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Men’s Festival Clothing and Rave Costumes

Hello Hoopers,  Let’s be honest, girls get TONS of options when it comes to what we can wear. All my guy friends complain about the struggle of finding cool things to wear for festivals and dance parties. Below is a list of funky shops that sell mens clothing. Some have a steampunk, darker style, while others include bright and colourful rave wear. Please share this page with your male party go-ers so they can have something fun to wear too! Much love, Safire  3rd Earth Fireproof – Fireproof Clothing Adnowapparel – Dark Alternative Leatherwear Ahniradvanyi – Leather Bags, Hip Belts, Vests Anahata – Organic Clothing and Accessories Buddhaful – Jackets, Hood...Read More

10 Bullet Journal Habit Trackers for Goals

Hello Hoopers,  This is my second blog on Bullet Journaling. It is something I’ve been doing for a couple of years now and I’ve found it to be very helpful in improving my productivity as well as my happiness levels. If you’ve never heard of Bullet Journaling check out my previous article on How to Bullet Journal. Below are some of the new bullet journal habit trackers and spreads I created to track my 2017. I hope you like them. Much love, Safire p.s. Feel free to follow me on Instagram @safirebujoart   #1 Daily Habit Tracker This habit tracker is pretty much a CLASSIC at this point. If you haven’t tried a daily habit tracker I’d recommend it. This tracker...Read More

Teacher Training Hoop Dance Certification FAQs

Hello Hoopers,  It is common to have a lot of questions when first looking into hoop dance certification. Below are some of the key questions people have when first beginning their research. Feel free to post below with other other questions you have about hoop dance certification and I’ll do my best to answer them!  Much love, Safire Do I have to be certified to teach hooping? No. Certification is not mandatory and Hula Hoop City promotes the idea that certification should never be mandatory for hooping. If you want to take training and certification it should be because you want to improve as an instructor and increase your skills to benefit your students not just to get a piece of &...Read More

8 Hairstyle Tutorials for Hoop Dancers

Hello Hoopers, So… I suck at hooping with my hair down.  It’s just not my bag. It gets in the way, gets stuck in my mouth, or catches on my eyelashes. Now, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to doing my hair. Unless it’s a special occasional, functionality is my main concern when it comes to the appearance of my hair. Unfortunately, this means 90% of the time my long hair (which I’ve spent years going out for some unknown reason) is up in a ponytail.  If you’re like me, then here… please enjoy these adorable hairstyle tutorials to help keep your hair out of your face while hooping!! Much love, Safire #1  Ribbon Updo #2  Messy Updo #3 Reverse Braided Bun #...Read More

Embracing your Sexuality: Part One – Admitting the Struggle

Hello Hoopers, A few months ago I had a unique experience and was incredibly hesitant to share it publicly on Instagram or a blog post. It happened when a friend captured a video snippet of me fire eating with two friends while we were playing around one night. We had spent the afternoon at a Tattoo fest where other friends performed a sexy and sassy fire dance number. As a result, later that night when we were having a fire jam, some of that sexual energy came out in our movements. After seeing the video below, I had an insight on something that has been bothering me for most of my hoop life.  It is a struggle for me to be ‘sexy’ on stage… I feel like an imposter, like I&#...Read More

You’ll Never Guess the Hoop Video with Over 12 Million Views!

Guess what?! So the other day I found a YouTube Hoop Video with over 12 MILLION VIEWS!!!! I was amazed that I had NEVER ever seen it before!! It made me wonder what other videos are out that that have gotten tons of views over the years. Below is a list of some of the MOST VIEWED hoop videos on YouTube! **Please Note: These are just the most viewed on YOUTUBE. I recognize that there are videos on Facebook as well that have TONS of views but needed to keep things simple. 1,186,001 views 1,313,555 views 1,743,401 views 1,748,476 views 1,838,137 views 1,986,643 views 2,915,871 views 3,734,824 views 4,102,637 views 4,483,814 views 6,007,765 views And the most viewed hoop video on YouTube is̷...Read More

Hooping in 2016

Instagram Launches 60 Second Video Option

Hula Hoop Bags – Hoop Huggies, Carriers, & Straps

Hoops, hoops, and more hoops! As time goes by it can be easier and easier to collect more and more hoops. I recently did a Google search for “Hula Hoop Bags” but unfortunately most of what came up was just details and images of Chanel’s Hula Hoop Bag. (pictured on the right).  Below are some great bag options for carrying your hoops. “They come in all shapes and sizes!!” No, they don’t. Just different sizes. Same shape. The shape we love.  😉 Much love,  Safire   Hula Hoop Backpack Accessories If you don’t need a hoop bag but need a way to easily carry your hoop, using a hoop carrying accessory is a great way to get around. Check out these two great o...Read More

Hula Hooping Music Playlists

Hello Hoopers!  Every so often I run out of inspiring music… It sucks when this happens. Seriously. I end up listening to the same songs over and over and my hoop jams not only get repetitive but sometimes I even get bored. It’s AMAZING what good music can do for a hoop jam out and I’ve decided that I need to fix this problem in my practice. I have made it a plan to make myself playlists on a regular basis so that my practice doesn’t suffer due to my poor efforts in music selection. Not only will having fresh music help with jam sessions but music is a powerful memory trigger. How great is when song comes on and suddenly you have a flash of memories of a certain time ...Read More

10 Great Gifts for Hoop Dancers

Hello stranger… So you have a hooper in your life?  That’s good, hoop dancers are awesome people. Do you want to impress your hooper friend by getting them something EPIC for Christmas; something that will make them jump up and down out of sheer joy on Christmas morning and love you forever? Yeah you do. Well here’s the list to help you do that. You’re welcome.  🙂 Much love, Safire 3M grip tape: Seriously, this stuff is great for adding grip to shiny hoops.  Available on Hoopologie.com Go with the 1 inch clear tape and they can cut it thinner. If the hooper in your life is a hoop maker. Get them this 3M tape slitter. It easily slits the grip tape for them and will mak...Read More

5 Tips for Saving Money as a Hoop Performer

Hello Hoop Performers! Working as a performer is like a dream come true. Running away to the circus and beginning a life as a hoop performer can be an incredible journey. Unfortunately, when you’re first starting out, it can be hard to book enough performances and get enough work to fully sustain yourself. Below are my best tips to help you save the money you do make, so you get the most out of each gig.  I’ve been working full time as a professional hoop dancer since 2007. For more information on working as a hoop dancer performer check out my online Performance Training available through www.HoopingClasses.com (It’s launching publicly on December 1st, 2016) Much love and ...Read More

Staying Sane as a Entrepeneur

Hello Hoopers, When you love the work you do it can be disheartening when it stresses you out. Wasn’t this supposed to be fun? I thought this was my dream? Why is this so much work? As much as other people might not believe that being a hooper can be a real job, it most certainly is. Along with a real job, comes real stresses, real problems, and real struggles. Whether you work as a hoop maker, a performer, a hoop dance instructor, or all three, being an entrepreneur and working for yourself is an ongoing and unique experience. If you’ve never worked for yourself before, there are many challenges that will come your way. One of the challenges has nothing to do with your business ...Read More

How to Bullet Journal: Organizing your Life

Hello Hoopers, Ever feel disorganized? Overwhelmed? Like you can’t get your life together? Yeah. I know the feeling. People often think I have my shit together… This article will share one of the many things that I use to help me stay on track. All my life I’ve been obsessed with journals, sketchbooks, and moleskins; I love them all. That tactile experience of picking up a real book with blank pages that are just waiting to be filled with unique and personal expressions. Unfortunately, my ability to purchase journals is much higher than my ability to actually write or draw in them. However, in January a good friend of mine introduced me to the concept of Bullet Journaling a...Read More

10 Best Hoop Tricks for Performers

Hello Hoopers and aspiring hoop performers, Often times new performers ask me “what are the best hoop tricks to include in a hoop act?” As I finish up the video editing for my online hoop dance performance training on HoopingClasses.com, this article will be one of several I’ll be sharing on the topic of becoming a hoop dance performer. In general over all my years of performance I always come back to the same key moves. Below are my top 10 suggestions for moves you should consider putting in your choreography as they always get a great reaction from audiences! Keep in mind that this advice is geared towards hoopers putting together a professional act that they intent to pi...Read More

First Hoop Videos on YouTube – Hooping History

Hello Hoopers!  This is the first article I’m posting on the topic of Hooping History. As hoop dance becomes more and more popular, I think it would be neat to share how hoop dance began and how it has progressed over the years.   Everyday there are more and more hoop videos posted online; several on YouTube and even more on Facebook and Instagram. It wasn’t always like this though. There was a time when a new hoop video was a RARE thing and hoopers all around the world would collectively freak the hell out when someone took the time to film and post a brand new video. This article idea came up during an online Skype session with one of my hoop dance teacher training students. Wh...Read More

DIY Hooping Clothes

Hello hoopers! Is your closet filled with hooping clothes? If not, this post will help you bust out in style! It’s that time of year again and soon many of us will be dancing around in the wild with tons of other crazy peeps enjoying some summer festivals. Half the fun of attending music festivals is getting the chance to play dress up!! Wearing crazy outfits and fun hooping clothes is a great way to express yourself at festivals. As I prepare for this summer I thought it would be great to share my top favourite DIY clothing and costuming tutorials. Check ’em out below, get together with your girlfriends and set up a night where you all hang out, get crafty, and have fun! If you&...Read More

Hooping Tutorial: How to Break down Hoop Tricks

In this video torialtorial I’ll share my tips for breaking down and learning a hoop trick. If you’d like access to more hoop videos and tutorials check out my YouTube Channel. Also check out my Free Online Hoop Class on HoopingClasses.com Much love,  Safire

Awesome Apps for Hula Hoopers

    Hello Hoopers, Over the past few months I’ve come across some great apps for filming, editing, and sharing hoop videos and photos. These apps have made sharing hoop videos easy and fun to do. Below is a collection of some of my most favourite and useful hoop sharing apps!  If you know of another unique app that can help hoopers connect and share their hooping with the world, feel free to post the name and a link to the app below!  Especially if you know of great Android apps! Much love, Safire   INSTAGRAM iPhone  |  Android Basically if you’re not on Instagram, you are missing out my friend. There is a HUGE hoop community there and I do find browsing videos on ...Read More

Beginner Hooping Tutorial – Jump Through

Want to be able to jump through even the smallest of hoops? Follow these guidelines and you’ll be able to jump through anything and everything!

16 Ways to Maintain your Hoop Practice

Hello Hoopers, Have you ever felt stagnant in your hoop practice? Ever felt like you’ve hit a wall and don’t know what to do next? Do you find yourself doing the same moves over and over all the time? Has the original luster of hooping wore off and you don’t hoop nearly as often as you used to? Not to worry, we all go through phases like this. Some phases are more common at certain times or for certain hoopers. For example, typically there are walls that hoopers will find where suddenly you feel stumped. You’re not learning new things, you don’t know what to do next, and things feel a bit ‘off’. Hoopers with several years of experience behind them ar...Read More

Hooping TED Talks

Hello Hoopers, Have you ever wanted to do a TED Talk? If you have; you can imagine how scary of an experience it might be. Do you know what you would say? If you were invited to provide a TED Talk, what would you want to share the most with the world about hooping? Much love, Safire In a world where we are consistently pressured into adapting to a role that makes us fit into society, many people struggle to find a balance between work and play. But don’t we only start to love living life when we find a reason to get out of bed in the morning, not because we have to, but because we want to? In this talk I’m going to share with you my biggest passion − the Hula Hoop. Theresa Rose s...Read More

Beginner Hooping Tutorial – The Helicopter

Already know The Helicopter?  Go right to 4:12 in the video to see an advanced variation on how to get an extra spin in the front as you pass your hoop. I made a tutorial for this move years ago in 2008, it was one of the first tutorial I had ever made. As I’m re-filming ALL my online hooping classes right now, I thought it would be nice to post the updated version of this trick.

How long can you hula hoop for?

  When you get into hooping it’s only a matter of time before someone comes up to you and asks you this question. STRANGER: “How long can you hula hoop for?” ME: “Do you mean waist hooping or hoop dancing? If you just mean hula hooping on your waist, man, I could probably keep a hoop going till I fell asleep!” 🙂 Satisfied with the answer they walk away. In the last few years though, I’ve been asking this question of myself in much broader terms. I mean honestly, “how long CAN I hula hoop for?” I don’t worry about this much in terms of age or physical health but more in terms of personal interest. As I approach my 10 year Hoopiversary this...Read More

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