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!
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!
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.
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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!
Hey guys! Thanks for reading. I wanted to be sure you knew about the 2012 Hoopie Awards from Hooping.org
Check out the amazing hula hoop dancer talent in our global community and cast your votes. From fire and glow hoop dance performances to TED Talks on hooping and hoop trick tutorials. This honors our global hooping community, shedding light on some fresh new hooper faces that have recently made hoop waves in our community online or in the press.
VOTING ENDS AT 11:59 PST TODAY, Saturday January 26th.
CLICK HERE TO CAST YOUR VOTE!
Happy Holidays from my home to yours. XO, Rebecca
As many of you know we uploaded a spanking-new design here on HoopEssence about a month ago. Overall, the new design and code has been a big improvement over the previous system. We really appreciate all of your feedback as we’ve worked to make the website a great place to visit.
One of the last sticking points we were having on the new system was the events system. Well, I’m happy to announce that the last of the bugs have been squashed (no actual insects were harmed in the creation of this website). This means it will be faster and easier for you to find our events and get tickets & info. It also means it will be easier for us to manage these events and hopefully start offering even more to you. Continue reading Squashing Bugs (virtually)
Beginners Hula Hoop Dance PLAYshop
Saturday Dec 1, 2012
Ladies Workout Express
(Sorry gentleman,This class is being taught at a Women’s only facility)
In one fun filled afternoon we will cover the fundamentals of hula hooping on our core and hands including choosing the correct hoop for your unique body/goals. We will explore hooping on different places of the core body including waist, hips, chest, shoulders for a fun dance workout. We will also begin to explore hooping on the hands in vertical and horizontal planes then twirl into corkscrews.
Come in as a bare bones beginner, to learn in your opposite current, whether you just want to perfect your own beautiful self-taught skills or as a great refresher course, all skill levels welcome. Leave with a whole lotta hoop love under your belt (and soon to be dropping from your waist line, if ya know what I mean). We will smile & laugh and yes, there will be sweating! Come find that inner child and bring them out to play! Bring a friend, co-worker or family member with you to play along to take advantage of our bring a friend special!
$35 to pre-register for this fun filled 3 hour workshop BEFORE Nov 30. Class goes up to $40/day of class.
Pre-register with a friend by Nov 30 and get class for you both for just $70, save 10! Class goes up to $40 each day of class.
New to hooping? No worries! Hoops for our beginners workshops (and plenty of giggles) are provided!
What to wear: Comfortable, breathable clothes that fit are recommended. Natural fibers are best for grip! Don’t forget your water bottle!
Call REBECCA directly with questions: 404-431-8876
We all find ourselves down in the dumps from time to time. The world is complex and things don’t always go our way. When these feelings are compounded over a long period, they can result in anxiety and depression.
Hula hooping calms the mind and relaxes the body, which can help relieve the symptoms of anxiety. Releasing some of the tension of everyday stress, hula hooping allows you to practice self-expression and artistically work your way through difficult times. The meditative back-and-forth motion of the hula hoop elicits peaceful feelings. When you’re hula hooping, the rest of the world falls away and it becomes just you and the hoop.
Like anxiety, depression can make it hard to enjoy life, but hula hooping can help bring some of that joy back. Sadness and anger fade away as the hula hoop’s trance-like movements take your mind off everyday problems. Hula hooping gives you time to tend to yourself and focus on the beauty of your own existence. Jonathan Baxter, founder of the introspective hula hooping school HoopPath, said in a video interview, “When I’m within a practice space, I am not there for anyone’s enjoyment except my own.” His own experiences with depression were alleviated when he started hula hooping on a daily basis. Hula hooping is often referred to as a “transformative dance” because of its ability to change the mindset of the participant.
In no way is hula hooping a substitute for medical treatment. If you are experiencing anxiety or depression, seek help from a professional. However, hula hooping is a powerful supplement that works in tandem with other treatments. It’s an amazing way to feel good about yourself, relax, find your focus, and have some laughs. You may find that it’s hard not to be happy when you’re hula hooping!