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!
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.