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!
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.