CIRCLES OF FUN: Georgia Foster Eyles of North Lismore is starting hula hooping classes on Thursday.
CIRCLES OF FUN: Georgia Foster Eyles of North Lismore is starting hula hooping classes on Thursday. Cathy Adams

Mixing in right circles

HULA hooping isn't just for kids anymore - it's making a comeback among people of all ages.

Georgia Foster Eyles of North Lismore has been hooping for seven years, performing for five of those, and is about to start teaching lessons in Lismore.

She said she began hooping after her father bought her a hoop when she was 18.

"I was in England, working in the countryside, and all I had was a hoop and a dog," she said.

So she picked up her hoop, and so it began.

She now owns around 30 colourful hoops and practises her hooping daily - hooping with her waist, her chest, her arms, neck, hands and legs in a wow-ing display.

She's just returned from a performance in Melbourne, and will soon be going to the Royal Easter Show in Sydney to perform.

She said hooping is great because of the fitness factor and the fun.

"It's really good for your core - all over really."

"It's so much fun! That's the thing - people have so much fun when they do it."

"Classes are hilarious, there's so much laughing going on."

She said the trick to hooping is not to move in a circle, like most people believe, but to move either forward and backward or side to side once you've got momentum going.

She said she has noticed the growth in hula hooping.

"Hooping is really big in the States at the moment with fitness and there are so many hooping communities there right now."

"It's getting quite a following here in Australia - there's quite a few hoopers around Lismore."

She said that while hooping used to be more circus based, it's branched out to become a bit more dance focused, which has increased its popularity.

Anyone for Hooping?

Georgia Foster Eyles starts teaching weekly classes in Lismore this Thursday at 6.15pm at the SCU Gym. Phone her on 0403 738 477 or send an email to hooplagroove@live.com



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