Believe. Commit. Achieve.
12/12/12 is coming soon. With over 6 billion people on the planet and being in the Information Age anything is possible. World Peace is possible. Do your part now.
Believe it’s possible. Commit to telling 5 people a day about World Hoop Day and introducing hoops to new people. Achieve the dream we all desire.
In 2012, Erica Keller of Hoop Connections was named as a World Hoop Day ambassador for her contribution of hoops to organizations such as The Peace Corner in Chicago, IL and Casa Hogar Triskar in Boquete Panama. The hoop love will continue in November with a hoop donation to a local Miami, FL organization.
Hoop Connections wants to encourage local hoopers to become involved and participate in World Hoop Day, not only to celebrate your own life as a hooper but to celebrate the joy of sharing it with other around the world.
Although this year, Erica Keller will be out of town celebrating her own acheivment at her college graduation, we will celebrate WHD in our own way.
Join us for a spin jam, hoop building and WHD choreography session on December 9th from 6-9pm at iStudio 83 Jason Court, St. Charles, MO!!! SEE YOU THERE!
The WHD Mission:
The mission of World Hoop Day is to bring joy through the importance of play to children around the world. The benefits of playing with a hoop include having a fit, leaner body with a stronger core and leaner muscles. Hooping improves self-confidence, inner peace, contentment and relieves depression.
The importance of play is undervalued in this technological age of information. World Hoop Day brings cost-effective toys that double as a portable gym to remote areas of the world where resources are limited. Additionally, we donate hoops to individuals and local and global organizations that have a direct impact on communities. Examples include the Peace Corps and Girl Scouts of America, orphanages, rehabilitation centers and senior homes.
The founders actively recruit and accept proposals from organizations and charities for hoop destinations. Individual hoopers, teachers and students contribute to the grass roots effort in the movement to end childhood obesity. Our efforts require a large amount of volunteers who believe in utilizing a single item to change the world.
Every year on an international, easy-to-remember date World Hoop Day volunteers invite their communities to share in the vision of creating a more peaceful world through play and giving back. Goals of World Hoop Day’s annual event are to recruit new hoopers through teaching lessons of hoop making and dance, sharing of music, food, games and laughter, and raising funds to distribute hoops to as many individuals in the world as possible.
From left to right: Linzanity, Shakti Sunfire, Micah Phillips, Tammy Firefly, Keller, Shredder Hoops
We took a prime opportunity for a sweet shot, although security wasn’t a huge fan of our goofy tourist photo op, we were more than pleased with the giggles and lifetime memory we gained from the experience!
http://fox2now.com/2012/07/04/tims-travels-annual-heritage-festival/ - Erica Keller, Lisa Ogilvy and kids on site to promote the event. check it out!
On Wednesday July 4th, Hoop Connections will be helping promote the Heritage and Freedom Fest this year on Fox 2 News in the morning, on site at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex. We look forward to participating in the kids area Wednesday from 4-9pm! Come on out and let’s hoop it up!
July 2-4 we celebrate independence day at the annual Heritage & Freedom Fest! Admission is free! Free concerts on the main stage by national recording artists David Nail, Vertical Horizon, Jamie O’Neal and Carolina Liar. For a schedule and list of events, visit www.heritageandfreedomfest.com
Practice Makes Perfect!
Below: Carolyn Mabry aka. Caroleeena
It is common to find yourself progressing through tricks and moves at a rate that leaves you wondering…..now what? We encourage your to visit your tricks and movements for a little learning reunion and polish them up or learn it in your other current or other side.
Is your vortex wonky? Is your knee hooping fumbly?
This video of the Carolyn Mabry aka. Caroleeena is the prime example of elegant power and finesse. Her smooth moves have inspired me (Keller) to start working again on my chest rolls and shoulder rolls. These were some of the first tricks I learned, yet I never perfected them. They could really use some attention. So let the challenge begin!
Watch Caroleeena’s beautiful new video ->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muhAeEzQbAU&feature=share
Find her on FB here! http://www.facebook.com/events/464558746887643/#!/pages/Caroleeenas-Circles-of-Joy/175205279178544
This weekend Hoop Connections brought to St. Louis the Ninja Hoops team from the San Francisco Bay area.
Two workshops were offered: Saturday – Acro Spinning / Sunday – Ninja Sessions
The class got upside down in their hoops and some even did their first cartwheels ever! This workshop was an experience for those looking for a CHALLENGE and the amazing sense of accomplishment from landing some sweet new tricks!
With a sold out workshop tour so far, Ninja Hoops heads to Kansas City – hosted by the beautiful and talented Luna Breeze and then onto Boulder, CO. St. Louis was so lucky to have been a stop on along their travels and we will always cherish our ninja-riffic weekend!
We look forward to bumping into them again at Hoop Camp in Santa Cruz, CA this September – until then, we will be working on our ninja skills!
4/14/12 – The Hooping Life Screening – St. Louis at 2720 Cherokee 2pm Buy Tickets at Hoopconnections.net
5/6/12 – Tenth Life Cat Rescue Fundraiser at the Gramaphone
5/12/12 – Perryville Mayfest Performance
5/12/12 – Hip Hop Hustle Workshop at Hoop Connections 2pm $15
6/2/12 – Hoop Connections Performs at Twin Chimenys Street Dance
6/16 and 6/17/12 – Ninja Hoops Workshop Weekend
6/25/12 – Prairie Skies Library Summer Camp Workshop – Private Event
6/26/12 – Innsbrook Summer Camp Workshop – Private Event
6/29/12 – Innsbrook Family Night Performance – Private Event
7/4/12 – O’Fallon, MO Heritage Festival – Kids Area Entertainment
Check out all of the great events by the STL Hoop Club at www.facebook.com/stlhoopclub
One year ago Erica Burroughs, Erica Keller and Lisa Ogilvy wanted to bring the love of the hoop to their hometown of St. Charles, MO. After weeks of searching for the perfect space and nailing out all the details, Hoop Connections was formed. The very first spin jam was March 13th 2012 and was a HUGE success! Hoopers, poi spinners, flow wands….spinners came out to support and it was an incredible night!
Over the last year, Hoop Connections has grown as a business, as a group and as individuals. With classes, workshops, performances and an international retreat all within the first year of business, year 1 will sure be hard to compete with! This coming year our goals are to focus on more hoop dance education, community involvement and building our youth cirriculums. We want to thank all of the amazing people we have had the pleasure to work with and events we were a part of.
A special thanks goes to:
The St. Louis Hoop Club
The City of St. Louis
The City of Dardenne Prairie
The City of Kimmswick
The STL Pirate Festival
The Metro St. Louis Cinderella Project
Cassie Squared Workshop Tour
St. Chux Roller Chix
Shakti Sunfire/ Luna Breeze and the Electric Forest Music Festival and Madison House Productions
Harvest Moon Music Festival
The World Hoop Day Organization
The Peace Corner
The Hooping Life comes to St. Louis April 14th 2012
2pm – 6:30pm
A spinsational event that celebrates the power and community of hooping! A documentary that will be screened all over the world in 2012 will be coming to 2720 in St. Louis, MO thanks to Hoop Connections and STL Hoop Club. An afternoon that will include the screening, mixed level hoop workshops and a spin jam will be open to all ages!
Join us and celebrate the hoop revolution!
To purchase tickets please visit http://hoopconnections.net/the-hooping-life-screening-st-louis/
Tickets are only $20 and include an afternoon of hoop related activity and fun!
Questions? Email email@example.com