Hula hoop stopped danger of being bear food
When Jo Day is not moving her body inside a hula hoop, she’s crunching numbers or making coffee. A bit of a random combination for the 28-year-old from Lake Hawea, but she admits after trading hospitality for accounting she missed the people, so jumped into the barista seat once a week as well. The hula hooping came into it while living in Canada three years ago, after a local told her off for running ‘‘because of bears,’’ so she got on the Internet and found something else to do. After teaching herself some tricks and skills and adding that to her already built-up repertoire of performance, including fire poi, she moved back to Wanaka, and started teaching others. ‘‘Most people just assume it’s all about using the area around your waist, but it’s an all over body movement, which you can use for dance or fitness,’’ she said. Jo also joined the Wanaka fire dance performance group ‘Poilicious’ six months ago, adding another element with her hoop, and it has fast been gaining recognition following the performance at the closing of the Winter Games. The group has a busy summer ahead, the only setback being the district’s total fire ban, which meant its fire toys have had to be replaced with LED glow toys instead. Meanwhile, Jo’s hula hooping classes have taken off, with a third one due to start in early January, for those wanting to learn. ‘‘It is physically challenging but there hasn’t been anyone I haven’t been able to teach yet,’’ she said. The secret, was having control and good posture with positive movements. ‘‘Everyone can do it. It’s really fun,’’ she said. Contact fantailhoops9382@ gmail.com.
Hoopla: Hula hooper and instructor Jo Day of Lake Hawea.
Help needed: Wanaka mothers Susan Helmore and Megan Williams with their daughters Anika West, three, Olivia Helmore, six and Suzanna West, five, who are hoping to earn badges like their mothers in Pippins, Brownies and Guiding.