HELLO BEAUTIFUL HOOPERS My Summer travels have brought me to Italy on a vacation with my family. Weaving in and out of piazzas, eating everything under the Tuscan sun... friends, I must admit that I have eaten gelato every single day for the past two weeks! The ONLY thing that is keeping me from blowing up like a balloon is my Travel Hoop. I break it out once or twice a day, and twirl to the sound of any music I can find; I love hoopin' to a good "squeeze box" (accordion); or the sound of church bells in the distance as I hoop it out in front of the pizzeria before dinner. Fortunately, I brought a second hoop along with me on my travels, and have been able to share the love with others who have never seen our style of hooping before. Ahhhhh.... che bella! And back at home... We're thrilled by the overwhelming support of our recent So You Think You Can Dance "National Dance Day" Facebook video challenge. Congratulations to Super-Hooper and Hooper of the Month Emily Belke for winning with over 130 votes on her fabulous Hoopnotica video. We are very inspired by Emily's talent and enthusiasm for Hoopnotica. Way to go, Emily!  THANK YOU to everyone who participated, we enjoyed watching each and every one of your submissions. Watch Emily hoop it up below. Based on the success of the National Dance Day contest, we are excited to announce a new contest this month - "Where's the Hooper?" -  and this time there will be FIVE prizes. Read all about it below- good luck! Arrivederci friends, and remember what HoopMamma says: Travel with your TravelHoop, and you can eat all the gelato you want! Stay tuned for my "End of Summer Slim Down" next month, just the same...! Happy Hooping! Gabriella Redding CEO & Hoopmamma THE SCOOP July brought tons of great press to the Hooping community! Shape Magazine featured a story on Marisa Tomei's new HoopBody Hoop and DVD. Congrats to Marisa - she learned from the best (us!). The New York Times featured Hoopnotica Certified Instructor Sheryl Wilson's Fitnotic Post-Natal Hoopnotica class in a story about fitness activities for new moms. If you are ever in the New York City area, be sure to drop in on one of Sheryl's classes! The Mayo Clinic released a story on the health benefits of hooping. AOL's "Thats Fit" blog featured a write up on the Hoopnotica workout, and Fit Bottom Girls did the same! The Arlington Connection featured Hoopnotica Master Instructor Jocelyn Gordon's class in Gateway Park. The Shreveport Times featured Laurel Richie's Hoopnotica class at Lotus Studios in Shreveport, LA. A Hoopnotica Garden was the main attraction at Hollywood hotspot, Palihouse, exclusive "Hotter Than July" events. Photos and event coverage can be found on The Daily Truffle and on Huffington Post. Joys Jam covered our National Dance Day contest with a lovely write up. Thanks for the support! WHAT'S HOT NOW Hoopnotica is offering a variety of discount packages to suit the needs of every hooper. Pick up a Start Hooping Now package for the future hooper in your life. Know an expecting mom? Give her a Preg-O Pregnancy Fitness E-Booklet. Want to give Minis a spin? Pick up our Complete Hooper package. All of our packages offer significant savings from our a-la-carte pricing! WHERE'S the HOOPER? Based on the huge success of our National Dance Day video contest, we've decided to bring another fun and challenging contest, "Where's the Hooper?" So - here's how it works: Hoopnotica has cleverly hidden the above pictured blue & black "Hooper Girl" logo throughout www.hoopnotica.com. Hooper Girl can be found on 6 separate pages of the new and improved Hoopnotica website. We won't give you any clues - you have to comb through our site to find her! The first 5 hoopers to email all six links / screenshots to pr@hoopnotica.com will win a free HOOPER tank top and Hoopnotica water bottle. We will announce the results in next month's HoopScoop. Ready, Set, GO! SHARE THE LOVE! There has never been a better time to train with us! Become a Certified Trainer, and join our team! Mark your calendars for the below Teacher Trainings. Additional dates and cities are being added regularly! Upcoming teacher Trainings •    August 14th - Washington D.C. Teacher Training - get certified in our nation's capitol. (One 1 space left!) •    September 11th & 12th - Rochester Teacher Training - spaces are filling up quickly! •    September 25th & 26th Chicago Teacher Training - a fantastic training in a great city. •    September 25th & 26th Dover, NH (Boston) Teacher Training - our newest on the books! •    October 16 & 17 in Miami, FL - Miami, need we say more? •    October 23& 24, Carrborro, NC Teacher Training - Check out the fantastic space Hoopdrum Flowjo HOOPER OF THE MONTH Nominate yourself or a friend to be Our Favorite Hooper! Send us a pic and your story HERE. If we choose your story, we'll send you out a beautiful Limited Edition Hoop! Name: Emily Belke Location: Wisconsin Occupation: Student at Roosevelt University (International Studies major/Poli Sci minor) Favorite Hoop: Pink & Gold travel hoop for going to the beach/park, but I can't wait to get a Malibu Dream! Favorite Song to Hoop to: "Candyman" by Christina Aguilera How She Started Hooping: An old housemate of mine was a hooper. I had no idea what the body could do with a hula hoop. After watching my housemate play with her hoops, I decided to make a few of my own and practice.  I never thought I'd be able to do it since I'm not athletic, graceful, or coordinated, but I loved it too much from the start to ever give up on it. Other fun hoop facts: I try to get at least one person to try out the hoop each day. I've helped roommates, neighbors, and strangers with hooping, and it's prompted me to save up for Hoopnotica instructor training. Almost nothing can make me happier than hooping. I'm also super excited that my National Dance Day video inspired my mom to get in the hoop! Other fun hoop fact: I give all my hoops names!
HELLO BEAUTIFUL HOOPERS July is all about Independence, Fireworks, Family, and good old American fun. The Hula Hoop is the ultimate symbol of classic Americana, and what better way to celebrate your patriotism than by enjoying a healthy Hoopnotica practice. In the spirit of celebrating hometowns across America, we are proud to introduce our brand new “Staycation, Baby collection of limited edition hoops. Hoopnotica named these three hoops for neighborhoods in and around our hometown of Los Angeles. Pick up a new limited edition to enjoy in your backyard or at your favorite beach or park this summer. Team Hoopnotica is excited to announce the return of some of your favorite limited edition hoops. Each month, we'll open the Hoopnotica Vault to bring you a hoopy blast from the past, available in limited quantities of just 100. This month's featured hoop is the Belle Aire! Click here to get yours before they're all gone! Happy Hooping! Gabriella Redding CEO & Hoopmamma   THE SCOOP Health Magazine featured a six page Hoopnotica workout in it’s July / August issue.  Our Stargazer limited edition hoop is pictured throughout.Pick up our Level 1 DVD to learn all of these moves and more! Better TV featured celebrity trainer Andrea Metcalf practicing Hoopnotica with our CEO, Gabriella Redding in Central Park. The Los Angeles Times pictured hooper Diana Hobstette showing her Independence Day spirit at the Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade. Our “American Girl” hoop is pictured!   Hoopnotica Certified Instrucor, Melodye Wintermute’s  hoop fitness classes were featured in the OC Register! Check out uber-cool blog Squirrel Hobbies, who covered our Grand Opening event with a fabulous photo montage. Our partnership with HealthCorps is still going strong. Please continue to support this partnership through the purchase of a branded HealthCorps Hoop. Look hot in the hoop this summer, AND support a great cause! We are actively looking for teachers to support the growing demand for Hoopnotica classes. If you are interested in Teacher Trainingprograms, please let us know!! We have opportunities both Domestically and internationally.   WHAT'S HOT NOW Meet Malibu Dream, Topanga Daze, and the fabulous Belle Aire, back from our “vault collection” in a limited editon of just one hundred. HOOP HAPPENINGS Hoopnotica studio now holding classes 6 days / week in Marina Del Rey! Click here to see the schedule!   July 11th - Hoopnotica is hosting a Hoop Jam afterparty for the LA Hoopers event on Saturday. Come to our studio in Marina Del Rey for drinks, snacks, and glow hooping once the sun goes down!  RSVP here! July 17th & July 20th  - Hoopnotica is hosting Miss Rosie’s workshop, “Opening to Your Grace - Exploring Physical Freedom & Expression
for Hoopers & Fire Dancers” on July 17th and 20th at our studio in Marina Del Rey, CA.  Sign up soon as space is limited! NEW - L.A. Teacher Training: We are hosting a Level 1 & Level 2 Teacher Training and certification at our brand new Los Angeles studio on July 31st and August 1st. Click here to reserve your spot, very few are left!   More Teacher Training Opportunities: July 24th and 25th in Nuneaton, UK; August 14th in Washington D.C. and August 21st and 22nd in Seattle, WA. Reserve your spot now – we expect to sell out!   HOOPER OF THE MONTH Nominate yourself or a friend to be Our Favorite Hooper! Send us a pic and your story HERE. If we choose your story, we'll send you out a beautiful Limited Edition Hoop! Kimpton Hotels CEO Niki Leondakis Hoopnotica Name: Niki Leondakis Location: San Francisco and Kimpton Hotels worldwide! Occupation: CEO, Kimpton Hotels Favorite Song to Hoop to: “Wipe Out” by the Surfaris How She Started Hooping: At Kimpton's annual general managers meeting, new employees must stand in front of a room of colleagues and compete in a "hoop off" as the song "Wipe Out" plays in the background. One year, Kimpton hired a hula hoop expert to teach the staff. Ms. Leondakis was so inspired after an hour-long lesson that she went home and continued practicing. "I thought I was fit but I woke up the next morning and my abs were so sore," she says. She now supplements her workouts, which include running, weight training and yoga, with hula hooping four times a week. – as quoted from The Wall Street Journal
HELLO BEAUTIFUL HOOPERS Summer officially begins this month, temperatures are rising, and celebs and fitness fanatics are taking to the hoop to look hot this summer. Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Aniston were spotted having a hoop-off in Hawaii, Oprah.com wrote about Hoopnotica as a fun outdoor fitness activity, Good.is interviewed HealthCorps students about Hoopnotica’s fitness curriculum, and InStyle Magazine recommends Hoopnotica as one of the best ways to look great in a Bikini this summer. The Hoopnotica office is buzzing with new developments. We are proud to announce that we’re opening the first ever Hoopnotica Studio in Los Angeles, CA. Having our very own studio space means that we can host Hoopnotica classes 7 days a week! If you’re interested in attending, or if you are a Hoopnotica certified instructor who wants to host your class at our studio, visit our “classes” page for more info. Our partnership with HealthCorps is still going strong. Hoopnotica has participated in several “Highway to Health” festivals over the past few weeks. We love bringing the joy and fitness benefits of Hoopnotica to teens and families across the country.  Please continue to support this partnership through the purchase of a branded HealthCorps Hoop. Look hot in the hoop this summer, AND support a great cause! Keep Hooping! Gabriella Redding CEO & Hoopmamma THE SCOOP InStyle Magazine featured Hoopnotica as one of the "10 Ways To Look Great in a Bikini" Us Weekly pictured Marisa Tomei hooping with her Hoopnotica TravelHoop. She learned from the best! (us!) Our Preg-O hoops were featured in the Café Mom Blog. Good.is filmed our HealthCorps Hoopnotica Hoop Jam at Canoga Park High School. Andrea Metcalf wrote about Hoopnotica in her Oprah.com blog! Seventeen Magazine posted a video of Hoopnotica CEO Gabriella Redding doing Hoopnotica in their offices on our recent NYC press tour. Healthy Bitch Daily wrote about Hoopnotica's fabulous health and fat burning benefits. Hot and Healthy Living wrote about doing Hoopnotica for a flat stomach. Business Makers Radio interviewed Hoopnotica CEO Gabriella Redding.   WHAT'S HOT NOW The HealthCorps Hoop This year, we've chosen to work with Dr. Oz. and his non-profit HealthCorps®. In addtion to fundraising on efforts on behalf of the organization, Hoopnotica classes will be offered at HealthCorps high schools across the country. All proceeds from the sale of this specially designed hoop go to HealthCorps®. This hoop also includes the DVD of your choice. You can choose from Beginning Level 1 or 2, or our Intermediate Level 3 DVD. Bring the joy of Hoopnotica to high schools around the country and get yourself a super cute hoop while you're at it.   HOOPER OF THE MONTH Nominate yourself or a friend to be Our Favorite Hooper! Send us a pic and your story HERE. If we choose your story, we'll send you out a beautiful Limited Edition Hoop! Hooper of the MonthName: Emily Millen Hooper Since: 2009 Age: 23 Location: Los Angeles, CA Occupation: HealthCorps Coordinator Favorite Hoop:The HealthCorps hoop of course! Favorite Song to Hoop to: I work in a high school, so we've all got Beiber Fever “I first got started hooping when Hoopnotica came to my health fair that I put on as part of my job as a HealthCorps Coordinator at Canoga Park High School. It's a great workout and the perfect alternative to the mundane P.E. class exercises that all my students hate. I purchased a bunch of hoops for my students and implemented "Hooping Wednesdays", where we take the hoops outside during lunch on Wednesday and hoop with a DJ spinning jams for us. The kids LOVE it, and they'll follow me around campus asking to go grab the hoops out of my office. They're definitely a hit at my high school. I'm all for anything that gets my students moving!” I'm so honored to be hooper of the month! Hooping is such a great way to connect with my students, which is definitely my favorite part of it. Also, my mom once won a hooping contest at summer camp and my little dachshund Stewart's favorite trick is to jump through a hoop for treats, so hooping clearly runs in the family!
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