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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Caroleeena’s Interview on HulaHoopla Podcast

December 30, 2014 Caroleeena interviewpodcast

While I was at Hoop Camp, I was fortunate to be interviewed by the beautiful Hoopanista, Paige Tashner, of the Hula Hoopla podcast. This is a link to that interview: Caroleeena: Putting The Dance Into Hoopdance

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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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Exciting News!

November 30, 2014 Caroleeena Gif Story

Usually when I open my email it’s either or but today I got something that made me go I got a letter from Ina Hoopina inviting me to teach hoopdance at the German Hoop Convention next summer! At first I was like then I was like I thought After all, all I have on my […]

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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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