At the end of last year our hoopdance company Arise and Hoop hosted an international charity event called World Hoop Day.
Proceeds from the ticket sales allowed us to make and donate 150 hand crafted durable hula hoops as well as R2500 to an ARTS Out-Reach programme run by SAEP (South African Environmental and Education Project). The ARTS Out-Reach Programme provides over 600 learners in the Philippi area with an opportunity to explore a variety of artistic disciplines including visual art, music, dance, drama, photography, creative writing and film.
Arise and Hoop in collaboration with The City of Cape Town are proud to announce the official hand over (held on 26th Feb 2013) of the 150 hand crafted, durable hula hoops and the R2500 to SAEP.
The Arts out-reach programme is hosted by the Siyazakha Primary School in Philippi where the hula hoops were welcomed with huge smiles and great excitement! The hula hoops and money raised were a direct result of World Hoop Day Cape Town which was held on the 12th of the 12th 2012 and hosted at Maynardville Park in Wynberg.
Arise and Hoop would like to thank everyone involved for making the event and the subsequent donations possible and for giving us the opportunity to make children smile. In particular we would like to thank The City of Cape Town and Maynardville Park for their generous contributions and beautiful venue, Liberty Health and GeoDoor fencing for their valuable sponsorships, FireTribe for their continued support and spectacular performance and Ola Factory Shop and other participants for their generous donations.
We look forward to the next World Hoop Day event to be held on the 5th of October 2013 and hope to create a tradition that will continue to positively affect the lives of our children
Arise and Hoop’s aim with this year’s event is to distribute hoops to as many children in Cape Town as possible, as well as give them a safe space in which to be children through the participation of local and global organizations that have a direct impact on our local communities.
In addition, we aim to raise money to provide educational resources, through the South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP) to schools in Philipi which are in dire need of educational resources.
Read more about the Hoop for Life initiative here.
(Please note that your ticket does not include a hoop for yourself - only for a child. We will have hoops of all sizes (adult and kids) for sale on the day)
RIGHT OF ADMISSION RESERVED. Enter at own risk. Arise and Hoop and event participants are not held liable for the health and safety to persons or belongings. Due care has been taken to make this event safe & secure. CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED AT ALL TIMES. No alcohol, illegal drugs or weapons are permitted.
So the music festival season is upon us, my fellow hoopers! And my guess is that there will be more hoopers on-site than ever before (YES!).
While it would seem to us that hooping and open-air music festivals should go together like sunshine and smiles, festival hooping can sometimes be stressful or even meet resistance. Whether you’re a festival-veteran or just learning the ropes, here are a few things to be prepared for when hitting the gate with your hoop.
Where would you go looking for your fellow hoopers at a festival?
Look out in the field behind the crowd. No matter how much you’re feeling it, my hooping friend, in front of the stage is not the place for you and your 4-foot wide hoop :D
Hoop Magnets, Hoop Hogs, and Hoop Thieves:
Be prepared for a hundred people to ask to use your hoop. And be prepared for some of them to use your hoop without asking you.
While I’m normally happy to share, this it could be stressful to some of you. You might not dig having to ask for your hoop back when you want it, nor might you enjoy watching the borrower out of the corner of my eye to be sure they don’t run off with it.
Here is some basic exercises you can do with your hoop to stay fit...
Learning to Use a Hula Hoop
Before you start to exercise using a hula hoop, be sure that you have purchased the right size hoop. If you head out to a big mall and buy a hula hoop, most likely you'll be getting a child-size hoop which is also very light. To make using the hoop fun and effective, it has to be the right size. (Click here for information on hoops we sell)
The general rule of thumb is that when the hoop is resting on the ground, it should reach somewhere between stomach- and chest-height, around your belly button. However, if you have an apple-shaped body and a large waist, you'll want to compensate for that by purchasing a larger hoop. The bigger the hoop, the slower it will rotate around your body and the easier it will be to use.
Using a weighted hoop is a little different than the classic hula hoops you used as a kid. Because of the heavier weight, they rotate around the body slower. This gives you a little bit more time to react within the hoop. Even if you struggled to keep your hoop rotating as a kid, it should be easier with this heavier, larger version.
We were so excited to receive the invitation to The Really Really Free Market. The idea of gifting, where nothing is bought or bartered was strange to most. It was sad that many people who I spoke to did not believe that humans could be so self-less and generous, and yet what we experienced on Saturday was just that and more.
There was so much love, joy and peacefulness being shared. Throughout the day people spontaneously came up to me and offered so many things from soup and vegan cupcakes, to a bracelet and a beautiful wire heart pendant. It was a beautiful day. Thank you to Jen and Aragorn who organised it and Bolo'bolo - Plant-based Café for their incredible generosity. Thank you also goes to all our Gr[H]oopies who came to share the love of hooping with all.
One woman said ‘Why can’t we always live like this?’ Rightly so…WHY NOT? Now is the time to change the world…….come out and give what you can and you shall receive all that you need!
The weather was forecast to be miserably cold and wet. But thanks to unwavering support / insistence from our gr[H]oopies Shaheen and Shouniez we stuck to the plan despite it looking very bleak first thing in the morning! The universe must have much love for us as the sun came out to play again!
Maynardville Park was a beautiful setting for our Alice in Wonderland – Down the Rabbit Hole theme. The Mad Hatter, Tweedle-Dee, Psychedelic Mouse, Ace of Hearts, Alice and a rather confused Cheshire Cat, among other MAD tea party creatures, hooped it up in the winter sun. Our competition winner Cara Morris was there all dressed up rockin it out with her new hoop. Laughter and smiles were ever present and the hoop love was spread some more!
Thank you to all you lovely Tru[H]oopers for coming to play with us. Alice’s adventures would not have been the same without you!
With winter well on its way here in gorgeous Cape Town, our first attempt at the Promenade gathering was cancelled due to rain in the Southern Suburbs – little did we know the sun was actually shining on the other side of the mountain.
As the cliche goes 'Everything happens for a reason' and our second attempt turned out to be an even more glorious day. People travelled from as far as Somerset West to come join us in spreading the love. My favourite part of the day was when the local guys who had been watching for some time came running down the hill at an offer to hoop. They were over the moon with excitement and tried all manner of hoops and tricks, filling the space with laughter and joy.
Another successful gathering filled with sacred circles and smiles. There really is nothing more powerful than beautiful people in beautiful hoops. Thank you to all who made this another special day.
Come join us for the next gathering on the 7th July. Venue still to be decided. Follow us on Facebook to be updated on Events and Hoopenings.
We were fortunate enough to have the very talented crew from Enjoy, capturing all this energy on film. They put together a spectacular video and photo album that truly captured the very essence of the day.
Thank you to Dillon Ward from Enjoy for allowing us to use their footage.