The mere mention of hula hooping brings up nostalgic memories of childhood fun, friendship and joy. Hula hoops make people smile, and more importantly they get us to move. That’s why the good4u grocery chain, Natural Grocers, has decided to celebrate their anniversary with an attempt to beat the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the most people hula hooping at multiple venues simultaneously.
Whether you’ve been hula hooping since you could walk, or are just trying it out for the first time, connecting with the hula hoop community at events like this are a fun and exciting way to get more involved, learn a few tricks from other hoopers, and make new friends – not to mention the fun of competition as we go after a record.
Here’s a little video to get you excited about the event:
The event will take place on August 11 at all of Natural Grocers’ 122 stores. The time will start 4:45 p.m. Mountain (3:45 p.m. Pacific, 5:45 p.m. Central), so you’ll want to get there about 30-45 minutes early to sign in and find a spot. You can find a store near you at naturalgrocers.com. The World Record attempt will be live-streamed on Facebook, but if you can’t make it to a store or there isn’t one near you we’d love to see you live-stream in solidarity with the hula hoop community. Just tag @NaturalGrocers in your stream to show your skills as we hula hoop into history.
The ‘Circus Start’ is a complicated move, if only because no one is really sure on what it actually is. Is it a type of Wedgie? Is it a kick up from the floor? Is it a sequence of many moves put together? After going through these videos, I’m still not really sure. But here is a collection of how some top hoopers define it. Do you think of a Circus Start as a specific trick? Comment and let me know!
From the Press Release:
THE HOOPING LIFE is the first film that captures the origins and rise of modern day hula-hooping – a.k.a hooping. With an introduction and narration by hooper (of basketball and hula alike) Shaquille O’Neal, the film illuminates eight extraordinary stories of hoop devotees who have embraced it as an art form, a teaching aid, and even an instrument of redemption.
From the streets, to intimate clubs, to giant arenas, the film alternates between self-filmed video diaries, verité documentary footage, and spectacularly filmed performances. Filmed over six years and with an appearance by late hoop-promoter and TV personality Art Linkletter, the film celebrates the healing power of movement and the spirit of human inventiveness.
British electronic duo BASEMENT JAXX provides the buoyant score that captures the free-spirited nature of hooping, with additional music by The Scissor Sisters and an appearance by popular jam-band The String Cheese Incident.
Following more than 100 community and festival screenings around the world, THE HOOPING LIFE will be released on DVD, VOD, and Digital Platforms on April 22. The film is currently available for community screenings. More information available at: www.thehoopinglife.com
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