In this workshop, we will explore how movement with the hoop can create a sense of dance and flow, no matter how new or experienced we are with the hoop itself.

The hula hoop is simultaneously a playful toy, just like the one we used as children, as it is a symbol of continuity and unity, shaped in the archetypal circle or wheel.  In my belief, it’s in its playful beginnings as well as its symbolism which is what makes the hula hoop so appealing to so many people.

Wham-O may have trademarked the hula hoop; yet, there is another hoop revolution happening throughout the world.  It is a social movement where people of all ages, genders and abilities are finding it as an outlet for personal expression.  There are many  masters out there who hardly hula hoop at the waist, and there are many hoopers who love to rock the hoop out on the core body, almost exclusively.

What is refreshing about this particular spinning prop is that there are no rules on how to use it–other than some physics and geometry, but heck, we deal with those details everyday.  So no biggie, right?  In essence, we creatively navigate these physical details everyday in our personal being and ability.

The elements, likewise, are the stuff we are made of.  Using the four main elements (earth, air, water and fire) as a guide to our movement, we can channel those elemental feelings in our personal hoop dance expression.  As your workshop guide, I will introduce moves and technique which I feel represent the elements, but how you interpret them is up to you.

The only prerequisite is that you drop the hoop from time to time in the process.  It happens to all of us, and when you do, it only means you are imagining, experimenting and learning.

When: Thursday, July 6 6pm to 7:15pm.  2017.

Where: The Abbey Studio, Cumberland

Price: Free (this workshop helps me as a new hoop teacher, so I can’t promise a glitch free experience!)

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