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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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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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Building Strength for Pirouettes … Safely

December 18, 2014 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceMovement

Demi Pointe is a ballet term that means to support the body’s weight by balancing on the balls of one or both feet with heels off the floor. Being able to lift the heel or heels is essential for pirouettes because you literally spin on the ball of the foot. Having a lot of strength […]

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Baby Doll Hands – the Fingerwork of T-Rex Arms

December 5, 2014 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceMovementPerformance

  Baby Doll Hands are the fingerwork of T-Rex Arms and Chicken Wings. They are common among both new and experienced hoopers. This is the hand pose of baby dolls that are made to hold bottles. Baby Doll Hands are slightly rounded with the thumb almost touching, or touching, the thumb. They are the contracted […]

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Creating A Character In Dance

October 30, 2014 Caroleeena DancehoopdancehoopdanceHoopdancePerformance

Characterization is a writing concept that can also be applied to creating a character in dance. It refers to the little details an author uses to convey information about a character’s personality, mood, and/or story. In writing, these details can be described. (“Sarah was grumpy.”) but in dance, they must be shown. “Show, Don’t Tell” […]

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“I Like Big Hoops!” – A “Baby Got Back” Parody

July 24, 2014 Caroleeena HoopdanceHoopingPoetry

[Intro] Oh, my, god. Becky, look at her hoop. It is so big. [scoff] It looks like, one of those exercise hula hoops. But, you know, who understands those exercise hoops? *scoff* They only use them, because, they’re like, totally easy, ‘kay? I mean, her hoop, is just so big. I can’t believe it’s just […]

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How To Create A Video Hoop Tutorial

April 9, 2014 Caroleeena HoopingMovementPoiTutorialUncategorizedVideo

More and more helpful hoopers are generously making hoop tutorials. This blog is for you. I hope it will help you make more effective, organized video tutorials that make you proud while helping others learn and retain what you have to teach. This blog is based on my own trials and errors over the years. […]

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How to Break Down, Describe, and Name Hoop Moves

January 3, 2014 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceHoopingMovementUncategorized

One challenge of keeping a hoop journal is figuring out what to call a move and/or how to describe it. It’s also a challenge for hoop teachers. Hopefully these tips will help. I try to start with a short metaphor or analogy for the name (lasso, stir the pot, infinity, beam me up, pizza toss, […]

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A Restorative Yoga Sequence for Hoopers and Dancers

August 31, 2013 Caroleeena DanceHoopdanceHoopingMovementPoiYoga

After a lot of hooping or dancing, or even sitting, my spine and all the muscles around it feel compacted. This yoga sequence helps me stretch and lengthen and loosen all those core muscles and lengthen my spine. It’s very restorative. I recommend it for everyone but especially for hoopers. 20 Minute Yoga Class: Lengthening […]

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