Maggie Walker of Groove Catalyst andRadiant Threads recently found herself on the road to joy that comes from hoop dance. She says, “One of my most influential teachers in the hoop once said at a workshop, ‘Dance first. Hoop Second.’ I wrote it on the mirror in my living room. I have been hooping a lot more than I have been *dancing* lately, and on this night I felt called to really DANCE it out. I found a song that I have loved for years (that carries a lot of emotional history for me) and let it reverberate through my body.” The result is awesome. She’s living in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, and the soundtrack for this is “The Road To Joy” by Bright Eyes and it’s available on iTunes. Parental Warning (NSFW): Song contains profanity.
It’s been said before that the best way to show what you do and where you are is to grab a hoop, get the cameras and a favorite song and show it. In this wonderfully feel good video about “acting your age”, Miss La-Tonya, aka Latonya Wigginton, brings her hoop joy to the streets of Beijing! She lights up the night with some super sweet LED hooping and lights the smiles of passersby as she successfully encourages them to come and play too, which, judging by the smiles on their faces, was indeed a definite success. You can clearly see kids of all ages having an absolute blast. Video credit goes to Manuela Bockstaele, who really has captured just what hoopin’ happiness looks and feels like. Latonya lives in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and her soundtrack here is “Act Yr Age” by Bluejuice, which seems to not be available in a lot of countries, but you can always hear on Soundcloud.
Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degré, daughter of French wildlife photographers Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert, was born in Namibia. During her childhood she befriended many wild animals, including a 28-year old elephant called Abu and a leopard nicknamed J&B. She was embraced by the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari, who taught her how to survive on roots and berries, as well as how to speak their language.