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.
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!
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.