Remember those amazing LED Hooper Night Hikes of Hoopcamp’s past? We all gathered together with our LED hoops shining brightly in the night and followed Merlin through the forest to the beautiful stupas at our old location, Pema Osel Ling. This year the LED Hooper Night Hike returns and our good friends at Astral Hoops will be leading the way. We’ll be making our way over the river and through the woods at Camp Campbell up to The Wishing Tree where we’ll be spinning up something magical together. If you haven’t experienced the night hike before this video from the one in 2010 will give you a pretty good idea.
Morgan Jenkins: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017
Morgan Jenkins (MissMojangles.com, Facebook, YouTube & @missmojangles) is a Los Angeles-based hoop performer and international hooping instructor. She’s scored solo Hoopie Awards for Hooper of the Year USA (2017) & Hooping Performance of the Year (2016). The creator of Hooptown Hotties has also earned others with the troupe for Hooping Video of the Year (2016) and Hooping Performance Group of the Year (2016) too. Known for her sassy Hoopography performances and for her hooping videos, Morgan came back to win the Hooping Video of the Year (2017) again this year for Despondence with Lee Jeffries. Morgan loves teaching others how to express their personality & creativity through hoop dance and is excited to be teaching again at Hoopcamp this year.
Hoopography: Learn a Hoop Routine!
Alright hoopers, get in formation! In this workshop, you will learn a fun and sassy single-hoop Hoopography sequence. Getting in sync with your hoop & friends is easy using 8-counts and dancing to your favorite pop-hits. All levels of hoopers and dancers are encouraged to attend!
Lock It Like It’s Hot
Hoop locking is a fun and snappy way to add hands-free punctuation to your doubles flow! In this workshop, I will give you the keys to the basic lock and we will explore dynamic lock entrances and exits. No prior doubles experience necessary. Get ready to unlock your new favorite hoop moves!
Philo Hagen: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017
Philo Hagen (Facebook, YouTube & @philohagen is the Co-founder and Managing Editor of Hooping.org. He’s been spinning things up online and off since April 2003. Co-Founder of the Bay Area Hoopers and LA Hoopers hoop groups, Philo has performed internationally and won Hoopie Awards for Male Hooper of the Year and Video of the Year. Remaining dedicated to the larger-hoop body-rocking hoop dance style he loves the most, he loves to share his hoop groove with hoopers of all skills, ages and sizes. He lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Deconstructing Your Hooping Experience
Step into your hoop portal and spin back in time as we roll through the history of the modern hooping movement to a place where hooping can become truly our own unique and special creation. We’ll examine ideas, beliefs, so called rules and assumptions about hooping and how they may or may not relate to us. Then we’ll spin away energies and layers that aren’t working for a more authentic and joy filled hooping experience.
Chest and Shoulder Hooping: For Beginners & Beyond
Ask many hoopers what their nemesis move is these days and many will say it is chest and shoulder hooping. It’s a powerful heart chakra opening rotation that many are struggling with. Bring your largest hoop to class and we’ll create a safe space to collectively unlock the secrets of upper on the body hoop flow, all before we take it next level with a couple fun chest and shoulder hooping tricks.
Courtney Fagras: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017
Courtney Fagras (FB, @mushooproom & YouTube) is a hoop explorer and innovator from the Pacific Northwest. A hoop artist quite possibly of alien descent, Courtney has taught and performed at festivals all over the west coast and beyond. The winner of Hooping Idol season 5, Courtney is known for her wacky stage presence, and inventive style and she continues to push the envelope of hoop dance.
We will be exploring three hoop modalities that can be easily integrated into your flow to create new and innovative tricks. The modalities in this workshop include backspin, folds and coin-flips. I will teach tricks varying from beginner to advanced that utilize these methods, so there is something for everyone. This class is about giving you new concepts to grow your flow instead of just being entirely trick based.
Character Work with Hooping
In this class we will access different characters within ourselves and learn to integrate those characters into your hoop manipulation to create richer and more dynamic performances. This workshop may get silly, sultry, dramatic, or sad, so bring your imagination and lets bring your stage presence to the next level!
Jennifer Dennehy: Hoopcamp Instructor 2017
Born in Buffalo, New York, USA, Jennifer Dennehy (Website, FB, YouTube & @jdennehy_dancer) began her dance training at the age of 3. Trained in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, African, hip-hop, hoop and creative dance, she Holds a BA in Psychology from Mercyhurst University and trained in Creative Dance @ LUNA Dance’s Summer Institute in Berkeley, California. Currently, Jennifer dances with Dafmark Dance Company, teaches 15 weekly hoop classes in Erie, Pennsylvania, and is a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Teaching Artist. Her latest endeavors include integrating creative dance practices into hoop dance, choreographing for dance companies/hoop troops, training in Cyr Wheel and teaching PA Standards Based curriculum (math, science, writing) through hoop dance and creative dance in schools. Additionally, Jennifer was awarded the 2015 Bruce Morton Wright Artist of the Year by Erie Arts & Culture and also received two Top Hat Awards, 2015 Outstanding HoopDance Choreographer and 2015 Modern Contemporary Hoopdance Fusion.
Hoop Dance Composition
We’ll utilize the elements of Dance; Space (Place, Size, Level, Focus, Pathway, Direction), Time (tempo, duration, rhythm, meter, accent), Energy (Flow, Weight, Quality), Relationship, Body Awareness, and Movement (locomotor & non-locomotor) to construct our own unique hoop dances. Participants can choose to work in small groups or alone utilizing specially developed worksheets to guide us through the choreographic process. Each worksheet targets creating a hoop dance developed around one particular element of dance. After each group creates their dance they present what they have created to the other participants and receive constructive feedback to develop their dance even further. If time allows each group can modify their dance taking the constructive feedback into account and perform again.
Dance Technique Meets Hooping
As a trained dancer with over 29 years in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, african, hip-hop, and creative dance, Jennifer specializes in infusing dance techniques (turns, jumps, footwork, floorwork) with hooping. In this workshop you’ll learn various dance techniques, then we’ll look at what hoop techniques pair with them while encouraging participants to explore finding their own unique way to pair their preferred hooping style with newly learned dance techniques. At the end participants will learn a movement sequence incorporating these dance techniques together.