The Hooping Life

Event date: Sunday, July 22, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
Individual Price $15.00
North & Kedzie
Chicago, IL United States
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Hooping Life
The Chicago Hooping Network is bringing "The Hooping Life" documentary to Chicago in a big way! This is a movie about hoopers being brought to our city by its hoopers for our hooping community and its future members, as well as for our city. We are using the film screening as a springboard for a full-day event to bring together our Midwest hooping community, get to know one another, and learn from and share with one and all. This is also a fantastic opportunity to spread our love of hooping with all of Chicago, not only through the event itself but also through the charitable donation of proceeds to a local organization! This will be a multifaceted event for learning and sharing, for hooping and for other arts, for people of all ages!

~~~~*~~*~~"The Hooping Life"~~*~~*~~~~

It's a movie, it's a movement.

Through interconnected stories, The Hooping Life takes the hula hoop from its origins as a child’s toy to its current status as club art form, teacher’s aid, and instrument of redemption. Filmed partly by the subjects themselves, and traveling from Burning Man to Time Square, from South Central to South Africa, the seven intimate portraits capture the birth and addictive growth of a new subculture.

"The Hooping Life interweaves the stories of eight men and women who risk it all to found a movement (Anah), work for themselves (Christabel), heal themselves spiritually (Baxter) and physically (Sass), save and educate their communities (Tisha and Jeffrey), and radically challenge the status quo (Karis). The film travels from South Africa to South Central, from the Deep South to the Big Apple, and places in-between. Shaquille O’Neal introduces the movie, and now it’s got a phenomenal and original soundtrack from Basement Jaxx." -Laura Eastburn, quote from article.

Check out the trailer for this exciting documentary!

And some information about the film from the production company:


We are offering 3 hours of workshops with varying degrees of skill, so there is something for every level of hooper, from brand new to experienced!

*.Beginning Flow with Kelly Strycker of Chicago Hoop Dance ( // //

*.Exploring and Expanding Your Flow with Jeny of Flurbyhoops (

*.Olive's Bag of Tricks with Olive Oyl of Harmonic Hoops ( //


We are thrilled to be featuring performances by innovative artists in various forms of movement - both hooping and related arts!

*.Pyrotechniq Fire Troupe ( //

*.Olive Oyl [cyr wheel and hooping] ( // ...also a workshop teacher!

*.Flurby ( ...coming off of the Electric Forest Hoop Troupe and also a workshop teacher!

*.Digitalis and Scarlet [duet] ( // ...Digitalis is Chicago's own Hooping Idol 2012 finalist!

*.Sarah Sparkles ( ...a Hooping Idol 2012 participant!

*.Spin Kitten [LED] (

*.Jen Romolo (

*.vanessa fae (

*.More TBA!


The film screening will take place on a large projection screen in a comfortable environment with a professional sound system.


The winners of our amazing fundraising raffle ( will be announced! Prizes that are already made will be distributed to the winners. Prizes have been donated by:

*.Hoop Bliss (

*.Hoopla Hooping (

*.Feather Hoops ( //

*.Hippie Hoops ( //

*.Elemental Hoops ( //

*.Coelti (

*.Dizzy Delila (

*.Faerie-Tails ( //


We will have film-related giveaways, with a total retail value of $465!


There will be open hoop/flow-jam time with music at the event venue before workshops and following the screening!


*.Jeekoos [PTS, WNUR] ( // // //

*.Searchl1te [PTS, WNUR] ( // //

*.F8less [PTS, WNUR] (


Artisans in various mediums will have their products for sale throughout the event.

*.Edible Alchemy Foods [organic, sustainable, and locally sourced food] ( //

*.Hippie Hoops [regular and LED hoops] ( //

*.Harmonic Hoops // Harmonic Threads [fire hoops, hoop clothing, hoop huggies] ( // //

*.Medicine Hoops [abstract hoops] (

*.Asterisk Poi [custom poi] (

*.Free Spirit Mind Drifter [hoop clothing] (

*.Kelly Strycker Designs [earrings] (

~~~~*~~*~~And more!~~*~~*~~~~

*.Live interactive video mixing/projection by [R]andomus ( // //

*.UV Lasers Rainbow Tracers 3D Video Booth by Vibrance Visuals and Whirligig Photo ( //


The event will take place at Catalyst Collective, a beautiful creative space on the north side of Chicago. Those who purchase advance tickets will be emailed the address (near North and Kedzie) prior to the event. Door-ticket purchasers can receive the address through RSVP to or by calling the info line, which will be available the day of the event.


Proceeds from this event will be donated to Alternatives, Inc., a local nonprofit organization. That means that every dollar raised beyond the event costs is more that will go back into our city on behalf of our community. More information about Alternatives from

"Our mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships and enhance the community’s well being.

Alternatives’ programs and services use an asset-based model that focuses on enriching young people's lives by building upon individual strengths within the context of their family and community. We provide comprehensive, accessible and affordable programs that increase young people's opportunities to succeed and grow as individuals and community members."


*.Tickets. Advance tickets for this full day of entertainment, creativity, learning, and sharing are available for purchase through WePay for $10: Tickets will be available at the door for $15, space permitting.

*.Raffle. For more information about the amazing fundraising raffle, including the incredible list of prizes, our wonderful contributing sponsors, and to purchase tickets, check out the raffle page!

*.Donations. You can contribute to the fundraising effort without purchasing a ticket or participating in the raffle by donating through the WePay donations account: Your donations are endlessly appreciated!

*.Volunteering. For more information on volunteering for the event, please email TheHoopingLifeChicagoPremiThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

*.Spread the word! This event is by our community for our community and those wanting to learn about it. The more voices are represented, the greater the whole. So don't just bring yourself, but help spread the hoop love to your hooper friends and those that are interested when they hear about/see you flowing by spreading the word about this unique experience!

~~~~*~~*~~More Shout Outs!~~*~~*~~~~

*.Sound by Searchl1te (

*.Lighting by Teknosis Events ( //

*.Video production/filming by Alex Halstead (

*.Roaming photography by Vlad Pritkin

*.We would like to thank our teachers, performers, and DJs for graciously sharing their unique voices with our community!
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