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Hula hoop class @ Wigwam Festival Atlanta



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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Survive the holidays with HOOPING!

I love this article so much I just had to share it with you! It’s another beauty from, of course. Be sure to check out the site, it updates every day with loads of great info.  Thanks to Abby Shwartz for posting it! You can find the original article here.

“5 Ways Hooping Can Help You Survive the Holidays”

by Abby Shwarts

by Abby Schwartz

“Lately my life has been a blur, and it is not the happy spinning kind created in the hoop. It is that time of the year again, when Halloween skids into Thanksgiving, which careens into Christmas before crashing into the New Year. I don’t know why it surprises me every year, but it does.

For me, the same patterns emerge annually: my intake of sugar increases with Halloween, continues through the handful of family birthdays we celebrate in November (right now there is a piece of cake taunting me from my refrigerator), and it only gets worse as the parties begin and people start gifting cookies and candy and baked treats. Every year, my scale climbs as the holiday season builds in intensity. Add to that the stress of trying to “get it all done” before the end of the calendar year, and it is no wonder I start each January with the same resolutions of losing weight, exercising regularly, de-stressing and finding balance. I could be good all year and then October 31st hits, and boom…it all comes crashing down.

I want to break that pattern this year and I am going to do so using my favorite go-to tool: my friend, the hoop. Here are five ways hooping can help us survive the holidays.

1. Hooping forces us to slow down. When I start getting super busy, I start dropping the things in my life I actually need the most: social time with friends, regular workouts, and playtime. It seems counterintuitive to put aside those things that “should” get done for those that are just for fun, but fun plays an important role in recharging our batteries so we don’t burn out. For me, fun provides the added bonus of bringing creative inspiration — something that I need to perform well in my job as a writer and designer. I am going to make a point of stopping each day to put aside what I am doing and lose myself in the hoop. Even if all I can manage is 10 minutes at a time, it will give me a much-needed opportunity to regroup.

2. Hooping can help prevent the creep of holiday weight gain. Calories in versus calories out. Simple enough, but most of us end up eating more and exercising less this time of the year. Given what we now know (but always suspected) about hooping as an aerobic exercise burning approximately 210 calories per 30-minute session, just a half-hour of waist hooping alone can counteract that extra piece of pumpkin pie that you snuck back into the kitchen to snarf down.

3. Hooping helps balance the blues. Many people have a difficult time emotionally during the holidays, for a number of reasons. This Thanksgiving and the coming holidays will be touched by sadness for me since it will be the first time celebrating without my dad. While it cannot change the circumstances that cause sadness, hooping has been known to boost the spirits with its calming, rocking motion and massage-like feel. I’ve heard countless testimonials from people, including Hoop Path founder, Baxter, who credit hooping with helping them cope with depression. You’ve got nothing to lose but the blues.

4. A hoop is a reminder of what really matters. This time of year, we are bombarded with advertising messages that push us to spend, spend, spend on big-ticket items like electronics and cars and furniture. We are encouraged to be the first in line on Black Friday to fight the crowds for special deals. Seriously, I can’t stomach Walmart at 4 p.m., let alone 3 a.m. Now put all that noise and pressure aside for a moment and consider the joyful simplicity of the hoop. It is a ring of plastic that is decorated with pretty colors. It is fun to play with and makes people smile. Pick up your hoop and remember for a few minutes that for most of us, it is the little things that create happiness. Yes, it is fun to get a new iPad, but the novelty of just about everything fades in time, and what remains are the small pleasures like spinning inside a hoop or figuring out a new hoop move.

5. Establish a hoop habit now and start the new year right. One of my regrets of the last few months has been falling out of my hoop habit. I’d really like to get back to hooping a minimum of 30 minutes a day, most days of the week. Instead of waiting until January 1st to pull the trigger on that resolution, I am going to start right now. They say it takes 21 days to start a habit. By the time New Year’s rolls around, I will be in a happier place mentally and physically thanks to a return to my hoop practice. And, I can take advantage of the post-holiday sales to rock a new pair of jeans. Maybe even a smaller size!

Hoopy holidays, everyone!” ~Abby Schwartz

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Sunday School:Hooping 101

What: Hooping 101 Series
Where: Ladies Workout Express
2865 North Druid Hills Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
(next door to Palace Bakery in the Toco Hills Shopping Center)
When: 5 week series, Sundays July 31-Aug 28 Time:1-2pm

No experience or dance background required! This class is taught as a series where each new class builds upon the previous lesson learned. I have designed this series to guide you through the basics of hooping. If you have never hooped before (or haven’t since you were a kid) or are repeating this class to gain better muscle memory, this series will give you all the basic moves of hooping so you may begin *dancing* in your hoop. We will discover new ways of hooping and not just on your waist! We will cover a wide range of movements with new moves in each new class as well as cover proper form, stretching and transitioning from one move to the next.

We will learn:

Hooping on our waist in forward & side stance
Walking & dancing with the hoop on your waist
Hip Hooping
Corkscrews & variations
Transitions & dancing in your hoops
PLus much more!

Wear comfortable clothing that fits and allows for freedom of movement. Bring your water!

Space is limited! All 5 classes $60 for the series ($12 per class), hoops are always provided or feel free to bring your own if you have a favorite. If you attend the Intro to Hooping class on July 17. Drop ins are allowed but your space is not guaranteed. $15 per drop in.

Call me with any further questions.
~Rebecca 404-431-8876

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New Hooping 101 Sunday series in Atlanta!

Sunday School: Intro to Hooping 101 with Rebecca DeShon

Sunday, July 17 1-2pm

Ladies Workout Express Atlanta

2865 N. Druid Hills Road

Atlanta, GA 30030

Let’s hoop together! This is an introductory class to show you what all the “hooplah” is about surrounding hooping for fitness, fun and dance with Rebecca DeShon. This is a special class to introduce you to the benefits and joys of hooping.

This class is a teaser for the new Hooping 101: 5 week series that will occur Sundays from July 31-Aug 28. More details below!

This is your chance to give it a whirl if you have been wondering what its all about. Learn some new moves, connect with other women in your community through movement. See why hooping is making such a big come back. No experience or dance background required. Rebecca DeShon’s hoop dance classes have been featured on CBS Better Mornings, Ch. 11 Alive, Atlanta INtown Paper & the North Side Neighbor Newspaper. She has been hooping and teaching across the East Coast for 3 years and has changed the lives of hundreds of men and women inside the plastic circle.

The benefits of hooping

  • Builds core strength
  • Tones the entire body
  • Burns approximately 400-600 calories per hour
  • Provides an intense cardiovascular workout with no or low impact
  • Increases energy
  • Develops balance and coordination
  • Increases flexibility
  • Clears and quiets the mind
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves self confidence
  • Generates joy and laughter
  • Improves one’s mood
  • Enhances creativity

Hoops are provided! Wear comfortable clothing that fits, natural fibers are best. Bring your water! This class is gonna make you sweat.
You do not have to be a member to attend this fun filled class. Special INTRO CLASS PRICE $10 (this special introductory price is for the Intro class only, the series is set at $15 per class). Sign up & pay in full for the series at this event and receive this class for only $5 OR a $5 discount on the series (its all the same in the end). If you aren’t able to set the hoop spining on your waist by the end of this class, you will get your money back. It’s that easy!
The class series will be $15 per class for 5 weeks $75. Sign up at the Intro to Hoop Dance class to receive $5 off the price of the series.  ($70 if you attend the intro class)
Call me with any questions you may have. ~Rebecca 404-431-8876



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Join Atlanta Hoop Dance on

Hello lovelies! I have created a group on for Atlanta Hoop Dance. Please join up and help me spread the joy of hooping to the masses. Join us for classes, jams, potlucks and more. Whether you are a hoop pro or never could quite “get it”, this group is for you! We are hooping for fitness and exercise, fun, stress reduction, creative self expression, building coordination and balance, sound body and mind. I love to dance and feel the music! Won’t you join us?

If you are new to, it is a free and fun service for attendees (only organizers of groups must pay dues).

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Get fit & have fun with hoop dance

Hello beautiful people. What an amazing way to begin my 2011! My hoop dance classes and hooping were featured in todays issue of the Atlanta INtown Paper. Check out the article here.

A very special thanks to Julie and Wendy Binns as well as Atlanta INtown Paper for this great opportunity. You made my day!

“In revolving joy”,