workshops.
Take part in a hoop survey for a research project
Jenna and Martie, PhD students in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara are looking for hoopers to take part in a survey as part of their research project into the hoop community. The online survey form needs to be completed by those who are interested before the end of this month. You can find more information about them and the project on their Facebook page.
Article of the Month
Lara Eastburn investigates the origins of the modern hoop movement in The Legend of the Hoop That Started a Revolution
Video of the Month
Ciara Blossom and Caterina Suttin Of Hoopsie Daisy demonstrate some very good coordination in this excellent electro-swing hoop dance performance. A lot of trust is required with your partner when their hoop is on fire!