My September Journey Into Splits

September 18, 2017 Caroleeena healthHoopingsplitsUncategorizedYoga

This month, I set a goal of trying to get better at forward splits. I’ve made a lot of progress very fast and I want to share how. I can tell you some things about splits. Most people who teach them teach them in ways that are painful and not very good for your body, […]

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Top Hat Hoopdance Award Winners 2015!

March 10, 2016 Caroleeena DanceHoopdanceTop Hat

Thank you to everyone who shared dances with me!!! Thank you to everyone who made hoopdances and shared them with the world! I have had the honor of witnessing hoopdances for fathers, mothers, and husbands as well as dances for audiences and dances in living rooms, back yards and interesting places. Hoopdance! Happening everywhere! In […]

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International Hoopdance Award Nominations

December 31, 2015 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingInternational Hoopdance AwardsTop Hat

2015 was an amazing year for hooping. It gave birth to new forms of dance, new blogs, new podcasts, new service projects. I want to hear from you about what inspired you in each of these areas. A tip of the Top Hat to all of them and all of you! I want to hear […]

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Tips For Beginner Hoopers

December 9, 2015 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingTutorialUncategorized

Picking Your Hoop: Start with a Big Groove Hoop. One that stands up to your nipples when it is on its side is ideal. It is slow and wonderful for grooving in. The bigger around the hoop is, the slower it moves, meaning it hits your belly less frequently and you have to push less […]

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Creating Mood In Hoopdance

December 2, 2015 Caroleeena hoopdancehoopdanceHoopingPerformanceUncategorized

A mood is a temporary emotional state. Our mood affects how we process information and experiences. Setting the scene to create a certain mood affects how receptive the listener or viewer will be to the story we have to tell. Ideally the mood we create in dance aligns with the music, movement, and story being […]

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Leaving for the German Hoop Convention – A Travelogue after the fact

August 2, 2015 Caroleeena German Hoop ConventionhoopdanceHoopingtravelogueUncategorized

Europe was amazing. The German Hoop Convention was amazing. The whole experience was amazing. I have been trying to start this blog for a week. How to summarize something so life-changing in words, especially when I know I haven’t even begun to process all of the experience? I definitely feel changed by it. How to […]

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Making Shapes in Hoopdance – Circles

June 15, 2015 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingUncategorized

Circular shapes and movements are perfect for hoopdance. A bent arm is easier to take in and out of the hoop, moving a single hand in a circle from a still arm is a beautiful semi-resting piece of armwork that doesn’t take much effort and is a wonderful use of the free hand, traveling in […]

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How to Rock Flowers in your Hair

June 10, 2015 Caroleeena CostumingHoopdanceUncategorized

Yesterday I saw two young girls walking down the street in my neighborhood. One had on a red dress with a red flower behind her ear. It was like a breath of fresh air. So pretty and sweet. I love wearing flowers. Flowers are fun! Real flowers, fake flowers, all the flowers. I have been […]

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Suck In Your Belly for Balance, Elongation and Power in Hoopdance

June 8, 2015 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceHooping

In a previous blog, I have talked about a ritual for building powerful posture for hoopdance. One of the instructions in that ritual is “Tighten your abs”. The reason we do this is to pull our organs in and up, to center at our midpoint both horizontally and vertically — the belly button. Our Power-Building […]

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The Value of Sharing: Growing Flow Arts Together

June 3, 2015 Caroleeena Uncategorized

The influence of social media on the development of flow arts can be hard to quantify but I know for a fact that the more we share freely, the more we grow hooping itself. This story is an example of that. Hoopers and hoopdancers are budding rhythmic gymnasts without coaches. Rhythmic gymnastics itself is a […]

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