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Have you always wanted to try hula hooping as an adult? Don’t know where to buy a adult hand crafted hula hoop in Atlanta? Need a good resource for a quality low cost hula hoop for your kids? Want to get in on the hoop craze and feel younger while getting fit through hoop dance? Here is the information you have been waiting for! You can get monthly updates from HoopEssence by signing up for my newsletter. All hoop dance and hooping events, classes, performances, parties and special deals on hula hoop purchases all delivered to your email inbox for your enjoyment.

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Spring into HOOPING!

New class schedules, products and events!

We hope you’re ready for Spring! The HoopEssence team is excited to announce wonderful new class locations, events and new products, all available this Spring! Thanks to our loyal newsletter subscribers for experiencing the difference, month after month.

Class Schedule Changes:

HoopEssence is growing!!! Thank you for your referals. We are custom creating a referral program to give back to you for spreading the love! Please email us to sign up.

  • NEW LOCATION IN DECATUR: We are thrilled to announce Rebecca DeShon will be teaching hoop dance classes and hula hooping at Core Decatur on the Decatur Square beginning April 4. Check this link for all the details on this great 6 week series.
  • TUESDAYs at Kinetic Hive! Tuesday classes are weekly at Kinetic Hive in Inman Park. Click here for details. Check out this great location, get into the buzz of movement at the Hive. Don’t let the “intermediate” title on this class intimidate you, all skill levels can benefit from this class.
  • We now are featuring GLOW IN THE DARK POLYPRO! The same benefits of lightweight responsive polypro hoops with the GLOW of a lightening bug. Simply “charge” the hoop in natural or artificial light and your hoop will glow for hours in the dark. No batteries or expensive LED’s to worry about. Get it here.
  • HoopEssence will be at FLAME Festival from April 12-15 teaching workshops and vending her fabulous hand crafted hoops! Check out this intimate gathering at one of my favorite farms in Georgia.
  • You will catch HoopEssence ambassadors all over Atlanta starting this Spring. I have a dedicated and very well educated group of hoop instructors and vendors to better serve the Metro Atlanta area. Watch for them performing and grab a hand crafted HoopEssence hoop of your own atEastside Lounge on March 23 and donating time and services at The American Diabetes Association Expo onMarch 31.
  • April 7 is the last regularly scheduled hoop class at Pera Dance Studio. Check the website for details on the last class dates at Pera. Thank you for your support as we have grown so much since Rebecca DeShon first began teaching at Pera Dance Studio in 2010. Attendance, schedules, experiences and hunger for change have brought this decision to life. Our goal is to be able to provide you with a rich encourging learning environment . Thank you for your support.  Keep an eye on the newsletter for exciting news about another new location! If you have a Pera Dance class card for hooping, use it either March 17, 31 or April 7 for hooping. If you can not make it, turn in your valid Pera class card to Rebecca at any of her other classes to redeem for a discount on a HoopEssence class card.

A note from our President

HoopEssence is 100% committed to creating tools, props and providing education that improves the way you hoop, dance, exercise and play. We want to hear from loyal customers like you. Follow us on Twitter at @hoopessence and let us know what you think about our products and support. Your feedback makes us better. Not on twitter? No problem, contact us with your questions, comments or concerns.

— Rebecca DeShon

Upcoming Events

All levels Class
Pera Dance Studio 11am

Class #3 of Hooping 101 1pm
Ladies Workout Express 

Intermediate Hoop Class 7:30pm
Kinetic Hive

Class #4 (last of the series) of Hooping 101 Series 1pm
Ladies Workout Express3/27
Intermediate Hoop Dance Class 7:30pm
Kinetic Hive3/31
All levels hoop class 11am
Pera Dance Studio4/3
NEW HOOPING 101 Series
Core Dance Decatur 6pm

Photo by Stephanie Anderson of Neon Armour
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Basement Jaxx

Did you know Basement Jaxx did the score for The Hooping Life Film? All original music,  hoopingly inspired! Check them out.

Watch the trailer for The Hooping Life film. Come see it on the big screen one night only in Atlanta on February 24 at 7 Stages Community Theatre. More info on this once in a lifetime opportunity can be found on Facebook. Also keep checking my website for updates. See you Friday!


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February is for HOOP LOVERS!

Happy February all! Our newest newsletter is out on the scene. Keep up to date on all the hooping, hula hoop, hoop dance, special events, hoop class &  hoop jam goodness we have to offer you in February! You won’t wanna miss out on this one.

February Newsletter 

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Discount tickets for The Hooping Life!

Discount tickets are on sale for The Hooping Life Film Screening Party Atlanta February 24 8-11pm

Early bird tickets are on sale for just $15 Each! get em while you can, the price goes up to $20 after early bird tickets sell out.


We accept payment from Pay Pal accounts or if you don’t have a Pay Pal account, you can pay with a card as a guest. Simple and easy. Cash and credit will also be accepted at the door.

From start to finish we will have a night full of entertainment for you! Live performances pre-screening in the lobby, on the stage and in the street. Performers from NYC, SC and local Atlanta talent will be there to dazzle your senses! Hoops, clothing and merchandise for purchase will be available to our patrons as well as refreshments. What a great way to spend a Friday night in Atlanta!

Watch the trailer!

More info.

See the Facebook invite.


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November: Native American History

November is Native American Heritage Month check out this sweet video featured on of some great Native American hoop dancing! I love it!

Here is the video.
The Native American National Hoop Dance Championships is February 11-12th in 2012. I wish I could be there but I already have plans that weekend. Check out the festival here.

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Thank you Atlanta!

Thanks to all who came out to jam with us this past Friday for World Hoop Day in Atlanta. We had a great time! Special thanks to Katherine who filmed this as we began to spin our hoops in Piedmont Park. Much love! Don’t forget you may donate hoops or funds all year long to World Hoop Day by visiting

Check out the video!

World Hoop Day 11-11-11 Atlanta

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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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Homemade hot chai tea

Hey hoopers! I hope you are staying warm this holiday season. It has been down right frigid for Atlanta lately. My hoop practice always begins with warm fluids and lots of layers of clothes. By the time I finish my practice, I have shed down to the last layer and my body feels great. Tonight I decided to make a special treat, a home made chai tea latte! SO YUM! You should try it out yourself. If you make it on your own, you save big compared to grabbing one at the coffee shop. I have tried this recipe with raw sugar OR honey and it turns out scrumptious every time. I want to share the following recipe blog with you called Budget Bytes! Below is the recipe for amazing chai tea concentrate you can make ahead and reheat with milk to make a fresh cup of chai when you need a treat. I hope you enjoy the chai tea concentrate recipe. Be sure to check out more of Beth’s great site. I love her recipes and saving money is always an issue for me, I check out her blog for ideas frequently. Check out her blog & get the recipe.


I will be enjoying this treat as I kick up my cardio tonight with a high energy waist hooping session. It will be so worth it though! SO GOOD! I promise, try it. You have to take a lil time to treat yourself sometimes. Especially when the weather is so frosty. Go ahead, make it to enjoy yourself and save the rest of the concentrate for entertaining your loved ones this holiday season. You will be happy you have such a delightful treat in a pinch.

Also, don’t hesitate to sign up for Saturday’s Level 2 Beginners Hoop Dance Class @ Ladies Workout Express Atlanta on N. Druid Hills Road. Take a new spin on hula hooping and give shoulder, chest and leg hooping a try. You will burn serious calories all while having fun. Ready to get to the next level in your hoop dance fitness? Register now in the shop to receive $5 off this class until end of the day December 16 (that’s TOMORROW)! Drop ins $20. Hoops will be provided, all you need is a smile. Please contact Rebecca directly with questions.

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Ralph Roddenbery Band @ Matilda’s 9/24

Hey there kiddos! I hope you are doing well and settling into your Fall schedules with ease. I have so much fun to share with you in the coming weeks! So ecstatic for all the fun hooping adventures ahead. I love my life and am so blessed to spend the majority of my time in the hoop.

I have been asked to be a guest at the Ralph Roddenbery Band show at Matilda’s in Alpharetta! This is very exciting for me ♥ I have known Ralph and the crew for many years, so excited for all of their success. Not only fabulous musicians but incredible people with hearts of gold! You will absolutely adore the tunes as they fill your heart with LOVE and feed your head with their witty lyrics and rhymes. This is a beautiful outdoor venue and its BYOB! So pack the dog, a blanket, some chairs, a picnic and beverages of your choice to enjoy under the pines. Dog & kid friendly too! I will be performing hooping as well as providing hoops for the audience to try and join in on the fun. A small collection of my hand crafted hoops will be available to adopt for your very own if you feel so inclined. Hooping to live music is extraordinary! We will have an amazing time. If you haven’t heard the Ralph Roddenbery band please check them out You really don’t wanna miss this! What kind of music do they play you may ask? “a dynamic blend of Americana, roots rock, and a twist of the blues” – in other words FUN!

Friday, September 24

Matilda’s Music Unde the Pines

377 South Main Street

Alpharetta, GA

Come hoop, dance, smile and laugh with me ♥