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Hula hoop class @ Wigwam Festival Atlanta

HULA HOOP DANCE PLAYSHOP WITH REBECCA DESHON OF HOOPESSENCE
SUNDAY APRIL 24, 2016
10AM

WIGWAM WELLNESS FESTIVAL:

Not your mama’s hula hoop! Modern hula hoop dance is a fun aerobic activity that strengthens the whole body; blending a mind-body connection that improves, balance, coordination as well as flexibility. Hooping burns up to 100 calories every ten minutes. Get ready for a fun filled full-body experience that will hook you from the very beginning! We will learn foundations of hula hooping and slowly add tricks/techniques that will blast open infinite possibilities. Think that “you can’t hoop”? No worries, no experience required. Hoops and smiles provided – Come ready to laugh, dance, move and get into the groove!

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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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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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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


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Hoopie Awards: Hoop the VOTE!

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!

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Hoopy Holidays

Happy Holidays from my home to yours. XO, Rebecca

hoopy-holidays

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Beginners Hula Hooping Dance Class

Beginners Hula Hoop Dance PLAYshop
Saturday Dec 1, 2012

Ladies Workout Express
1:30-4:30pm
(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

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Within the hula hoop, relief from anxiety and depression

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!

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Free Hoop Jam!

Come play with us in the Downtown Decatur Square! The end of Summer is here and we are ready for some outdoor FUN. I don’t know about you but the cooler temps and breezy early morning air has me thinking about Fall. While I welcome a break from the humidity any chance I can get, I know time will fly by quickly and land right smack into Winter. Let’s get outside and play while we can enjoy the weather.

Bring a friend, your family – all ages and everyone is welcome. This is a free event. Come learn to hula hoop by playing with others. Bring any hoops you would like to share, I will provide a few hoops for use and we will hula hoop, dance, play and join in community. Can’t wait to see you! Come make new friends and learn to hoop dance. We welcome everyone to join the fun! Get a good workout while you smile and giggle, you won’t even notice the time.

Wednesday Aug 29, 2012 6-8pm

Wednesday Sept 12, 2012 6-8pm

Wednesday Sept 26, 2012 6-8pm

We will gather in the center of the square either by the gazebo around the law or at the top on the concrete by the “misting” sculpture. Call me if you have any questions! 404-431-8876 **These events will be cancelled in the event of severe weather in Downtown Decatur.

Check the calendar for updates! http://hoopessence.com/calendar/

XO! Rebecca