June, 2015

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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Repetition, Alternation, and Exploring Phrases in Hoopdance

June 1, 2015 Caroleeena Dancehoopdance

Interesting dances are an alchemy of variation and repetition connected by transitions. I find many hoopdances have a lot of variation when it comes to moves, especially tricks, but they often lack repetition. Repetition and/or its sister Alternation allow us to really explore either a phrase in the music or an aspect of dance. For […]

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