What You Need to Know
Spin Hula Hoop Convention is a catalyst for taking your personal hoop journey to the next level. The event is designed to connect experienced professionals from around the globe and eager to grow hula hoopers in the community to motivate, inspire, educate and mentor each other.
Our Motto: To inspire Greatness in Ourselves and Others
SPiNcon is the first large scale American event that gives guests an opportunity to set Community Hula Hooping Records! Performance competitions allow artists to showcase their talents on Stage and receive valuable constructive feedback from the professional judges/mentors panel. Several workshops will be offered throughout the weekend for all skill levels. Every night there is a L.E.D. Glow Jam & Outdoor Fire Spectacular for all to participate in. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are served for everyone in the Dining Hall where guests and instructors eat and spend time together.
All guests, including staff, make a lasting connection at SPiN because we do everything together. Instructors are encouraged to make one on one connections with all guests. We cheer on each other as we strive to achieve our goals performing on the stage or setting records. We are all in this together and their is no stronger support system than the family you will find at SPiN.
We believe that a little friendly competition can be used as a tool to push ourselves to achieve things we may have thought were impossible. We put a big emphasis on building up the confidence and acceptance to those who may feel a bit shy or insecure. We celebrate everyone's individuality, journey, talents, and braveness for making the effort to be at this event, performing in front of a crowd on stage, battling to set a new community record, and making new friends. The experiences that guests have had at this events have helped them build confidence and become better performers, teachers, professionals, and artists. The connections made at SPiN has opened up many doors for guests to travel and live their dreams performing and teaching.
1. WHAT IS SPIN HULA HOOP CONVENTION?
2. WHERE WILL GUESTS BE EXPECTED TO STAY?
There are 3 options for Lodging at SPiN:
RV Lodging (+$180)
Hotel (approx $100/night)
RV LODGING: RV Sharing has been the preferred method of lodging. When you select to purchase a space in a RV when buying your ticket you are essentially buying a bed in an RV that will be shared with 4-7 others depending on the size of your RV. You can request to be in a RV with your friends by contacting Rachelle.
RV sharing is cost effective and convenient, it will cost you a total $180 for all four nights (Weds-Sun). There is a specific 'Check-out' time on Sunday and a fee will be applied if you are not out of your RV by the time posted on your RV by the door.
The names of the people in each RV, the RV 'Number', and the check-out time are posted on the RV near the door. You can also get this information from the check in desk in the main building. Rachelle will be in contact with you to make sure your RV stay is comfortable and easy.
RV's do not always come with bedding and our staff packs a ton of bedding to provide this for you. If you are able to bring your own bedding please let Rachelle know because that will help lighten our load.
RV's have the same access to the campground bathhouse/shower/water amenities.
BATHHOUSE / SHOWER
There are plenty of Showers and you will not have to wait in a line to use any of the bathhouse amenities.
CAMPING: When you select to purchase Camping when buying your ticket you will receive a camping space for a tent, RV/Camper, Glamper, or vehicle. The campground has electric, bathrooms, showers, trees, water and occasional Llamas. You will get a Number at the Check-In Table on arrival to post on your vehicle or tent. Last year the weather was a low of 51-60degF at night and a high of 82-85degF during the day during these dates.
HOTEL: America's Best Inn
Address: 828 E Shepherd St, Charlotte, MI 48813
This hotel is a short walk from the fairground (check out the map to the right.) Last year this hotel became sold out as the event approached so book asap if this is your preferred way to stay.
Members, Please log on to our lodging forum through your dashboard to organize your stay.
**** Please contact us with any questions or needs. We know a lot of you are traveling in by Air and Car and may not be able to travel with everything you need. There is a supercenter (Meijer) very close and we can get anything we need from there, if you don't have a car just let Rachelle know and she will help.
Located at: Eaton County Fairgrounds.1025 Cochran Ave, Charlotte, Mi 48813
3. ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE DATES & TIMES + AIRPORT PICK-UP
AIRPORT PICK-UP/DROP-OFF: Pick-up available from Detroit (DTW) before 11am on Wednesday. Anyone arriving on Tuesday or before can arrange to stay with other hoopers at a local host's house.
Arriving on Wednesday can be arranged to be picked up from Lansing Airport (LAN). If your scheduled arrival is during opening events at SPiN then you may need to take and Uber to the Airport.
Departing on Sunday can be dropped off to Lansing Airport (LAN.) If your scheduled departure is during closing events at SPiN then you may need to take and Uber to the Airport.
Departing Monday or later can stay with a Local host and be dropped off at Detroit Airport (DTW).
Contact Tylor ( 586-713-2104) to make arrangements.
To reduce waste and work, we encourage bringing your own tableware (bowl, fork, spoon, and cup.)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served to all Ticket holders. The meals are served cafeteria-style at specific times throughout the day. Many guests proclaimed how much they loved our sit-down meals where everyone gets a chance to meet together and chat with each other. The food is made with love and healthy ingredients. Vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters are all pleased with the daily selections to choose from.
Snacks are sold in between meals and not included in ticket-price.
Message Tylor (586-713-2104) ahead of time is you have any specific allergies. Tell our cook, Dan, at the event if you have any special preferences (including vegan / vegetarian) and he will be happy to accommodate you.
4. WHAT DO WE EAT?
5. TYPES OF TICKETS: KIDS, SPECTATOR,
VENDOR, ALL ACCESS?
Kids who are not planning on taking workshops only need to purchase a spectator pass. Kids can participate in Records Competitions without an All Access Pass. Kids under 6 are free.
Spectators can by a day pass($15) or weekend Pass($40). These passes do not include lodging or meals.
All Access ticket holders enjoy all aspects of the event including meals, performance slot (limited quantity), records contender pass, entry into all LED and Fire Jams, workshops, optional vendor table.
Vendors simply need to purchase an All Access Pass and will get all the inclusions.
6. WHAT ARE THE WORKSHOPS LIKE?
SPiN offers three types of workshops. Enjoy workshops from the best professional teachers in the hooping world. Our teachers are experts in choreography, dance, circus and tech styles.
On Wednesday we have 4 classes that everyone will take together, Including Roller Hooping after Dinner.
On Thursday and Friday we offer 6 classes that are taught twice, once at a beginner/intermediate level and the same type of class taught again at a intermediate/advanced level. This is so that students will get more attention and focus on improving at the level they are at. Advanced classes are quite challenging.
On Saturday we divide into two groups. Each group will learn different choreography to perform in a 'dance battle' style to open up for the Freestyle battles later that day. Our last workshop on Saturday is a fun 'All Together' Class that we can all enjoy together for one last time.
Sunday we have a open format skill share not limited to hula hoops for those who have the energy left for it ;)
We also welcome pop up skill shares after dinner or during free times available to anyone who would like to share. You never know what opportunity might arise to learn something new like Card Throwing, Lasso, balloon animals, specialty tricks ect.
The location of the workshop is up to the instructor and the weather. We have large indoor spaces available as well as many outdoor spaces.
7. HOW DO I REGISTER TO PERFORM?
Once you have purchased a ticket open your dashboard (located on the header menu). There is a button on the right called 'Performance' under your Registration To Do List. Songs can be no longer than 3 minutes in the amateur category. All entries are considered amateur unless you have already won the amateur category or are a Full Time Professional hoop performer.
All guests are encourage to perform. Spots are limited to 40 spots so register early. You can change your song after registering if needed. If you need help cutting a song contact Tylor (586-713-2104)
The goal of the Celebrity Judges, as a mentor and experienced professional, is to creatively help you improve your own unique flow. The judges are encouraging, supportive, helpful and never ever ever put anyone down.
Contestants will be judged based on classification ( Amateur & Professional). Contestants will then be judged based on technique, Choreography/flow, originality, & stage presence within their classification. Judges appointed by Spinsanity are fully qualified and agreed upon to be the sole influence on scoring. Judges are trained to score consistently throught the event. A points system will determine the winners. VIEW JUDGING SCORECARD. Judges are not expected to score participants in every area mentioned on the scorecard, just the ones executed particularly well, that need work, or are most important to that judge.
All performers receive face to face feedback, a judges score card from each judge, a video recording of their performance, a medal and a chance to battle in the Throw Down to be the 2023 Champion. Spaces are limited for performers and this opportunity will be distributed by first come first serve. value can still be gained from spectators as they listen to live judge feedback.
8. HOW ARE PERFORMANCES JUDGED?
9. HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY PERFORMANCE?
JUST DO IT!
We know you have been practicing and you are amazing! Just tie a few things up to make your performance great! choose a song, make sure your performance is under 3 minutes or you will be docked points. If you need to edit your song look into video or audio editing apps or ask for help on our forum.
Next, put some ideas and choreography together, it is ok to free flow but the best performances are thought out ahead of time.
Get your look together. become your character by getting a costume. there are a lot of options here. Dance costumes are sold all over the internet a few of my favorite places are www.Justforkix.com, DiscountdanceSupply.com and Harmonic Threads. Also, always keep an eye out while thrifting or get crafty with the sewing machine.
Lastly, don't be hard on yourself. This experience is for growth and we think your awesome!
10. WHAT ARE THE FREESTYLE BATTLES?
On Saturday we freestyle! All guests get up on stage to go up against each other in a dance style battle to fun hype music. We have a lot of fun doing this.
It starts with the choreography we learn with our team earlier in the day. Next the individuals will battle. Then we have the top scorers in the amateur and professional category from the performances do a battle showcase. We are no longer scoring this part of the event, Just for funsies and sweet videos. Don't forget Saturday is NEON Day!
11. HOW DO I SET A COMMUNITY HOOPING RECORD?
Sign up to set a Record on your dashboard in advance to be sure your record makes the schedule. Records will be scheduled through the entire event. you can sign up for scheduled records at the event on the records board in the main building.
You can attempt to break a existing record, set a personal best, or create a new record. All records must be measurable and defined. common records are an amount or revolutions per minute. Duration records will only be attempted if the time is under 5 minutes. We retire the challenge when a contender goes over 5 minutes.
Pick a skill asn start drilling now!! You could be a community record holder!!
13. WHAT IS THE LED GLOW DOWN?
Every night we light up and Glow Down with laser lights, black lights and music inside the large room attached to the dining hall. This space is great for roller skating too! grab your L.E.D. hoops and a fun outfit. Get a chance to socialize, make some videos, and participate in pop up skill shares Keeping the fun spinning until you just cant fun anymore and turn in for some much needed rest.
12. CAN I SET A GUINESS WORLD RECORD?
We use a digital stop clock, counting tickers, and video the records. You can take this information to file for a world record. Look into the process ahead of time because it is somewhat difficult and may cost money to become a Guinness World Record Holder.
14. WHAT IS THE FIRE SPECTACULAR?
Every night we light up the torches and entertain each other with a fire show outside near the dining hall. All levels of burners may burn, all burners need to be at our fire safety class. Bring a fire safe outfit and your fire props for this. Fire hoops and other props will be available to try out. Get a chance to socialize and make some videos. Keeping the fun spinning until you just cant fun anymore and turn in for some much needed rest.
15. WHAT IS THE ROLLERSKATING RUMBLE?
On Wednesday Night we have the initial roller-skating rumble after dinner in the Glow Down room. A Roller Hooping class will be taught at this time. Bring your own skates or borrow some of ours, we have lots of extras to try (we have most common sizes).
You can put on skates any time you want through the rest of the event. The floors in the Main Building and Glow Down Room are both great for skating!
16. WHAT IS THE STILT BRIGADE?
Stilters Unite! We love to have the stilters open up the Performance Showcase with a little song and dance.
If you do not have stilts we have jumping and drywall stilts you can try. If you can bring stilts of your own please do!
Let us know if your a stilter or want to become one. Let's get a group picture on stilts this year!
17. WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
Other flow Toys
Theme Day Outfits
Thurdsay - Circus Stripes
Friday - Costume Day
Saturday - Neon Day
Fire Safe outfit
Warm Clothes / Jacket
If you have room to pack
18. WHAT IS THE CERCEAU SISTERS AWARD?
In 2023 Deven Zimmer & Brooke Hansen of the Cerceau Sisters are offering the top scorer in the Armature Division of the Performance Flow Down the opportunity to participate as a performer in the next Cerceau Sisters Production! All your Travel, Lodging and Food expenses will be paid for as you get the opportunity of a lifetime.
The winner will learn their role in the production online then head to Austin, TX for the performances.
19. WHAT IS THE PROFESSIONAL PERFORMER CERTIFICATION?
Spin is offering the chance to Earn a professional Performer Certification to all guests who complete our Six Professional Development courses. This year we want to share all the secrets with you! The goal is to train hula hoopers in how to become a prepared and professional working performer. Certification will be in the form of a physical award Signed by the following instructors, and public online records.