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5 Great Hooping Styles to Emulate

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

by Sean Stogner

We all envision ourselves as being a certain way, as hooping with a certain flair, as performing with a special something. But sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about our hooping that we want to express. Perhaps it’s a carefree, wild, go with the flow attitude. On the other hand you may be leaning towards a more stoic, intense and sometimes authoritative approach. But what comes out on video or during a show may not exactly match the awesome-sauce that’s going on in your head.

Here are a few great examples of hoopers with a distinctive style. Hoopers who have discovered not only what they want to express, but the physicality specific to making that expression understood. Perhaps through examining what it is you like about their flow, you can more accurately direct your own feelings or emotions.

Brecken Rivara

This girl certainly spins with her own unique grace, if you can call it that. By mixing pinpoint accuracy and control over the hoop with body movement more akin to drunken boxing, she is able to create a sense of unpredictability. She also utilizes levels well by transitioning from upright all the way down to the ground. All in all, the seemingly erratic movements help to emphasize the moments of intent within her routine, as if she has somehow snapped out of a trance.

Malcolm Stuart

This guy exudes fabulous from the tips of fingers all the way down to the soles of his airbrush enlivened shoes. His style makes great use of his height and lankiness, making him seem like a make-believe character, a hooper too fantastical to really be. By coordinating him arm motions to trace the movements of his hoop, or through the use of his legs to add an air of illusion to his movements, he is able to make the hoop seem an extension of himself.

Rich Porter

He is the essence of what “male hooper” means. A stoic figure, feet firmly planted on the ground with a rigid control over the bounds of his hooping domain. His moves are both powerful and controlled, but he also adds a touch of uncertainty to the mix by slowing down from time to time and focusing all of his attention. He embodies the notion of an “isopop” through his isolated movements punctuated by bursts of speed and energy.


The other half of the duo that created “Hoop Technique” tempers the masculine energy given off by Rich through graceful, well-thought out movements.  She mixes off-body movements with flowing transition to bring the hoop seamlessly back onto her core. And she even looks super flowy by wearing this incredible outfit.


This guy just loves to dance, move and play, and you can tell. And I’m sure hooping blind folded has certainly helped to foster his own sense of style, as it forced him to feel not only where the hoop went, but how it got there. His style focuses primarily on how the hoop interacts with his body movement, so much of his hooping is actually unplanned and impromptu.

These are just a few examples of some very different styles out there. In the end, it’s up to you to discover your own personal style, and these videos are just tools to helping you better express that style.