Performance

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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Bringing Energy to Your Hoopdance

March 16, 2015 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceHoopingPerformanceUncategorized

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Energy has many different definitions and all of them can be applied to hoopdance. – Chi is the active life force that animates every living thing. In Chinese medicine, this energy has two main expressions — the inward flow ¬†of Yin and the outward flow of Yang. Yin is the softer, more inviting, inward expression […]

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Contraction and Expansion in Hoopdance

February 23, 2015 Caroleeena DancehoopdancehoopdanceHoopingPerformanceUncategorized

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Contraction is the act of becoming smaller. Expansion is the act of becoming larger. We experience expansion and contraction with every breath. As we breathe in, the lungs fill, the chest expands. As we breathe out, the lungs empty, the chest contracts. From any joint in the body we can expand and contract, become bigger […]

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Baby Doll Hands – the Fingerwork of T-Rex Arms

December 5, 2014 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceMovementPerformance

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  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

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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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Using Performance to Help People with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

February 23, 2014 Caroleeena Dancehealthmental healthPerformance

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I recently sculpted a fire performance for a group of 80-somethings. For this performance, I chose happy songs that were popular in the 30’s & 40’s. I did this because I know many of our elders are affected by Alzheimer’s and/or dementia and I have read that familiar music from when we were 18-25 requires […]

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