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Circles of Joy International Hoopdance Awards

May 3, 2015 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceUncategorized

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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Pointing the Toe and Dragging the Toe in Hoopdance

April 27, 2015 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceHoopingUncategorized

Our focus this week is Toes! Pointing our toes, connecting with the ground at the point of the toe, dragging the toe while traveling in lines and circles and dragging the toe up the leg so it stays connected to the body at the ankle, knee or thigh. When the toe is pointed the leg […]

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Hairography for Hoopers!

April 12, 2015 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceUncategorized

Hairography is more than just a wonderful episode of Glee: It is a series of ways of moving the head that transfers energy to the hair so it becomes its own dance prop. To be clear, you don’t have to have hair to do hairography. These moves are also interesting simply as moves of the […]

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Adding Jumps and Leaps to Hoopdance

March 24, 2015 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingTutorialUncategorized

Jumps and leaps are dazzling feats of strength and agility that bring energy, surprise, and even a sense of danger to our hoopdances. They are flashy level changes that can be combined with changes in speed, direction, hoop moves, and/or other dance elements to add dynamic and high contrast elements to our dances. All jumps […]

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Bringing Energy to Your Hoopdance

March 16, 2015 Caroleeena DancehoopdanceHoopingPerformanceUncategorized

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

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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Germany Fundraising – My First Update

February 2, 2015 Caroleeena German Hoop ConventionGif StoryUncategorized

Well this week is off to a … start I do not want to crawl out of bed. But I will make myself wake up I will get out of bed make my way for coffee and figure out where to start with work that has piled up for over a week. So many emails […]

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Integrating Armwork into Hoopdance

January 2, 2015 Caroleeena DanceGif StoryhoopdanceUncategorized

Hoopdance is made up of more than just a hoop moving around the waist. It also includes armwork, footwork, directed gaze, gestures, traveling steps, turns and spins, characterization, beat punctuation, musicality, and, of course, hoop moves. For many hoopers, though, the first question is usually, “What do I do with my arms!?!” In armwork, there […]

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Dance Hands – My Goal For January

January 1, 2015 Caroleeena DanceGif StoryUncategorized

What I thought my hands looked like when I danced: What it turns out my hands really looked like: So I turned to the internet. I mean, apparently it worked for Justin Bieber. Double Dream Hands! I decided to watch videos and look for more creative ways to use my hands. Turns out there was […]

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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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