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!
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.