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Creating Mood In Hoopdance

December 2, 2015 Caroleeena hoopdancehoopdanceHoopingPerformanceUncategorized

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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Contraction and Expansion in Hoopdance

February 23, 2015 Caroleeena DancehoopdancehoopdanceHoopingPerformanceUncategorized

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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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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Choreography: Tips for Soloists

March 14, 2013 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceUncategorized

Before the show, arrive early, go on stage, pick a spot at the farthest point, in the middle, to spot on and anchor. Project your energy there! Take the Stage. When you take the stage, make an impression. Don’t wait til your music starts. Take the stage like a professional. Leave the stage like a […]

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Choreography: Finding Your Hook, Crafting Your Dance

March 12, 2013 Caroleeena DancehoopdancehoopdancePoiUncategorized

Dance tells a story through movement. When choreographing a dance, we are making decisions about which story-telling devices to include, how to order our story, where to start, and how to end. For this piece we will deal specifically with the first aspect of choreography, deciding which story-telling devices to include. In other words, finding […]

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Welcome To The Vegetable Circus (Triangle, NC)

November 13, 2012 Caroleeena hoopdancehoopdanceHoopingPoiUncategorized

We just started a chapter of the Vegetable Circus in Raleigh, NC. We present in-school, after-school, and kids programs that highlight healthy nutrition, movement, and play. Consider starting a Vegetable Circus in your community.

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A Short Building Posture Ritual

May 16, 2012 Caroleeena hoopdancehoopdanceHoopingPoiUncategorized

It only takes a second to reset optimal posture for movement arts, to build a posture of strength in your full range of motion. You start from the ground up: Feel your weight in your heels. Lift and then place the ball of each foot on the ground, one at a time, under the hips. […]

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Spins and Turns: How to Prevent Dizziness and Maintain Balance

December 15, 2011 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingPoiUncategorized

Turns and spins are a beautiful part of hooping. However, there a challenges related to turns and spins — specifically, keeping our balance, staying in one location, and dizziness. Let’s talk a bit about each one. Sometimes in hooping it can be challenging to keep our balance. It can be even more challenging to stay […]

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