Hooping University Faculty
Luna Breeze Blakeman
This is like magic, acrobatics and dance combined into one spectacular performance. Brie Blakeman (Luna Breeze) is a cirque hoop dancer, fire dancer, aerialist, and more. Her specialty in traditional circus hula-hooping, combined with modern dance and circus theatrics. Since 2006 Blakeman has been charming audiences nationally and internationally with her stage presence and technical skills. In 2008 she traveled to India twice, hired by Samsung Mobile to promote the 2008 Olympic games through hula-hoop performance.
Beyond just performing, Blakeman is also a co-founder, Artistic Director and Performer of MoonDrop Circus, Kansas City's “Fine Arts Family Circus”. (The company highlights the best of Kansas City circus arts community combining humor, crowed participation and breathtaking skill to connect with their audiences.)
Blakeman also teaches the art of hooping, and was recently recognized internationally as 2012 “Outstanding Hoop Instructor of the year.”
Exotic, energetic, entertaining, Blakeman extends far beyond the acrobatic. With her hoop dance choreography, she blurs the line between entertainment and performance art – a focus on the magic of illusion and the interaction of hoop and body. Luna Breeze aims to weave together stories of life, creation and passion.
Diana has been hula hooping and teaching fitness for the past 10 years. Previously an elementary school teacher, she integrated hula hooping fitness everyday into the curriculum first thing in the morning, and over time, observed the students to develop more coordination, balance, confidence. The students were also more receptive to learning after a short session of hooping. This encouraged Diana to take hula hooping out into the world to share the benefits of hula hooping with adults and youth. She created Bodyhoops in 2001, and the BodyHoops Fitness Program soon after, for teachers wanting to integrate hula hooping into their daily fitness programs. She has since been traveling the world far and near to spas, schools and fitness centers teaching the benefits of hula hooping for fun and for fitness.
A California native, Diana is an alumni of the California State University of Northridge with a B.A. in Child Development. Diana has certifications as Certified Group Fitness Instructor with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and she currently holds specialty certificates in Zumba and Yoga and is actively involved with teaching fitness everyday. The BodyHoops Fitness curriculum is also approved for fitness professionals to get continuing education units by AFAA and ACE. Currently she resides and works mostly in Ojai, California.
Julia Hartsell (aka Jewels or Julahoop) has been developing her hoop dance, craft, performance and teaching techniques for both children and adults since 2001. Upon first meeting an “adult hoop”, Julia was entranced by the circular, meditative quality of the movement and began hooping everyday. For her, hooping has become a holistic practice for creative expression, meditation, fun, fitness, mental and emotional well-being and even community building. She believes hooping is a revolutionary mysticism with its potential for opening individuals to states of bliss, revelation, insight, healing and transformation through rhythmic meditation within the circle, a symbol of wholeness and unity.
Julia performs and teaches hoop dance to individuals of all ages at arts organizations, schools, yoga studios, after-school & summer programs, music festivals, universities, community events, seniors’ and wellness centers. She spearheads the annual Hoop Convergence, an international gather of hoopers. Julia also combines her art with activism, sharing the hoop with people of all ages locally and abroad. During her travels throughout Mexico and Haiti, Julia found that joy and smiles can transcend language, cultural and political boundaries. Contact: email@example.com www.hoopdrum.com www.hoopconvergence.org Listen to Julia's interview below.
Vivian Spiral aka "Spiral" believes that hoop dance is not just an excellent form of exercise, but a way to connect spiritually to the highest form of ourselves. Since she does so much traveling as a hoop dance performer, it's been impossible for her to offer ongoing classes, until now. With Hooping University we all can learn from from this dynamic, and creative teacher who's videos are full of tips on how to make your dance visually exciting to your audience. Check out her website at spiralhoopdance.com. Click on the link below to listen to an interview with Spiral as she talks about her journey with the hoop. Spiral's Interview
"Sharna Rose discovered the joy of hoop dance in February 2006. Immediately her life changed and her once heavy weighty soul started to lighten. Swiftly she changed from a depressed and overweight caterpiller into a beautiful self confident butterfly spreading her wings and glittering as she took flight in the light. Hula hoop dance gave her purpose where there was none before. It gave her passion and a great excuse to explore and share her creativity with a welcoming community of like minded beings. Sharna’s hoop strengths lie in her adaptability and her willingness to embrace her immediate feelings. This very childlike quality enables her to make the most of her mistakes and even turn them to her advantage.
She has been teaching Hoop dance to all ages in the UK for the past 3 years at various festivals and cities. Many have commented upon her lively and uplifting teaching style and have expressed gratitude having experienced it. She has posted 100’s of video’s online which document her progress with the hoop and taught many hoopers along the way. You will benefit enormously from the time that she has spent religiously exploring the multitude of dynamics offered from single, multi, mini, fire and led hoops."
World Record Hooper
Dizzy met his first love -the hula-hoop- in kindergarten, along with three of his other favorite sports: jump roping, soccer, and finger painting (usually in his case it was "foot painting", which was perhaps the reason he flunked kindergarten).
Paul was re-born as a hooper when he found a pink and white hoop as a freshman in college. He immediately became obsessed. He hooped at his work as a weight trainer, at his dance classes (Orissi, Mexican Folkloric and modern), and at his soccer practice.
After college he moved to Colorado where he honed his skills, created his first comedy / spectacle hoop act, made "The String Cheese Incident" their first 5 hoops, and began teaching hoop classes. He has literally taught tens of thousands of people to hoop all over the world.
Rainbow Michael has been a featured teacher at hoop festivals around the world including "Hoop Camp" "Hoop Convergence" and "Spin Matsuri" in Japan. Rainbow is best known for his off body hooping and he helped popularize mini hoops (aka "poi hoops"). His use of the hoop to create sacred geometry is not only a visual treat for onlookers but awakens the subconscious mind to a greater state of awareness. To see Rainbow in action check out his You Tube Page at http://www.youtube.com/user/RainbowMichael.
Rainbow is known for his innovative ideas and he loves making people smile. He teaches regular classes and performs in Colorado in many different flow arts including: hoop, staff, poi, and juggling. Rainbow founded Cosmic Fire Dance in 2004 and designed one of the top selling fire hoops on the market. Learn his innovative style of off the body movement and the magnificent world of the marvelous minis.
Bags has been teaching and performing circus skills for the last twelve years. Coming from a juggling and spinning background he has found the hoop to be the perfect tool for combining all these skills into one tremendously visual and enjoyable prop and now spends all his time obsessing about hoop.
Bags' recent achievements include winning the 2011 Hoopie for Tutorial of the Year and being nominated for Video of the Year. He also won two Revolvies. He is the founding member of the Bristol Hoop Massive. Bags has completed both the professional development course and the teaching training programme at Circomedia - Europe's leading centre for contemporary circus with physical theatre. He has taught at UKHG and Swhoop.
He is well known for his eccentric fire performances which include balancing a flaming bicycle on his chin while spinning a cube of six hoops on fire around his body.