Next Monday, London HoopFest takes over the Mile End Art Pavilion, with hoopers from all over the capital and the UK coming together for a week of hoop related fun.

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Following on from it’s successful maiden festival in 2012, London HoopFest sees Anna the Hulagan and Rowan Bad-Timing-boy Byrne bring together hoop enthusiasts, professional teachers and performers for a week long festival. With classes geared towards everyone, from beginner to the more intense hoopers, the week offers a wide variety of workshops.

“Our main objective for London Hoop Fest this year was to open the doors to young hooping addicts as well as the super hoop adult enthusiast.” London HoopFest

Special guests include Tracy Chin, Nick Broyd, Silvia Pavone and Craig Reid, and class subjects range from basic stretch exercises right through to specialist circus hooping and a ‘build your own routine’ workshop.


London HoopFest 2013 Schedule

Open Class: An open class to whomever wants to come down and learn (for the total beginner to the super hooper) – Tuesday & Friday, 6.30-7.15pm, £5.

Hoop Yoga Stretch: Hoop + Yoga = Deep stretching! – Tuesday at 7.30-8.30pm, £6.

Hula Fit: Tone & Own those hips! A toning and strengthening cardio workout with extra heavy hoops! – Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Lunch at 1-2pm, £5.

Create Your Own Routine:  Learn some quick and simple ways to create a routine for performance or just for yourself! – Wednesday at 7-8.30pm, £7.

Hoop-In Cinema: Come and be a part of the first Hooping Cinema, watch the cult hula hoop classic The Hudsucker Proxy by the Coen Brothers and hoop whilst you watch (or sit down and enjoy like a normal person)!! – Thursday at 7-9.30pm, £3.50.

Intro To Circus Hoop:  A daytime class teaching the basics of hooping with more than one hoop on and off the body – Friday at 12-2pm, £5.

Friday Fire Night!:  An intro to hooping with fire. Take your hooping to the next level and burn it up! A class for the fairly experienced hooper, booking is essential – Friday at 7.30-9pm, £15.

Saturday:  A day with some seasoned professional hoopers, with Craig Reid, (Circus Space), Nick Broyd (Hooping Idol winner), Tracey Chin (the psychology of hooping) and Anna the Hulagan (World Burlesque Games winner) – learn everything from mega circus tricks to dance, hip hop hoopin’ to burlesque and finish off the day with a Spin Show featuring performances from acts including The Late Night Shop girls), L.E.D and Fire hoop jam and hula cocktails from the Hula Bar!

Sunday: Another day packed with workshops lead by the UK’s finest and revolutionary instructors and performers!  With Silvia Pavone (Circus Space), Gems Goddard (UK Hoop Gathering), Emily Wheeler and Nick Broyd!

For the kids, London HoopFest provides a hoop workshop and games on Tuesday, Hoop decorating on Wednesday and a Hoop Disco on Thursday, from 4-6pm.

London HoopFest runs from 20th-26th May at Mile End Art Pavilion. For more information visit!/events/262316097234696/?fref=ts.


Cover photo credits: Gui O’Connor, exclusively for This Is Cabaret