Stay Beautiful Hoop Dance

When: Tuesdays 6:30pm

Where: Dolphin Dance Studio, Devon St

How much: £4.50

Native American hoop dance is a form of storytelling dance incorporating anywhere from one to thirty hoops as props. These props are used to create both static and dynamic shapes, which represent various animals, symbols, and storytelling elements. The dance is generally performed by a solo dancer with multiple hoops.

Don’t worry though, you’ll only have one. Or two.

Both beginner (Tuesdays) and intermediate (Mondays 6:30, Live Wire Dance Studio) classes are run by Kirsten, who also hosts Clubbercise AND can dance with fire. Baiscally, if you take all of our posts as gospel you’ll be as cool as Kirsten.

Photo by Tomas Adam

Hooping has re-emerged over the past few years, widely credited to jam band The String Cheese Incident. Members started throwing hoops into their audiences in the mid-1990s, encouraging fans to hoop and dance, spreading the word.

Not only is it boss exercise, you can also be one of those glittery pixie souls at festivals that CARRIES A HULA HOOP ALL THE WAY TO A FESTIVAL WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING.

And it isn’t just about gyrating ’til you get bored/are crap and letting it drop to the floor. Hoop manipulation looks dead cool and you’ll learn ‘on body’ and ‘off body’ tricks in the form of breaks, isolations, leg hooping and double hooping.

Hoops are provided and you’ll learn how to keep one spinning around your waist then add more tricks as the weeks progress into a basic routine. [Insert creative and original line about coming full circle].








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