Hoop

Improver Hoop

/ with Lydia Lara (2017)

In this class we will work on proper form and technique to build strength, flexibility, and help your hoop practice. But it’s not all about conditioning, you will learn beautiful poses, skills, transitions, and a little spinning. Plus, you will have a chance to put it all together.

Prerequisites: Prior experience in any aerial apparatus, you have been training for a couple of months, a couple of hours every week. If possible bring your yoga blocks, non-stretch strap, and any other tools you use to work on flexibility. Tip: condition your hands prior to the festival, remember you will be training on this metal apparatus every day for a whole week (or two!).

Must be able to invert with ease and stamina, and have a familiar practice with the aerial hoop. Bring your callouses, too!





Skilled Hoop Technique

/ with Rachel Strickland (2017)

If you’ve been bitten by the love of lyra this class is for you- it is intended for hoop devotees who have an existing practice on hoop and who are ready to take it to the next level. Appropriate for students with at least one year of aerial under their belts and who meet the criteria listed below.

In this course we will learn vocabulary which builds upon basic hoop knowledge, taking regular old hoop tricks and turning them into fabulous creations. There is an emphasis on spin based choreography, technique, efficiency in the air, and showmanship. We will take your existing technique and I will teach you how to use your strength and lines to the ultimate advantage.

There is a required baseline of strength, flexibility, and vocabulary to participate in Skilled Hoop. For safety’s sake, as well as the sanity of the instructor, you will not be allowed to participate in this course without the following prerequisites:

  • straddle up with straight knees (NO kicking off the lyra)
  • single knee hangs
  • pull up from a dead hang in good form
  • splits or within 4” from the ground
  • backbend with straight arms or close to it
  • working knowledge of hoop vocabulary- students should not only be familiar with but entirely comfortable with the following “tricks”: gazelle, amazon, back balance, pullover, front balance. Please email me with questions if you’re not sure and I’ll be happy to assess you.

Please note** For all classes under my instruction, (except the two week hoop lab) I do NOT build two separate weeks of material. Some things will change and I can always give more advanced versions for those who wish to join me for both weeks, but I design my classes so that you get the most out of it in one week and can then participate in some other cool thing the other week.


Advanced Hoop Technique

/ with Rachel Strickland (2017)

In this class we will explore in beautiful, excruciating detail the theory and practice of spinning like a freaking rock star, so please be prepared to learn the great art of spiral momentum. We will also develop challenging sequences of choreography, new techniques on old hats, and visit the seldom visited on hoop like release tricks and drops.

Sorry, no exceptions, I need CORRECT lines and technique before you take this class. Video submission will be required through the booking system.

  • meathooks on both sides
  • splits
  • backbend with straight arms
  • pullover from a dead hang
  • confident, developed understanding of aerial hoop vocabulary and a thorough, existing practice on the apparatus.
  • no puking

Please note** For all classes under my instruction, (except the two week hoop lab) I do NOT build two separate weeks of material. Some things will change and I can always give more advanced versions for those who wish to join me for both weeks, but I design my classes so that you get the most out of it in one week and can then participate in some other cool thing the other week.


Skilled/Advanced Hoop Creation (2 week class)

/ with Rachel Strickland (2017)

This course is appropriate for Skilled/Advanced aerialists interested in pursuing a professional career. It’s been designed to prepare you for the eventuality of working with choreographers and the time spent in formation while building a show. Over the two weeks, we will devote time not only to unique aerial choreography but to the time spent on stage before and after we take to the air. You can expect to be challenged and to walk away from this course with more confidence in performance and stage presence.

This course is for skilled/advanced aerialists, not necessarily hoop artists. A working knowledge of basic hoop vocabulary is presumed, but no need to be an expert.

Prerequisites:

  • pull up from dead hang
  • existing aerial practice of at least one year if you’ve hit it hard
  • confident straddle ups
  • desire to perform

Please note this is a two week class with a performance at the end. You must attend both weeks and be able to perform on Saturday 10th June.


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