Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hooping in Le Devoir!

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Friday, March 27, 2009


I performed tonight at the last ever Concordia Contemporary Dance Cabaret. I have been part of the dance program for three years but never had the chance to perform at the Cabaret because I always teach my wonderful Friday night Hoop Class at the Y. It was the last one so I decided to make the trek out to NDG.

Wow, I was so impressed! The performances were excellent, and I received some really great feedback from the contemporary dance crowd.

I am working on a new piece at the moment with Classical Guitarist Etienne Simard. We have been rehearsing for a month and will be presenting a show next Saturday at Rad'a. At the Cabaret I presented an excerpt. Unfortunately, Etienne could not be there so I performed to the recorded version of the piece he will play.

It was interesting how different it is to hoopdance to the recording than with a live musician. I feel like the live musical exchange really opens up my dance. Even though my dance is choreographed, it unravels in an endless spiral when I perform it with Etienne. It feels much more alive to be able to converse with a musician through my hoop. With the recording I felt very bound to the choreography and set movements as if there was no room for endless flow. I recommend to all the hoopers out there...if you can hoop with live musicians it is ideal! A guitarist, a drummer, a scratchmaster...whatever music you fancy, just be sure it's something than can be manipulated in response to your dance. Through this collaboration I have found new dynamics in my movement with the hoop.

All the theatre and dance students were dazzled and they all want to try hooping now. Hooray for the growing hoop community!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Montreal Hooping

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What an honor it is to be serving the Montreal Hoop Community with upcoming events occurring in the Montreal Hooping Scene.

We just enjoyed a wonderful week with Miss Saturn and Pinkie Special visiting us from New York and France! They generously shared all their trickiest moves with us for a week long workshop at Studio 303. Just the first of many hooping workshops coming to Montreal this spring.

Miss Saturn dazzled us with her extreme control of the multiple hoops, and Pinkie with her sultry slow hooping and burlesque expertise!

It was so great to see hoopers of all different backgrounds and levels develop their hoops skills over the course of the week. Everyone had something to share with the group.

Thanks to Veronique for coming all the way from Gaspé for the workshop and sharing your hoop-poi knowledge with us.
Etienne, great job! I can't wait to see your trombone-hula hoop act!
Caitlin, newbie hooper, ripped it up all week with us!
Nathalie, it was wonderful as always to have your lovely yogic energy and healing hands in the class.
Lore, WOW! only six months into hooping and already doing multiple arm hooping!
Sabine, thanks for your spectacular LED hoop performance and the champagne!
Kelly, thanks for letting us try out your aluminium hoops, definitely a new experience!
Susan found continuous flow with waist hooping, I can't wait to hear about your explorations with your new hoop.
Catherine, welcome to the hoop community, i hope to see you in the hoop once again!
Peter, you were only with us for a day, but you got the Vortex!!

I look forward to hooping with all of you again soon!


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