April, 2012

Directed Gaze – Directing Energy in Dance

April 27, 2012 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingPoiUncategorized

  Directed Gaze is a dance concept, a way of directing focus, a way of directing energy. We can make people look at things by looking at them. Don’t believe it? Go out on any street, stop and look up in the sky. Watch what happens. By directing the gaze, the dancer directs both energy […]

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Fire Arts and Safety Class and Weekly Classes

April 20, 2012 Caroleeena Uncategorized

On Sunday, April 22nd, I am teaching a Fire Arts and Safety class that will qualify participants for their License to Burn. This three-hour class begins at 6:00 pm. Each student will get a fire safety manual, and have the opportunity to safety, extinguish fire, and use a variety of fire tools under the guidance […]

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Fire Performance at the new Museum of Natural Sciences

April 20, 2012 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingPoiUncategorized

I am very excited to be fire dancing with Mesmerizing Arts at the 24-hour grand opening of the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh on Earth Day, April 20th, from 9 pm to midnight. There will be bands and many other activities, including LED performances from midnight to 1 am. They are also unveiling the […]

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The Difference Between “Don’t Give Up!” and “Hang in There!”

April 17, 2012 Caroleeena Uncategorized

Encouragement literally means to give courage. When we are trying to encourage someone, we are much more effective if we use powerful, power-filled, encouraging language, if we speak about what we want to happen rather than what we don’t want to happen. Focusing on what we don’t want, or worse, fear. can create a self-fulfilling […]

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Tandem Hooping

April 17, 2012 Caroleeena Uncategorized

    Tandem Hooping is when two people hoop within one hoop. It’s beautiful but tricky to learn. I hope to make a video the next time I hang out with AliCat but, til then, I thought I’d share my thoughts on how to do this in writing. First, use as large a hoop as […]

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Utilizing the Free Hand in Hoopdance

April 17, 2012 Caroleeena hoopdanceUncategorized

Often when we hoopdance, one hand is busy but the other hand is free. This is never more prominent than with lifts. One hand is doing the lifting and the other hand is just hanging there. We’ve talked about using the hands to do pretty hand and armwork. This idea holds even if it applies […]

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Sculpting a Performance

April 11, 2012 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingPoi

Performance is more than object manipulation. When paired with music it becomes dance, it becomes story telling with the body. Once we know this, we can create a more powerful performance by pairing it with story telling devices. In this class we discussed sculpting a performance, prepping for that performance, stage technique, and group number […]

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