Here’s a mildly fuzzy yet still super fun shot from De’Arra’s recent 3rd year of life birthday party in which I facilitated a HoopingPowers Hoopy Birthday jammy-jam-dance session of bliss with HOOPS! This particular moment captured was when we were driving around with hoops as our steering wheels, whirling up a storm of goodness. The party was unique in that the ages of the youth ranged from 3 to around 11~ and it seemed to work out comfortably if not perfectly for all ages involved. I think, now that I’ve been constructing smaller, lighter, “toddler-friendly” hoops, and also hanging and hooping with both my 3 year old niece and 4 year old nephew, that I have developed more of a capacity to flow well in introducing hoops to younger humans. I used to shy away from working with youth under ages 6 or 7 for hoop parties and/or classes. I am excited to be gaining skill and grace in working with younger folks as well, and am thankful to De’Arra’s party people for being so cool and open to the magic of HoopDancing. I’m currently scheduling summertime parties from birthdays bashes to Bat Mitzvahs and all around the hoop of life. Contact Noelle at HoopingPowers dot com with party deets and visions, and we will liberate dancefloors with celebration & delight through HOOPDANCE!
Archive for April, 2010
Here’s a powerful double hooping shot from a recent afternoon with my talented dancer and photographer friend Isaac Oboka. Thank you so much Isaac, for the lovely images & and for the laughter-filled time in the studio. I will be sharing more from this hoop-shoot in the near future so check back often to see what we recently captured. Also, if you are a dancer-mover-person in the DC area and are interested in getting some fresh images of yourself and/or your work, Isaac is currently accepting new clients. Especially gifted in the the art of photographing dancers, I highly recommend contacting Isaac for your upcoming still picture wants and needs~
I will be hosting a Mandala & Hoop-Making Workshop this coming Sunday the 25th of April in Baltimore City (Waverly neighborhood)- complete with tons of education & materials at your fingertips, refreshments, and the house cat, Ellsie, who rather likes herself a hoola hoop.
A hoop is an example of a mandala, or an expression of inner reality, on the levels of the individual, society, and universe at large. The process of making a hoop and/or mandala often provides a way for meditation, creative energy, and various nuggets of self awareness and growth to flow forth. Drawing from Susanne Fincher’s The Mandala Workbook: A Creative Guide for Self-Exploration, Balance, and Well-Being, and my own 5+ years of hoop-making & spinning experience, we will convene in comfort at my humble abode in Waverly to construct & decorate large, adult-size-friendly hoops with brilliant colors & bits of bling to boot, and also create a second smaller mandala craft of choice as well (i.e. drawing, journal, baby hoop, mobile, necklace etc.) all the while learning about the history and significance of hoops & mandalas throughout the world & building hooper-community to boot.
It is not too late to register for this unique DIY workshop-opp. to create a sweet hoop & relish in the magical beauty of mandalas. Sign up here, and please contact me with any questions at: noelle at HoopingPowers dot com. All materials provided with workshop investment. Locale will be emailed to you upon receipt of payment. The picture above is not my house in B’more, it was taken this past December with my friend Christine outside her house in Chile. I am looking forward to group-hoop-making Sunday night! 6pm~?> Probably wrapping up around 8 or 8:30 depending on our flow…