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KidTribe's "Hooper-Size!"

Fall 2008 DVD
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
Producer: KidTribe
DVD Price: $19.99
This exercise video sports a brand new twist in fitness- if you don't mind the obvious pun - since it's a workout based on that famous hoop we all spun on our waists as kids. This particular hoop is trademarked by KidTribe and twirled in an astonishing array of moves by the show host (and executive producer) Kellee McQuinn. "Miss Kellee," as she introduces herself, invites kids to join the "Hoop Hop Nation" as she spirals, curls, coils and twists her way through a hip-hop-inspired exercise routine she says will help burn calories and strengthen muscles. Copy on the DVD package states all exercises are developmentally appropriate for 6 - 10 year olds and are compliant with the National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE) Standards in Physical Education. And for those new to hooping, beginner instructions are delivered by a character called Dr. Hoopenstein (also played by McQuinn) whose schtick quickly wears thin. Few viewers are likely to achieve the expert hoop status Miss Kellee displays, but she continually encourages kids to keep the focus on fun fitness and offers plenty of positive energy to keep frustration at bay. Overall, KidTribe's Hooper-Size has upbeat music, jaw-dropping hoop moves, and an engaging host. Kids won't be able to resist giving this inventive, fun and frenetic workout a try.
Gina Catanzarite   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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