I am going to share my notes from my class with some additional resources for continued study. It was my pleasure and honor to teach this class. Thank you for coming.


With love,


Dance Like Noone's Watching.

Dance Lie Everyone's Watching.


Dance is about making shapes with the body, especially lines and circles, and then bending, wiggling, expanding and contracting those shapes.  We make shapes with the arms and legs but we also can break each of those down into smaller shapes -- hands, fingers, poses, footwork, traveling steps, etc. We even create lines with our gaze. Every point has an equal and an opposite, just as every hoop move has a forward and a backward so if a gaze can be directed one way, it can also be directed the other; if a line can be bent one way, it can also go the other; if a circle can flow one way, it can also flow the other. 


Here are the aspects we played with: http://www.hoopcity.ca/profiles/blogs/putting-the-dance-in-hoopdance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaZyn4NGKac


Posture, Building Your Foundation from the Ground Up, Setting the Shoulders:




Handwork: flowing in circles (inside and outside, 1st, 2nd, 3rd positions), flowing in lines (bending lines, parallel lines, perpendicular lines, wiggling the line from the top, from the bottom, from the middle): http://www.hoopcity.ca/profiles/blogs/integrating-armwork
- Resting Positions

- Poses

- Armwork

- Handwork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU2O9-k4KlM
- Fingerwork

- Utilizing the Free Hand: http://www.hoopcity.ca/profiles/blogs/utilizing-the-free-hand-in
- Footwork in place: front, side, back, behind

- Traveling Steps: getting from here to there, grapevine, lines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1-VEFpxUko&feature=mfu_in_order...
- Turns and Spins: http://www.hoopcity.ca/profiles/blogs/spins-and-turns-how-to-prevent  http://youtu.be/95vvIO93ggE
Creating Lines: http://www.hoopcity.ca/profiles/blogs/creating-lines-in-hoopdance
- Arms: http://youtu.be/QTFOYmXbZWw 
- Legs
- Body
- Gaze
- Travel
- Isolations
- Parallel vs. Perpendicular
- Wiggling the Line
- Attitude
- Mood of Music
- Inhabiting Lyrics
- Facial Expression (Practice cultivating a gentle smile as a set position instead of a frown): http://www.hoopcity.ca/profiles/blogs/cultivating-a-gentle-smile
- Gestures

- Plane Changes
- Speed Changes
- Level Changes


Beat Punctuation: http://www.hoopcity.ca/profiles/blogs/playing-with-beat-punctuation
- Pah!
- Rhythm vs. Melody
- Ta-Da Endings: http://www.hoopcity.ca/profiles/blogs/the-big-finish
Dance Devices
- Repetition
- Alternation

- Contrasts (Fast/Slow, Spinning/Stillness, High/Low): http://www.hoopcity.ca/profiles/blogs/the-beauty-of-stillness
Accepting Praise


Tricks: Palm Spins, America's Next Top Model Walking Step Through (ANTM Step-Thru, for short), Chest Roll, Horizontal Tosses (not sure I even got to that one)

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance! Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. - Martha Graham


“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” - Martha Graham

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You are a true gift to us all. I hope you continued to be Blessed in all you do.  Thanks for sharing, giving, and for the inspiration!  Rock on...


Thank you for posting this! I took notes on every class, but of course there's things you'll forget. This is great!
You class was my first one and definetly one of my favorites by far. Thanks for sharing your notes!
This was also my very first hoop class! and such an amazing experience! Thank you so much for sharing and for the wonderful energy and inspiration. I learned so much... and not just about hooping.. but about seeing myself and the way my body can move in a different way :) love love love <3 &  Thanks!
Sounds like it was a great workshop!!! THANK YOU for sharing your knowledge, light, and your notes too :)


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