Hula Hoop Mini-Workshop at the Mid-Island Belly Dance Bazaar: June 9, 2018


Hula Hoop Mini-Workshop at the 2018 Mid-Island Belly Dance Bazaar

The Mid-Island Belly Dance Bazaar has become an annual tradition for Vancouver Island dancers and audiences.  Not only is it a great place to score dance costuming and accessories, often at bargain prices,  but mini-workshops are held throughout the day as well.  Dance performances by local artists grace the stage and you could honestly spend your whole day there and be thoroughly adorned, educated and entertained.  What is more, proceeds go to a great cause!

I have the honour to have been invited to host a hula hooping mini-workshop and I couldn’t be more pleased.  I plan on teaching hula hooping skills as well as a short hoop dance sequence with belly dance flourishes; this way, whether you are totally new to hula hooping or have some experience, you will be able to get something out of this workshop and really feel like you are dancing with the hoop!  Hoops will be provided.

Time of mini-workshop TBA, but the event takes place at the Wellington Hall, 3922 Corunna Ave, Nanaimo.  Event runs from 11:00 to 4:30.  Fundraising proceeds go to the Disability Resource Centre.  Visit the Facebook event page to stay up to date:  2018 Mid-Island Belly Dance Bazaar

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Lisa is an inspiring dancer. She is a warm and flexible teacher who adjusts her classes to suit the interests and abilities of the students. I look forward to dancing with her again.

Cleo, Fall Session 2017

Belly Hoop Flow: Belly Dance and Hula Hooping… in the Same Class! (Beginner to Intermediate Level)

Belly dance: a sensual dance form that improves core strength and flexibility.

Hula hooping: a high energy, low impact workout that gets you good and sweaty.

Both movement styles challenge your coordination, and both are fun.

Join me in this 9 week class designed to increase our heart rates and boost our joy.  We’ll shimmy and spin the winter blahs away.

My goal as your Belly Hoop Flow facilitator will be to keep us moving and in the flow for the whole class (water breaks acceptable, of course).  We will learn belly dance skills and combos in our warm up and cool down, with the rest of the class devoted to the hoop.

This interdisciplinary approach to dance exploration can improve our grace and posture in the hoop and encourage embodiment of belly dance.

Hoops and hips scarfs will be provided.  Preregister below or on the first day of class: but keep in mind space is limited due to hula hoop use.

Belly Hoop Flow Dance: Beginner to Intermediate Level

The Abbey Studio in Cumberland, BC

Thursdays, January 25 to March 22, 2018, 7:30 to 8:45pm

$90 for 9 Weeks or $15 Drop-in







Fall 2017 Hoop Dance Classes at the Abbey: CANCELLED!!! 2018 Classes IN THE WORKS!!!

UPDATE:  The remaining two hoop dance classes of 2017 are cancelled.  HOWEVER, I am presently creating classes for the upcoming new year, time and place TBA.

I am super excited about a fresh idea rattling around in my ol’ brain: “Hooping to the Oldies.”  Yes, I am aware that a very wonderful and prominent fitness instructor we all know and love came up with this exercise concept first, and I pay homage to him.  I am not worthy.

However, my classes will come with a twist.

In a once-a-month(ish) workshop format, I will introduce hoop skills to a particular era or genre of music.  Hooping to the 60s.  Hooping to disco.  Hooping to the 80s.  Hooping to the 90s.  Hooping to classical.  Hooping to punk. Hooping to electro-swing.  Hooping to hip hop (hip hoop?)….  You get the cut of my jib.

I really want to encourage the notion that, with hula hooping and hoop dance, the emphasis is tapping in to the joy, spirit and playfulness within us, the playfulness that needs more opportunity to come out, well, to play.  What better way to do so than by sweating to our favourite tunes from the soundtrack of our lives?

Stay tuned, flowks!

xo The Spin Jinny



Hula hooping is a playful and effective way to exercise.  The intrinsic joy that comes from exploring hoop dance is natural motivator to keep us moving!

As the dark months close in around us, I am pleased to be offering hoop dance classes at the Abbey to keep our spirits up and our stress levels down.  Starting November 9 and running until December 7, I will facilitate a multi-level hoop dance class.  Class time is 6:00 to 7:15.

Whether you are a beginner eager to learn waist hooping or an intermediate wanting to experience different gateways to flow, I am looking forward to joining you on your hoop dance path.

AND if you are currently taking my beginner/intermediate belly dance class that takes place after the hoop dance one (or if you are interested in signing up for both), you get $10 off the hoop dance session or a reduced drop-in rate!18766431_10155015596523387_1099416041433746621_o!

What: Beginner/Intermediate Hoop Dance Class

When: Thursdays, November 9 to December 7, 6 to 7:15pm

Where: The Abbey Studio, Cumberland BC

Cost: $50 for five weeks or $15 drop-in.  Thursday night belly dancers get $10 off (so $40 a session; or $10 drop-in)


I am on the cusp of completing my Elemental Hoop Dance Teacher Training so I will be formatting my classes on nature’s building blocks of earth, air, water, and fire.  Hoops will be provided, but you can also bring your own.

Hoop to see you there!

xo The Spin Jinny

Beginner/Intermediate Belly Dance Fusion: Fall 2017 at The Abbey

I am pleased to be teaching a beginner and intermediate belly dance fusion class this fall at The Abbey Studio!  I feel this is an honour: to share my love of dance with others in a magical space that has become very special to me over the years.

This class is multi-level and appropriate for new dancers as well as for those with some  years already under their coin belt.  We will delve into the zen of drills to hone our technique, as well as learn combinations to help us embody movement and flow.  Belly dance can be earthy and sensual, graceful and elegant, or fun and funky and I wish to tap into all those areas of joy throughout the session.  It is also a great core workout and wonderful for our postures.

Due to my diverse dance background and my eclectic taste in music and pop culture, this class will have a strong fusion feel to it (with homage to the traditional roots of Middle Eastern dance, of course).

My approach to teaching is based on my years of studying traditional and fusion forms.  I have had the opportunity to learn from talented local teachers Cathy Stoyko, Bridgit Salas,  and Edith Jacob, as well as from international notables such as Tamalyn Dalal, Aziza, Rachel Brice, Mardi Love, Kami Little, April Rose, Coleena Shakti, Martina Crowe-Hewett, and Luciterra.

I am currently completing my Elemental Hoop Dance Teacher Training, so hula hoops may make a guest appearance, just for the fun of it!

Thursdays 7:30-8:45PM, Oct.5-Dec.7 at The Abbey Studio in Cumberland, BC
10 weeks/$100or $15 drop in.
Register through the link below, or on the first day of class.  Drop-ins welcome!

Ways of Knowing: Mysticism in Hoop Dance Flow (An Atmosphere Gathering Workshop)

I’ve been spending the past few days refining the elements of my upcoming workshop at Atmosphere Gathering, when, mind-mapping over coffee this morning, I had a sudden and powerful recollection.

It was at the Atmosphere festival (in its earlier incarnation as The Big Time Out) about 10 years ago when I really became inspired by hoop dance.  I had taken a hula hooping workshop before, but put the hoop away for a couple of years and forgot about it.  I had found one laying about at this festival: curious me picked it up.

My toddler son and his dad were amazingly preoccupied (napping?) at the time, so I indulged in this playful session with the hula hoop, with an abandon only a mom of a small child and an even smaller amount of free time could, to the beats of amazing live music coursing through my body.

After some time, a friend came up to me and said, “You are really good at that!”

Now, I’m not mentioning this compliment to toot my own horn, but to point out that what my friend was seeing was not my skill set (I could barely even waist hoop at the time) but myself captured in the beauty of flow.  Her kind words only reinforced the “goodness” of my feelings, and sent me on a hoop dance trajectory in pursuit of the flow experience.

Flow in others is a delight to watch, but flow in the self is blissful to feel.  It is a psychological phenomenon where the activity’s challenge meets the person’s skill set. Expertise is not required in order to reach flow.  Indeed, I was a very beginner hula hooper and I was in flow.  This is not to say there are not times now where I feel disappointed or frustrated with my hoop dance flow; yet, it always feels special and new when it does happen.

We can feel flow in any activity: from washing dishes to climbing a mountain.  I find myself trying to become more aware of those times when I am in flow throughout the normal course of my day because these moments can potentially lead to a more fulfilling life.

So now, I find it quite touching that I will be teaching a workshop on hoop dance flow at the same festival where I found it, around a decade ago.  My hoop and I have come full circle (ha ha).

Mysticism in Hoop Dance Flow: Sunday, August 20, 12pm Forest Stage

I love making connections between things I am passionate about, and the circle of the hula hoop is an apt symbol to integrate the oneness of all (mysticism), with the union of movement (flow), and the integration of our ways of knowing.

In the workshop we will:

  • Examine the connection between mysticism and flow

  • Use our four ways of knowing to learn skills and help integrate flow into our hoop dance.  We will be accessing our physical intelligence, our mental intelligence, our emotional intelligence and our imaginations in order to foster flow.

This workshop is suitable for all levels!  As well as learning basic hoop skills for newcomers, I invite the intermediate and the advanced hooper to come and explore their mastered moves in new and playful ways.  In fact, this workshop may benefit the flow artist who is feeling stuck or repetitive in their current flow.  The focus will be on joy and playfulness.  Many people relate to having mystical experiences as children: I invite you to bring the open and curious child in you to this workshop.

Hoops will be provided!

xo The Spin Jinny





Summer 2017 Hoop Dance Classes

I am excited to be offering weekly summer drop in classes, Thursdays, at The Abbey Studio in Cumberland, 6:00 to 7:15pm. I look forward being your guide as we explore hoop skills and movement inspired by the elements.  These classes will be suitable for all levels as we focus on skill development, layering challenges as needed.  Tricks will be combined into sequences and circuits to help you integrate them seamlessly into your flow.  There will be no class July 20: The Abbey is hosting a special event.  Hoop classes will be $5 to $10 (suggested donation).

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  • Waist-hooping/core hooping to off-body hooping skills and transitions
  • Floaty hoop isolations and tosses
  • Introduction to chest hooping


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  • “Wow Factor” tricks–even ones that look hard but are quite easy!
  • Hooping on different body parts
  • Escalators and wedgies
  • More chest hooping practice!
  • Dance integration


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  • Creative transitions between moves that facilitate flow
  • Hand hooping: weaves and flowers
  • Body rolls (chest rolls, back rolls)
  • (Oh yeah, more chest hooping practice)



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  • On body hooping: chest hooping arms in/arms out
  • Getting the hoop going up and down the body
  • Vertical core hooping
  • Breaks and reversals


August 18 to 20:  Atmosphere Gathering in Cumberland BC!!!

Please come by my workshop on Sunday, 12 to 1pm at the Forest Stage!



Elemental Flow Hoop Dance Workshop

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!)