Matt Porretta: Facilitated Skill Share

A Few of My Favorite Things / Facilitated Skill Share
Single Hoop:

I will create a few combinations prior to our gathering and at the beginning of this Intensive the class will vote to select their most preferred to least preferred. Starting with the most we will break down the movements and get the whole class moving in unison to their favorite combination. After working with a combination of movements to stimulate some ideas, we will collaborate as a class to create a unique movement combination which we all have some influence on. Going around to each individual in the class we will build upon what our classmates have laid down as a foundation. The goal here is to open the floor to students to actively engage in creating new combinations with some influences of themselves to feel comfortable with. Not only will we walk away from this intensive with new ideas but also hopefully open ourselves up to interacting with our fellow Hoop-Camp attendees for the remainder of the event.


From sharing a hoop with 5 friends at Rowan University in South Jersey, to taking the stage at Electric Forest & Hoop Camp in 2013 Matthew Porretta’s journey has always been rooted in the community. In 2014 he attended and taught at several different flow-events and come the spring of 2015 he will be graduating from Rowan University and looking to start a new chapter. Driven by a love for not only teaching, but learning and sharing experiences, Matt is incredibly excited to return to Hoop Camp for a 3rd year and welcome everyone to the new space.


Evan Davis: Double Hoops, Single Jazz Hand

Double Hoops, Single Jazz Hand:

Will be a twin hooping workshop focusing on keeping body movement while working on technical movements with two hoops in one hand. We’ll start the workshop by establishing a framework in which we can explore movements of two hoops in one hand. Focusing on different grips, we’ll lead through the different positions we’ll most commonly find ourselves in with two hoops in one hand. After running through techniques such as infinity switches, static grip changes, and one hand hybrids, we’ll start exploring how the rest of our body’s movement affects the illusions on our hoop hand. Workshop will finish up with a group exercise to explore dramatic movements such as jump-throughs and getting to the ground.


New Yorker based in Boulder, Colorado, Evan Davis has been teaching and performing hoop and general prop manipulation since 2011. Having started with poi, he quickly developed a passion for double and off-body multiples with hoops. Sticking with the poi background, he brings that knowledge of technical spinning into his teaching style. Past taught events include Return 2 Roots, Flowstorm, The Spin Summit, Florida Flow Fest, and Wildfire, as well as local hoop workshops in NYC and workshop events at the Boulder Circus Center. Evan is very excited to make his first teaching venture to the west coast to join the presenters of Hoopcamp 2015!

Lee Jeffries: Pop It! Lock it! Hoop it!

Pop It! Lock it! Hoop it!

In this workshop, we will be focusing on hip hop dance techniques that are able to give YOU (the hooper) additional aesthetic(s) to your own personal hoopDANCE!

these techniques are:

1.) popping
2.) locking
3.)body rolls

**NOTE:all techniques listed above will be off body techniques

5.) tutting (while foot hooping)


Lee Jeffries has always had a passion and drive for the performing arts. In Highschool, Lee began both learning and performing with a competitive hip hop dance team located in Alabama, and soon transition to teaching and choreographing for the hip hop dance chapter at Mississippi State University.

Richard Hartnell: ”Footwork For Flow Artists”

”Footwork For Flow Artists”

Prop performers have an unfortunate tendency to arrive on stage and perform several minutes of amazing material without moving our feet. This workshop features several exercises from Chinese tai chi and Oakland hip hop designed to improve mobility, complement your techniques, deepen flow, increase understanding of planes and isolation, and get you taking up more space in the fire circle or on the stage.


Richard Hartnell is among the most distinguished American contact jugglers. In 2008, Richard was a co-founder of the Bellingham Circus Guild in northwest Washington State; in 2009, he relocated to the Vulcan, the collective of circus artists in Oakland, California, to perform full-time. A generalist in the style and direct lineage of Michael Moschen, Richard spends most of his time offering classes and performances across the west coast and many pieces of Europe. In the cold season he returns to Santa Cruz to study science, choreograph new material, and teach circus arts at Aerial Arts Santa Cruz.

“Ace” –Drew Bachelor, author of Multiball Contact
“Beautiful” –SF Bay Guardian
“In the very top percent of contact jugglers skillwise” –

Tammy FireFly: Rhythmic Hoop

Rhythmic Hoop:
In this class we will learn tech moves, inspired by rhythmic gymnastics. We work with tosses, body rolls, floor rolls cartwheels, flexibility and more. Learn fun flares and moves the rhythmic way!


Tammy Firefly is an internationally acclaimed performance artist whose unique and refined style is rooted in modern dance, circus arts and acrobatics. Inspired by creativity and self expression, and with a repertoire ranging from fire dance to aerials and acrobatics, her performances fascinate and entrance viewers with decadent magnificence.