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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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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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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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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Pretty silk fans for a reasonable price

April 29, 2013 Caroleeena Dance

I am teaching Fan Dances at Hoop Convergence. If you don’t have fans, I have found some at my local Asian market. Right now they have the bottom three colors (red, yellow and pink) for $20 a pair. If you’d like a pair, let me know and I’ll pick some up for you before HoopCon. […]


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The History of Pullen Park (Home of Raleigh Hoop Jam)

April 4, 2013 Caroleeena RaleighUncategorized

In 1993 I wrote a history of North Carolina for our Secretary of State, Rufus Edmisten. I got to pour through the state archives and learn a lot about our state and our history, especially the history of our parks, and I thought I’d share the story of beautiful Pullen Park, home to the Raleigh […]


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Using Hoopdance Music Videos to Promote Musicians

March 18, 2013 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingMusic VideoVideo

I love to watch videos of people hoopdancing in their living rooms to music they love. I love to see people tearing it up to music they really get into. YouTube has both enabled us to do this and made it very challenging for us to do this. We have the technology to just turn […]


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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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Happy Humbling Hoop Happenings!

January 23, 2013 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingUncategorized

The universe is showering me with so many blessings my knees are trembling under the weight of them! I am honored and humbled and awed. (Which makes it hard to write. Awe takes my words away.) I’ve just learned I’ve been nominated by my peers around the globe for two Hoopies! Hoop Instructor of the […]


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Register for the Winter Hoopdance series by Dec 31 for a Special Surprise!

December 28, 2012 Caroleeena HoopingUncategorized

The winter semester of my Beginning and Intermediate hoopdance series begins next Thursday. Register for the entire semester by December 31st and get a free hula hoop (in addition to a big discount)! – Beginner series: Thursdays 6-7:30 – Intermediate series: Thursdays 7:30-9! For more information or to register, please go to: We are […]


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