Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Hula Hoop Dancer

I was at Washington Square this weekend for a live concert by Buzzuniverse when I saw this girl dancing with a hula hoop to the music. Notice the fence on the right. There are major reconstructions going on at Union Square including the relocation of the famous fountain in the middle of the park. Local residents are up in arms over the move accusing the city of dubious intent.

So have you ever danced with a hula hoop?

26 comments:

Chris said...

I had a hula hoop when I was a kid. . . .LOVED the stupid thing. All the kids in the neighborhood had them and we played with them all summer long one year.

DeeDee said...

Ming..You live in a fascinating city..there is so much going on in this picture..the hula hoop dancer....her tie dyed pants...the artist in the background and his amazing art displayed...Great photo...

By the way...I have done the hula hoop...long ago..and I was quite good at it :)

Grand Life said...

Good to visit again--I've been busy taking care of hubby the past week. I can't believe their going to move the fountain.
Have a great week.
Judy

Belinda said...

I used to love hula hooping as a kid - I don't think my hips could keep up anymore unfortunately! Why ARE they moving the fountain? Will I still recognise Union Square on my next visit? It looks like a lovely day in NY in your pic.

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Hilda said...

I don't think I can keep a hula hoop up long enough to dance! Hahaha!

I think the girl's gorgeous though—looks like she has some Indian blood. And I love her tie-dyed pants!

Olivier said...

cela revient à la mode ? j'ai essaye une fois, mais vraiment trop nul ;o).
J'aime bien les peintures derrières.

this is fashionable? I tried once, but no one really too o).
I like the paintings behind.

Chuck Pefley said...

Washington Square was having major work done when I visited about 4 years ago. Is that still part of the same deal I wonder, or perhaps something new?

I never got the hang of the hoop. Had one, as I remember, but it spent most of it's time down around my heels.

Peter said...

I sincerely hope that the intention really is only to make the Union Square even nicer!! ?

The hula hoop, yes! a few decades ago! Maybe I should try again?

Abraham Lincoln said...

Gosh, I remember when hulu hoops first appeared in stores and we got some for our kids who developed the right kinds of moves to make them work.

Your photo brings back lots of memories. Of the hoop madness and then the art part. I don't see a Rembrandt anywhere.

Ex-Shammickite said...

I was quite a good hulahooper back in the Dark Ages... would like to try it again but I haven't got a hulahoop! It would probably take me a while to get back into the "swing"!

Just Roaming The Cities said...

Not since I was 10 !
I'd scare people if I did it now...

Greg said...

Hey, this is Greg from the band BuzzUniverse. Thanks for checking us out and posting this great pic!

Keropok Man said...

i have never been able to do that! maybe i am not flexible enough. it always drop flat after half a swing. hehe..

April said...

Oh, again? I did it when I was a girl and that is long ago ;-))

Todd HellsKitchen said...

The guy that founded the Whammo company that made hula hoops just died a few weeks ago.... I couldn't ever learn the hula hoop moves....

Mo said...

Not very well. Love her pants!

marley said...

Nice action shot! I like the art in the background too :)

crittoria said...

I haven't tried to hula hoop in years. Maybe I need to again! Great photo!!

poody said...

Just stopping by to see your great photos! I have some shots of the latest weenie dog races that I will try to post this weekend. You have inspired me!

Knoxville Girl said...

I like how the hoop is swinging one way, and her hair is swinging the other way. I must confess, I was a failed hula-hooper as a child.

Anonymous said...

This is Dave from Buzz. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for capturing a great moment with our friend Sara!

If you have any others, please send them to gmsugaree@yahoo.com. We will credit and attribute any and all pics we use on our MySpace and/or website.

Gazie Tanti,
Dave & BuzzU

Sara said...

Wow, that is a great shot of me! I love Hula Hooping and surprisingly only taught myself six months ago. I was hula hoop challenged as a kid as well. Hula Hooping is great exercise and always leaves me smiling. There are videos and classes available to help learn hoop dance. Many thanks to BuzzUniverse for supplying an endless amount of excellent dancing music.

Ming the Merciless said...

Sara, if you e-mail me, I will send you the photos I took of you hula hooping.

You did a fabulous job!!

Monika N. said...

Oh my, yes! What a blast from the past. Hula Hoop was quite en vogue when I was young.

tigerfish said...

I wonder if hula hooping is a sport version of belly dancing :D

citygirl15 said...

I had a hula hoop as a kid.

Love how you caught the hoop in motion.