Archive for December, 2014

  • Episode 13 – Carolyn Mabry: Caroleeena, YouTube, Putting the Dance into Hoopdance

    Date: 2014.12.29 | Category: PODCAST! | Response: 0

    Hello and welcome to the blog and podcast!

    Love me some Caroleeena!

    Love me some Caroleeena!

    I love this woman so much! Carolyn Mabry, aka Caroleeena (with 3 E’s!), is a pioneer in the hooping community. She was one of the first hoopers to put tutorials up on YouTube. Can you imagine? Have you searched on hooping tutorials lately?

    She taught and performed at Hoopcamp this year and there was NO WAY I was going to miss her. Her chest hooping video is how I learned to chest hoop and I share that video with all of my students.

    Teaching Fancy Footwork

    Teaching Fancy Footwork

    This lady is also helping hoopers put dance into their hoopdance through a Facebook group called “Putting the Dance in Hoopdance.” The goal is to dance first, hoop second. Every week she encourages members to explore a different aspect of dance and create and share a video. The results are very fun and inspiring. Definitely check it out.

    After listening to this interview, please check out all the links I’ve provided on the blog. There’s tons of good information on Caroleeena, how to subscribe to her YouTube Channel, witness some of her performances and sign up for Interdependence 2015 – An Exploration Of Fire Theater.

    Happy Hooping!

    Must-Have Links & Videos:
    Interdependence 2015 – An Exploration Of Fire Theater (3-day Fire Retreat!)
    Putting the Dance Into Hoopdance Facebook Group
    Subscribe to Caroleeena’s YouTube Channel
    Caroleeena’s Circles of Joy (Blog)
    Hoop Convergence

    This is the video that changed my life.  I share it with all of my beginning hoop students.

    Caroleeena’s Performance: Hoopcamp Presenters Showcase 2014

    Fire Performance with the Fire Conclave at SPARKcon


  • Episode 12 – Karma La’Nay: Performing, Costumes, Circles and Grimm. Oh My!

    Date: 2014.12.29 | Category: PODCAST! | Response: 0

    Karma on Grimm

    Karma on Grimm

    The whole reason I started doing this was because I like talking to fellow hoopers. I want to know how they got into hooping, where they’re from, what has been their journey so far.

    Karma on the left.

    Karma on the left.

    Karma is, for me, one of those people you just instantly like. She has a giant smile that will melt your heart. We met and hit it off on the set of NBC’s Grimm which is shot in Portland. We were both extras for Season 3, Episode 16 “The Show Must Go On” in which we were Steampunk Carnies. She had a featured part as an LED hooper at night at the carnival. It was so fun! Very cold on those days too so we huddled under coats together between takes.


    I met a lot of awesome and talented people in that short time on set including performers from Cloud City Circus. A few of us extras met up a while later to see a show and had ourselves a little Grimm reunion.

    Me in pink hair!

    Me in pink hair!

    Hoops in the background.

    Hoops in the background.

    Karma shares her passion for circles – I can relate! – having recently become obsessed with the aerial lyra. As a member of the Cloud City Circus, she performs regularly at the Analog Cafe here in Portland.




    So in this interview I mention A.T. of Wicked Hoops running the Thursday summer hoop jam at Colonel Summers Park. She moved to Colorado earlier in 2014. The hoop jam still goes on in the summer but other hoopers share the roll of running it. We miss you AT!!!

    Now let’s get to know Karma!


    Cloud City Circus Performances


    Cloud City Circus Facebook Page

    Analog Cafe

    Currently, Karma also Go-Go Hoopdances at the “I Don’t Know Bar & Grill” in Boring, Oregon.

  • Episode 11 – Caterina Suttin: Inspiration & Creativity

    Date: 2014.12.26 | Category: PODCAST! | Response: 0

    With Caterina at her Breathing Breaks worksop in Portland, Oregon, 2013

    With Caterina at her Breathing Breaks worksop in Portland, Oregon, 2013

    This interview took place a little over a year ago around Christmas of 2013 when Caterina was in Portland teaching her workshop, “Breathing Breaks.” She was on the verge of setting up her Etsy shop and website for her stunning jewelry and was rehearsing for performance at The Flow Show in New York.

    We were blessed with a sneak peek of that performance in the workshop and then earlier this year I saw the whole performance in person at Hoopcamp. Beautiful! And at the renegade show, she was a pretty convincing trucker-hat-wearing dude. :)


    Incandescent Coils HoopSeed Pendant





    I also saved up a little extra cash to treat myself to one of her Incandescent Coils pendants.

    This incredible lady has such an amazing life story about finding inspiration, creating, performing, traveling, the hoop community and her dream of living in South America.

    Get inspired to create something, anything! And happy hooping!



    Caterina’s performance at The Flow Show NYC 2013

    The Red Dress at Hoopcamp Presenters Showcase 2014






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