Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn, is that you?

Y'all, I woke up this morning, felt the 63 degree temperature here in Houston, and all I could think was "FINALLY OUTSIDE HOOPING WEATHER." Will it last? Probably not. This is Texas after all. But it's definitely a precursor of what's to come.

You ever feel like you're in a hoop rut? I know I do. Every once in a while I get so bored with everything from doing the same moves over and over to the same music over and over. One GREAT way to get out of it is to make a list of moves, and if you're not too shy, hand it to a friend, put on a song you never dance to, and have them call out moves randomly. It's even better if they have no clue what each name means. That way you're doing moves outside of your normal patterns and transitions.

Here's a video for inspiration, be prepared to have your mind blown!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Happy Hoopversary to me!

My 4 year Hoopversary is this month!! I can't believe it's been 4 years since we moved to Houston, and I picked up a hoop as an adult for the first time. I never thought it would turn into such an important aspect of my life. On one hand, hooping is my business, my passion, and on the other hand, it's still a plastic hoop that contains a limitless amount of fun. Through the hoop, I've made so many new friends, new and far, and learned things about myself that I never expected to. Thank you to all my friends and students, who push me to keep learning, keep teaching, and keep spreading the hoop love around. :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

No Hoop Class Today, August, 12!

Hey hoopers!! Just a quick note to let you know there is NO hoop class tonight,  I'm enjoying the beach with my family! See you next Tuesday, August 19th, 6pm at Yoga Studio Of The Woodlands. Love y'all!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer time...

Just an FYI, the current session of Burlesque for Body and Mind is now over, the next session to be announced soon!

What have you been up to this summer? I've done some traveling, some relaxing, and a lot of swimming and hooping. Gotta use the neighborhood pool while it's open, right?? A couple of weeks ago the husband and I went on a road trip to Glacier National Park in Montana, and let me tell you, that's a long drive. 29 hours each way. And of course, I brought my hoop!

I never travel without it!

Soon we'll be heading to the beach with family, so you know I'll be in the hoop there. Summer is a great time to reflect on the things that really matter in life, like family and having fun. There's lots of not so great stuff happening in the world right now, and it's a good thing to step back from it for a while and just play. I hope you're having a lovely summer, and I hope to see you at hoop class tonight, 6pm, at Yoga Studio of The Woodlands on Oak Ridge Drive!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Burlesque for Mind and Body

Always wanted to dabble in burlesque, but have been too afraid? Think you don't have the right body, the right mindset, the confidence? Throw all of that out of the window. Burlesque for Body and Mind is part dance/part comedy/part therapy. Learn what it REALLY means to be sexy, both through sensual movement, and sensual thought. You'll learn the "bump and grind", sexy strutting, chair dance, boa play, glove removal, and SO much more, including costume advice, how to put together an act, and different apparatuses to add to your dance. Whether your goal is to perform for your partner, on stage, or even just for yourself, you'll get the kick in your pants (ooh la la!) to become the sexy creature you were put on earth to be.

*Regular workout clothes are preferred. Please bring a boa and gloves (check out Arne's or Claire's)

*Classes are $15 per person.

Burlesque for Body and Mind was created and is taught by Heidi Von Hoop, owner of HoopCubed, and cofounder of Rocket Girl Burlesque. She is a Goddess Life certified burlesque instructor, and Hoopnotica and Punk Rock Hoops certified hoop dance instructor. She has performed both hoop dance and burlesque in around the Houston area. In addition to being a Health At Every Size advocate, she is also the Outreach Chairperson for the Benefit Betties, and a huge Jem and The Holograms fan.

For more information on Heidi Von Hoop, go to www.hoopcubed.com. 

To sign up, email hoopcubed@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

what makes a dancer?

People tell me all the time, "I want to hoop or burelsque", but I'm not a dancer. Guess what? Neither,  was I before I started on this journey nearly 4 years ago.  Am I the best? God no. But do I have fun? YES. Too many people believe that they have to be the best at something immediately, but that doesn't make sense. It takes practice, guts, mistakes, awful performances, blood, sweat, and tears. I'm still paying my dues, and that's awesome. The journey is amazing, and I hope it's never over. So if you want to hoop, but are afraid of looking like a fool, let me tell you, you will. We all do. It's the best part of learning; laughing and seeing improvement!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hottie Hoop Camp 2014, we hardly knew ye...

I've been hooping since 2010, since I moved to Houston. Hoopers here were pretty much my first friends in this town. Since then, I've become a different, better person,  in a way that is completely not explainable in words.

But I'll try.

Last Thursday until today was the annual Hottie Hoop Camp, a hoop retreat in Surfside Beach, Texas. That makes it sound so simple. But it's more than that. Yes, there are hoop classes, great ones, but also burlesque, yoga, altered couture, beading, photography, performance training, fire training, smoothie making, and even more than that. There are real connections being made. There aren't cliques. There is so much laughter that I feel like I did an ab workout for 4 days straight. There's a vintage Spirograph that blows your mind. It's body positive to the CORE! It's about loving yourself so much that that love spills out and you can't contain it, you gotta give it to everyone. It's a spontaneous twerk/Kanye West rap session. It's so far from false "blowing smoke up your ass" nonsense. It's so much TRUTH. It's learning things from people, more than you realized you could, and more than you knew you needed and craved it. This was my third year at HHC, my second year teaching at it, and easily the best for me.

I've never been so sad to not have that specific energy around. Luckily I have my amazing husband, my ridiculous pets, my ever supportive family, friends, my local hoop sisters, and last but not least, my fantastic students (who double as my hoop sisters!) who inspire me more than I could ever inspire them. I can't wait to see your beautiful faces Tuesday evening at class!!

Last morning at Hottie Hoop Camp, view from our front deck at Surfside Beach