Hoop / Lyra

Improver Hoop

/ with Zaki Musa (2020)

This class is great 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 focus on exploring and expanding your hoop vocabulary, with an emphasis on form and technique to help you build a confident repertoire for you to play with. Learn poses, skills, transitions and some spinning technique. We will have a chance to begin linking skills to create phrases and sequences.

Important pre-requisites: You must be able to invert/ hold your pike & straddle under the bar confidently, be working on single knee hangs and pull over to hip hang and a double knee hang on the top of the hoop.

You should also be comfortable in these moves: amazon, gazelle, birds nest.

Tip: condition your hands prior to the course. Remember, you will be training on this metal apparatus every day for a whole week.

Improver Hoop

/ with Jenny Tufts (2020)

This class is suitable for dancers or aerialists who have at least one year of weekly lessons under their belt on any aerial apparatus, or at least 6 months of aerial training 2 hours per week. Throughout the week we’ll balance conditioning, skill-building, and creative sequencing. Students will leave this class with a better understanding of foundational aerial hoop movement and a toolkit with which to progress their aerial strength, flexibility, and expression. There will be room to incorporate the specific needs and interests of the people in the class, so come prepared with some goals or be ready to create some together on day one!

Prerequisites: Students are expected to be able to repeatedly invert to a straddle under the bar on their own.

*Note: if your hands are not used to gripping a bar, regular conditioning for them is encouraged prior to the festival to ensure you get as much out of each class as possible.

Skilled Hoop Technique  

/ with Zaki Musa (2020)

Looking for a way to push your hoop addiction further? – This is perfect for those who have a regular practice on hoop and are ready to work on transitions, style and flow as part of bigger sequences. 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 build on spinning technique, rolling movements, and dynamic transitions and direction changes in the hoop. There is an emphasis on spinning choreography and a focus on learning how to let moves work to your advantage and most importantly, to discover your own style on the apparatus.

A required baseline of strength, flexibility, confidence and vocabulary is needed to participate in Skilled Hoop. In the interest of safety, 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 assist you.

There will be a fair bit of creative rolling involved so please bring elbow guards if possible.

Skilled Hoop Technique  

/ with Jenny Tufts (2020)

Calling all true hoop addicts: this class is for folks who have had a consistent hoop practice for at least one year, and meet the prerequisites below. We’ll aim to dissolve those pesky roadblocks that aerialists of a certain level tend to hit – whether that’s discovering new techniques for ‘nemesis’ moves, or breaking free of choreographic loops to explore foreign pathways. The class will contain a balance of conditioning for aerial longevity, skill acquisition, experimentation, and of course, spin technique. *Bring layers! Back warmers, sleeves, and any other battle armour of choice.

In the interests of safety, you will not be allowed to participate in the class without meeting the following prerequisites:

  • confident single knee hang (both sides please)
  • straight-leg straddle inversions
  • pull-up from a dead hang
  • splits within 4” of the ground
  • comfortable working knowledge of the following foundational moves: pullover mount, front and back balances, amazon.

If you have any questions about whether or not you meet these criteria feel free to send me an email.

Advanced Hoop Technique

/ with Aisling Ní Cheallaigh (2020)

This class is for super advanced hoopers only and will explore in beautiful, excruciating detail the art of spiral movement and the practise of spinning like an absolute maniac. (Ginger and other antiemetics at the ready please!) The class will focus in particular on transitional movement and shapes rather than on stand alone tricks and moves (although these are totally available on request!). It will include both technical and creative elements with students encouraged to find their own way of moving the taught choreography. Please bring back warmers, elbow guards, and all of your usual hoop parafernalia.

Video submission will be required through the booking system. Your place in the class will not be secured until your video is approved so please upload as soon as possible. Please demonstrate the following abilities in your submission video.

 

  • The ability to get into the hoop when spinning fast
  • Flares (any type)
  • Pullover from a dead hang
  • General Flexibility – Splits (or close to), Pike, Straddle, Backbend with straight arms.
  • A sequence in in the hoop that displays a confident, developed understanding of aerial hoop vocabulary and a thorough, existing practice on the apparatus.
  • Please keep the length of the video to 2mins maximum.

Group Hoop (2 weeks – Perform July 11th)

/ with Aisling Ní Cheallaigh (2020)

This class will be dedicated to creating a group hoop piece that will be performed at the Emma Insely cabaret night on July 11th. The class is open to all advanced hoop students but places are limited to 6 people. Together we will create and explore and make magic together! A word of warning, there will be much spinning so applicants should be experienced spinners and preferably spin to the right (although this is not absolutely essential).

Video submission will be required through the booking system. Your place in the class will not be secured until your video is approved so please upload as soon as possible. Please demonstrate the following abilities in your submission video. (If you are also applying for advanced hoop you may use the same submission video as the prerequisites are the same.)

 

  • The ability to get into the hoop when spinning fast
  • Flares (any type)
  • Pullover from a dead hang
  • General Flexibility – Splits (or close to), Pike, Straddle, Backbend with straight arms.
  • A sequence in in the hoop that displays a confident, developed understanding of aerial hoop vocabulary and a thorough, existing practice on the apparatus.
  • Please keep the length of the video to 2mins maximum.