Finding Your Way As a Shy Flow Artist

5 years ago, I was just a quiet teenage girl, wishing desperately that I could release my inhibitions and let go on the dance floor, like all my peers.  I had several friends, most of whom were extroverts who adopted me.  However, I didn’t have any real hobbies or anything to help me relax as well as meet new people and learn new things.  So, when my boyfriend and I were sitting down, listening to the worst excuse for a romantic rap dubstep duo at a local Valentine’s day rave, my entire life changed as the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen stood in the middle of the dance floor and lite up her blaze LED hoop from Moodhoops.

I personally have always enjoyed hula hooping.  As a child, I was never very athletic or coordinated.  However, I could hula hoop longer than any of my friends.  It used to be my one of my favourite activities!  So, trying it again as an adult was more than fun.  However, I’m aware that most adults have always had trouble waist hooping, and that’s perfectly fine too!

Anyway, it took me probably about 3 years before I made any friends or gained any sort of recognition.  I had been quietly lurking on hoopcity for a while, but rarely ever posted videos or questions.  Eventually, I started seeing questions from new hoopers and found that I usually had some good advice for them.  Then, when Unity of the Hula Hoopers emerged on the scene, suddenly, I was friends with all these different hoopers, who I had been watching for years.  I even got to meet a few when I won a free ticket to Kinetic Fire!

Since then, and with the aid of different facebook groups full of spinners, I have made many incredibly talented friends who are always there to give me great advice when life gets tough.  We may meet up once or twice a year to spin, or we may just dream about meeting for years. However, I know my family of flow artists will always be there to have my back when I need them!

So, if you find that you are without a good support system already, joining forces with hoopers can be a great way to build up your friend circle!  However, remember that with most things in life, the majority of people you will meet through this hobby will not be introverted like you.  They will enjoy yelling and screaming with joy; they will see you across a busy area and shout your name and wave until every person within the immediate vicinity is staring at you and you alone.  They will want to paint your face, push you onto stage, and suffocate you in hugs until you can’t even remember what it was like to have a personal bubble.  But at the end of the day, as long as you are honest and genuine with your quest to achieve the zen of flowdom, you will no doubt gain a family of friends who are there to aid you in whatever they can and always shower you in love.

If you find yourself struggling to make friends, facebook groups can help tremendously.  There are groups for each state in the US, as well as big international groups like Infinite Circles Community.  These, or simple google searches can lead you to flow events within your area where you can meet people who share the same interests and goals as you!  However, if you’d prefer to stay inside alone with your cats as your only hoop critics, that’s okay too.  Just as long as you keep spinning.

Smart LED Dance Veil

Smart LED Bellydance Veil ETEREshop

NEW in Led Bellydance Wings and accessoriesWe have produced a prototype smart LED Veil for belly dancing! You can create effects yourself!!! 300 LEDs!We had to solve several problems:- Light weight shawls (it is important that the LEDs weighed very little, since they are sewn on very thin silk)- compact battery- compact controller- stand alone control- art-net control- work time not less than 30 minutes- we have coped with all the tasks!- we now bring the veil in order, but it can already be bought from us in the storeWe continue to work on the Smart LED Veil, but Smart LED Veil is already available for order in our store!

Posted by ETERE shop on Monday, June 26, 2017

NEW innovation for belly dancers and movement goddesses alike from Led Bellydance Wings and accessories! 
They have produced a prototype smart LED Veil for belly dancing!
You can create your own unique effects with 300 LEDs!

The Smart LED Veil is already available for order in their store!
Email [email protected] for more information.

Ruby Hooping Review

Ruby Hooping is a complete hooping brand dedicated to spreading hoop peace and love to all.  With plenty of premade LED hoops to choose from, Ruby also delivers with its “Build Your Own” option, starting at a reasonable $99! However, with only 10 LEDs to choose from, and all solid or strobing colors (no ribbon or multi-colored strobes) this price can feel a bit steep.  But, for a mere $20 more, you can build your own 20 LED hoop!  The price is actually very reasonable, considering the high quality that goes into th crafting of each individual hoop.  All hoops are hand made from your choice of Polypro or HDPE and feature a sleek, inner connector to ensure a lightweight and perfectly balanced LED hoop. Check out #TeamRuby to see just what this brand is all about!

10 Best Handmade Outfits to Wear to Flow Fests

  1. Wrap Top With Sleeves and Hood from Harmonic Threads
    All Harmonic Threads are made from super comfy all natural cotton fabric, making them the perfect fire spinning outfits!  With a wide range of sizes and colors, it is easy to see why Harmonic Threads are some of the Trendiest festival clothes on the market.  This wrap top is $40.


2. Dragon Tail Skirt and Crop Top from Coquetry Clothing
This sparkly combo is sure to impress! Let out your inner Khaleesi in a skirt and top set that ranges from sizes XS-XXL and costs $110.  You can even send in a special request to have it made in any of their dozens of fabrics available!

3. Eydis Onesie from Indika Creationz
All of Indika’s clothing is made from all natural and sustainable bamboo fabric.  You can even choose from 33 different fabric choices and sizes XS-XL for only $50. What a steal!

4. Sequin Shorts from ASVP Boutique
The color changing sequins that are sweeping the nation are now available to wear on your bum! Available in 6 different colors and 4 different sizes, these shorts are sure to wow everyone you meet!


5. Infinity Top in Purple Aurora Hologram from the Spinztress
The shop claims you can wear this top infinite ways, but we’re guessing the number is something more like 12.  Still, it looks pretty and certainly is versatile. And for only $15, you can look hot and change up your outfit all day long.  Or, just wear this same shirt over and over again, in a different way, every day of the festival. Save room in your suitcase, we won’t judge.     6. Float On Tunic in Siren Sequin from Little Black Diamond
Available in sizes S-L, this Tunic is sure to catch every eye in the bright summer sun.  But being a glitter goddess comes with a high price. $119, to be exact.


7. Pink and Purple Starburst Leotard from Moondance Society
Unfortunately this design is too complex to be made for larger sizes, however, it is very cute! And not a bad price at $35!

8. Summer’s Eve Dress from Elven Forest
Available in sizes XS-XL, this enchanting dress will look flattering on any body type.  And your favourite Gipsy Dharma boots would match perfectly with this dress that is only $97!    


9. Turquoise Holographic Romper
We’re featuring Coquetry Clothing twice in this article because we love them that much.  The zip up dragon hoodie is too cute to pass up! Or why not try a crop hoodie and shorts combo? 

10. Rainbow Magical Mermaid Leggings from Wild Love Clothing
These Leggings are sure to make your inner unicorn shine. Come in sizes XS-XL and only $45!

Prodigy “Feals” Shipping Should Resume “Soon”

What’s the one topic that’s sure to start an argument in any facebook hoop group?  That’s right, it’s the Promised Hoop.  The Hoop so good, backers have been waiting a year for it.

Since it’s been weeks since their last update, in which hoops were promised to start shipping “soon,” Prodigy finally decided to release a new update, just in time for Valentine’s Day! And, the best news is that Jon has promised backers that shipping will resume “soon.” He also claims to have spent money on security and web cams for his small shop so he can live stream his hoop building process and prove to everyone that he really is working hard.  I assume these web feeds will be available to backers “soon.”

*Notice his poor spelling attempt with “feal”

Will Protoges ever ship out to backers?  At this point it seems unlikely, but you never know.  It would just be nice if they could get some more information on why exactly the hoops are taking so long to ship.  It seems so strange that he needs all this time to make some hoops.  He doesn’t need to make all 400 at once, he can easily make them one at a time and start shipping them out.  Things just aren’t adding up with this smart hoop, and it seems that backers are really starting to get worried.  With more and more refunds being requested every day, and new expenses like cameras popping up, it seems eminent that Jon will run out of money before shipping out the remaining Protoge hoops (which is all of them).  But, we wish every backer the best of luck and hope you all receive the smart hoop of your dreams very soon!

Cosmic Hooper

Cosmic Hooper’s Emporium of Bliss is possibly the best LED hoop your money can buy!  These hoops are a bit pricier than most basic LED hoops, but for good reason.  Cosmic Hoops are built with long lasting quality in mind, so the odds of needing to use the 1 year warranty are relatively low.  And with dozens of LEDs to choose from, these hoops may also be the easiest to customize for your individual taste.  All hoops are made with an inner connector and battery, which means a lot less battery life than your average LED.  But the advantages are a much better weighted hoop and easy on/off switch.  Plus, the super cool convertible minis and 4-section hoops provide you with more battery life, without compromising on weight distribution!  Even though the price of these hoops is higher than average, they start at $80 for 12 LEDs, so they are certainly still affordable! And since the current wait time for a Cosmic Hoop is only 1-2 weeks, it’s hard to see why anyone would choose any other brand brand.


ZL Hoop by ZL Hula Hoops

Zillion Lights Hula Hoops wants to provide you with the best, all around smart hoop! With over 1000 patterns and 1 week shipping time, this hoop is a force to be reckoned with.  The ZL hoop may be the first Smart Hoop to be completely water resistant and to allow for at home re-tubing. It comes preloaded with 1000+ patterns and features a remote that allows the user to customize each mode in different ways.  The remote is extremely challenging to decipher, but the instruction manual and online video tutorials area great help.  Another downfall of the ZL hula hoop is that it currently features a bulky, outer cuff connection.  But, this is what allows the hoop to resist dirt and water so well.  The battery is compacted neatly away inside the inner tube of the hoop, with the outer connection protecting it from any outside danger. And, the price tag of $379 isn’t bad either.  The ZL hoop is the perfect option for anyone looking for a preloaded smart hoop that will set them apart from the crowd.  With the standard one year warranty and short one week shipping time, the risk that comes along with buying one is minimal.  And the option to re-tube the entire hoop, for just the price of the tubing, is a great advantage for any hooper.  No more paying hundreds of dollars every couple of years to repair your hoop!  The ZL smart hoop really is a fresh take on the idea of smart hoop.  Every bit of this hoop has been carefully thought out and engineered and it shows in everything from the balance of the hoop (we always recommend ordering the counterweight version), to the packaging of the accessories it comes with.  If you want a hoop made with care, choose one from Zillion Lights.









Best LED Hoops Under $100

Everyone can probably remember the shock they felt when they first were told the price of an LED hoop. We are living in an exciting time when technology is constantly becoming cheaper.  However, the work required to put all the parts together is just as hard.  If you want a decent LED hoop, then you must be willing to pay for the time and care it takes to make!  Still, there are some great LED hoops out there for a decent price.  We’ll help you sort the good from the bad.

Price: $80+
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Customization: Very High
Shipping Time: 2 weeks
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Price: $60+
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Customization: High
Shipping Time: less than 1 week
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Price: $90+
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Customization: High
Shipping Time: 1 month
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Price: $60+
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Customization: Medium
Shipping Time: 1 week
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Price: $50+
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Customization: High
Shipping Time: 1 week
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Price: $70+be8c7c1346b0-268x268
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Customization: low
Shipping Time: 2 weeks
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Price: $50+
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Customization: Medium High
Shipping Time: 2 weeks
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Flux LED Hoop by Proton Labs

The Flux LED Hoop is the newest creation to be born from Proton Labs.  You may remember them for the Helix Hoop, which helped pave the way for all smart hoops we have to choose from now.  The Flux is basically the new and improved version.  It’s sound reactive, motion reactive, has an LED screen, is lighter and even has more memory than the Helix for patterns!  Proton Labs boasts, too, that the Flux will operate on all major operating systems and is better built than any other smart hoop on the market.  While the $450 price tag is a bit steep, if Proton Labs delivers on all its promises, that price will well be worth it.  It is still not the most expensive smart hoop on the market (*cough cough* Phoenix).  With special graphic design, Proton Labs has made this the most intense looking smart hoop on the planet.  This means patterns will look cleaner and crisper and more “HD” than on any other smart hoop!  The Flux is our current choice for BEST LED HOOP available.

HOOPREVIEW RATING: A Life-changing Hoop Experience

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