HOOPY HAPPENINGS 2012 WAS A GREAT SUCCESS THANKS TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HELPED, WHO TAUGHT, WHO CAME & Special Thanks to the Awesome Foundation who’s grant saved my butt! Thanks so much & see you this year 2013…with a new HoopyHappenings website in the making. Hurry Up Huw!
Registering for Hoopy Happenings is easy – download the form below & follow the instructions for payment. PLUS…pre-order your DVD of the event when you register – just $25!
DAY PASSES are now available.
Download the schedule: HH2012 schedule
- Friday Half Day including Dinner & Cabaret Show/Hoop Trivia & Games = $80
- Friday Night Dinner & Cabaret Show/Hoop Trivia & Games = $45
- Cabaret/Hoop Trivia & Games only = $25
- Saturday Day Pass including meals + Fire workshop & Performance/Fire Hoop Jam & LED Hoop Disco = $180
- Sunday Day Pass including meals + Renegade Show = $180
Directions: 11 Freeman St Heathcote – download the map & directions here: Heathcote Directions
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Hoopy Happenings Twenty Twelve – Friday 2nd – Monday 5th November 2012
Theme 2012: Machine & Movement…“to work as a machine we need the tools for precision & technique, to move & flow we need oil & nurturing…this year may you find your balance between flow, technique & creativity to find your well tuned hoop machine within”
Located at Heathcote Scout Hall, Sydney, Australia
Check out our facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/129052040537620/
Can’t wait to see you all & hoop with you all again. And play with new hoopers too! YAY!
Includes: All workshops Fri – Mon, 7 amazing vegetarian meals, dorm styled accommodation, Pre-dinner drinks & nibbles, Friday night Q & A, Friday Night Cabaret & Hoop Trivia, Saturday Night Fire Show & Jam, Sunday Night Renegade Show & Stalls with lots of Hoopy Treats!
Monday – open workshop plan, private lessons with instructors at special rates for HH peeps
2 AMAZING MASTER CLASS Offerings – please see further below for applciation form as places are limited:
Bunny Hoop Star Ship Mentor Program – finding your teaching groove! – 3 places only!
Heidi Hoops “Get Your Act Together” – up to 5acts only!
WORKSHOP DETAILS ARE BELOW
***EARLY BIRD SPECIAL TILL 31ST JULY 2012*** JUST $440 – SOLD OUT
***** EARLY BIRD EXTENDED – 30TH SEPTEMBER 2012 *****
Register early to secure your place – NO REFUNDS but you can transfer your place.
***LAST MOMENT DECISIONS from 1st October 2012*** $500 – pay by 12th October 2012
MEET YOUR Hostesses & INSTRUCTORS:
Your Hostesses with the mostesses “Jewelz & Lisa” aka “La La SiStarZ”
Yes they really are sisters! And a little known fact is that their parents have pink hair too but they dye theirs brown! The crazy SiStarZ are known for their abilities in giggling & seeming to be organized even when they aren’t! They have performed at Spin Matsuri in Japan, The Vault in Port Kembla, the La La Laughter Lounge in the Sydney Fringe Festival 2011, NYE 2011 at the Opera Bar and have taught many a workshop.
Join Jewelz & Lisa this year for an awesome Hoopy Happenings where we hope that you will be spinfluenced, hoopafied and enjoy all the hoopaliscousness that we are endeavouring to bring to you & your hoop/s!
Bunny Hoop Star (Sydney, Australia) www.hoopempire.com
Bio:Bunny Star is the founder, owner and Director of Hoop Empire. She is a multi-media artist who has been working as lead hulahoop performer and teacher to both adults and children for the past seven years which is preceded by a further 10 years of hoop play prior to making it her full time job. She teaches, performs and makes hoops, traveling the world often to teach at international hoop retreats. Drawing inspiration from both the Circus Arts and the international Hoop Dance community, Bunny merges the two influences into a unique hybrid hooping style. Her training includes classic Circus hoop technique, Contemporary Hoop Dance, Nia Technique / Spirited Movement and Yoga. With an emphasis on movement and flow her classes range from learning the basics of how to spin a hoop to more advanced multiple hoop and hoop dance moves. She is accredited with the Australian Sports Commission and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and History. She is also an avid student of Western Sun Sign Astrology and the 13 Moon Mayan Dreamspell.
Master Class: Bunny Hoop Star Ship Mentor Program
“jump on board and discover your hoop teacher journey! A mentor program that offers guidance in finding your passion, purpose and focus in sharing the hoopla!”
This class aims to sharpen your focus and polish your lesson plans in teaching the hoopla. With an expanding global hoop community and so many styles to choose from this mentor program targets your passion and purpose. What sets your class apart from the rest? How do you stand out in the wide array of hoop classes available? What do you most enjoy about the hoop, what do you specifically wish to share, how does this complement the community and how do you plan to deliver it? All these questions and more will be addressed in the Bunny Hoop Star Ship Mentor Program. All aboard!
3 place available – application forms can be downloaded from the website & closes on the 31st August 2012.
Heidi Hoops (Wollongong, NSW, Australia) www.heidihillier.com
Bio: Heidi Hoops Hillier has taught at juggling conventions and hoop gatherings, at Monoxide, WOW (Women Of Wollongong), Circus, Circus Arts Australia, UK Hoop Gathering and at many festivals and events including the National Circus Festival in Tasmania. She has created numerous characters and infinite acts including Sugarcandy the 2 Headed Hula Hooper, HMAS Hoops, and Train Drivin’ Woman, K C Jones! which she has performed at numerous Circus Cabaret and Burlesque Clubs and Events including, Hoopla Festival, Linz Pflasterspektakel, Gangstas Ball 2012.
Master Class: “Get Your Act Together”
“get your hoop, bust some moves, make it interesting, organize your flow, put on some glitz, sign up for the Renegade Cabaret, show ‘em what you are made of, never look back!”
Hoop Act Clinic – Intermediate Level – Ok so you’ve got great skills and sequences, some cool ideas and you’re ready to start performing but haven’t made the act yet. Well now is the time. Spend 2 sessions focusing on developing your act to get it ready to show and 1 session rehearsing and refining it. This workshop is designed to prepare your act for the Renegade Cabaret – one of the best places in the universe to show your new or first work.
There are place for 5 Acts in the class – application forms can be downloaded from the website & closes on the 31st August 2012. Note: There can be more than 1 person in your act…this is for 5 Acts not 5 people.
Ciara (Brisbane, Australia) www.firetrybenation.com
Bio: Originally from Sydney NSW, Ciara Thorburn of FireTrybe Nation began her career as a professional Fire Dancer in 2007. Picking up her first pair of Poi only a year earlier, it wasn’t long until her popularity among students and audiences grew to a professional level. As proprietor, director and key performer for FireTrybe Nation, Ciara has built a dynamic team of young entertainers in NSW with regular training and performances. Expanding to Brisbane in 2009, FireTrybe Nation teaches and performs Australia wide networking with Community Circus organisations including CIRCA, and Vulcana Women’s Circus. She also performs with a wide selection of Australia’s Premiere Fire Entertainment companies including Carnival of The Divine Imagination and Carnivale Delight.
As a performer Elixir gracefully lights up your event – astonish the ladies and amaze the gentlemen in a Dazzling Entertainment Inferno. Set your senses ablaze with the professionalism and passion of this dynamic young Fire Dancer. Her skills include Fire Poi, Fire Staff, Contact and Double Staff, FireHoop, Fire Fans, Fire Whips, Fire Eating and Fire Juggling.
Acclaimed as one of Australia’s only professional female fire instructors, she has taught with BB Le Buff’s School of Performance, Elements Collective Dance Studio, Pole Fitness Australia whilst also running private workshops for the past 3 years.
With a 100% incident free record in both workshops and performances, students feel confident that they are in safe hands.
Workshop “Fire Fundamentals”
“Have you ever wanted to PLAY WITH FIRE? Learn the ins and outs of ‘lighting up’ for complete beginners to intermediate students”
Have you ever wanted to PLAY with FIRE? Learn the ins and outs of ‘lighting up’ with acclaimed Australian Fire Performer Ciara Thorburn of FireTrybe Nation. The workshop will take you through Fire Safety, Fuels, Performance, Fire Equipment including Hoops*, Poi*, Staff*, and Fire Eating. Learn how to professionally manage your equipment on fire SAFELY and pick up new performance techniques! *prior experience needed for these skills. This course is designed for ‘newbies’ wanting to light up for the first time, I will assess each person’s ability with equipment and equipment on fire before lighting up in the fire jam at night.
Deanne Love (Melbourne, Australia) www.hooplovers.com
Bio: Deanne Love, with over a decade of experience as a teacher, performer and hoop dancer, shares her hooper super powers with adults and children globally. The founder of Hoop Lovers and Kids Hoop Dance. Deanne facilitates learning and transformation via hoop dance and play with a focus on physical, emotional and social enhancement.
Workshop “Mandala Mosaics and Double Trouble- Twin Hoop Grooves & Moves”
“unlocking a new dimension of hoop skill & flow with the Mandala; a hoop movement mosaic. Multiply your super hooper power with double the trouble, twice the fun twin hoop techniques and flow! Grab a bag of tricks, techniques and transitions”
The Mandala is a heart exploding, behind the back move! On it’s own it is a whirlwind of hoop dance fun but when you explore the multitude of techniques and transitions that compliment the mandala you will be opening up to a new world of movement with your hoop. Join Deanne Love as she teaches you how to move in, out and all around the Mandala. Expect to unlock a new dimension of skill and flow.
Double Trouble explores foundation twin spinning, directions, reversals, turns, transitions, tricks and twin super powers.Take your hooping to the next level or kick start your playtime with twin hoops. Suitable for beginners and beyond. Beginners prepare to surprise and challenge yourself, experienced hoopers prepare to add new moves and flare to your bag of tricks. This twin hoop workshop will have you moving skillfully and strongly with twin hoops both on and off the body.
Mandala Workshop intro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVWnY2ldBEs&feature=player_embedded
Bio:Vanessa is a certified hoopdance instructor and up-and-coming performer. She has been teaching hoopdance for the past year at Dancing Tiger, a respected south-east Queensland dance school that until recently specialised only in belly dance. Here she has been a student and performer for more than three years. She is currently building on her experience as a teacher through Hooplovers. Vanessa picked up her first hoop in 2009, and in 2011 she took a more dedicated approach to hooping, completing teacher training via distance education through Hoopnotica, a hoopdance school based in California. She also offers regular hoop-making workshops in her community. In addition to her performing and teaching skills, Vanessa has dabbled in poi, voi and fire dancing. Vanessa holds a trade certificate in zoo-keeping and has worked part-time at her local wildlife park for 12 years. With a husband and three children, her life is as colourful as the hoops she plays with. You can find more information on Vanessa and her classes via facebook: @HoopiNess Hoop Dance Classes
Workshop: “Building on Body Basics for Beginners”
Aimed at but not limited to beginners, this workshop will provide you with the foundational hooping techniques you need to kick-start you into an unforgettable weekend of Hoopy Happenings! This workshop will cover the core moves — waist hooping, hip/booty hooping, leg hooping, chest and shoulder hooping — plus transitions and an introduction to off-the-body moves. You’ll discover how to smooth your moves to infuse grace into your hooping, and Vanessa will help you explore ways to blend hoop dance with your personal dance style.
Jeff Robinson (New Zealand)
I am a new Zealand circus performer specializing in object manipulation. I enjoy making shapes and pictures with hoops, balls, hats and various other objects.
Check out what you are about to get spin into: http://www.tecktoys.blogspot.co.nz/
Workshop: “A Journey through Native American Hoops”
My Native American hoop class will take you on a journey through the animal kingdom and give you some of the philosophy of the Native Americans and the strong spiritual symbol that the hoop was to them. Also going into other geekery of hoop manipulation, hoop poi and hoop isolation. This workshop teaches how to use mini hoops with puzzle logic to make beautiful arrays of hoop mandalas displayed on the body.
Jewelz (Sydney, Australia) www.jewelzahoopz.com
Bio: I started hooping in 2006 & teaching in 2009 with the idea that one day I’ll be able to travel & give my hoopy gift to others that are less advanataged. This year saw some of my dreams come true…making me think I should start up a website called “HoopDreamsDoComeTrue.com”! My passion for travelling exceeds my passion for hooping but I love hooping too & to combine the two is my goal now. This year I joined Spark Circus with a bunch of other beautiful peeps & we got to play with, teach & perform for Burmese refugee kids on the Thai/Burma border in & around Mae Sot. Afterwards I went to Cambodia to work with The Green Gecko Project in Siem Reap. The kids are former street kids and blew me away with their amazing abilities – after 5 short weeks we put on a hoop show…I have to say it still brings me great joy just thinking about it. Hooping can bring so much to anyone & everyone…from meditation, fitness, creativity, playfulness, dance expression, mathematics even! But today grab your sweat bands, your Jane Fonda or Olivia Newtown-John outfits & lets get physical!
Workshop “HoopFit O’clock – Interval Training”
One, two, three o’clock…four o’clock…ROCK! Five, six, seven o’clock…eight o’clock ROCK! Nine, ten, eleven o’clock…twelve o’clock ROCK! We’re gunna HOOP and HOP half way around the clock tonight! (well actually in the morning!) This is gunna getcha! I suggest some serious cardio practice before this workshop…its only 30mins but you are gunn sweat! See you with your headbands on, your fluro tights, g-string leotards & leg warmers!
Bio: Lisa (or Dizzy) has been hooping since 2006. She picked it up during a warm up for trapeze n never looked back. Recently she completed her Cert IV in fitness n has been running aerial and ground conditioning classes at Aerialize. She looks forward to making everyone work hard!!
Workshop “Strength & Conditioning for Hoopers”… that’s all you need to know!
Bio:Merryn first picked up a hoop during a casual circus class back in 2006. Slowly she became more & more obsessed with all things circus. She finally quit her job & travelled to Christchurch, New Zealand to study at CircoArts from 2009-2010, specializing in hoops & aerials. Since then she has taught & performed at festivals & events in NZ & Australia such as the Woodford folk festival, Circulation & various corporate & private events. Merryn is currently based out of Melbourne & teaches for the Women’s Circus.
Workshop “Foot Hooping with Flair” ~ add something new to your repertoire & learn to foot hoop liek a star!
Learn to take your foot hooping to the next level. Whether you’ve never foot hooped before or if you’re looking to extend your range of foot hooping tricks, this workshop will have something for you. Looking at different foot/hand and foot/foot transfers, moving through foot hoop sequences and working up to foot hooping in shoulder and headstands!
General Flexibility for Hoopers:
Join Miss Mezz as she starts your day off warming you up with some general flexibility stretches & exercises. During the day you are going to be doing a lot of exercise & maybe moves you’ve never done before so take this chance to get wake your body up gently. Plus start getting you prepared for the afternoon stretch session “Contortion for Hoopers… Flexy is the next Sexy”!
Workshop “Contortion Hooping” ~ flexi is the new sexy!
Are you flexible, or would you like to be? In this workshop, you’ll learn to learn how to increase your flexibility & use it to do work towards new & beautiful hoop moves. We’ll also learn to incorporate your existing flexibility into known hoop tricks to improve presentation & flow. Body areas we will target are lower body, shoulders and back. Remember, existing flexibility is NOT a requirement for this class, everybody has the potential to gain skills & progress from this workshop.
Bio: Mark Adam Douglass is an experienced Performer, Teacher and Choreographer who has worked in all parts of Australia, USA, France, Sweden, New Zealand, Swaziland and South Africa. Mark taught at Hoopy Happenings in 2011 & is back with us again this year to extend our isolation knowledge & get our vertical rolls rolling in whole new ways…
Workshop “Vertical Rolls & Isolations”
For Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced, Mark will explore isolation’s and body rolls, and take your vertical hooping to the next level.
In Isolation’s we will explore all the main techniques including everyone’s favourite, the slide! Also for the more experienced isolators, we will explore two & three hoop variations.
In Body Rolls, we will look at ways of rolling the hoops across hands, elbows, arms, chests, backs, and more, and most importantly how to connect them all together. And for those looking for a challenge I have plenty of two hoop variations to keep you busy.
Little Miss Circus (Sydney, Australia) www.littlemisscircus.com.au
Bio: Nadia has been hula hooping and doing acrobalance for almost seven years. She first started doing circus to keep herself sane while studying her engineering degree. Since then she has performed in stage shows, corporate events, at festivals and taught youth circus. She now spends most of her time doing circus and none of her time engineering. She loves both hoops and acro and hopes you will too!!
Workshop “Acrobalance for Hula Hoopers”
In this workshop our focus is on acrobalance moves which can be done with a hula hoop or while hula hooping. We will work on skills & moves to build a mini routine during that time so that you will leave with new moves and a way to put them together.
Sparks Evolution (lives in Ubud, Bali, from USA) www.sparksevolution.com (under construction)
Bio: I am a movement junkie. I gravitate toward anything that enriches my body/soul expression. I am a teacher, hooper, fire dancer, stilt walker, belly dancer, latin dancer, and costume designer. I started taking bellydance workshops 7 years ago. I studied modern dance at University of South Florida, USA along with taking workshops in African Dance, hip hop, flamenco, and the Irish jig. I worked as an elementary physical education specialist for 6 years and taught a variety of sports and skills including hooping, juggling, flag dancing and ballroom dancing. I choreographed student and teacher dance troupes with whom I taught hip hop, waltz and salsa techniques. I taught ballroom dancing for Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Florida, USA. Dances included foxtrot, waltz, tango, rumba, salsa, and cha cha. I performed for Busch Gardens theme park as a speciality act flag, ribbon and poi dancing. I have choreographed for fashion
shows and organized monthly “flow jams”. I love the hoop community. I have attended and performed at various hoop gatherings including HoopCamp (California, USA), Hoop Convergence (North Carolina, USA), Hoop Path (North Carolina, USA), Florida Flow Fest (Florida, USA), North West Hoop Gathering (Oregon, USA) and Sacred Circularities (Ubud, Bali). I currently serve as secretary and board member for Burnt Oranges Inc, a non-profit organization that promotes interactive art. Over the years the hoop community has helped me expand, grow and evolve and I am now excited to share my skills and inspire others.
Workshop “Latin Passion and Bellylicious Hoop Dance”
~Sassy, Sexy Latin Passion, Sensual Belly and Hiplicious Hoop Dance
Spice up your hoop dance by adding the passion of latin dancing! You will learn the latin styling techniques relevant to hoop dance including hands, head, right and left turns, salsa footwork and cuban hips. We will explore the dynamics of masculine and feminine energy through our arms and core.
Accentuate your hoop dance by learning how to bellydance! We will learn bellydance arm styling, hand/body rolls, chest pops, chest circles and shoulder shimmies. We will explore our luscious hips by learning horizontal/vertical figure 8‘s and shimmies. Funky footwork will be integrated to take you across the floor in fun and creative ways. We will also learn combinations and exercises you can take home and practice.
Tink (lives inTokyo, Japan, from USA) www.spinmatsuri.com
Bio: Kristen McQuillin is better known in hoop circles as Tink in
Tokyo. She started hoop dancing in 2008 and was soon involved in
events such as Spin Matsuri and Guru Guru Camp, as well as organising
the WHD Dance project. She has taught workshops and performed in
Japan, Australia, and the US. Tink is passionate about sharing the
delight of hula hooping with people young and old. Her favorite shape
is a torus.
Ps. Tink forgot to tell you that she choreographed the 2010 & 2011 WHD dances!
Workshop “World Hoop Dance Day 2012”
The WHD Dance gets hoopers dancing together for World Hoop Day. In 2011, 317 dancers in 11 countries participated in the project. You may recognise some of the hoopers in the final compilation: http://youtu.be/eAoAhX7gjx0 This workshop will teach you the choreography for 12/12/12 and also incorporates teaching tips, choreography pointers, and ideas to customize the dance to your needs, whether your hoopers are in a professional fire troupe or just picking up the hoop for the first time.
BONUSES FOR 2012:
Bio: little miss ditzi took almost half a lifetime of gestation, a dream one of her Mum’s couldn’t explain and a sprinkle of sequins, before she was birthed by her two genderly and sexually diverse mother’s and an obligatory male donor, onto the stage of the drag lounge at the Imperial Hotel, in Erskineville, for the first ever BiFusion experiment in 2004. She was weaned at 6 months, straight onto Coopers Pale Ale, you know, the green one, for the lustre it gives to her hair and with oatmeal for her complexion and learnt to mince and squawk n squeeel and cussz at hecklers from a very young age. Her earliest memories are of elasticised wings on her wrists and her ankles and whitening powder pancake being dusted onto her cheeks to help with her angelic look as Gabrielle in her baby drag early daze , then later, as a young lass, she enjoyed playing at being sheriff of the states downunder with her pack of dance hounds at the Sensual Ball. And whilst she gets older, though never much wiser, cos she wouldn’t want to tinker, with the chaos that creates her and sustains her. Last year, or was it earlier this year, she collaborated with the LaLa Sistarz helping out around their HaHa Laughter Lounge. Recently she’s taken a shine to trivia, being the sort of thing that suits well her demeanour, if it’s a demeanour you could describe her as having and wooed the crowd with the expansiveness of her trivial mind at Hoopy Happenings 2011 .
Even more recently little miss ditzi, has returned from her whirlwind tour of the Edinburgh Fringe 2012, The UK Hoop Gatherings and maybe even an appearance at the After Party for the Winchester Hat Fair. Whilst she may not have been born with a silver spoon between her lips, it’s her quick wit , and fancy feet the endears her to us all. She returns to Hoopy Happenings for 2012 with a new green dress and new boots to boot along with a car boot load of new questions for those of you who’ve been pondering all things hoopabulous and fun!
MASSAGE available this year – YAY!
Bio: Niamh Kane is a specialist practitioner in Ayurveda, herbalogy and holistic wellness.
Whether it’s freedom from addictions, old thinking patterns or your body just needs some hands on attention, Niamh can help guide you to your natural balance.
Niamh specialises in:
• Pacification detox
• Ayurvedic oil massage
• Pinda Sweda
• Yogic massage
• Chakral cleansing
• Marma therapy
• Lomi Lomi massage
Niamh is offering all Hoopy Happening peeps a special discount…so stay tuned for the vending info to get sent out to you very soon!