The hoop gained international popularity in the late 1950s when a plastic version was successfully marketed by California’s Wham-O toy company. In 1957, Richard Knerr and Arthur “Spud” Melin, starting with the idea of Australian bamboo “exercise hoops”, manufactured 1.06 metre (42 in) hoops with Marlex plastic. During this period, the hula hoop craze swept the country with Carlon Products Corperation producing more than 50,000 hula hoops per day. The hoop was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong in Rochester, New York, in 1999. Since then, the old hula hoop has been making its way back into the hearts of hoopers worldwide with an artistic vengeance. Communities have sprung up in dozens of major cities across the world as people begin to discover the exquisite motion of the hoop. When combined with dance, the hoop can begin to resemble something more out of the field of rhythmic gymnastics. It allows for maximal body movement as it can be held still but carries with it a centrifugal force meant to be harnessed with the entire body. Literally. Between throws, body rolls, isolations and penny rolls, it is a combination of contact props, dance, and prop spinning that is unlike any other tool, but perhaps close to the contact staff in essence. When dance is combined with the grace of modern hoop technique the fire hoop is a magnificent evolution of the classic hula hoop we are all well familiar with.