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“Hooping” has been around for literally thousands of years. The first hoops were made out of vines and stiff grass, and used by ancient Greeks and Egyptians to loose weight. The term “hula” was added much much later when sailors noticed the hula dance of the Hawiaans was similair to that of a hooper.

In 1957 the Hoop was re-invented for the masses, by toy company Wham-O. A recently invented plastic, called Marlex, helped speed production along. Known as the one of the biggest fads of the ’50’s, Wham-O sold more than 100 million hoops in just two years. The fad faded away, and a little later the World Circus added (many) hoops to their circus acts.

Today hooping has taken on a new identity. I am sure if you are a resident of Black Rock City you’ll know what I am talking about. What’s great about this new identity is that hooping now in incorporating tons of dance styles and even creating new ones – while giving you a kick-ass workout.

I have had the pleasure of watching the fabulous Christabel Zamor (above) perform several times, and each time I am more and more mesmerized. Her performance is just goddamn beautiful. Christabel incorporates her own unique style of groovin’ with West African, Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern, and Indian temple dancing. Sometimes using two hoops or even another dancer, she puts on a show you don’t want to miss. She also gets that killer workout I mentioned, and offers classes in two levels to show you how to get your ass in shape, with just a little wiggle in your hips. The next beginner class starts on May 16, so sign up now!

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Photo by Ashton Boni for Nitevibe.

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