It’s easy to pile your hoops in the trunk or the back seat to go to a local spin jam or festival, but what about bringing the hoop love with you when you fly? I went to Envision Festival in Costa Rica recently and explored Costa Rica and Nicaragua for a month – there was no way I could be gone for a month without a hoop and no way I could resist spinning fire on the beach at my first international festival. Collapsible travel hoops to the rescue!
I took a Sacred Shape ProLight Fire Hoop in a long, narrow yoga mat bag along with a tube full of flow wands as a carry on for my flights to and from Central America. The bag strapped on to the side of my pack while we traveled around and I put the removable flexi spine wicks in a plastic bag inside my checked bag. Just in case, I put a card with them showing me spinning and a note saying that these were performance props and that the wicks had no fuel in them and were not flammable. Other than the TSA being a little confused about what the hell an LED flow wand even was (they declined my offer to demonstrate), I had no issues traveling with my spinning props. Everyone knows what a hula hoop is, the circle is universal! Kids in Nicaragua call it “hula hula” just like the kids in Peru did when I brought hoops there in 2010.
The hoop came with me to a waterfall swimming hole in Uvita, we spun fire at sunset on the beach at Envision Festival and put on little fire shows for locals and friends on the beaches of Nicaragua. We even met a few local spinners, and our new hooper friend Saffron got to spin fire for the first time with my Sacred Shape fire hoop! We spun glow at a benefit party, had a spin jam in the yard with new friends in Managua, and let street kids try our props while wandering the streets of Granada. We were even invited back to teach flow arts to kids in Managua! Everywhere we went, people who saw me hooping or tried the hoop left with a smile on their face, and hopefully a few seeds of flow were planted along the journey. We hope to return as soon as we can to teach flow arts, donate props, and spread the love of flow around the world!
Sacred Shape’s dance and fire hoops make traveling easy: they break into three (Triad) or four (Quad) pieces with push-button connectors and re-assemble in seconds. The pieces can be tied together with straps, ribbon, or rubber bands at the ends or carried in a yoga mat bag. You can also use a long strap or scarf as a carrying strap for the hoop pieces by tying one end of the fabric to each end of the hoop pieces. They’re light, so carrying multiple hoops isn’t a problem. And all fire hoops are made with removable wicks so you can bring one hoop but use it for day or night time spinning! Now there is no excuse not to bring a hoop everywhere you go!
No matter how long you’ve been hooping, regular practice makes a huge difference. Practicing in front of mirrors and with other people can help improve your skills even faster. So if you’re a local on the Mendocino coast, please don’t forget that we have a (small) local spinning community that needs your support! We host spin jams most Tuesdays AND Thursdays at Second Story Studios on Redwood St. in Fort Bragg, at 7:30pm Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can keep up with spin jams, workshops, and other events, and interact with other local spinners in our Mendocino Moonlight Flow Arts group on Facebook. Especially in the winter when the weather puts a damper on outdoor hooping, it’s nice to have a warm, bright studio to practice in. Our spin jams are more of a skill share and open practice time than a class or workshop, but we usually have people there who are willing to show you a trick or share what they know, so come check it out! We suggest that everyone bring $5 to chip in on the space rental, but we won’t turn anyone away for lack of funds. Come join us and invite your friends! Hope to see you at spin jam!
We had a wonderful launch party for the web site at the end of September here on the Mendocino Coast, and the highlight of the evening was our fun fire performance! But somehow we forgot to post the video of the performance on the site until now; it’s been a busy fall! Here is the video of the entire show (unedited) for you to relive the magic (or see for the first time if you missed the party)!
Thank you to all the performers: Brian Browning and Mike Kerr spinning fire rope (a custom Sacred Shape creation!), Megan Prusynski spinning fire flow wand, James (Flicker) Humecky spinning fire poi, and Kelsie Hubik and Megan spinning Sacred Shape fire hoops. We all worked hard on planning and practicing for this show, and we’re very grateful for all our local friends and supporters who came out to cheer us on and participate in the party. It was quite the shindig! We may just have to throw another one sometime!
A pair of 16′ Kevlar® sleeves are great arm protection for fire spinners.
Check out this HOT new product at Sacred Shape. This is something every fire spinner needs to have in their fire kit. Most fire spinning burns happen on the forearms, These sleeves protects the wrist and forearms, and are heat and flash resistant. The sleeves are ever-fashionably black, and have a thumb-hole to help keep the sleeve in place. They are very light and breathable and do not restrict movement. This is a new fire hooper’s best friend, allowing the dancer to feel confident that forearm burns won’t happen.
Hello world, SacredShape.com has launched and we are excited to be offering hoops online for sale! We are celebrating the launch of the site with a party in Caspar, CA on the Mendocino Coast this Friday, September 27th, at 7pm. There will be door prizes, raffles, plenty of space to hoop and dance, music from Acacia Beats, raffle prizes, snacks & drinks, and fire spinning performances (around 9pm). Hope to see you there!
We’re having a party to celebrate the launch of our website!