It’s time you hooped it up for fun, fitness and happiness

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First Michelle Obama hooped it up for health, now a seven-day long hula hoop festival featuring about 100 artists from across the world is being organised at Los Angeles. Hula hoopers could not have asked for more.

Attesting to the growing popularity of the trend, hula hoop enthusiasts from around the globe have come together this week for Hoopurbia, an event that has been billed as the ‘world’s first urban hula hooping festival.’

Hailing from Germany, Finland, Canada, Australia or from across the United States, the participants are sweating it out in workshops, showcasing the latest hooping techniques to burn calories or to spin on the dance floor.

The event will climax with a flash mob of hula hoopers.

Participants are sweating it out in workshops, showcasing the latest hooping techniques to burn calories or to spin on the dance floor during the seven-day event. (hoopurbia.com)

“The trend is definitely catching on and a lot of the best hula hoopers today are 17- or 18-year-olds who are coming up with stuff we have never seen before,” said Rebecca Halls, founder and director of the Los Angeles event.

“Hula hoop artists are also really pushing the envelope in terms of dance.”

Hoop queen Marawa Wamp, who holds the world record for twirling 162 hoops simultaneously and who is attending the festival, said there are only benefits to reap from hooping, whether in terms of fitness, for fun or as an art form.

“For anyone who thinks hula hoop is for the schoolyard, I would say this: I have performed for Kenzo during Paris Fashion Week, and Andree Deissenberg of the Crazy Horse in Paris wants to put me in a show,” boasted Wamp, who travels the world teaching hula hoop and performing.

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