Monday was a really amazing day in the history of hooping in Tokyo. For the first time, three of the main hoop leaders in the city came together to work on a big performance project. It's been a long time coming...
Five years ago, hoop dance was just beginning in Japan. Some of the people who launched hoop classes and troupes tended to defend their territory - big fish in small ponds with dedicated hoopers under them and a sense of "us vs. them" which is typically Japanese. But a few of those players dropped away and others stepped in to replace them.
Slowly the rest of us have been coming together, collaborating on various projects, subbing for each other in classes, performing together in pairs and small groups, creating events where everyone is welcome, mixing it up with fire performers and independent hoopers, too. Last year we held the first "Japan Hoop Instructors' Conference" to talk about what we do and share ideas.
And on Monday, we created something to share with the whole hooping world. Ayumi from Hoop Tokyo, Mikori at Hooplovers, and me representing Spin Matsuri, along with Bekah, a visiting hooper from Kobe, got together and filmed the WHD Dance tutorials. As coordinator of the project, I was beyond thrilled. I am not sure that Kana and Ayumi have ever performed together. But now they have.
You'll see the results soon.
Beautiful! Can't wait to see the results.
How wonderful! I love hearing about people collaborating. I bet that project is something special.
This is just what I love in the hooping! It is good for people - I think especially for women :) - to learn to create together.
Thanks for sharing your story. A lot can be learned from this. Sharing knowledge has so much more power than holding on to it for no one else to use.
That is fabulous! The more the merrier!