Hoopdance Revolution: Mindfulness in Motion by Jan Camp
Ask for it at your local bookstore. Available from Ingram.
List Price $21.95
6.69″ x 9.61″ Paperback
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Exercise
- Illustrated how-to techniques
- Links to over a hundred tutorial and performance videos
- Benefits of physical, mental, and emotional wellness
- History and stories of hoopdancing include yoga and related arts
- Resource section is hosted on the book’s website HoopDanceBook.com
If you are looking for healthy fun, regardless of your age, size, or level of fitness, this hands-on guidebook is for you. Hoopdance Revolution puts a new spin on that favorite childhood pastime, hula hooping. Find out how it evolved into a fitness program, what makes hoopdance so popular today, and why it is steadily gaining followers worldwide.
Playing with hoops made from natural materials goes back to antiquity, but the advent of molded plastics made possible the manufacture and sale of over twenty million toy hoops during a few months. In 1958 the Hula Hoop caused one of the biggest fads ever documented by sociologists. Forty years later, the hoopdance revolution emerged in the late 1990s with a handful of idealistic youth who followed the summer music festivals in the United States. Each took their colorful, oversized hoops back home to share with family and friends. From there the playful challenge of hoopdance grew into an international, intergenerational movement that invites us to feel good in our bodies and in our world.
As the counterculture of hoopdance took hold, it gradually merged with other forms of dance, aerobic exercise, and yoga. Author Jan Camp takes readers to her first hoopdance class and introduces us to professionals in the field across the United States and abroad. Their fascinating stories reveal the unsuspected physical and mental benefits of playing with a hoop. With this simple tool, you can dance your way to greater stamina, sharper mental acuity, and emotional balance, and you may even find that hoopdancing increases your spiritual awareness and overall sense of well-being.
“As a stranger to hooping, I was engrossed from start to finish. Hoopdance Revolution is a terrific piece of writing. Jan Camp tells the story by masterfully combining her words with the contributions of others. In doing so she makes the subject come alive, completely capturing its dynamism, egalitarianism, and participatory quality.”
— Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo, author of Daughters of Aquarius: Women of the Sixties Counterculture
Jan Camp lives and works in Portland, Oregon and has an active hoopdance practice. She studied art and writing at the College of Santa Fe, San Francisco State University, and the University of Chicago. As a graphic designer Jan started Arc Light Books to help independent authors get published. As an artist, Jan completed a series of silver gelatin photographs, still life with figure, that are represented by the AfterImage Gallery in Dallas, TX and that gained her a residency at the MacDowell artist colony. Her Night Garden Series (1997) broke creative ground in the early use of the desktop scanner as a camera, and her knowledge of digital arts is extensive.
With this simple tool, you can dance your way to greater stamina, sharper mental acuity, and emotional balance, and you may even find that hoopdancing increases your spiritual awareness and overall sense of well-being.