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Headline News hooping interview

Fantastic footage from my interview with Headline News along side hoop star Rachael Lust.  I had a wonderful time teaching my class and working with Jennifer Whalen and the CNN crew. Watch here :)

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Hula Hooping Fitness ACE Study

The American Council for Exercise sponsored research on hula hoop for fitness and found incredible results!

 

“Hooping compares pretty favorably with most other group classes, in terms of heart rate and calorie burn,” says Porcari. In fact, exercisers can expect similar results from hooping as they’d get from boot-camp classes, step aerobics and cardio kickboxing—all of which meet fitness industry criteria for improving cardiovascular fitness (Table 1). Also, by burning approximately 210 calories per 30-minute session, hooping falls within accepted guidelines for exercise that can contribute to weight management”

AMAZING! Click here for the original study. 

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Freedom.

Freedom is to BE YOURSELF without permission.

Ditch the expectations.

Accept yourself/life and the life of others around you
Just the way it is.

Love yourself.

BE LOVE.

Toss those expectations you have into the sea. Live without them. Love with no expectation.

Freedom is being YOU without permission. Thanks to Paul for the photo!
Freedom is being YOU without permission. Thanks to Paul for the photo!

‘I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path.’ ~Dalai Lama

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Win FREE Hottie Hoop Camp ticket!

Are you in it to win it? Win yourself a FREE ticket to Hottie Hoop Camp, baby. What’s Hottie Hoop Camp? Only THE coolest, rad party thrown by my good friends in Texas, the TwoSisters Rowan & Blythe. Punk Rock Hoops style for sure and so much fun. This is THE hoop camp for introverts. Do you feel like you don’t fit in anywhere at all? Every hooper, every body… This is the camp for you. No glamour prance pressure every night to be the biggest sparkle pony, show up in your pi’s or your best costume, you will get all love. We help EACH OTHER *Feel* as if we are the hottest thing in the room, (cuz ya are) ya dig? No competition, all hoop love. So right on….

Back to the FREE ticket part! Win yourself some ol’ Hottie Hoop Camp loving, right here. Did I mention this is held in a swanky house (on STILTS no less) on the BEACH? Yup. Saddle up, hottie. I wanna see you there. Get out there and make a curvy video with the Curvy Hooper Video Challenge. WOO!

P.S. I am teaching TWO pretty rad workshops that weekend that you don’t want to miss. Hoop Dance Performance Skills AND Adding DANCE to your “hoop dance”. (I know, right?!, I am excited)

xoxox,

Becca

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The Hoop of Self Esteem

Wonderful article written by Lara Eastburn about the Hoop of Self Esteem. Check it out.

You’ve all seen my Big Daddy hoop in class and asked, “What is THAT for??!!”. “It’s the HOOP OF SELF ESTEEM” I say with a sparkle in my eye. It’s true, this hoop is the hula hoop Mack Daddy, THE Man. I love my Big Daddy hoop. I bring him to classes and jams with me so that I can help ANYONE to hoop, it’s also just a whole heap of fun for those who can already hoop. This bad boy will make a hooper star outta even the biggest “I can’t” hooper wanna be. Don’t even get me started on tandem hooping with it…yes, two people ONE HOOP. More on that later…

I keep these Hoops of Self Esteem close by for many reasons, as Lara Eastburn so beautifully writes in the above quoted article:

 We all know that the larger and heavier the hoop, the more slowly it orbits around the body. That was part of what was happening. I found, though, that every time that hoop slammed into me as I was learning to hoop, I was also discovering my own body and mapping how it moved. With every revolution, I would think to myself, “Aha, there I am.” That was 11 years ago now. I don’t know if I would have become a hooper without “Silverado”, my giant, brutal taskmaster. I might very well have given up without her tutelage. Which leads me to wonder how many people do give up before they even get started because there’s nothing in the room bigger than a 42 incher.

Size really DOES matter. I always hear people say “smaller is easier for hooping, right”. It couldn’t be MORE WRONG. The larger the hoop the BETTER. A larger hoop rotates and orbits around your body much SLOWER, giving you MORE time to react and respond to it’s movements. NO DANCE BACKGROUND REQUIRED. You don’t have to be coordinated. Hooping actually BUILDS balance and coordination.

I was beyond delighted when I attended my Punk Rock Hoops Teach Training course in Surfside, TX to find out that one of our first tools we learned how to make. I learned from Rowan and Blythe and PRH how to make this colossal hoop collapsible for easy travel so it is accessible to all people, not just those who drive a huge SUV or 4×4 pickup. I can now carry this hoop more easily and all the time to my classes and jams, not just when the weather is nice enough to drive with my little 2-door convertible top down to class. It’s actually easier to travel with than MOST of my regular hoops. I traveled with my Hoop of Self Esteem back home to Atlanta on a plane as a carry-on. Easy breezy.

I love these two sisters, here is what they have to say about The Hoop of Self Esteem and their inspiration to always have one at a class or jam. Excerpt from Lara Eastburn’s article on Hooping.org

Part of a duo with her sister BlytheRowan TwoSisters came up with “The Hoop of Self-Esteem”. Her inspiration came from her own disappointing first experience with a hoop. Says Rowan, “I left my first hoop class in tears. No one sized me to a hoop that matched my dismal skill level, my well padded body and my amazonian height.” So when Rowan started teaching, she knew she needed a solution that would bring hooping success to anyone. She explains, “We added a hoop to our class set of beater hoops that me at my worst could hoop with, the hoop that ANYBODY could get to stay up after 15 minutes or less of practice.”

We’ve now made the Hoop of Self Esteem a regularly available item in our webstore and available regularly from HoopEssence. We want to make certain that everyone can achieve success in hooping opening up so many doors for transformation in our lives. Just the happiness that it brings is enough to make huge changes in lives, communities and even the world. I’ve made Hoops of Self Esteem for my lovely Mother (pictured below) and my Father. They both LOVE their hoops.

A huge Thank-you to our friends at Punk Rock Hoops for all the hoop learning. I definitely am a much better person after attending the Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training course. You can get your hoop loving learn on, too this coming March with Punk Rock Hoops before the 3rd Coast Hoop Dance Retreat, Hottie Hoop Camp.

Big Love from Hotlanta!

XOXO ~ Rebecca

 

 

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Hooping classes & more

Greetings hoop lovers! Summer has been busy and as we get ready to breeze into Fall, I am ready to spin it into high gear for our Fall class sessions and events. I hope you are ready to squeeze some more F-U-N outta Summer 2013! There is much happening….read on for the scoop!

As always, we welcome your feedback on any of our products, events and services. Your feedback helps make everything a success for the entire community. So fire away those emails and ideas, we would LOVE to hear from you.

XOOXO,

Rebecca

Studio Burlesque has taken on a new name but has the same great creative director, Ursual Undress, Now known as The Atlanta School of Burlesque.

Beginners Hoop Dance 6wk series starts Sept 17 at 7pm

Intermediate Hoop Dance 6wk Series
begins Sept 17 at 8pm.

Fall Workshops are BACK upon popular demand. Check the dates & locations in the links below.

Sept 14 @ LOA Fitness for Women Women only ages 13 & up.

Nov 9 @ LOA Fitness for Women Women only ages 13 & up

Family & co-ed workshops will be scheduled soon at various locations! All are welcome, keep an eye out for details.

Community Events. Come play with us, get sized for a hoop or shop with us.

Sept 7: Beltline Lantern Parade : Wanna come GLOW with us, Join us (http://hoopessence.com/contact/) in the parade! Send us your contact info & we will add you to the email for participants.

Sept 8: Atlanta Streets Alive : Free to the public! Hoop with us!

Circumference 2013 : Atlanta Come learn some marketing genius from the niche pros!

Oct 5: World Hoop Day location TBA FREE to the public, come play!

Bizarre Bizzaro (http://hoopessence.com/event/bazaar-bizarro/) @ Gaia Gardens Oct 13 Rebecca DeShon is performing, teaching AND vending her hand made hoops at this event!

L5P Halloween Parade Oct 19 Free! FUN! Come hoop, march, flow & dance in the parade with us. Details TBA!

Florida Flow Fest in Florida Nov 1-3 Rebecca is teaching TWO workshops! The festival is free & workshop passes are available at great prices. Click the link! Join us in FLA. We are getting a caravan together. Let us know if you wanna join! Simply reply to this email.

MORE TBA!!! Contact us to add the WOW factor to your event!

Big love & squishy hugs for all who braved the weather at Piedmont Park Arts Festival for our Guinness World Records Hula Hoop Attempt! So proud of my community for showing up and spreading the word. While we didn’t quite beat the record, we had an amazing time. Given the poor weather, I think we did an outstanding job!
Thank you all! Check out the video!

Be sure to join us next year for the Piedmont Park Arts Festival where we will try to beat this record again!
We’ve got even more colored polypro hoops from Superhooper coming to our store! Choose from 11 different colors starting in September through HoopEssence online & in Atlanta.

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World Record Hula Hoop Attemp Atlanta

Come be a part of something amazingly FUN at one of Atlanta’s most beautiful parks while supporting a great cause on August 17, 2013.

Presented by HoopEssence and AFFPS at the Piedmont Park Arts Festival, Saturday August 17.

*NO HULA HOOP SKILL REQUIRED!

Help us break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Human Chain to Pass a Hula Hoop!
WATCH an example video.

*Participants must be over 8 years old

Registation Info:
*Visit the HoopEssence Tent at the Charles Allen entrance of Piedmont Park between 11:00 and 3:30 PM
*Make a small donation ($2 suggested) to register to participate – All proceeds will be donated to charity
*You will receive a registration number that you must have in order to participate in the world record attempt
*Meet at the Piedmont Park Active Oval at 4:00 PM for record attempt

*After the record attempt, come celebrate with a community hoop jam hosted by HoopEssence! We will also have a booth all weekend long with FREE information about hoop dance, hand crafted hoops for sale, demo classes and more. Come play!

For more information on modern hoop dance & it’s amazing benefits, check out the Facebook page for the event and invite all of your friends!

SEE YOU THERE!

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We LOVE our new site design!

It’s officially up and running, our newest web design for this site. What do you think? We are still in the process of tweaking a few things and adding more visual design. Expect more greatness in the weeks to follow!

I have to say that I have the best Web Master available, it does help that I am married to him. Thank you Matt Gilbert for all your hard work on this website during your weekend off work. I love you! What a top notch fella, don’t ya think?

If you see anything wonky on the site or find a broken link, feel free to pop on over to give me a heads up. I am always open to feedback from my community. I hope you are having a fabulous day!

 

XOXO,

Rebecca 

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Pixie Vision Photography

I just LOVE Pixie at Pixie Vision Photography. I was so ultra fortunate to book the last photo shoot appointment with Pixie this passed Winter on a tour stop in Atlanta at Tribal Con. What a thrill to finally be able to work with such a talented, patient and giving photographer. She really works her charm to bring out the best in each and every one of her photo subjects. Check out Pixie’s talented works on her website, like this entire amazing portfolio of just hoopers or this red-hot fire album. You can also “like” her on Facebook where she shares some pretty amazing shoots and tidbits of her travels.

On a side note, I think next year if I am not in Bali I will try to hit up Tribal Con for some workshops and fun. Perhaps I can teach hooping at Tribal Con next year, what a dream come true! After all, it IS my birthday weekend. What a way to celebrate 34 years of life!

I was her last shoot on her last day and she totally rocked it out with me! She suggested before hand that I create a playlist to listen to during the shoot. How awesome! I wish I had thought of that in the passed, it totally helped me rock it out and feel great for my shoot. Pixie does a great job at keeping you sane and relaxed during your shoot. She is a stellar director, too. With her direction we came out with hundreds of photos during my hour long shoot. I had such a hard time picking my favorites at the end. I have picked 4 for her to edit but am already checking out which ones I can purchase next. Check out Pixie Vision Photography out of L.A. and be sure to keep an eye out for her in your area. I will be adding the gorgeous shots we created together to my website soon. Keep an eye on the newsletter for more info!

Special thanks to my friend Molly who loaned me her fire-y boots for the shoot and my friend Caity at Salon Modello for hair and makeup help.

Have a great Monday!
XX,

Rebecca

photoshoot

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Free Hoop Dance Advice from HOOPLOVERS

Hooping is HOT in Atlanta! I am so excited about the upwards moment of hooping in Atlanta. I love facilitating such a huge movement and seeing others take the hooping love and pass it along to others by gifting adult hoops and teaching hula hooping to their friends. I want to share with you someone who inspires me beyond measure. I’ve  shared with you many of Deanne Love’s tutorials on this blog and by word of mouth in class. You may sign up to receive email alerts for when each new lesson is uploaded.

Who is Deanne Love?

“Deanne’s desire to connect people through dance, music and fun fueled the creation of HOOPLOVERS in 2007. Deanne’s mission is to inspire global beings to find their true potential through movement and self-expression via the all encompassing benefits of hoop dance.

Since 2011, Deanne has lived in Melbourne, Australia and currently teaches weekly Hoop Dance classes in Melbourne, including active and creative lessons for adults and children. She has taught in schools and dance studios both in Australia and Japan and brings her passion for international education and life long learning to every class she is engaged in. Deanne regularly performs Hoop Dance shows for corporate and private parties as well as kid’s events and a variety of celebrations. She has traveled the world sharing her individual style of hoop love and performed on stages in Sydney, Thailand and Tokyo.”

HoopLovers is home to Deanne Love. Check it out: “Hoop your way to health, happiness and hotness guided by Deanne Love.

Enjoy the numerous benefits of hula hoop dance and fitness. Sign up for FREE weekly video tutorials and tips.”

 

Watch one of my favorite videos of Deanne Love here on her YouTube page.

I will be utilizing some of Deanne’s teaching methods and sequences in my Intermediate Hula Hoop Dance 6 wks series classes beginning tomorrow, April 30 at Studio Burlesque here in Atlanta. I can’t wait to see you there!

XO,
Rebecca