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Quick Video Hula Hoop Tutorial Trick: Inverted Scorpion Pass

Quick Tutorial-Inverted Scorpion Pass Hula Hoop Trick with Che of Hip The Hoopla

Want to know how to make a Scorpion Pass (an already ooh-ahh hula hoop trick) look even more awesome? Try adding a flexibility maneuver to it! If you practice yoga or have trained in dance, you may already know how to get an inverted standing split stretch. If you are not familiar with the safety and technique of those, please do that first! Or take out that extra element, and just practice the scorpion pass.

Having the Scorpion foot pass already accessible in your hooping tricks tool box, is very helpful.

Remember some key points in the Scorpion pass:

1. Keep your hoop hooked on a flexed foot as you drop it on to your foot from a hand pass, circle the extended leg (with flexed foot) around to the back.

2. Be ready to grab the flying hoop as you point the toe with the hoop on it.
3. With that hoop release, the hoop should transfer your hoop from foot to opposite hand.
4. Practice will help your coordination and timing of this move to pass and catch the hoop.

Hope you enjoy this and practice. If you are interested in private or group lessons, custom hula hoops, humor & health info, please connect with us at www.HipTheHoopla.com

Many Blessings to You ♥ Hoop Love, Ya’ll!

~Che’ Rippinger, Founder of Hip The Hoopla

Colorado World Hoop Day is Saturday October 1, 2016 in Fort Collins, CO
www.ColoradoWorldHoopDay.org

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~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and founded Hip The Hoopla in 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life (30+years), Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.


Keep up with Hip the Hoopla with news, #Hoopspiration and special offers. Please sign up now for our special e-mails member list: Hip The Hoopla Circle E-mail 

Also, please follow us on Facebook. We’re even on YouTube (with our own channel), Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInYelp, and Instagram.  To contact us for group classes, private coaching, premium service packages, VIP days, events, performances or custom professional dance hoops, please call 303-980-6295, visit www.HipTheHoopla.com or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com. (Please do not add us to call/e-mail lists without permission.)

Hip The Hoopla August Class & Events Schedule & Video

August is Hot, Hot, Hot for Hip The Hoopla!

Enjoy a new tutorial video (below), come out and support our HTH events schedule plus Hooping in the 2016 Olympics!

Hip The Hoopla hula hoop dance classes at Namaste Studio in Lakewood
Hip The Hoopla Group Classes (all levels welcome)

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm at our new Namaste Studio home at 701 Garrison Street, Lakewood, Colorado 80215. Pre-registration, class pack, and private package discounts available at www.HipTheHoopla.com and the Mindbody

August 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, (NO Class on the 25) and 30th.

September 1, 6, (NO Class on the 8th), 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29th.

 

Hip The Hoopla helping with Natural Grocers World Record hooping Attempt
World Hoop Record Attempt with Natural Grocers

Thursday, August 11, 2016
Ice Cream Social Event 4-6pm MST
Actual Record Breaking attempt: 4:45 MST (time converter for your time zone)

Where: Any and all Natural Grocers/Vitamin Cottage store near you!

Store Locations List: https://www.naturalgrocers.com/store-locations/store-directory/
Event Link for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1823127967909471/


Video: https://youtu.be/HId1KW2ErPk

 

22nd Annual Bodacious Babes of Summer Party with Hip The Hoopla

22nd Annual Bodacious Babes of Summer Party

at the Double Heart Ranch

Saturday, August 13, 2016
Event link for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/525640814307728/

Hip The Hoopla Featured Instructor at Athleta
Free Hip The Hoopla Class Events at Athleta store in Park Meadows Mall

Limited spacing available. Please call store to RSVP your space and Be there 🙂

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 8:30am-9:30am – ADULT AEROBIC hoop dance class

♦ ***Cancelled***Saturday, August 27, 2016  8:30am-9:30amKIDS hoop dance class-Sorry They have a huge inventory order coming in!

Hip The Hoopla is the featured hoop dance artist of Double Bills often performing with the band

Double Bills acoustic rock duo performances

Yes Che’ Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla is out wrapping hoops for sale AND performing with hoops, too! One of the Double Bills is Bill Owen, married of course to Hip The Hoopla’s Chief Hooping Officer, Che’.
Double Bills website calendar:  http://www.doublebills.com/
And Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/doublebills/

Hip The Hoopla is the featured hoop dancer for Trickshot band

Trickshot power trio performances

Colorado State Fair, Pueblo, Colorado–Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 6pm at the AFW Amphitheater.
Hubby Bill is not just in one great band…there’s more! And Che’ Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla will be out performing with her hoops, there, too! (And wrapping hoops for sale, if possible)
Their website calendar: www.trickshotband.com
And Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/TrickshotBand/

New Hip The Hoopla Tutorial Video

Quick hooping tip from Che’ Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla on how your hoop likes “The Perpendicular.”

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Hooping in the 2016 Rio Olympics

Check out the previous article with schedule, USA team members (only second time to ever qualify for the Olympics team competition), team routine sneak peak video, and our hoop communitite’s favorite talented viral video hooper, Rachael Lust’s Olympics commercial for Germany. 2016 Olympic Hooping Schedule Article

 

Colorado World Hoop Day is Saturday October 1, 2016 in Fort Collins, CO
www.ColoradoWorldHoopDay.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/1337378749611211/

~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and founded Hip The Hoopla in 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life (30+years), Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.


Keep up with Hip the Hoopla with news, #Hoopspiration and special offers. Please sign up now for our special e-mails member list: Hip The Hoopla Circle E-mail 

Also, please follow us on Facebook. We’re even on YouTube (with our own channel), Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInYelp, and Instagram.  To contact us for group classes, private coaching, premium service packages, VIP days, events, performances or custom professional dance hoops, please call 303-980-6295, visit www.HipTheHoopla.com or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com. (Please do not add us to call/e-mail lists without permission.)

Olympic Hooping in Rio 2016 Rhythmic Gymnastics

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You can see Olympic “hula hooping” under the category of “Rhythmic Gymnastics.” Add more dance, flair and a flow prop like the hoop (also ball, ribbon, & clubs) to the tumbling, flexibility and strength of “artistic” gymnastics. Then take away the various apparatus (balance beam, uneven bars, vault) and compiled it all in a floor routine (with one gymnast or other team mates performing all at once)–and well, you’d have this hybrid sport worthy of the 5 famous Olympic rings.

Want to see some extreme flexibility? This is definitely your “pull up a chair and be awe-inspired” time. These gals train on an average 6-8 hours every day (sorry, no boys category just yet).

 Representing theUnited States in Rhythmic gymnastics are Laura Zeng, Kristen Shaldybin, Monica Rokhman, Alisa Kano and Kiana Eide. This is only the 2nd time the U.S. has qualified for the team all around competition–quite an honor when you see how talented the whole field is!

Here’s a sneak peak at our team in action.

Here’s the Rhythmic Gymnastics schedule so you can set your dvr and absorb every ounce of NBC/Universal/Comcast television coverage. (They may Live-stream more online/or via the app–check your local listings). All competition held at the Rio Olympic Arena in Rio de Jenaro in Brazil. Air times* below are listed in MST (Mountain Standard Time)
*Make SURE you check your own local listings! Event schedules do get shifted around and so do the times they are presented. (I already found some time differences with our local cable provider. Viewer TIP Update: Use your mobile device to Live Stream–I was only able to live-stream with the NBC app, because apparently the two companies are in contract disputes, leaving the computer version “not available due to location restrictions or authorization failures.”)
(click here for time zone conversion).
www.nbcolympics.com/live-stream-schedule


Rhythmic gymnastics
Women’s individual all-around

Qualification 
Rotation One    Fri, Aug 19, 7:20 AM (MST)
Rotation Two    Fri, Aug 19, 8:50 AM (MST)
Rotation Three Fri, Aug 19, 11:50 AM (MST)
Rotation Four   Fri, Aug 19, 1:20 PM (MST)

Final
Rotation One    Sat, Aug 20, 12:20 PM (MST)
Rotation Two    Sat, Aug 20, 12:53 PM (MST)
Rotation Three Sat, Aug 20, 1:26 PM (MST)
Rotation Four   Sat, Aug 20, 1:26 PM (MST)

Women’s Team All-Around

Qualification

All Rotations      Sat, Aug 20, 7:00 AM (MST)

Final
Rotation One     Sun, Aug 21, 8:00 AM (MST)
Rotation Two     Sun, Aug 21, 8:50 AM (MST)
Plus Medal Ceremony following the competition

Enjoy the games! For us hoopers, this event is the icing on our cake!
For more information, please check out this previous article on Olympic hooping.
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Hoop Love, Ya’ll~Che’ Rippinger, Founder of Hip The Hoopla
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And for another bit of HOOPING Awesomeness: World respected American hooper, Rachael Lust (of Ohio, USA) in the German commercial promoting the Olympics, of course…but as we all know…hooping in Rio!!! In-Joy! ♥ ☻

~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and founded Hip The Hoopla in 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life (30+years), Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.


Keep up with Hip the Hoopla with news, #Hoopspiration and special offers. Please sign up now for our special e-mails member list: Hip The Hoopla Circle E-mail 

Also, please follow us on Facebook. We’re even on YouTube (with our own channel), Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInYelp, and Instagram.  To contact us for group classes, private coaching, premium service packages, VIP days, events, performances or custom professional dance hoops, please call 303-980-6295, visit www.HipTheHoopla.com or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com. (Please do not add us to call/e-mail lists without permission.)

Hip The Hoopla is on the Move!

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We are proud to announce that Hip The Hoopla is on the move to Namasté Studio at 701 Garrison St. in Lakewood, Colorado.

Group classes will begin 7/19/16 and will run on Tuesdays at 6:30pm and Wednesdays at 7pm–FOR JULY 2016 ONLY. Please check our schedule and pre-register online at www.HipTheHoopla.com or on the MindBody mobile app to get a discount ($15 in advance or $20 at the door–class packs & value packages are available).

Starting in August 2016, classes will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm at Namaste Studio.  Please signup now and join us ♥ www.HipTheHoopla.com/classes

Questions? For fastest contact, please Call 303-980-6295 or connect with us on Facebook, or www.HipTheHoopla.com. (Or you can email Che@HipTheHoopla.com)

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How to Hula Hoop In 10 Minutes or less!

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Hula Hooping in 10 minutes or less Video Tutorial

Waist hooping can be pretty easy-especially with some great instruction. Here’s some excellent techniques used in Hip The Hoopla humorous hula hoop dance fitness classes from Che Rippinger — to help get you up and going in 10 minutes or less!

Note that having a good size/weight hoop for YOU, is really important. If you used to do it as a kid and are trying to use a kid’s toy store hoop that is too small and light, that hoop may spend a lot of time on the ground, as it’s too small and light (you’ll need a lot of speed and excellent technique to keep it up–it can be done, with lots of practice). To begin with though, try starting off with a larger, heavier hoop, to insure a quicker success.

Remember that getting even a quarter of a rotation with good technique, before the hoop goes down, is a good start. Eventually, you can get more and more successful rotations in when you learn to keep your beat/movement really steady in a rhythmic formation.

Tips: Take it slow. Practice. Play. Practice some more. Hydrate. Warm up & cool down. Use a good size/weight hoop for you. Enjoy the process of learning something new. Remember: Progress, not perfection. Pick/use a “Happy Hoop Glee Word” for when (not if) you drop the hoop.

For more information, please visit www.HipTheHoopla.com

Hip The Hoopla offers group classes, private lessons, online coaching, professionally made custom hula hoops, events and performing. Please connect with us so we can work with you. You can also call us at 303-980-6295. E-mails are a little slower response sometimes Che@HipTheHoopla.com.

Hip The Hoopla is humorous hula hoop dance fitness which includes a little Laughter Yoga, dance-adapted yoga, belly dance and of course, hooping!

Please subscribe to this channel and follow us on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Yelp, etc.

Thank you for watching. Happy Hooping!
~Che’ Rippinger

 

Hip The Hoopla May 2016 + Spin Summit 2016

 Hip The Hoopla Schedule for May Classes: 

Thursdays May 5, (NO 12th), 19 & 26, 2016

Yoga Melt 1/2 Hour 5:45pm-6:15pmHip

The Hoopla Power Hour (following) 6:30pm-7:30pm 1978 S. Garrison St., Suite 5, Lakewood, Colorado 80232
pre-registration discount online at www.HipTheHoopla.com
or on the MindBody mobile app

(Reminder: NO Hip The Hoopla class on Thursday, May 12th)
On Sunday, May 15th, Come Laugh with us at Spin Summit

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Spin Summit 2016

Thursday, May 12-Sunday May 15, 2016

La Foret, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Laughter Yoga with Che’ Rippinger (Hip The Hoopla www.HipTheHoopla.com).
Incredible Talented Flow instructors from the world teaching hoop, poi, staff, juggling, fire, flow wand yoga, aerial, buggeng, etc.

www.thespinsummit.com
The Spin Summit on Instagram

On Facebook

 

#flomies #spinsummit #inglishall #redyogamat #polyprohoop #laforetconferenceandretreatcenter

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Exciting Changes at Hip The Hoopla!

Our First New Hip The Hoopla Newsletter Is Out

Exciting Changes at Hip The Hoopla!

Are you on our Hip The Hoopla Circle List? Wanna Be? Free tutorials, hoop news, articles, events, special goodies and discounts.

Click here to see the first newsletter with our new system…
(new logo, e-mail service, studio, logo, colors, etc!)

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10 Fire Hooping Safety Tips & Tricks

Hip The Hoopla Fire Hooping Safety Tips by Che Rippinger
Fire Hooping Safety for Smart People

So you want to set your hula hoop on fire and dance? Here’s some tips that will help you do that safely so you–and others–can enjoy the experience. Bonus short video demo at end!

1. ALWAYS have at least one Fire Safety.

A “Fire Safety” is a person who is watching you carefully and has proper training to calmly help alert and assist you in any situation and avert potential danger. Your fire safety should have a duvatene towel, cotton towel or wet large natural cloth to put out your fire props, you, or any area that starts on fire (if your prop hits the grass outside–try stepping on it immediately to put it out).

2. Get trained with experienced fire spinners who know what they are doing.

Their advice and experience can safe you a huge learning curve and keep you happy and healthy, too!  They can also school you on different props, including pros and cons of different styles and companies. Do your own research too! The more you educate yourself in props, techniques and safety, the more well-prepared you will be for your “Virgin Burn” (first time fire spinning). **Get your fire props from a reputable source. They are NOT toys. Spend the money and get something good–or borrow from someone to try theirs out (with their permission and supervision).

3. Do not mix any mind-altering substances with fire.

Your judgement, timing and perception can turn something fun into something very bad-very quickly (including alcohol, legal or illegal drugs or even out of control emotional state–if you know you shouldn’t get behind the wheel of a car, then the same applies to working with fuel & flame).

4. Wear proper clothing.

Make sure your clothing is made of natural materials which have a lower burn rate (no synthetics–those can easily flame up AND melt TO your SKIN–bad burns & emergency room visits!) Also you want form fitting movable clothing (not super tight and nothing loose and flapping–like ribbons or dragging pant legs).

5. Keep your fueling area safe and away from anything that can ignite it.

It should be separate from the area you “burn”, “light up” or fire dance in. This means NO cigarettes, small children, drunk/stupid people, etc. Definitely start fire spinning OUTDOORS in an open, safe, clear area. Do NOT spin fire inside, unless you have experience AND FIRE INSURANCE. You can spin on private property without insurance. You need proper insurance and a permit to spin in public places. Many spin without, but you take on a lot of safety and financial risk to do that. Anyone who is a professional or performs/takes in money, should have these.

6. Use the proper fuel.

Just because you have a fuel–that burns, doesn’t mean it is a good idea to use it with your fire props. Some can have more toxic fumes, and other consequences that are not safe or pleasant. Most of the people I know, including myself prefer Coleman’s White Camping fuel. You can get it, reasonably priced, wherever you can get camping equipment or surplus supplies (like a military store).

7. Start small and try out a fire hoop (or fire prop) WITHOUT being lit up.

There is a different weight to get used to along with some different movements that you will find better to attempt before you try everything you know in hooping/flow spinning.

8. Protect your head and hands.

Some people wet their hair. Some wear a hat or scarf and tuck their hair up and in. I learned my lesson when my fire safety said, “Your hair is on fire,” during a parade. The tail end of my long braid caught and I got it out quickly before damage was done. Since then–I’m all for not having the nasty scent of burning hair. Also, do NOT use hairspray–unless you want to pull a “Buffy The Vampire” trick and ignite very easily! As for your hands, I like leather gloves. There are other gloves, sleeves and gauntlets you can use that are natural materials that are helpful or safe choices.

9. When you play with fire, you CAN get burned…it’s FIRE, after all!

Most of us fire spinners have an injury, burn or experience to tell you about where not everything went right. It happens. Fire is a risk. We do the best we can to minimize it with knowledge, practice, safety and experience. Make sure you check your fire props BEFORE you fuel up and light up-check that all is secure and in good condition/working order. Bad connections can come loose and start fires.

Also, make sure you squeeze out excess fuel (use rubber gloves) from your wicks, and/or “spin off” in a safe area (away from others) so that you do not fling flaming fuel at anyone or anything, once you are lit up.

 

10. Keep a first aid kit easily accessible.

Burn cream, clean dry bandages, Water, and cell phone. Prevention will help way more than not planning ahead to be safe. A bonus trick someone passed along to me was some essential oil (especially lavender oil), to help heal and is pleasant smelling for burned nose hairs! Really happy I know that one now!

Bonus: By being safe, you will have more fun!

Also know that…

*FYI: Fire is loud.

* Fire is awe-inspiring.

* Fire gets your adrenaline pumping.

Performers Bonus…Here’s an important fire tip for your fire spinning tricks:

Try to do faster moves in the beginning when your wicks are more fueled (waist, leg, chest hooping), and slower ones (isolations, floats, poses, etc) when your fuel is burning out and your flame is low. Fast moves will put out your fire out faster–slower moves will extend the life of your “burn”.

Here’s a video of the Colorado Fire Tribe Performing at the 9News Parade of Lights in Denver, Colorado. (Che’ Rippinger is the fire hooper with the black beret).

♥ Blessings & Happy Hooping Health! ♥

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~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and founded Hip The Hoopla in 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life, Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.


Keep up with Hip the Hoopla with news, #Hoopspiration and special offers. Please sign up now for our special e-mails member list.

Also, please follow us on Facebook. We’re even on YouTube (with our own channel), Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInYelp, and Instagram.  To contact us for group classes, private coaching, premium service packages, VIP days, events, performances or custom professional dance hoops, please call 303-980-6295, visit www.HipTheHoopla.com or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com. (Please do not add us to call/e-mail lists without permission.)

Encouragement In The Hoop

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A hooping friend expressed how she didn’t want to hoop in front of others on a beach, even though she brought her hoops, and made the commitment to post a video daily. Here’s my advice to, “Be a starfish,” and do it anyway! In~Joy some “Encouragement in the Hoop”

They call it a comfort zone for a reason. It’s comforting. However…

1. When we step outside of our comfort zone, we have the greatest growth.

Do you believe in magic? Like Harry Potter invisibility?

2. The hoop is like a “cloaking mechanism”–most people are watching the prop move. My belly dance teachers didn’t see much of my belly dance moves I’d worked in, when danced with a hoop, but I counted them up from the video. That’s how I learned that lesson.

Life’s a beach. No one bought a ticket for your performance–and it’s not like a hoop camp with all your peers.

3. Most regular folk don’t (or think they “can’t”) hoop, so whatever you do would probably be Amazing in their eyes.

Some Closing Thoughts…

I’ve heard it said (often now), if you have a gift/talent/strength/passion, it is your duty to share it, not hide it from the world. Look at how much the hoop has helped and healed so many of us around you. How did any of us get that first message of this wonderful circle?

What if you could bring that to one person? How might your hula hoop and hooping affect them positively–whether for one minute, or one lifetime?  Health, Strength, Self-Confidence, Happiness, etc. How awesome would that be?!

Take the bushel basket off your light. Shine for and brighten others. Some little girl or boy may think you’re more awesome than their favorite Disney Princess/character. What kind of a role model might you be for that boy or girl, or their mom or dad…with your pretty plastic circle, on a beach, just enjoying your vacation?

Sending you Hoop Love sister!
♥ Dedicated to Edie ♥
~by Che’ Rippinger

P.S. It took courage to write this, too. Putting yourself out there is a vulnerable act. Here’s to all of us trying!
P.S.S. Shout out to our Fab♥ Over 40 Hoop Community and the awesome people who really care and support one another.
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♥ Blessings & Happy Health! ♥

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~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and founded Hip The Hoopla in 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life, Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.


Keep up with Hip the Hoopla with news, #Hoopspiration and special offers. Please sign up now for our special e-mails member list.

Also, please follow us on Facebook. We’re even on YouTube (with our own channel), Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInYelp, and Instagram.  To contact us for group classes, private coaching, premium service packages, VIP days, events, performances or custom professional dance hoops, please call 303-980-6295, visit www.HipTheHoopla.com or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com. (Please do not add us to call/e-mail lists without permission.)