We’re sure you’ve heard of the Battle of The Sexes, but we guarantee you’ve never seen it like this! Becka Rex and Deadman (aka Shelby Parker) of Pyro Sagas use their own real life relationship to bring this flirty fire fight to life. Deadman represents the side of good, brandishing his fire staff to battle Becka Rex’s fire hoop of evil. Becka uses her feminine wiles to lure Deadman in for the kill, but he quickly turns the tables and escapes her clutches. They taunt and tease each other, neither one getting the upper hand for long until the last fierce skirmish! It was fought in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, where the couple currently live and their war song is “Reptile’s Theme” by Skrillex. It’s available on iTunes.
Living in the Northern Hemisphere like I do, it’s often easy to forget that the weather and seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are, generally speaking, the exact opposite of what they up here. With nights growing longer and temperatures growing colder in North America, I’ve primarily relegated my hooping practice these days to the great indoors, celebrating momentary hoop jams in front of the TV with Santa elves on Glee. In South America, however, hoopers are losing their coats in favor of shorts and tank tops. Summer is about to begin and for those spinning things up in Brazil, this summer promises to be the one where hooping finally takes the country by storm. So I decided to have a conversation with Mariana Bandarra of Bam Bam Bam to get the hoop scoop all about it – starting with her hooping appearance on the Brazilian Discovery Home and Health Channel that we can’t wait to see.
Philo: What was it like getting the call to be on TV?
Mariana: I was hooping when I got the call! I was at the park and I thought it was a new client that had come to me for a quote. I had recently done some subtitling for a movie, and the person who spoke to me said she was from Conspiração films. I was super psyched because Conspiração does great work. They are the production company behind the award-winning Brazilian motion pictureCity of God and lots of other cool projects. When she told me it was a casting thing I really didn’t know what to think! From that moment on it all sort of happened. I went through a couple of online interviews and ultimately got to be on the show.
We find the lovely Laura DiFilippo hoop dancing at the magical El Nido at Hacienda Escondida in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It’s like being on a retreat watching as she flows through the beautiful rainbow of tropical colors and flora. Take a break and enjoy. Laura is a devoted yogini, hoop dancer and fire performer, as well as a traveler, writer and photographer for her blog Ethereal Mermaid. The soundtrack for this video is “Rainbow” by Oh Land and it is available on on iTunes.
After the major hooping escapade with the Cheerios and the total hooping explosion earlier this season on the super hit Fox television showGlee, last night a few more hoops turned up. If you know the whole story, however, these hoops might actually be the hoops that started it all. Last night’s “Previously Unaired Christmas” episode, referred to ever since as Glee’s lost Christmas episode that Fox did not allow the network to air last year, finally saw the light of day. In it members of New Directions auditioned for roles in McKinley’s living Nativity Scene, and then meanwhile, in New York, Rachel, Kurt and Santana were stuck working as Santa’s elves at a mall – which actually makes a lot more sense when you know it’s a storyline from last year. So, as it turns out, before any of the primary actors on the show were hooping it up in Glee production numbers, the first real choreographed group hooping routines came in the form of Santa’s elves, elves of the little people variety. It all happened at the mall during the opening number “Here Comes Santa Claus” with Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera).
Hoopy Holidays all you gorgeous hoopers out there. It’s that time of year again already. Trees are going up, stockings are being hung and people all over the world are going all “Griswold” on their houses. I know times are hard and more of us are struggling to get to everyone on our shopping lists, but you know what? If you’re pinching pennies this holiday season, consider making some hoops and spreading the hoop love on a budget. What goes into gifting a hoop? How do you design a hoop for someone else? Whether you’re an old hand at hoop making or giving it a try for the very first time here, here are some helpful hints at giving hoops this holiday season. Read More:
The latest hula hooping explosion out of Bristol is this hilarious and, well, uhm, unusual video that’s actually unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, or probably will ever see again. While it is rather adult, and for that we apologize, it’s such ridiculous fun we simply had to share it with you anyway. When you’ve got five sexy ladies, hula hoops and bikinis, what more could you ask for? Well, apparently there are a few things and Stacey and Zoe and company simply have even more to love. They’re from Bristol, England, UK, and the soundtrack for this is “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred and it’s available on iTunes.
Helen Orford’s new Christmas hula hoop act uses multiple LED hoops in a performance entitled “Snowfall”. Maybe watching it will bring some snow flurries and holiday wishes your way! Helen told us, “I made this act to push myself to keep inventing and to include some of my new harder hula hoop tricks. I hope you enjoy!” We certainly did, and we think you will as well. It was filmed and edited by: Joe Golby. Helen currently lives in London, England, UK, and the songs used in this video are two different versions of Patch Music’s “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” and one of them is available for download on iTunes.