Our wet Southern winter finally yielded a sunny day, so I had to go out and dance with some street art. My first video of 2014. Hoopy New Year, everybody! The beautiful cello music is by Atlanta musician Takenobu. It's called The River & the Peach. I'm a peach and this is my flow, so I thought it a perfect fit. The colorful, layered piece of wild style graffiti is located in East Atlanta, at the intersection of Flat Shoals Rd. and Flat Shoals Ave. behind In the Kut Barber Shop. I'm not sure who created this art (looks to be a collaboration between several artists) but if you know, please contact me through the Hoopy facebook page and share the artists' names with me. Thank you so much for watching. If you like street art, local music, and hoop dance please check out the other installations in this Hooping with Street Art Video Series.
Katherine Aurora Callahan of Hoopy plays the Hooping Game!
Hoopers vlog: The Hooping Game is a Facebook group where hoopers challenge each other to dance to a song picked by someone else. Joni Marie Hash picked "Conga" by Robert DeLong for me. I had 48 hours to dance to it, make a video, and post it online, with a "hit back" song for her to dance to. It was surprisingly challenging. I've never made a hoop video with a deadline before. It was actually tough to shoot without interruption. As you can see from HoopyBaby's cameo. (He just turned 3!) I played the song 5 times and never got all the way through. So, you get a mash up of several attempts. :) The editing was the hardest part. Glitches with camera & software. But I am so glad I tried. It was really interesting to dance to something I would never pick- was that dubstep? And fun to have a project. So, thanks, Hooping Game and thanks Joni! Can't wait for your hit back. I've been loving watching all the players videos.
Hoopy's Katherine Aurora Callahan plays the Hooping Game again!
One take, all the way through the song. I hit the dulcimer (that instrument hanging on the wall behind me) with my hoop and woke up the hoopyBaby from his nap. Playtime ended abruptly. And now ya'll know why I rarely make a video in the house. No room and my smashing and dropping wakes the babe. Not my favorite bit of hooping ever, but there are some fun moments in the last couple minutes.
I want to say thank you to Tarah Rhenae who challenged me to this song. It's "Come on, Eileen" by Save Ferris. I don't own it. You can get it your ownself on itunes. Tarah's dance to Haim's "The Wire" was just scrumptious and I have had a lot of fun playing with her. Thanks for watching!
The first hoop dance tutorial by Katherine Aurora Callahan of Hoopy!
I am so happy to share this move with you. It was one of my Hoopy New Year's Resolutions to make a tutorial in 2014. Since 2013 was all about conquering leg hooping, this move kept coming up during my practice. It's quite simple, yet infinitely expandable. I use it to transition from off to on body hooping. I use it to travel. It combines well with kicks, spins, lunges, and walk-throughs. If you have any questions about this technique, please message me through the Hoopy facebook page. I keep comments disabled here to limit creepster and bully interactions. Thank you so much for watching!
Much hoop love,
Atlanta is a gallery filled with incredible public artwork, available 24/7 for free! Hoopy's own Katherine Aurora Callahan has been dancing with our city all summer. This is the latest installment in her Hooping with Art Series. Please check out our other videos here on vimeo and also on youtube. For more information about Katherine's hoop journey and Atlanta area hoop events, please like Hoopy on Facebook.
All of this art is in one little neighborhood, the East Atlanta Village. This is just a sample of the rich street art culture of the Village. Come visit to see more! Check out http://www.livingwallsconference.com for a map.
Combining her passions of art & dance with local music, Katherine is thrilled to share this brilliant piece of Atlanta music with you. It's a percussion piece played live by the artist Klimchak, recorded in one take, with no loops or edits. Live, baby! Please go get the whole album on bandcamp or klimchakmusic.com