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.
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 (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!
Benjamin Berry is a hoop dancer, instructor, and performer who has been hosting workshops across the country since the summer of 2015. That year he connected with the online hooping community by participating in Hooping Idol Season 5 and the Electric Forest Hoop Troupe contest, ultimately earning him the Hoopie Award for Male Hooper of the Year 2016. His mission is to help others embrace their authentic, eccentric selves, becoming more confident, empowered, and embodied through intentional movement and creative self-expression.
ARMageddon: Arm Roll Technique
This single hoop workshop will delve into the rich and underappreciated realm of arm rolls. Together, we will explore four postures of contact roll technique, as well as three motifs: continuous rolls, reversals, and combinations. Numerous entries will be demonstrated, including from a weave, grip, toss, and balance, as well as transitions and conclusions to the rolls.”
Flashy, Crowd Pleasing Moves
This intermediate hoop workshop will cover moves that are guaranteed to ‘wow’ an audience by demonstrating impressive athleticism, dynamic body language, and control of the hoop. Techniques to be covered include expressive forehead hooping, coinflip variations, the waist wrap (AKA “booty pass”), and the notorious body roll to foot pass. In addition to these, coaching for the most effective use during performances will be provided.
Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach Anah Reichenbach (FB, YouTube & @therealhoopalicious) has spent the last 20 years performing, teaching and generally obsessing over everything hoop. Credited by many as the founder of the modern incarnation of Hoop Dance, she loves nothing more than to incite hoopiness in others and to guide people to full freedom of expression in the hoop. Born from her commitment to spreading this art form and her love of the planet, Anah founded Hoop Revolution, created the first ever Eco sustainable hoop, and designed the Hoop Revolution Teacher Training Program and the instructional DVD, “Hoop Revolution’s Core Foundation” which became the basis of most hoop dance instruction around the world. With numerous Hoopie Awards to her credit including Instructor of the Year (2009), Anah became the first hooper ever to win the Hooper Hall of Fame award. She teaches workshops around the world and weekly classes in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bad Ass Body Rocking Hoop Dance
Body Rocking is a hoop dance style defined by an emphasis on mostly on the body hoop DANCE with off body (and on) tricks as punctuation. Are you tired of having to break the hoop or turn in order to keep your hoop in rotation on your body? Want to have more control on body so you can truly let go and dance? Struggling to find flow between on and off body? Come find out what body rocking hoop dance flow is all about! In this workshop you will up level your on body skills and learn some bad ass new tricks to make it all that much sweeter. Open to all levels!
Tandem Hooping with Hoopalicious!
Tandem Hooping is hoop dance with 2 people both inside one larger hoop. It’s playful, energizing and unique. Finding flow in your own hoop is amazing. Finding flow with another person in the hoop with you is nothing short of life changing! Movements covered are back to back, “spooning”, cha-cha, spins, shoulder hooping and angles. Bring your best flowmie or by yourself and be paired up with your new best flowmie. If you have a hoop 45 inches or larger please bring it! I will have a handful to play with, but more is always better.
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!