The RVA Hoop House
The RVA HoOp HOuse is a community-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to movement arts... particularly Hooping!
It all started with a group of super awesome women and a desire to spread the hoop love. We have created an environment where self-confidence, creative expression, inner strength, and wisdom can flourish. We currently do not have a permanent location but hope to in the near future. See Our Location page for more details.
The RVA HoOp HOuse is run solely by volunteers.
What is Hoop Dance?
Hoop Dance, commonly referred to as Hooping, is a self-expressive movement art form that involves dancing with a hoop. Hoop dance artists proudly refer to themselves as “Hoopers.” Hoopers commonly refer to the hoop as their dance partner, because of the rhythmic bond that is created with one's hoop while dancing. Hooping can involve technical moves and tricks along with free-style dancing. We’ve come a long way since the days of grapevines, wooden circles made of sticks, and even the most popular WAM-O version of hoops. Hoopers today use heavier, larger hoops that are usually hand-made and personalized with shiny, colorful tape. The days of simply hooping around our waist are long gone, and have been replaced with fluid transitions on and off the entire body. Dance fusion has entered the world of hoop dance to create all sorts of variety like Hoop Yoga, Hoop Burlesque, Hip-Hop Hoop, Fire Hooping, and even Poi Hooping.
The possibilities are endless.
Hooping is a part of the world of flow arts, which include an array of skill toys that are used to explore the flow of sequential movements that allows our mind and body to become better connected to our inner drum. Hoop Dance has proven to enhance the lives of all that it touches. To many, it’s a magical mystery as to how a colorfully decorated piece of irrigation tubing can cultivate so many friendships and provide so much joy. Rather than question the phenomenon, the Hooper simply moves rhythmically with the hoop into a place of inner peace and gratitude, in continuous exploration of creative self-expression.
Benefits of Hooping
From our lovely founder:
"When asked to describe the benefits of Hoop Dance, one might think I would immediately begin with the physical. You might even expect me to tell you that you will end up with abs of steel, and even expect a caloric calculation equating calories burned against other aerobic activities. Though physical health is certainly a benefit, I call it a byproduct of hoop dance. I never think of those things off the bat. My immediate thoughts about hoop dance go straight to the soul. I think about the spiritual aspect of hooping, and how it frees me from the stresses of my life outside the circle. Hoop Dance has enhanced my life in ways that are difficult to put into words, but obvious when you see the smile on my face when I am hooping. I ask hoopers to tell me why they joined the group at the start of every class series, and I have heard everything from needing weight loss to searching for a way to release after divorce. At the end of the class series I ask the same question, and my heart always explodes and the tears always stream...
the benefits of hooping are so personal...
...and when I hear hoopers describe how it has enhanced their lives, it propels me forward, and give me HOPE. Everyone doesn't always "get it", but those that do share a bond that is not easily broken. We are all so grateful for Hoop Dance and we keep the circle flowing and growing, because the benefits are meant to be shared. For me, the Hooper is the Benefit!"
— HoOp LOve and HOPE, FireFly
The RVA Hoop Lovers
Who are the RVA Hoop Lovers?
The RVA Hoop Lovers began as an online group in 2007, formed for the purpose of finding other Richmonders that were either already hooping, or hoop-curious. The group consisted of a handful of people for the first year, but took off like a whirling dervish in 2008, and even more so in 2009. With the introduction of classes and workshops, the group exploded with closet-hoopers, hoop appreciators, and the hoop-curious. It’s impossible not to run into a hooper in Richmond today.
We’re taking over the planet!
Being an RVA Hoop Lover means something different to each hooper, but the common theme is that we are a group of people that come together to share the love and joy of Hoop Dance. We have created a sense of inclusiveness and an ego-free environment that allows us to learn from each other without fear of judgement. No matter if we gather in a park, participate in a festival, perform on stage at an event, or just sit together making hoops, we are always reminded of the bond that brought us together and the reason we stay together and grow—we respect one another and we truly love how hoop dance enhances our lives. The circle grows daily, and as long as others want to join us, we will continue to open the circle and make room for everyone.
Hoop Love and Hope!
RVA Hoop House is a collective of movement artists devoted to building local and global community wellness through the Love of Hoop Dance. We are passionate about providing a safe, all-inclusive, judgment-free atmosphere, where lives may be enhanced by creative self-expression and active living.