Hooping.org’s Grace You (@kayina) is an elementary school teacher, performer, and hoop instructor that hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. She first picked up a hula hoop in 2012 and hasn’t put it down since! Grace loves making hooping accessible to everyone and encourages each hooper to find their own style in how they express their unique flow.
Fun With Escalators
Escalators are a fun move that unlock a whole world of possibilities for your hooping flow. This beginner’s friendly class introduces you to the basic upwards and downwards escalator, as well as a few variations and transitions that will add a ton of fun to your flow!
Mary Gargett is a vibrant multidisciplinary circus performer currently living in Seattle, Washington, USA. She taught at Hoopcamp 2013 to rave reviews and we’re excited to have her back. With specialties including hula hoop, stilt walking and aerial hoop, along with a strong skill set in partner acrobatics, stilt acrobatics, dance and general theatre antics, Mary’s performed with companies including the March Fourth Marching Band, Quixotic Fusion, Animate Objects Physical Theatre, Shanghai Productions and SANCA’s professional performance collective. She’s taken stages by storm at Jam Cruise, Envision, Wakarusa, Symbiosis, Electric Forest, Wanderlust, All Good, Burning Man, High Sierra, Shangri La and many more. She’s also taught hooping at Wanderlust Festival, Spin Summit, and has co-directed the 2015 and 2016 Electric Forest Hula Hoop Troupe. She’s excited to be back sharing her juicy knowledge and experience.
The Exciting World of Foot Hooping
In this workshop we will be focusing on the exciting world of foot hooping! Want to learn how to hoop on your foot? Already know how to hoop on your foot but want to learn some new transitions, drills and skills? You will learn new skills and drills that will help add more creative movements to your flow. We will look into the world of rolling, headstands, handstands, foot breaks, transitions and passes – all with our feet! Come join me in discovering how to use your feet as a dynamic tool for leveling up your hoop skills!
When Hoopers Get Acrobatic!
This class is designed for an advanced level and in this workshop we will focus on the acrobatics of hooping!! Do you want to add some more flare to your hoop dance? Something to really wow your audience? Come join me as we dive into the world of acrobatic hooping! We will look at how to use the right technique to properly execute these new skills such as cartwheels, handstands, rolls, balance and more. We will take a look at your lines and how to make them look beautiful while adding a dynamic and dramatic visual to your skill set.
Melissa “AlbinoPlant” Daly (FB, YouTube & @albinoplant) lives in San Diego, California, USA. An engineer by day and hula hooper by night, Melissa takes a scientific approach to her hoop dance to concoct mind-melting manipulations. Once Melissa caught the hoop bug in September 2013, she was instantly hooked. Now, she teaches workshops at festivals, performs at events and hosts private lessons too. She also performs in group routines with The Hoop Unit, which was nominated for Best Performance Group of the Year by Hooping.org. Most recently, she performed at Electric Forest as part of the Electric Forest Hoop Troupe and won Performance Video of the Year in the 2017 Hoopie Awards. Apart from her hooping journey, Melissa also has a strong passion for sustainability and encourages everyone to help save the earth! Check out her Hoopcamp 2017 classes:
Isoflowers in Bloom
This twin hooping workshop will be extremely focused on the isoflower and its many variations. We will explore transitions in and out of two hoop one hand sequences and work towards gaining control over precise hand movements. We will start from basic two hoop one hand exercises before attempting complex manipulations, so twin hoopers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend.
A “tipper” refers to a folding hoop manipulation where gravity helps the hoop tip over a part of the body. In this workshop, hoopers will explore many of the possibilities of these unique folds using both single and double hoops. We will learn to diversify our hoop flow by incorporating both our arms and legs into these “tipper” movements. An emphasis will be placed on transitions so all hoopers incorporate the new tech into their own flow.
Jasmine Kienne (FB, YouTube & @hothoopdancemama) lives in Austin, Texas, USA, and she began hoop dancing in October of 2012. FitnessHoopDance certified, Jasmine teaches live hoop dance classes and private lessons all over central Texas, as well as online via FaceTime and Skype. During the summer months she enjoys traveling all over America presenting her single and double hooping workshops. Nominated for Hoopie Awards in 3 categories in 2016, and four in 2017. She recently scored her first win too and is 2017’s Hooper of the Year 40+. She’s sponsored by Katie Emmitt Hoops and is absolutely thrilled to be spreading the love of this beautiful flow art through performance and pedagogy. Check out her Hoopcamp 2017 classes:
Twin Hooping Hybrids & Atomics
This workshop is intended for all levels and includes beginner to intermediate material taught in a clear and natural progression. In this workshop we will explore the eight main hybrid elements as well as three atomic elements and how they fit together to create visually-pleasing shapes. We will explore throughout the course of the workshop, genres of concepts and create combinations of skills that fit within them too. This workshop is designed to help the participant learn how to explore twin hooping in a whole new light and unlock skill sets within their own level of expertise.
Twin Hooping Smear Variations
Using the smear as a gateway to transitions in twin hooping is something I have found to be monumental to my twin flow. I will focus my teachings on how to incorporate some beginner to intermediate smear skills into basic twin flow to give a more framed look to the art of twin hooping including skills such as Smear vs Isolation-Gyroscope, Smear vs Folding Half Extension, Smear vs Extension, Smear vs VLI (Vertical Linear Isolation), Smear vs HLI (Horizontal Linear Isolation), Smear vs Pendulum, Smear vs Fold, Forward Weave vs Smear, Reverse Weave vs Smear, Cascading Smear Weave, Smear Fountain – and more if time allows.
The biggest celestial event this year is taking place during the biggest annual event for hoopers – Hoopcamp! How big is it? Well, it’s the first total solar eclipse to occur over the United States since 1979, and it’s the first to go coast to coast since 1918. For the astrologically inclined we were told the eclipse is in Leo trine Uranus in Aries – “so it has liberation written all over it!”
We knew we wanted to do something special for the closing of Hoopcamp this year, something really memorable, and we’ll see about an 85% solar eclipse in Boulder Creek on Monday morning. So what could bring us all that feel good, solar wonder, heart liberation, hoop dance transformational closure we were hoping for? My personal dream was that Sunshine Jones of Dubtribe Sound System would come to perform live at this once in a lifetime hoopjam. So I tracked him down, talked to him about the significance of it all, and I’m so happy to announce that Sunshine Jones is coming to Hoopcamp. He’ll be playing a very special live analog performance just for us. We’re super freakin psyched!
The man behind Dubtribe Sound System, Treehouse Muzique, King Street Sounds, Cosmic Disco and Sunday Soul has been producing some truly delicious house music for years. He spent the 1990’s traveling the world with Moonbeam Jones and distinguished themselves as performers rather than replaying their recordings, often bringing their own sound, lights, and traveling family with them. But unlike its few North American counterparts, Dubtribe departed from the warehouse movement to establish itself as a grass-roots tour de force, refusing help, press, or money from any outside interests. Loop’s 9 year anniversary in Tokyo made for a fantastic beginning for Sunshine’s solo work too, and he’s been singularly blowing our minds ever since. He’s also been challenging what dance music is too, often never raising the tempo above 118 bpm. Instead, he uses musical force, live vocals, loops and effects to simply take us somewhere deeper and greater.
So join us for something very special at Hoopcamp 2017, a closing hoopjam during the the most significant solar eclipse of our era with Sunshine Jones. If you plan to observe the eclipse itself, remember: never look directly at the sun without proper eye protection as serious and permanent eye damage can result. Proper eye protection can include specially made solar filters, eclipse glasses or No. 14 welder’s glasses. You can also observe the eclipse indirectly, by making a pinhole camera.
So this year when you’re making your travel plans for Hoopcamp 2017, don’t plan on returning home Monday morning. Schedule your stay so you can be with us for the whole shebang and this very special Hoopcamp 2017 finale. It promises to be a most magical hoop experience, and when you combine it with everything else at Hoopcamp this year, Hoopcamp 2017 is an experience you must not miss.