Philo Hagen: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Philo Hagen: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Philo Hagen: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Philo Hagen (Facebook, YouTube & @philohagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. Remaining dedicated to the larger-hoop body-rocking hoop dance style he loves the most, he loves to share his hoop groove with hoopers of all skills, ages and sizes. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Deconstructing Your Hooping Experience

Step into your hoop portal and spin back in time as we roll through the history of the modern hooping movement to a place where hooping can become truly our own unique and special creation. We’ll examine ideas, beliefs, so called rules and assumptions about hooping and how they may or may not relate to us. Then we’ll spin away energies and layers that aren’t working for a more authentic and joy filled hooping experience.

Chest and Shoulder Hooping: For Beginners & Beyond

Ask many hoopers what their nemesis move is these days and many will say it is chest and shoulder hooping. It’s a powerful heart chakra opening rotation that many are struggling with. Bring your largest hoop to class and we’ll create a safe space to collectively unlock the secrets of upper on the body hoop flow, all before we take it next level with a couple fun chest and shoulder hooping tricks.

Courtney Fagras: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Courtney Fagras: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Courtney Fagras

Courtney Fagras: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Courtney Fagras (FB, @mushooproom & YouTube) is a hoop explorer and innovator from the Pacific Northwest. A hoop artist quite possibly of alien descent, Courtney has taught and performed at festivals all over the west coast and beyond. The winner of Hooping Idol season 5, Courtney is known for her wacky stage presence, and inventive style and she continues to push the envelope of hoop dance.

Hoop Modalities

We will be exploring three hoop modalities that can be easily integrated into your flow to create new and innovative tricks. The modalities in this workshop include backspin, folds and coin-flips. I will teach tricks varying from beginner to advanced that utilize these methods, so there is something for everyone. This class is about giving you new concepts to grow your flow instead of just being entirely trick based.

Character Work with Hooping

In this class we will access different characters within ourselves and learn to integrate those characters into your hoop manipulation to create richer and more dynamic performances. This workshop may get silly, sultry, dramatic, or sad, so bring your imagination and lets bring your stage presence to the next level!

Jennifer Dennehy: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Jennifer Dennehy: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Jennifer Dennehy

Jennifer Dennehy: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Born in Buffalo, New York, USA, Jennifer Dennehy (Website, FB, YouTube & @jdennehy_dancer) began her dance training at the age of 3. Trained in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, African, hip-hop, hoop and creative dance, she Holds a BA in Psychology from Mercyhurst University and trained in Creative Dance @ LUNA Dance’s Summer Institute in Berkeley, California. Currently, Jennifer dances with Dafmark Dance Company, teaches 15 weekly hoop classes in Erie, Pennsylvania, and is a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Teaching Artist. Her latest endeavors include integrating creative dance practices into hoop dance, choreographing for dance companies/hoop troops, training in Cyr Wheel and teaching PA Standards Based curriculum (math, science, writing) through hoop dance and creative dance in schools. Additionally, Jennifer was awarded the 2015 Bruce Morton Wright Artist of the Year by Erie Arts & Culture and also received two Top Hat Awards, 2015 Outstanding HoopDance Choreographer and 2015 Modern Contemporary Hoopdance Fusion.

Hoop Dance Composition

We’ll utilize the elements of Dance; Space (Place, Size, Level, Focus, Pathway, Direction), Time (tempo, duration, rhythm, meter, accent), Energy (Flow, Weight, Quality), Relationship, Body Awareness, and Movement (locomotor & non-locomotor) to construct our own unique hoop dances. Participants can choose to work in small groups or alone utilizing specially developed worksheets to guide us through the choreographic process. Each worksheet targets creating a hoop dance developed around one particular element of dance. After each group creates their dance they present what they have created to the other participants and receive constructive feedback to develop their dance even further. If time allows each group can modify their dance taking the constructive feedback into account and perform again.

Dance Technique Meets Hooping

As a trained dancer with over 29 years in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, african, hip-hop, and creative dance, Jennifer specializes in infusing dance techniques (turns, jumps, footwork, floorwork) with hooping. In this workshop you’ll learn various dance techniques, then we’ll look at what hoop techniques pair with them while encouraging participants to explore finding their own unique way to pair their preferred hooping style with newly learned dance techniques. At the end participants will learn a movement sequence incorporating these dance techniques together.

Kenya Flowrescente: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Kenya Flowrescente: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Kenya Flowrescente

Kenya Flowrescente: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Kenya Flowrescente (FB, YouTube & @flowrescentekenya) is coming to us from Puebla, Mexico. She fell in love with the power of the circle after finding a way to express herself, feeling her spirit rise. Today she’s known for her hula hoop skills with balance, manipulation, multi-hooping, isolations and flow. As an attendee at Hoopcamp 2014, her performance blew everyone away and we’re excited to have her back this year to share her mad skills. She’s participated in Periplo, Circonvencion Mexicana, Encuentro de Malabares, the Toluca All Star Circus, Puebla Proyecto Balam, Monterrey Summer Hooping, Movimiento Vortex, and Huladiccion and is an illustrator and graphic designer when she’s not spinning up her magic.

Finding Balance

Come learn the basic steps for getting good balance with the hula hoop on different parts of the body including the head, front, elbows and hands. Then we’ll work through several balance finding exercises with our hoops while on the floor, as well as explore new forms for a dance sequence with hoop balance. Finally, we’ll look at ways to play with balance with two hula hoops at once.

2 & 3 Hoop Manipulations

Come learn new ways to manipulate two and three hula hoops at once. We’ll learn nice isolations with two hoops, as well as exercises and tricks for to get a good dynamic sequence together combining diferent ways to catch hoops, and play with multihoop isolations and rolls.

Savannah HoopStar: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Savannah HoopStar: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Savannah Hoopstar

Savannah HoopStar: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017

Savannah HoopStar (FB & @savannahhoopstar_101) comes to us from Boulder, Colorado, USA. She may only be 11-years-old, but she’s been hooping for 4 years and has taken the hoop world by storm! Our Youth Hooper of the Year award winner and the first youth instructor ever to be teaching at Hoopcamp, Savannah has developed some unique talents that are sure to inspire hoopers of all ages. With two years of modern hoop dance under her belt, Savannah began taking rhythmic gymnastic classes and has found some impressive ways to combine the two, fusing rhythmic gymnastics moves into her hoop dance flow. She loves to perform at festivals, talent shows, competitions, and has been in several cirque shows.

Rhythmic Gymnastics Inspired Hoop Dance

We will start with working on some stretching to get the muscles warmed up and work on our flexibility. Then we will be learning illusions and leaps, as well as working on our posture, hand and foot placement to add elegance to our flow. We will also be covering some of my favorite ways to bridge rhythmic gymnastics and hoop dance such as hooping on one foot gracefully, palm spins, cartwheels and transitions. For those that aren’t comfortable doing cartwheels, we will have other things we can work on instead. While more of an advanced class, it can accommodate any skill level too and the entire workshop will be done with a single hoop. Can’t wait to see you there!