Solar Eclipse Closing Hoopjam with Sunshine Jones

Solar Eclipse Closing Hoopjam with Sunshine Jones

Solar Eclipse Closing Hoopjam with Sunshine Jones

The biggest celestial event this year is taking place during the biggest annual event for hoopers – Hoopcamp! How big is it? Well, it’s the first total solar eclipse to occur over the United States since 1979, and it’s the first to go coast to coast since 1918. For the astrologically inclined we were told the eclipse is in Leo trine Uranus in Aries – “so it has liberation written all over it!”

We knew we wanted to do something special for the closing of Hoopcamp this year, something really memorable, and we’ll see about an 85% solar eclipse in Boulder Creek on Monday morning. So what could bring us all that feel good, solar wonder, heart liberation, hoop dance transformational closure we were hoping for? My personal dream was that Sunshine Jones of Dubtribe Sound System would come to perform live at this once in a lifetime hoopjam. So I tracked him down, talked to him about the significance of it all, and I’m so happy to announce that Sunshine Jones is coming to Hoopcamp. He’ll be playing a very special live analog performance just for us. We’re super freakin psyched!

Solar Eclipse Closing Hoopjam with Sunshine Jones The man behind Dubtribe Sound System, Treehouse Muzique, King Street Sounds, Cosmic Disco and Sunday Soul has been producing some truly delicious house music for years. He spent the 1990’s traveling the world with Moonbeam Jones and distinguished themselves as performers rather than replaying their recordings, often bringing their own sound, lights, and traveling family with them. But unlike its few North American counterparts, Dubtribe departed from the warehouse movement to establish itself as a grass-roots tour de force, refusing help, press, or money from any outside interests. Loop’s 9 year anniversary in Tokyo made for a fantastic beginning for Sunshine’s solo work too, and he’s been singularly blowing our minds ever since. He’s also been challenging what dance music is too, often never raising the tempo above 118 bpm. Instead, he uses musical force, live vocals, loops and effects to simply take us somewhere deeper and greater.

So join us for something very special at Hoopcamp 2017, a closing hoopjam during the the most significant solar eclipse of our era with Sunshine Jones. If you plan to observe the eclipse itself, remember: never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection as serious and permanent eye damage can result. Proper eye protection can include specially made solar filters, eclipse glasses or No. 14 welder’s glasses. You can also observe the eclipse indirectly, by making a pinhole camera.

So this year when you’re making your travel plans for Hoopcamp 2017, don’t plan on returning home Monday morning. Schedule your stay so you can be with us for the whole shebang and this very special Hoopcamp 2017 finale. It promises to be a most magical hoop experience, and when you combine it with everything else at Hoopcamp this year, Hoopcamp 2017 is an experience you must not miss.

Babz Robinson: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Babz Robinson: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Babz Robinson

Babz Robinson: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Babz Robinson (YouTube, Facebook & @babzrobinson) hails from Canmore, Alberta, Canada, where she has been rocking the hoop since 2003. She’s scored Hoopie Awards for Hooping Instructor of the Year (2013), Hooping Tutorial of the Year (2013), Hooper of the Year: Canada (2016), as well as the prestigious Hooper Hall of Fame Award (2016). A pioneer and iconic hooper on the platforms of Shambahla, Motion Notion and other festivals throughout Western Canada, Babz has always been passionate about sharing her skills, enthusiasm, and love of all things squishy.

She’s been teaching hooping workshops at festivals and on her home turf, as well as trained hoopers who have gone on to teach their own classes across Canada and beyond. Babz is also well-known for her awesomely advanced, professional and incredibly helpful hooping tutorials that she shares with the world for fun and for free. If Babz is making something, it’s gonna be good! Check out her Hoopcamp 2017 classes:

Cool Ass Coin Flips

Ready to level up your coin tosses – or even just plain learn them?! We will start with the fundamentals of coin tosses to build a base for the bad ass, then begin adding more and more awesome – creating combos, exploring and tapping into your own creativity, all while learning epic coin flip based tricks to infuse your flow with fresh and dynamic three dimensional movement.

All The Duck Outs!

Duck outs are awesome and can be elusive for many hoopers, but fear not! Babz is here! This workshop is for all levels of duck outers! Whether you’re still aiming for your first one, or are working on shoulder to shoulder or elbow passes, Babz is going to seriously up your duck out game! Wear a tank top or sports bra and bring a range of hoops if you’ve got them.