• What are 3 ways in which hooping can help improve one’s health?
1/ Hooping builds core strength, endurance and overall fitness. It offers a high energy full body workout so is ideal for trimming and toning, especially for the waist and abdominals.
2/ Increases balance, focus and coordination - try one-legged hooping!
3/ Raises energy and happiness because it is so much fun - invites the inner child out to play.
• What does an ideal training session involve?
An ideal training routine would involve 20 minute conditioning sessions (isolated hooping on the waist with one or more hoops) three times a week and any exploration of tricks and dance moves that you may find on your hoop journey. Warning - hooping is addictive!
• What size and weight hoop should I be hooping with?
Ideally a hoop's diametre should match the distance between your feet and hip bone. However, if you are having trouble getting started I usually recommend a larger hoop. With a slower, loftier spin, this will give you more time and space to find your rhythm and groove. Once you have mastered the bigger hoop you might want to cut your hoop down to hip height size for speedier and sharper results, especially when trying to master circus tricks. Or you may find the funky feel of that big hoop just right for you. The weight depends on what you are looking for in hooping. For weight loss and fitness training I recommend heavier hoops or adding hoops to increase the overall weight that you are spinning. When you move into tricks the weight of a hoop is highly important. I use a range of weighted hoops for different purposes such as heavier hoops for my 20 minute conditioning on the waist and lighter hoops for tricks.
• How long has BunnyHoopStar been hooping for and what is her mission?
I have been hooping for over a decade. Since 2005 I have become a dedicated hooper and now professionally perform, teach and make hoops. I am interested in introducing hooping as a playful, powerful and dynamic activity to community, corporate, social and education environments. I have extensive experience hooping interactively with both small and big kids alike.
• How did Bunny get into hooping?
I saw an amazing show in Melbourne a long time ago! A friend gave me a hoop that xmas and from then on I was addicted – it was my new party trick and of course everyone loved and encouraged it so I became an instant Hoopaholic. For a long time it was more of a casual thing, now it is a huge focus in my life.
• What does Bunny personally get out of hooping?
Firstly, hooping is a great way to stay fit and in shape. But most of all, I love how it is an avenue for creative expression, like dance, only with a whirling planetary energy about it and few circus tricks to boot! It makes me feel like I am pure energy and with the right music transports me to other dimensions – a feeling of total euphoric bliss. Not sure where else I could find such a feeling on this planet…
• What are Bunny’s favourite hoop moves?
Propelling myself in circles while rocking out to my fave dj; the lasso above and below; underleg passes; sexy cat floor hooping; chest hooping rokstar style; 3 hoop separations; larissa.
• How often does Bunny hoop each week?
I hoop a minimum of 4 times a week in 2 hour training sessions and hold classes on top of that.
• What kind of events does Bunny’s skills and talents suit?
My hoop skills cater to a wide variety of events including festivals, nightclubs, bars, parties, children’s birthdays, hen’s nights, art gallery functions, school programs, fundraisers, corporate events and teambuilding activities.
• What age range are the hoopers who attend your classes?
Age range has included 4-60, although currently mostly around 20-40.
• Is hooping being reignited as a cultural revolution?
Hooping is definitely becoming more popular. There is a much larger hooping population in the USA but that merely correlates to their larger population - for every 1 hooper in Australia, there is sure to be 10 in the States. (Will confirm this on my return from Burning Man 06). The internet however gives global access to anyone interested in learning and sharing the joy of hoops. The web is definitely adding to the momentum in the hoop revolution.
• What are some great Australian websites I can go to for more hoopery?
www.bunnyhoopstar.com / www.hoopaholic.org / www.kalkihulagirl.com.au / www.hulala.com.au
• Where is the global hooping connection found online?
• Where might I have seen Bunny perform in public in the past and where can I find her performing in the near future?
Surry Hills Festival
Peats Ridge Festival
Dance Central X Mas Party
Australian Centre for Photography X Mas Party
Inertia Records X Mas Party
Bad Dog Party @ Waverley
Mardi Gras Festival Fair Day
Hoopla Festival Darling Harbour
Surry Hills Festival
Good Health and Beauty Show Darling Harbour
Dance Central Tour de Dance
Kick Up the Dust Dance Competition (12 August)
Woollahra Library Kids Day Out (29 October)
Newtown Festival (12 November)
• How can I contact Bunny for more information or to book her for my next event?
email@example.com / www.bunnyhoopstar.com / www.hoopaholic.org / 0400 167 739