Last month saw the superb Norfolk and Norwich festival come to town with "Rock a Hula" rocking out the Garden Party weekend and NoFitState circus running workshops in Earlham Park. "Rock a Hula" proved to be extremely popular, especially with the kids, although using the main thoroughfare to the Spiegeltent as the hooping area posed additional challenges! A lot of interest has come through as a result of that event and if the weather continues as it is then a beach gathering over the summer has to be on the cards!
Hooping superstars coming to the UK!
Fast on the track of Safire coming over here for the Southern Lights Festival and the UK Hoop Gathering came news that Baxter (HoopPath) and Brecken (Female hooper of the year 2010 in the annual hoopie awards) are appearing at SWHoop (the South West Hoop Gathering in November). With these high profile names visiting us and given that ithe UKHG sold out within a matter of days in only its second year (there is still the "3rd Time Lucky" weekend for those that missed the rush) it feels like the profile of hooping in the UK is very much on the rise.
An account of working with NoFitState circus by Sachiko Quelch
When NoFitState were in Norwich for the festival they ran a series of workshops for the public entitled “Run away with the circus”. When Sachiko travelled with them to Brighton we really thought we weren’t going to see her again! However she did return and has given us this review of her circus experiences! She can also be seen in the video at the bottom of this newsletter.
Workshop leaders announced for Norfolk Hoop Camp
Details for the first ever Norfolk Hoop Camp have been released including information about tickets and workshop leaders. This promises to be as prestigious an event as the UKHG and is definitely not one to miss!
Hooping workshop for children
As part of the Lord Mayors celebrations on Saturday 10th July there will be an open workshop for children who want to hula! This is 1pm - 4pm at St. Georges Plain.
Norwich Hoop Club June Meeting
The next Hoop Club meeting is on Saturday 19th June in Chapelfield Gardens, 11am – 2pm. Bring your own hoops if you can and feel free to bring iPods or mp3 players with your own music selections to share. Music will be provided by way of an ION Tailgater (http://www.ionaudio.com/tailgater) .
Norwich Circus Skills
Norwich Circus which provides a space that is open to hoopers is continuing to meet on Mondays 6.30-8.30pm, at Belvedere Community Centre, Belvoir Street, NR2 3AZ. Entry is £4.00. (Refer to the Venue page).
Video of the Month
This is the hooping sequence from the NoFitState performance for the Norfolk and Norwich festival - including Sachiko! It was brief but spectacular. While hoop dancers can be very keen to post videos of their redoubtable talents to YouTube and the like, this is a reminder that there are exceptional performers out there with less of an internet presence but who are regularly entertaining the public as professionals.