Archive for the ‘Exploring The Path’ Category

  • Follow My Bliss & Pay the Bills?

    Date: 2011.03.05 | Category: Exploring The Path, HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    Well, the time has come for me to seek a bill paying job so I can follow my bliss as a hoop instructor and not lose my home.  Times are tough for everyone and my work skills are stacked up in an industry that has automated me out of work.  Hmmmm.  What is a Hoopanista to do?

    My dream situation is working for a company that promotes a healthy lifestyle and outdoor adventure.  I would promote hooping as part of the healthy lifestyle that company promotes.  I would lead groups on adventures involving hoops that I design and create!  Perhaps travel to warm, beachy places?  Central America? My job would be within walking/biking distance, allow me time off to attend hooping events and Burning Man.

    Dream is free.

  • Video of the Day Honor!

    Date: 2011.01.19 | Category: Exploring The Path, HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    OMG!  We are the Video of the Day on Hooping.org!

    Video of the Day

    Hooping.org Video of the Day

    Big thanks to Philo Hagen at Hooping.org and Jayson Ramos for video taping and helping Saluern (eS-Bot) editing the footage.

    View the video here.

  • Hoopanista @ eS-Bot Do Seattle

    Date: 2011.01.17 | Category: Exploring The Path, HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    Celebrated New Years Day with Dim Sum and guerrilla hooping in the International District of Seattle.  It was cold but sunny and we couldn’t resist!

    eS-Bot and Hoopanista – New Years Day in Seattle

  • Have Hoops, Will Travel

    Date: 2010.12.29 | Category: Exploring The Path | Response: 0

    ¡Hola amigos!
    Spent a fantastic, inspiring, regenerative week near Tecate, Baja California Norte in Mexico leading up to, and including, Christmas. *sigh*  The place was called Rancho La Puerta and if you can go, GO!

    Moonrise in Baja

    Baja has a special place in my heart…I’ve traveled there a few times, once via the Green Tortoise and another time via VW bus.  I even have a tattoo of a boojum tree, which is Dr. Seuss-looking plant that grows in Baja.

    Boojum Tree

    Boojum Tree - photo by Stephen Sharnoff

    Brought my travel hoops but devoted most of my time to hiking, stretching, African Dance (kick ass!) and eating healthy, nourishing food.  Heaven.  Met amazing people who were fascinated about my life as a hooper!  Talked about my hooping life, my teaching, my students and how hooping makes me comfortable in my own skin.  I handed out lots of business cards and got people fired up about the upcoming hoopdance class at the ranch.  I was there to visit a fellow hooper and she was going to teach the class, but we were going to perform together. woo hoo(p)!  Great enthusiasm, super fun class and, of course, I picked out music that was incredibly fast.  Oh well, everyone was thrilled by our crazy fast and eventually breathless hooping. And I know for a fact that I converted more than one hoop dabbler while I was at the ranch.

    Hoopdance Class

    Rancho La Puerto Performance

    Later on, my hoop sista and I made hoops that would eventually go to the local kids of the environmental school.  Yay!

    Hoops Ready for Decorating!

    It rained most of the time I was there but I loved the sound and the smells that the rained kicked up. Very earthy and savory.  When the sun did come out I wandered the grounds of the ranch and hooped the Labyrinth – very meditative and joyful.

    Labyrinth Hooping

    Labyrinth Hooping

    Happy Labyrinth Hooper

    And the best part? I gifted two of my travel hoops. One to my hoop sista at the ranch and another to a woman who travels a lot and loved the idea of having a hoop with her despite the fact that she doesn’t hoop.  I received an email from that woman shortly after I got home.  She got delayed in San Diego due to the snow on the East Coast, looked up hoop tutorials on YouTube (as suggested by me!) and started hooping!  She sent pictures of herself and my gifted travel hoop.  Made my heart swell!  She even found a hoop instructor in her neighborhood. Wow!  I’m spreading the hoop love internationally! :-)

    Happy New Travel Hoop Owner!

  • Winter Hoop Classes

    Date: 2010.12.05 | Category: Exploring The Path, HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    Holy Crap! Lots of classes to choose from.  I got ambitious…I only have a few months left to see if I can make this fly as my main income.  Fingers crossed and COME ON STUDENTS!

    See the HulaHoopla website for full class descriptions, payment information and DISCOUNTS!!!!

    Happy Hoopanista

    Happy Hoopanista

    MONDAYS

    Hula Hooping for Fitness
    Portland Community College
    (**you must register through PCC)
    SE Center TABOR 102, 2305 SE 82nd Avenue
    1:15pm – 2:15pm

    Two 4-week sessions:
    Jan. 3rd – Jan 31st (NOTE: NO CLASS JAN. 17th)
    Feb 14th – March 7th

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    TUESDAYS

    The Bamboo Grove Salon
    134 SE Taylor (Entrance on SE 2nd between the two potted bamboo plants)
    11:00am – 12:30pm

    Two 6-week Intensive Sessions!

    HoopGirl Workout 6-Week Intensive Beginner Series:
    Jan 4th – Feb 8th
    HoopGirl Workout 6-Week Intensive Intermediate Series:

    Feb 15th – March 22nd

    Fee: $60 for 6-week series (just $10 per class, $15 drop-in)

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    The Village Ballroom

    HoopGirl Workout Beginner I & II (Take I & II in any order)
    700 NE Dekum Street
    7:00pm – 8:00pm

    Two 6-week sessions:
    Beginner I: Jan 4th – Feb 8th
    Beginner II:  Feb15th – March 22nd

    Fee: $90 for 6-week series (just $15 per class, $20 drop-in)

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    WEDNESDAYS

    Rigler SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) Community School
    5401 NE Prescott Street
    3:00pm – 4:00pm

    Hooping is Fun! Rigler Elementary School 4th – 6th Grade Students
    Jan. 12th – March 2nd

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    Hoopdance Fitness
    Gem Studio
    1110 NE Glisan, PDX
    6:00pm-7:00pm

    Classes start January  and run through February and first week of March.
    See the Gem Studio website for details.
    Fee: TBD

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    Multi-level Hoop Clinic
    NW Dance Project Studio
    833 N. Shaver @ N. Mississippi
    8:00pm-9:00pm

    4-week sessions:
    Jan. 5th – 26th, Feb. 2nd – 23rd, Mar. 2nd – 23rd

    Fee: $80 for each 4-week session (just $20 per class, $25 drop-in)

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    THURSDAYS

    Over-the-hump-day Hooping with the LooLoo’s!
    The Bamboo Grove Salon
    134 SE Taylor Street
    (Entrance is on SE 2nd Avenue between the two potted bamboo plants)

    Every Thursday TFN
    12:00pm – 2:00pm

    Fee: $3 suggested donation

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    The Village Ballroom
    HoopGirl Intermediate I & II
    (Take I & II in any order)
    700 NE Dekum Street
    7:00pm – 8:00pm

    Two 6-week sessions:
    Intermediate I: Jan. 6th – Feb. 10th
    Intermediate II: Feb.17th – Mar. 24th

    Fee: $90 for 6-week series (just $15 per class, $20 drop-in)

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    SUNDAYS

    Hoopdance Fitness
    Northeast Community Center (NECC)

    1630 NE 38th Avenue – PDX
    (If you use the NECC parking lot, please get a parking permit at the check-in desk)

    10:30am – 11:30am

    6-Week Sessions:  January 2nd – February 6th
    $40 Non-Members
    $60 Non-Members + teens (14 & up)
    $20 Members
    $30 Members + teens (14 & up)

    Please visit the NECC Website for payments, membership information and drop-in fees.

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    MONTHLY COASTAL WORKSHOPS

    Newport Recreation Center
    225 Southeast Avery Street
    Newport, OR

    January:
    Friday Jan. 21st 6:00pm-7:00pm
    Saturday Jan. 22nd 12:30pm-2:30pm

    February:
    Friday Feb. 18th 6:00pm-7:00pm
    Saturday Feb. 19th 11:00am-1:00pm

    March:
    Friday March. 18th 6:00pm-7:00pm
    Saturday March 19th 11:00am-1:00pm

    Please register with the Newport Recreation Center for each class.

  • Over-the-hump-day Hoopling with the LooLoo’s!

    Date: 2010.10.31 | Category: Exploring The Path, Hooping Hub, HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    Come play with the LooLoo’s EVERY Thursday at the Bamboo Grove (except Thanksgiving — gotta nap!) starting November 4th.  All levels welcome!

    Take a break from your busy work week and learn basic hoop moves, parctice new tricks, play, dance, get inspired, de-stress, relax and go bcak to work recharged!  We will provide hoops and music but feel free to bring in your iPods & MP3 players to share your favorite hoop tunes.

    LOCATION: 134 SE Taylor Avenue, PDX.
    The entrance is on SE 2nd Avenue between the two potted bamboo plants.
    TIME:
    12pm – 2pm
    FEE: $3 minimum donation

    Who are the LooLoo’s?
    The LooLoo’s are a killer performance hoop troupe comprised of Jill (aka Queen Loo) of Hoop to My Loo, myself (aka Bad Kitty Loo) of HulaHoopla, ZigZagLoo, and Trish (aka Doctor Spin).

    Bamboo Grove

    Beautiful Hooping Space at the Bamboo Grove

  • New Space!

    Date: 2010.10.30 | Category: Exploring The Path, HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    Found, fell in love and FINALLY booked the space I was meant to be in…The Village Ballroom.

    Classes start in January 2011 – stay tuned!

    The Village Ballroom

    HulaHoopla Classes will be here starting January 2011!

  • The LooLoos

    Date: 2010.10.25 | Category: Exploring The Path, Hooping Hub, HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    Queen Loo, Bad Kitty Loo, and TBA Loo had their first rehearsal last night – AWESOME!!!
    We’re available NOW for parties, BTW.  Woo Hoo(p)!

  • Hoopy Day!

    Date: 2010.10.23 | Category: Exploring The Path | Response: 0

    I recently met up with a few hoopers and our brains began to meld into one swirling, creative, intense idea machine.  Hoop troupe, hooping personas, costumes, routines, performances, a hooping/spinning collective in PDX…it just kept going!!!

    I’ve been scouring my brain for ideas on where to have a weekly spin jam for next to nothing, where I can teach my winter classes, how to tap into my creative energy and keep the joy of hooping in tact.

    Tapping into potential fire performance training too…it’s a bit twirly right now but it’s such a cool feeling.

  • Hoopcamp 2010

    Date: 2010.10.05 | Category: Exploring The Path | Response: 0

    Oh, where to begin???

    Fire Hooping Hoopanista

    Fire Hooping at Hoopcamp 2010

    So many amazing, beautiful and inspirational hoopers in one gorgeous, serene setting. *blissed out sigh*

    I think fire performance may be in my future – at least that’s what’s pulling at me right now.

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