How to Start Your Hoop Whirling

Monday, January 19, 2009; Page HE03

Hope to hoop? It's not hard to get started, even in your own home. Hoopnotica ( and HoopGirl ( both hawk instructional DVDs along with wider, heavier hoops meant for adult bodies, in regular and collapsible, travel-friendly models.

Expecting? You may want to go a bit wider and lighter; hence, the new Hoopnotica Preg-O Pregnancy Hoop. Snag a free one if you take part in the product test Sunday in Georgetown. (See for details.)

And if you're looking for in-person guidance, you're in luck: The D.C. area is home to several instructors.

· Arlington's Jocelyn Gordon (, who offers private lessons and workshops, will offer a free beginner session Feb. 9 at the National Institutes of Health (3-4 p.m. in the Natcher Building on the main campus).

· Noelle Powers ( will show off her moves free Feb. 15 at the Strathmore arts center ( in Bethesda, or you can take one of her classes: Her Baltimore series (2640 St. Paul St.) starts Monday at 7 p.m., and in Mount Rainer, she offers instruction at Joe's Movement Emporium ( Saturdays at 11:15 a.m.

· Tina Bauch's ( newest class starts Sunday at the World Gym ( in Gainesville.

· Martine Koissy is mid-session at FemFit ( in Rockville, but you can set up private lessons or workshops (

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