Hoopdance combines circus, dance and aerobic movement, set against the backdrop of music, producing an inspiring interpretive form of contemporary dance.
In its current form, hoopdance or hooping emerged out of North America in the late 1990s and has since spread around the globe. Given its infancy, there are many styles and ideas on hoopdance, where the user is free to interpret, develop and create.
Hoopdance features large, heavy hoops, which allow the user a greater degree of control than the smaller, lighter hoops that preceded the hoopdance movement. In hoopdance the hoop acts as prop and dance partner and there is a strong relationship between trick learning and dance. For many, this addictive relationship between trick learning and dance proves an irresistible combination and hooping in this sense brings physical, mental and social benefits to its users.
Hula hoops have featured throughout history, from in ancient Egypt to Native American culture, where the hoop represents an important part of Native American heritage. In the past 100 years hoops have featured regularly in popular culture, from Vaudevilles to early 20th Century jugglers and hoop rollers. The 1950s saw the largest ever hoop movement, when the US company Wham-O introduced hoops to the popular market. These hoops are distinguished from those used in modern hoopdance, as they were lighter and less adaptive to the dance and trick learning that features in hoopdance.