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Hooping FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions




How are Hoopnotica® Hoops different from hula hoops?

Hoopnotic Hoops are slightly bigger, a little heavier, and a whole lot prettier than kids "hula hoops". They help beginners keep their momentum going for a great cardiovascular workout. As your skill improves, the weight helps to maintain control of your movement and build muscle tone.



Can I Hoopdance with my kid's "hula hoop"?

You could try although we don't recommend it. If you discover that it is a lot more difficult than you "remember" it being, keep this in mind: Really it is not the act of hooping that has become more challenging, it's that you are a lot bigger than you used to be.



How can I care for my Hoopnotica® Hoop?

Your Hoopnotica® Hoop is very durable and while used properly will give you years of Hooping. The decorative tape on your Hoop is not indestructible however and can wear down if you drop your hoop repeatedly on hard surfaces. We recommend that if you are a beginner - to hoop on grass or carpet and stay away from walls, coffee tables, or concrete. It is not uncommon for your first hoop to become a bit torn with love and we often find that customers will buy 2 hoops- 1 for show and 1 for learning new moves.



Are your hoops weighted?

Hoopnotica® Hoops are heavier than regular hoops due to their size and decoration. Our hoops are not "weighted". We do not recommend weighted hoops for Hoopdancing as they can be uncomfortable to use.



What is the size and weight of your Hoopnotica® Hoops?

Hoopnotic TravelHoops® are adjustable for petite adult use:

  • Full size w/ 6 segments: 1.5 lbs, 44" in diameter
  • Adjusted size w/5 segments: 1.1 lbs, 37" in diameter



Tell me about the styles of hoops that you offer.

Introducing our NEW HOOPNOTIC TRAVELHOOP®!! This beautiful segmented hoop assembles & disassembles with ease - now you can take your hoop anywhere you go!



How do I get started?

If you have never tried Hoopdance before, start with the 1st DVD in our instructional series, Hoopnotica® Hoopdance Beginning Level. Our DVDs are a great way to learn at your own pace. There is even a troubleshooting section to help you when you are not "quite getting it". If you've done some hooping and are not sure of your level, contact us and we'll help you determine it.



What can I expect from my first time with your DVD's?

Get ready to laugh, sweat and have some fun! Our teachers will take you through the curriculum step by step, at your own pace. Before you know it, you will be moving gracefully, and incorporating your own style. No matter what your level, you are sure to get a great cardiovascular workout. So have a bottle of water nearby, because you are going to need it.



What should I wear?

Hoopnotica® Hoopdance is all about movement and your clothing should allow freedom for that. We have found that the best thing to hoop in is stretchy jeans, yoga pants, or other natural fiber material. Slim fitting sleeveless tops are essential for upper body work as bare skin is nature's best grip. Try not to wear synthetics such as nylon or rayon, as the hoop tends to slip, making the learning process more difficult.



What are the physical, mental & emotional benefits of Hoopnotica® Hoopdance?

Physical Benefits:
Builds core strength
Tones your entire body
Provides an intense cardiovascular workout
No to Low Impact
Increases energy
Develops balance and coordination
Increases flexibility

Mental/Emotional Benefits:
Clears and quiets the mind
Reduces stress
Improves self confidence
Generates joy and laughter
Improves one's mood
Opens up creative self expression



What do you mean by, "Find Yourself in the Hoop®"?

Hooping is a fun activity for generations to enjoy together. Because at the Beginning Level it is a non-impact exercise, people of all ages will enjoy Hoopdance. Even pregnant and post-partum women can enjoy Hoopdance. Once you "Find Yourself in the Hoop®", you may enjoy being a part of a community of individuals we call "Hoopers". It's like having a membership to a special club. Get to know other Hoopers in your area! Before you know it, you will have opened yourself up to a whole new experience; one with its roots in ancient times but with a whole new "twist".

You may find yourself hesitant at first, but once you've learned that first move, you may find yourself addicted to practicing and mastering each move. You may notice an increase in energy, or that you have become slimmer. You may find yourself more joyful and less stressed out. You may even find yourself more creatively self expressed, both in the hoop, and in other areas of your life!

Hooping is beautiful, transformative and mesmerizing. It can be used as a tool for fitness, meditation, or in the playful art of seduction. More than anything else, it is FUN. We invite you to begin your own journey, learn to Hoopdance with Hoopnotica, and Find Yourself in the Hoop®.




How are Hoopdance and Hula Hooping related?

Some people think of Hoopdance as "Hula Hooping". Although Hoopdance has its roots in "Hula Hooping", they are stylistically different. The concepts are similar: the manipulation of a circular piece of tubing around the body in a rhythmic motion, using centrifugal force to keep the hoop "up". Hoopdance is also referred to as "Hooping". Hoopdance takes the "Hula Hoop" craze of the 50's to a new level.

The name "Hula Hoop" was a term trademarked by Wham-O in the 1950's. Although they were the first to introduce the "craze" to the United States, the fundamentals of Hooping have been around for thousands of years.



What are the origins of Hoopdance?

Hooping has been tracked as far back as ancient Egyptian times. Children made hoops from dried grape vines and would swing them around their waists, and thus, Hooping was born.

The Ancient Greeks used Hooping for weight loss, and in the 1400's hooping became popular in England. Hoops have been made from every sort of material from wood to metal and have varied in size.



What is Native American Hoopdance?

Traditional Native American Hoopdance is completely different from what we refer to as Hoopdance today. Originally Native American medicine men and spiritual leaders performed dances with hoops for medicinal and/or visionary purposes. It was thought that visions could be seen through the hoops in order to find a way to cure ailments or see into the future. As this evolved, the dancers learned to utilize these concepts in their own interpretive movement: to weave the story of how all living things on the earth are connected and how they grow and change.

Native American Hoop dancers use dozens of small lightweight hoops. They are commonly made of plastic, but were traditionally made of reeds. The multi-colored hoops represent the creatures found in nature and/or the elements, and are spun in progression to tell a story. Different dancers lend their own interpretations, but each follows the theme of "harmony with nature". For example, the dancers may imitate the form and movement of an eagle, a snake, a butterfly, the wind, or rain, using the hoops to emphasize their form and movement.



How has Modern Hoopdance developed?

Hooping has made its way "back around" into popular culture, with new momentum and a new "spin"; Hoopdance incorporates elements of belly dance, hip-hop, and rhythmic gymnastics. We at Hoopnotica® can trace our collective hooping experience back to one individual, and so we credit Anah "Hoopalicious" as the "Mother of Modern Hoopdance". She was featured on "America's Got Talent", and is an amazing performer. Other performers who are noteworthy include KJ, who can be seen "fire hooping" in a Justin Timberlake video, and Karis who was recently featured in a Scissor Sisters video.

To talk about Hoopdance without mentioning the band "the String Cheese Incident", would be unfortunate. The band's love of Hoopdance inspires them to throw hoops out into the audience every time they perform, inviting concert goers to Hoopdance to their music. Their "Hoop Crossing" sign has become a piece of guerilla-style graffiti art associated with the band.

Today you can find Hula-Hoops and sometimes Wave Hoops (water filled) in toy stores everywhere. Adults will often try to "reconnect" using the child's toy, remembering the craze they enjoyed in their youth. Unfortunately, the experience lends itself to false promise, as the toy hoops are designed for smaller bodies. Hoopnotica® supplies Hoops made for adults; they are larger and heavier, and most adults are surprised to find how easy they are to use.



How has the "Hula Hoop" evolved?

All over the world, small companies have attempted to "redefine" the simple child's toy which helped to define a generation. As the demand to "take your hoop on the go" increased, the need for a collapsible hoop increased. Hoopers fashioned hoops for travel in many ways: some taped together, some coiled, and some segmented hoops held together by a bungee cord. The Hoopnotic TravelHoop® is the first of its kind; a segmented hoop that can be easily made smaller to fit a petite adult, is as beautiful as many full-size hoops, and stores easily for travel (as compact as a yoga mat). As an added bonus, the patent-pending TravelHoop has a special tape that provides the extra grip necessary for beginners.

Fire Hooping acts can be found alongside other pyrotechnics such as fire dancing and fire eating. For those less inclined to play with fire, LED hoops can be found (but are currently quite expensive; you can expect to pay $200-$500 for a good one).




How are your Products shipped?

TravelHoops® and TravelHoop®/DVD Combos are shipped via NZ Couriers and will arrived within approximately 2 to 7 business days from order date. We reserve the right to utilize other shipping carriers if necessary.

DVD's, CD's and/or Accessories ordered without hoops will be shipped NZ Couriers and will arrive within approximately 2 to 7 business days from order date.



Will my items arrive together?

Hoop & DVD combos and CD orders will arrive together.



For International orders, will I have to pay additional customs fees and taxes?

You may be subject to customs brokerage fees, import duties and taxes, which are levied once the package reaches your country. Additional charges for customs clearance must be borne by you; we have no control over these charges and cannot predict what they may be. Customs policies vary widely from country to country; you should contact your local customs office for further information. Additionally, when ordering from, you are considered the importer of record and must comply with all laws and regulations of the country in which you are receiving the goods.

Customs forms for all International packages list the value of your order's contents by product type. For instance, orders containing hoops, accessories, and media (DVD's, etc.) will be listed in a way similar to the following example:

Hoop value: $69.99
DVD value: $40.00




Merchandise Return Policy

At Hoopnotica®, we strive to produce the highest quality products & carefully inspect all products before shipment. Please read over our return policy below if you feel the need to return/exchange merchandise.

Please call us at (021) 901 525 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the reason for your return. We will issue a return authorisation number that you will include on the return. Returned packages received without an return authorisation number will be charged a $25 restocking fee for each item returned. Please read the product specific return/exchange guidelines below before contacting us. Please note that we will not accept returns if you have changed your mind. We are happy to refund or replace if the product is damaged or defective, as below.

Damaged/Defective Product: If your order arrives to you damaged or defective, you may return/exchange your purchase within 15 days of receipt of goods. We will issue a credit to your credit card, or send out your exchange upon receipt of your return with no additional freight and handling fees.

Exchanges: If for some reason you wish to exchange the product you ordered, or require a different size or color- you may return your unused purchase in its original packaging within 15 days of receipt of goods. We will NOT accept used goods for exchange. We will send out your exchange upon receipt of your returned goods. You will be responsible for all freight and handling fees associated with the exchange.

NOTE on DVDs & CDs: Opened/Unwrapped DVDs and CDs ARE NOT REFUNDABLE/RETURNABLE.You may return your unused DVD or CD still wrapped in its original, unopened plastic wrap within 15 days of receipt of goods for credit or exchange.

All Authorized returns should be shipped to the following address: Hoopnotica NZ, 1 Elderwood Lane, Edgeware, Christchurch. Please include a copy of your packing slip or purchase order with your return. Thank you.