Hoop

Improver Hoop

/ with Lydia Lara (2019)

This class is for dancers and aerialists who have been training on any aerial apparatus at least two hours per week for the last six months or once a week for the past year.

We will work on proper form and technique to build strength and flexibility, and help your hoop practice. We will learn poses, skills, transitions, and spinning technique. We will have a chance to begin linking skills to create phrases and sequences.

Pre requisites: You must be able to invert under the bar to a stag (one leg in front/one leg behind), straddle to hook one knee, and pull over on to hip hang.

If possible: bring your yoga blocks, yoga 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.





Skilled Hoop Technique

/ with Rachel Strickland (2019)

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 performance quality. 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 group hoop) 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 (2019)

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, and a solid demonstration that you and hoop are already good friends. Please send this in your application video:

  • meathooks on both sides
  • Right and left 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 (just wail on the hoop for 30 seconds and show me your practice)
  • no puking

*Please note* For all classes under my instruction, (except the two week group hoop) 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.


Spinny Doubles Hoop

/ with Rachel Strickland & Aisling Ní Cheallaigh (2019)

In this course we will explore spin-based choreography for duo work on aerial hoop, dance trapeze, and invented apparatus. I will cheerfully beat bad habits out of you while giving you supplementary tools and new habits to make the most of your strength and flexibility when working together. We will explore beautiful shapes, transitions, and get to know what the world looks like while spinning quickly and staring at someone’s face/hands/back/whatever.

Baseline requirements:

  • Pull up from dead hang with good form
  • straddle up in the air confidently
  • No puking
  • You will get much more out of this class with basic flexibility, meaning splits (or almost splits) and basic backbend.

*Please note* For all classes under my instruction, (except the two week group hoop) 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.


Group Hoop (2 weeks – Perform July 6th)

/ with Rachel Strickland (2019)

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 a corps of other aerialists and a choreographer, and the time spent in formation while building a show.

I’m changing it up this year, and pre-choreographing a group routine to be learned and performed in sync at the end of the two weeks. Demonstrated experience on aerial hoop is presumed.

Baseline requirements:

  • pull up from dead hang
  • Single knee hangs on both sides
  • existing aerial practice of at least one year if you’ve hit it hard
  • confident straddle ups
  • desire to perform
  • Experience with spinning and #nopuking. We will be spinning to the RIGHT.

LIMIT: This class is mutually exclusive with Spiral Lab, Vertical Dance Lab, and Chantal’s Creation Lab. Only one of these classes per person, sorry.

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