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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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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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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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Dance Composition – An Introduction

March 14, 2013 Caroleeena DancehoopdancePoiUncategorized

“Choreography is simpler than you think. Just go and do, and don’t think so much about it. Just make something interesting.” – George Balanchine The following is a synopsis of several aspects of the choreographic process. Over time I hope to elaborate on many of these concepts. This is the framework I plan to work […]

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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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The Value of a Hooper’s Training Journal … (and how to keep one)

August 27, 2012 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingUncategorized

  Training Journals are great for learning, fun to peruse and full of insight. I love mine and I recommend keeping one. Bring it to classes, workshops, jams, and playdates. A Training Journal helps us cultivate and direct our growth. It serves as inspiration and aspiration, a collection of our epiphanies, a history of our […]

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Why Are Hoop Retreats So Expensive?

July 3, 2012 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingUncategorized

I remember a time when there were no hoop retreats. I remember playing in my backyard with Patika and AliCat and Christine and Valerie, dear friends and hoopers, all of whom lived a long drive away, and daydreaming aloud, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a retreat for hoopers!?! A place we could all […]

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Directed Gaze – Directing Energy in Dance

April 27, 2012 Caroleeena hoopdanceHoopingPoiUncategorized

  Directed Gaze is a dance concept, a way of directing focus, a way of directing energy. We can make people look at things by looking at them. Don’t believe it? Go out on any street, stop and look up in the sky. Watch what happens. By directing the gaze, the dancer directs both energy […]

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The Beauty of Stillness in Hoopdance

December 21, 2011 Caroleeena hoopdanceUncategorized

Sustained spinning is beautiful. It is a hoop-related art all its own. And art, heck, Life, is filled with duality. There is black and there is white, there is earth and there is sky, there is up and there is down. So what is the opposite of constant movement? Stillness. I want to encourage you […]

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Creating Lines in Hoopdance

December 9, 2011 Caroleeena hoopdanceUncategorized

In hoopdance we don’t often think of creating lines. Hooping is round and we tend to relate to it with a round mindset. There are many ways we can utilize lines in hoopdance though. We can travel in lines, we can create lines with our posture, our arms, our legs, we can even imagine lines […]

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