Caroleeena of Circles of Joy
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What can you tell me about hooping with people with Autism?

Started this discussion. Last reply by laFemmeCeceau! Sep 11, 2012. 45 Replies

Dear Hoopers, Have you worked with autistic kids? I'd like to develop better skills for interacting with autistic kids and getting them to play. We have a family that comes to our hoop jam, an older… 

Tags: hula hooping, hooping, autism

Two cruelty-free alternatives to feather extensions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Traci "CircularPraise" Bonney Aug 17, 2011. 15 Replies

These feathers look just as good as the ones from chickens and they last just as long but no chickens died for them:… 

How Dancing Changes the Way We Think

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sasha Aug 3, 2011. 9 Replies

This is a very fun and participatory TEDx talk by dance psychologist Peter Lovatt. You learn cool science and cool dance moves. Seriously. I kinda feel like my brain is blown open. I also had a… 

Tags: Peter, Lovatt, brain, TEDx, TED

Should I Work For Free?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Soolah Hoops Mar 22, 2011. 13 Replies

If you've ever worried over whether or not to charge for what you do, this handy chart will help you decide what to do.  … 

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"Thanks for posting this. Recently I have started getting swollen purple lumps under my skin on my wrists / back of my hands and one on my calf. All from hooping. I did ice them down and they usually subside in a few days. I wasn't sure what…"
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Chelsi Lee replied to the discussion 'Bruises - A Serious Health Risk for Hoopers'
"BRUISES WILL NOT CAUSE BLOOD CLOTS!!! NEITHER WILL HEMATOMA!!!! Here is a (more) scientific article explaining this. My aunt is a doctor and can confirm this information.  Please don't take medical advice from…"
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Interdependence - An Exploration of Fire Theater

Come explore solo and group fire performance for three days in the beautiful North Carolina mountains over the July 4th weekend. Learn new tools, learn new things to do with the tools you already know, learn to make solo and group choreographies, perform for each other and get feedback. We will also study other elements of performance including costuming, theatrical makeup, how to craft tools, how to make a fire video, and much, much more. Our teachers are all experienced performers and theater…See More
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The Butt Flosser Hoop Tutorial - Forward

This is an impressive contact roll that is a lot more accessible than it appears. It is also a lot of fun to do and teach. I have always called it the "butt ...
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My Flawed Holiday Greeting

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Across the Chest Roll with Two Hoops

Two hoops - passing each other while rolling across the chest at the same time. I always say, "This is going to be a quick tutorial..." and they almost never...
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Choreography for Hoopdances

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 4:32pm 1 Comment

I have recently been blogging about the art of making dances. It's something I've been studying for the last couple of years. I have quite a few blog posts that might help other hoopers put together sensational dancers. Here are some links:

Choreography: Finding Your Hook, Crafting Your Dance:



How Can I Hurt Me? Let me count the ways...

Posted on August 19, 2012 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

How can I hurt me? Let me count the ways. 

I hurt me to the depth and breadth and height

My hoop can reach, before reaching for the arnica

and Bandages of Ace and Epsom's salts. 

I hurt me to the level of every hoop's

weight and height, by gaffer burn and metal-scrape.

I hurt me freely, as I have band-aids;

I hurt me joyfully, and reach for…


Aspects of Dance -- Notes from my Curriculum

Posted on May 24, 2011 at 2:55pm 3 Comments

This the the outline of the class I've been teaching on Integrating Dance into Hoopdance along with some additional resources for continued study. I can't share all the exercises but hopefully this will help people remember them and remember these concepts. 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…


Spins and Turns: How to Prevent Dizziness and Maintain Balance

Posted on February 21, 2011 at 12:30pm 3 Comments

I think one of the biggest reasons people lose balance is not dizziness ... it's that they haven't built their foundation from the ground up. They're up on their toes so the slightest little thing can make them fall over. Add a little dizziness or bumpy ground and you're all over the place. Try putting your heels on the ground, feeling all four corners of your right foot, all four corners of your left foot and all for corners of the box they create together. Keep your knees soft. (When…


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At 7:20am on August 13, 2012, Lizifer said…

I'm always so glad when I get to learn from you - thank you for always being so helpful and awesome!

At 12:51pm on February 22, 2012, Haley Phelps said…
You are soo inspiring! I wish I could meet you and have you teach me to be as free as you are! I love love love your chest rolls the most! I'm getting some synergy quick wicks in the mail soon and I want to make one of your Uni hoops! Do you have a size you like the best? :-)
At 7:20pm on October 7, 2011, Randy Kato said…

Hey! I was just watching the Skill Toys and Your Health video. Good stuff.


Burning Man conclave was an incredible rite of passage! I honestly can't give you much of an opinion about the actual performance because I was just on auto-pilot. One of my fellow spinners turned to me after it was over and asked "were you there for that?" I told her "not completely." That makes sense too, because the choreographed stuff went great, but at the end when it turned into a free spin I found myself there in front of the crowd all of a sudden - as if teleported - not knowing what to do. I did a few moves and it was fine, but I definitely didn't have a good flow going.


But the crowd loved us and we felt so honored to have been chosen for the inner circle, and afterward we were all riding such a high from it all! We cruised all around on our art car(bus), stopping at various places to throw down more fire. It was amazing.


I wish there was some video... but nothing has surfaced yet. We did have an official photographer who got some good shots. They're at:


But I don't know if those are public. If not, you can see a bunch on my FB profile - they're the most recently tagged ones.


In other news... we've been bringing the hoops to OccupyWallStreet! Dawn Zuppelli came down from upstate and has been camped out there. I did some hooping there today, and yesterday Ann Humphreys, Ali Luminescent, $mall ¢hange, and others spun... I know Ter'i was there a few days ago too.

At 9:41am on August 1, 2011, Khaanee said…
Hey Caroleeena! Hope all is well with you. I am just catching up on what's been going on with everyone and I saw your tornado vidoe. Oh my,,,I know mother nature very well and she can be quite scary. Sending you love and good energy! huggssssss!
At 8:23pm on June 21, 2011, Toni Oertel said…
Your tutorials are awesome! You've really opened up my flow!  <3
At 4:37pm on June 11, 2011, Digitalis* said…


I have a question that Im thinking you can answer! I've read your posts on fuel choice for fire hooping and others posts as well, and Im just wondering if this fuel would be suitable?!

At 11:34pm on June 7, 2011, Randy Kato said…

Hey Beautiful,

I forgot to tell you that I passed on your regards to Chad.... and the moment I mentioned your name his face lit up like a Christmas tree!

Oh, and I was wondering if you ever dug up that peanut dressing recipe. I found a really good one online ( ) but it's not THE one.

O <3

At 9:53am on May 28, 2011,
don't dislike me caroleena ! i promise i'm really nice!! (referring to my smacking people with hoops comment)
At 8:03am on May 20, 2011,
Mrs. Skittles of Sparkle & Burn*
OMG... it was so amaxing to finally meet you Caroleeena! I felt like I was with a kindred spirit. You were so inspirational and helpful for developing my hooping further (amoung other things beyond hooping as well). We can hardly wait for you to come to Madison to do a workshops. It was be such a huge blessing to our community!
At 3:48pm on May 19, 2011, Randy Kato said…
Absolutely will say hi to Chad for you. I met him at the Fall WF (my first) where I did my first burn.... and bought my rope dart from him. Hugs!

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