Archive for the ‘HulaHoopla’ Category

  • Performance

    Date: 2011.05.21 | Category: Exploring The Path, HulaHoopla, Performance | Response: 0

    Woo hoo(p)! Had a great time performing on April 30th.  Dr. Spin and I did two numbers between bands at a reunion show.  Tons of fun.

  • Reach Out to a Hooper

    Date: 2011.04.26 | Category: Exploring The Path, HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    So while I was writing my last post, I got an email from my hoop sista, eS-Bot.  I wrote to her about where I was in my hooping life and after reading what she had to say, I called her.  We talked for about an hour and the more I talked and voiced my thoughts out loud, the better I felt.  She understands what I’m going through, offered advice based on her own experiences.  I think I know what direction I need to steer myself toward.  My energy, although well-intentioned, has been focused on things that have not served me and I need to move on and focus on things that fill me, not drain me.  Thank you, my beloved hoop sister.

  • Crossroads of Energy

    Date: 2011.04.26 | Category: Exploring The Path, HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    Well, I actually got a part-time job doing what I used to do. Floor directing for a live show.  I love it!  Right now I can teach my morning and night classes and still work at the job.  The income will go down because of more driving, downtown parking, montyly fees associated with my job. I still have unemployment for a while longer and I will receive some benefits to sort of make up the difference between what I make at my new job and what I used to make.  whew!  Good thing I worked crazy hours all those years!

    Of course, with new things, come new challenges.  Balancing a mid-day job with morning and night classes, the commute, trying to drive less yet haul hoops and being away from home and keeping up with hoop biz related emails, web things, updating classes, etc.  And right now my VW Bus is having major issues and I am hemorrhaging money between fixing her, paying rent on studios, etc.

    I’m at this crossroad – where to I put my energy?  I had a complete meltdown as I was trying to leave to teach a class.  Couldn’t find the keys that I just had in my hands not two minutes before.  I was going to be late for class.  Totally lost it, yelled, kicked over my cute little black leather foot stool (no damage!), heaved a cookie sheet out the door (that felt good!) but I must’ve sounded like a crazed screech owl to my neighbors and I certainly scared my cats.  WTF?  That isn’t how I want to be as a person.  But I just lost it!  It seems like my energy is so closely tied to money – probably because I’m always on the verge of not quite being able to pay my bills.  I’m forgoing many of the hooping events that I attended last year because of the lack of funds and knowing I need to rebuild my engine.  But those are choices I had to make and it’s not like I can’t go next year.  Maybe not being among all the other hoopers is what’s making me so unnerved.

    OK, so I love teaching, I love my students and want to keep doing it.  Problem is that I don’t have enough students to cover the expense of running the classes.  I assume that is typical when you’re starting out.  I’m sort of paying money to teach.  I know spring is coming and I can see that it is bringing out more hoop students.  I feel I need to keep going until at least June.  Maybe take a break over the summer (last summer was very slow for students) then push again in the fall.  Not sure.  I feel my personal practice has suffered tremendously because, frankly, I don’t make time for it.  I’m teaching 5 classes a week and host a hoop jam.  That’s a lot of being responsible for someone else’s hooping.

    Now back to the money.  I barely make rent on the studios.  I do teach two classes that pay well per hour and I don’t have to rent the space but they are very unreliable.  I feel like I should step away from one because of poor communication within the community center (where I teach) and it reflects bad on my hoop biz.  And the two spaces I rent for evening classes are not attracting students like I had hoped.  But if I drop them, I will likely lose those spaces at those times indefinitely.  So the question is here, who am I renting them for?  Do I keep plugging along and hope that all my flyer passing, web postings, twittering, marketing (such as it is) will eventually get to my audience?   What key element am I missing?  If I give up my studio space only because of money, what would that say about me?  That I’m a smart business woman who knows when to cut her losses? or a quitter?  YIKES!

    So right now, I’m drowning in debt, am struggling with whether I should continue to teach, gaining weight through stress eating.  Yep, my life is not balanced.

    Gotta do some more soul searching and path exploration.

  • HulaHoopla T-shirts & Tanks

    Date: 2011.04.01 | Category: HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    Got my first batch of HulaHoopla shirts.  Pretty awesome!

    Contact me for sizes and prices.

  • 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

  • HoopGirl Beginner I: CANCELED TONIGHT

    Date: 2011.01.11 | Category: HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    HoopGirl Beginner I class is canceled tonight (Jan. 11th) due to wind, cold and potential ice.
    Stay home, be warm and safe.  We have a make up class on Thursday (Jan. 13th) same time (7pm), same location (The Village Ballroom).

  • We’re Cuckoo for Coco Hoops!

    Date: 2011.01.11 | Category: Hooping Hub, HulaHoopla | Response: 0

    Hoopnotica is running a campaign to have a Hoop Off between Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. Who know? It could happen! :-)  You can check out the HOOP OFF – Leno vs. Conan on Facebook.  Lots of fun posts from other hoopers.  I rallied of few of my hooper gal pals and came up with a slogan and campaign sign.

    Hmmm….I can’t upload the sign at the moment but you can find it on the HulaHoopla Facebook Fan Page.  Not a fan????  Well, what are you waiting for?

    We took some pictures and made a fun little video to assist in the campaign. Check it out!
    And please share it with your friends.  Thank you!  BTW, I am “Bad Kitty” in this video, the last hooper.  That is my hoop troupe performer name. Meow!

    We’re Cuckoo for Coco Hoops!

  • 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.

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