Person of Interest: Paige A. Explains the Hoopla over Hooping

Art is a reflection of self and the beauty is that anyone can express themselves through infinite means. It’s the same impulse that guides a paintbrush or writes a verse. Art compels us to do anything with whatever we can get our hands on. Global Connections, Inc. Member Relations Agent Paige A. found her outlet through a hula-hoop.

While many of us know hula-hooping as a straightforward activity that requires hips and a plastic ring, we’re talking about full-body hooping (drop the “hula”) with dazzling light displays – a phenomenon akin to interpretive dancing. But to Paige, the art form defies explanation.

“I don’t want to call it a performance or dancing,” she said. “It can be anything you want it to be and that’s what I love about it.”

Paige first picked up this passion a couple years ago after seeing others hooping at electronic dance concerts. It seemed so free and organic, as these hoopers spun their LED hoops every which way: flipping it over their shoulders, around their legs and throwing it up in the air. No body part wasted, no movement unnecessary.

Soon after, Paige tried hooping for herself and has been doing it every day ever since. The second she gets home, she puts on music, grabs her own LED hoop – made specifically for hoopers – and twirls her stress away.

“When the song starts, I’m not thinking about anything,” she said. I don’t even need to think about what moves I’m going to do next, I just go with the music.”

Paige’s dazzling hooping display.

A few months after she picked up her favorite pastime, Paige started illuminating the floor at the same concerts that inspired her. She even frequents the Monday night Drum Circles at Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri. It’s a night where artists mingle and express themselves through music and dance, with many local DJs providing the perfect hooping soundtrack.

There is little rhyme or reason in hooping, which makes every session fresh and exciting. It’s all about going with the flow, much like dancing. But standards of hooping are much wider, giving people the power to make each act their own.

“There aren’t specific things you have to do to be classified as a hooper because you can create your own movements,” Paige said. “You can personalize it and anything goes. Regardless of what you do or how you swing it, the lights always make it turn out cool in the end.”

Still, in any passion, there are aspirations. Paige will record herself to see where she can improve or if she can develop a certain move further. Paige follows a number of professional hoopers, many of whom wield multiple hoops, even fire. Though she hasn’t gone that far yet (she’s is working up the courage to tackle a fire hoop), she’s going to pursue this art as far as it takes her.

“If I could ever move my way up to that point, that would be crazy,” Paige said. “I’d like to think that I can get there one day.”

We’re rooting for all that hard work to come full circle!