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International Hoopdance Award Nominations

December 31, 2015 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingInternational Hoopdance AwardsTop Hat

Norma Desmond

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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Santa Coach is Coming to Town!

December 13, 2015 Caroleeena CoachinghoopdanceHoopingUncategorized

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For the end of this year I would like to introduce a gift-giving game — the gift of thoughtful, deep, coaching feedback. If you’re interested, drop your name below and then record and share a hoopdance by December 19. I will notify everyone of who they are coaching on the 19th. Then you’ll have between […]

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Tips For Beginner Hoopers

December 9, 2015 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingTutorialUncategorized

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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

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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

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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

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

June 8, 2015 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceHooping

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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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Repetition, Alternation, and Exploring Phrases in Hoopdance

June 1, 2015 Caroleeena Dancehoopdance

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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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Embellishing Hoop Moves

May 26, 2015 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceHoopingUncategorized

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Any hoop move can be improved by adding a decorative detail. The detail can be as simple as adjusting the posture, holding the head a certain way, directing the gaze, a turn of the hand, articulating the fingers, positioning a foot or a leg, or it can be as complicated and layered as integrating a […]

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Circles of Joy International Hoopdance Awards

May 3, 2015 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceUncategorized

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Celebrating Hoopdancers Telling Stories Through Movement! I love the Hoopie Awards. Every year I am exposed to new hoopers and hoop videos via Hooping.org’s annual awards: http://www.hooping.org/hoopie-awards/ Thank you Philo for making them! I know they are a ton of work. This past January I was sad to see that there were no full hoopdances […]

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