What goes around: London Hoopfest 2013 returns for another week featuring many hues of hectic hula action. We take stock of what this week’s events and look forward to the remaining highlights.
The Mile End Pavillion has been swept up by hoop fever this week as London HoopFest 2013 takes over this impressive open space. From Monday 20th May, hosts Anna Hulagan and Rowan Bad-Timing-boy Byrne have been running free sessions and specific classes for every type of hooper.
With a stunning, open and clean venue, the open hoop hours give Londoners the opportunity to come and use the space for personal practice. An abundance of space means that hoopers are free to mingle and chat and jam together.
The Hula Fit workshop provided customers with a hard workout. Extremely heavy hoops push the core and strength of the participants and Anna leads the class with energy and enthusiasm. Her infectious, happy and encouraging teaching style helps to push her students to try things they may never have thought possible.
Another highlight is the Create Your Own Routine class. Hoopers were given the basic skills and tips to help them in performance structure from which they built a mini routine on the spot.
Thursday night saw an evening of hoops and film, with hoopers jamming whilst a screening of The Hudsucker Proxy was projected on a wall of the training space for all to watch. Soft cushions and blankets were laid out for relaxation, with popcorn and a free drink provided.
Friday will see a range of sessions, including a circus specific class and a fire workshop in the evening.
Meanwhile, the weekend will see the biggest names in the London hoop scene hit London Hoop Fest. Silvia Pavone and Craig The Incredible Hula Boy are just two of a huge range of performers contributing to the teaching schedule.
London Hoop Fest goes out with a bang with a second fire workshop on Saturday night, followed by a Sunday full of variety. Turn up for some coffee and cake, silent hoop jam, hoop play, live music and then a farewell jam. Tickets are still available for Sunday.
London HoopFest runs from 20th-26th May at Mile End Art Pavilion. For more information, visit the official website.