Julie Zats | JubesHoops Artist Profile

Julie Zats - JubesHoops
Highland Park, IL

TikTok – @juliezats

Hi there! I’m Julie Zats and I’m a 23 year old self taught hoop dancer from the suburbs of Chicago, IL! I picked up hooping in 2013 and haven’t looked back since! My hoop dance is heavily inspired by my extensive training in hip hop dance growing up, and my love for all genres of music! I love to engage with, and be inspired by, other flow artists, and I also love teaching hoop dance through my YouTube tutorials! Thank you for stopping by! <3

Julie hoops with a 28 in. FutureHoop Designer (non-removable batteries, standard LEDs) in 3/4 clear polypro


Led Hooping to Rufus

Song: Daydream by Rufus Dü Sol
Hoop: Futurehoop Pro by Moodhoops

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Flow Journey

When did you begin your journey into the flow arts, and how were you inspired to start?
I began hooping in 2013 after I saw a girl doing it at a music festival here in Chicago. I was instantly inspired. I very quickly acquired a Walmart hoop and taught myself tricks so that I could prove to my parents that I was worthy of owning a fancy LED hoop. Within a few months, I had acquired said LED hoop, and I haven’t put the hoop down since!

What do you love about the experience of performing?
I love being able to express myself through my hoop! I grew up dancing hip hop my whole life, and while I always loved it, I never felt a strong connection to it like I do with my hoops. When I’m inside my circles, I’m totally zoned out of the real world and in my own hoop world. I feel like any audience that watches me perform can pick up on how passionate I am about hooping!

How has being a part of the flow community touched your life? How can the flow community make an impact and how do you see yourself being a part of it?
The flow community has changed and impacted my life in a very positive way. I’ve made so many friends through the online hooping community, and I’m constantly inspired by all the flow artists I engage with on a daily basis. A lot of my friends today are people I’ve met through the flow community, and if I didn’t hoop, I wouldn’t have met these amazing people! I am endlessly grateful for the flow community!

What advice would you give to someone just starting their flow journey? Which tutorials or guiding principles helped you along the way?
My biggest piece of advice that I always pass onto new hoopers is that hooping is a journey, not a destination, and to be patient with it. I feel like a lot of people jump into hooping thinking it’s easy, when in reality, it’s actually a lot harder than it looks! A large part of flow arts is muscle memory, and that’s definitely something not gained overnight. I like to remind new flowmies that it’s okay to go at your own pace, and it’s okay if a trick or a move doesn’t click at first! We all learn tricks and moves on our own timeline, and there’s no deadline for learning tricks!

In a nutshell, how would you describe your unique style of flow? Are there artists or dance styles that you take inspiration from?
I would say my flow is heavily influenced by my past experience in hip hop dance. I definitely flow with musicality and hoop to the tempo of whatever song I’m listening to! I love hooping to all genres of music, but I definitely lose myself when hooping to rap music or EDM!

Background

What are your main props/specialties?
LED hooping and fire hooping!

Where do you like to practice the most?
My favorite place to hoop is in my bedroom. It’s been my inspiration spot since I started hooping! I love that I can hoop in whatever I want, to whatever I want, all in the vicinity of my bedroom!

Is there a particular aspect about the hooping or flow community that you’re passionate about? How do you envision your influence? (performance, teaching, etc)
I believe there’s a strong connection between flow arts and a positive influence on mental health. Hooping has definitely helped me improve my mental health over the years, and I know that teaching others to flow can help them achieve the same! There’s never a time where I pick up my hoops and feel sad. I always feel instantly happy whenever I’m flowing, and this is something I’d love for other flowmies to experience. I am super passionate about improving one’s mental health, and I believe flow arts are one way of achieving that.

Have you received any honorable mentions or won awards related to your flow or artistry? Have you been featured on other sites? Have you performed at any large festivals
In 2016, Cosmopolitan Magazine flew me out to NYC to do a video shoot with them, and they also published an article about me and my hoop dancing. In 2017, I got to hoop on live TV on ABC 7 Chicago’s show, Windy City Live. I never thought once in my life that I’d ever receive this kind of recognition from hooping, yet I did! These were two amazing experiences that I will never forget!

In a nutshell, how would you describe your unique style of flow? Are there artists or dance styles that you take inspiration from?
I would say my flow is heavily influenced by my past experience in hip hop dance. I definitely flow with musicality and hoop to the tempo of whatever song I’m listening to! I love hooping to all genres of music, but I definitely lose myself when hooping to rap music or EDM!

Are there any Facebook groups, clubs or local meet-ups that already exist in your local area? Are there online hooping/spinning/flow communities or forums that you’re on and/or participate in?
Yes! There are local flow jams usually hosted outside, hooper meet ups, full moon fire jams and a lot of other random gatherings here in Chicago! I am apart of almost every hoop group on facebook but use Infinite Circles, HoopLovers, HoopTech, and Flow Art Lounge the most!

Do you teach, mentor or create tutorials?
I create and post tutorials on YouTube! YouTube.com/juliezats is my channel!

Are you a part of a flow community or flow meet-up? Are there any local flow gatherings near you?
The Chicago flow arts community is amazing. We have tons of flow gatherings in the summer (Full Moon Jam, New Moon Jam), and I love going to these events to meet and flow with other hoopers!

What does 2019 have in store for you? At which festivals/events/retreats can you be found over the summer and through the rest of the year? Will you be performing or teaching?
I plan to keep making awesome hoop tutorials, and potentially perform at some events if the timing is right!

Tutorials

BEGINNER HOOP TUTORIAL: THE VORTEX


BEGINNER HOOP TUTORIAL: THE CHEST ROLL


BEGINNER HOOP TUTORIAL: THE MANDALA

Videos

Julie Zats #Hooplife | Cosmopolitan

Electronic Dance Music, Hula Hoop Sensation Julie Zats Performs on WCL

Sleigh Bells Trap Remix Hooplah

Hoop: Futurehoop Pro by Moodhoops.com
Song: Sleigh Bells (PhatCap! Remix) – Ronettes