Hoop dance flash mobs in D.C.

Jessie Newburn

Have you been so lucky as to see one of these: a hoop dance flash mob? In D.C., no less. We’re not talking about an activity in San Francisco or New York ... but, really, in D.C.

Now, “hoop,” in this instance refers to “hula hoops;” “dance” refers to a choreographed set of moves hula hoopers in the region are learning through a video tutorial and practice sessions, and “flash mobs” refers to a term that has become a bit misused in recent years, but essentially means “a bunch of people doing something fun, creative, public and planned.”

By why all the noise? Why all the hoopla? Well, the D.C. Metropolitan area hoopers are buzzing with preparation and excitement these last few weeks. See, the D.C. area was selected as one of a handful of cities across the globe for the premiere showing of The Hooping Life. Starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 9th, and showing at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Ranier, Md., (right at the edge of the D.C./Maryland border), the documentary chronicles the lives of a dozen hooping pioneers, such as HoopGirl, Hoopalicious, Karis, Baxter, Sass, Tisha Marina, Groovehoops and more! The film, by the looks of the trailer, and the fact that children’s activities will be provided during the premiere is not a child-friendly film. Older tweens and teens, yes; but kids, no. Go figure: with stage names such as Hoopalicious and Sass, you can probably fill in some of the images yourself.

After the movie, around 9 p.m., The DC Hoop Collective will perform its first-ever variety show. That should be fun! Come on down. In one night you can enjoy a movie and a variety of show; and if you’re up for it, you can stay for the after-party where they’re will be a DJ, with plenty of space to hoop, dance, play and have fun.

Joe’s Movement Emporium is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, Md. Tickets for the event are available online. For information about the Hoop Flash Mobs, contact Jocelyn Gordon, 571-235-6374 or

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