2012 Hooping Journey in Review

A lot has happened with my hooping journey since the last time I blogged.
The last post was about me getting a regular weekly hoop class to teach, which I am still very excited about.  I love teaching my class of diverse students who are curious about this magical thing that I can’t live without.  I get excited about my new playlist every week.  I also like to get students involved with requesting songs prior to class.  Everything has been going great.  For a few months I was teaching on Wednesdays, then it changed to Tuesdays.  Starting January 24, 2013, I will teach the same class on Thursdays only for awhile.  I’ve been consistently teaching and I’m very grateful for that.

In the summer around late May, I received my Ultra Light 5-wick poly pro fire hoop from Harmonic Hoops.  Brand new and still coiled up, I took it with me when I went to Convection, Southern California’s Fire and Flow Arts Retreat.
There were no hoop workshops so my friends and a few other attendees requested me to teach an impromptu hoop workshop.
I had a fun time at this 3-day retreat. I’ve always been into hooping only. After this event it made me open and interested in other tools. Soon after this I got a fire staff and pair of fire poi made made for me. Then I bought my friend’s used fire fans.

In July I went to a weekend camping desert party called Indigo Vortex. I was on the website and supposed to teach a hoop workshop, and when I got there organizers just told me that they couldn’t fit me in the schedule but would want me to gather some people at night to teach a workshop. What ended up happening is that I got carried away with all the fun and fire spinning at night that I just did my own thing. On the last day, a very intriguing and unique guy asked me to teach him some hoop tricks. For a total beginner, he got things pretty quickly. He taught me some cool poi tricks, but it was hard for me to do. This was an awesome event and I met a lot of cool people.

Summer was a great time for outdoor events such as monthly hoop jams and full moon drum circles. These are some of my favorite social gatherings full of positive energy and happiness.

I was spending a lot of time practicing fire spinning in OC. I mixed it up and tried something else. I started going to the LA Burn Club practices because the troupe leader, Aviva, of Burning Sands wanted to see my audition. She along with the rest of them loved it and recruited me. This troupe and the other people that practice at LA Burn Club are great people. Four hours on a Wednesday night is probably 50% practice and 50% socializing. I realize my trek out there and I believe everytime I’ve gone, it is worth it…even the super cold and windy nights.

I’ve said to myself last year that 2012 would be a year dedicated to more hooping related events. I felt like the year has been hooptastic so far, but it wouldn’t be complete without going to Hoopcamp.
Having procrastination tendencies, I didn’t take advantage of the $500 cabin deal while it lasted. I knew I didn’t want to camp outdoors in 50 degree or lower temperature so I decided to pay for indoor accommodation. By late August the cheapest Hoopcamp indoor accommodation on-site was close to $700 for a twin bed in the Sangha House. After experiencing it, it was well worth it because the location was central to everything. There was a lot of walking up and down hills and stairs and I was sore a few days in. Anyways, Hoopcamp was amazing. It was so great to meet a bunch of hoopers… people like me…where hooping was a normal thing…a necessity. Hoopjam after hoopjams at night was super fun. I ate so much all the time because I was so hungry all the time. It was a very different feeling. It’s probably because I was burning calories all day long taking workshops after workshops. There was so much amazing talent and different styles from unique people at that event. I really love that kind of environment with people full of positive energy inspiring others full of love.

The official after party of Hoopcamp was called UnScruz, the Santa Cruz Burning Man Decompression Party. I volunteered to do a fire hoop performance. Since we weren’t able to light up at Hoopcamp, this was a great release for me.

The LA Burning Man Decompression was very fun for me as well. I brought a bunch of hoops in, ran into a bunch of different groups of flow friends throughout the day and night, and hung around and took a few workshops at the fire flow arts stage. This was a good event to use my LED hoop.

Performing has been an awesome thing to me. I truly love it.

When I knew that I was traveling to Boracay in the Philippines, my goal was to fire hoop any way possible. On my last night there, it happened and in the most awesome way possible. I got to perform on a stage with cool lighting and sound system, an appreciative audience, and a very hospitable fire troupe and restaurant/bar owner. I got to fire hoop at the Sand Bar, and afterwards the owner wanted to hire me.

I’m ending 2012 by being in Vietnam blogging less than 25 mins until the NYE countdown, and I’m very satisfied with my hoop journey this year. I’ve grown so much as an instructor, performer, and just a hooper in general. I know I can only improve from here. I thank all who have helped me or been apart of my hooping life. Happy New Year!


LED and Fire Hoop Performance on 1-21-11

This was a very special event.  It was my dear friend, John’s surprise birthday party.  John introduced me to his friend Megan.  She became my friend and my hoop mama (person who introduced me to hooping).  We each did a hoop performance.

I did an LED hoop performance with my new and slippery (no sanding or tape) poly pro LED hoop.  I danced to Tim Berg-Seek Bromance.  I LOVE that song!

Outdoors, Megan did her awesome fire hoop performance to a song by Beats Antique.

And here is a funny bonus video of my very first time fire hooping:

Performance at a Masquerade Ball (Corporate Party) on a special date 11-11-11

I got informed that we had to dress in a “mardi gra” theme for this gig.  I tried my best to incorporate green, purple, and yellow.  If I had more time, I would have painted on a mask instead of wearing one, because that was definitely a great element of challenge for hoop dancing especially with the long feather in the way for those duck out moves.

This is me and the talented group I performed with:

Amazing talents these people had shown this night included:  Stilt walking, juggling, Cyr wheel, acro yoga, aerial pole dance, and hoop dancing (me!  hehe)

This is a scanned print from the photo booth they had at the party.

Here are some behind the scenes fun photos:

Now here are some snapshots of my performances.  I had gone about three times total this night.

Watch my videos to get an idea of what it’s like if you were there in person.

Part 1 video:  This was the beginning of the party. I did some ambient hoop dancing for visuals for the party goers sitting, standing, and walking around.

Part 2 video:  I was hoop dancing later on in the party when people are beginning to have that liquid courage to come up and dance on the dance floor. It was my job to entertain and get the crowd wanting to dance. So after I got off, because I sense the crowd coming on, the DJ played a popular dance song and everybody was on the dance floor after that. 🙂

LED Hoop Halloween Performance at Pole Tricks & Treat at Balboa Pilates 10-30-11

The owner of Balboa Pilates a.k.a. Pilates on the Pole in Newport Beach, CA had a Halloween party cleverly called Pole Tricks & Treat.  She asked me to do some ambient LED Hoop performances.  Here are some pics:

I love that ghost in the background while I look transparent.

I was a generic ballerina, and I just put together what I already had at home to make this costume.  I was switching from flats to 6 inch platform heels throughout the night depending on what I was doing, but these are rear times of me hooping in heels!  I was very careful since these are higher than fashion heels.

Here is a short video clip that my friend had recorded: