Why Everyone Should Attend Hooping Workshops

Repost from our previous blog site hooptricks.org - originally published on April 21, 2015 at 10:22am

Workshops are very similar to group classes. They normally focus on one aspect of hooping, or one group of techniques, and run for about 2-3 hours. They are usually held by experienced instructors, and often by popular hooping icons. Depending on the instructor, they can range anywhere from $10 to $150 or so.

Not only do hoopers benefit from workshops for many reasons, but even advanced hoopers can find them rewarding. I sometimes learn new things and ideas from my students in class, even when they are still beginners. This article will explain other magical rewards of workshops, through interviews with hoopers who have experienced them.

Ali Williams

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1. Who held and instructed the workshop?

The teacher was Ann Humphreys, hostess was Nickalina Ray

A Photo of Ann provided by Ali
A Photo of Ann provided by Ali

2.What was the biggest benefit of attending the workshop for you?

I now have the fundamental understanding of a very significant portion of hoopdance that I was missing and desired before going - Angles.

3.What were some unexpected benefits or positive surprises that made you glad you decided to attend the workshop?

Unexpectedly, I now have two verrrrry close hoop friends I would otherwise never have seen face-to-face. Also, faced a social situation I normally would have avoided.

4. Do you recommend that other hoopers attend workshops?

Yes! Oh absolutely. They'd most likely learn a great deal more than would expect to.

5. What else would you like to tell us about your experience at the workshop?

Several hours can feel like 20 minutes, and also always drink a ton of water.

Melissa Stump

Melissa Stump with her hoop
Melissa Stump with her hoop

1. Who held and instructed the workshop?

Rachael Lust on 04/13/15 in Akron Ohio

Photo Credit: Rachael Lust
Photo Credit: Rachael Lust

2. What was the biggest benefit of attending the workshop for you?

Honestly, it was probably meeting other hoopers! I really don't have any hoop friends, so it was awesome to make connections with fellow hoopers! Another huge benefit of the class was to just have someone in front of me willing to walk me through steps to get tricks. YouTube video tutorials are great, but I was learning things quicker and easier with someone walking me through it in person.

3. What were some unexpected benefits or positive surprises that made you glad you decided to attend the workshop?

I learned tricks that I have never even dreamed about doing. Things that I did not even know were possible. Like a double knee break! I could barely break with my knees when I walked into the workshop but before I left, I was breaking with both my knees!

4. Do you recommend that other hoopers attend workshops?

YES!! The price was expensive, and I almost did not go because of it. I'm glad I did though. It was beyond worth it!

5. What else would you like to tell us about your experience at the workshop?

I was really excited to meet people who are just as excited about hooping as I am! We all had different skill levels but everyone was respectful and helpful towards one another. It truly was an experience. I cannot wait to attend another one!

Desiree Argentina

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1. Who held and instructed the workshop(s)?

I have taken many workshops at Fahrenheit Flowarts festival and wildfire Flowarts festival and they were extremely helpful! I also took a workshop this past Saturday in Rochester with Grace Alexander

2. What was the biggest benefit of attending the workshop(s) for you?

I like watching YouTube videos for instruction but nothing compares to a teacher right in front of you, guiding you, and making personalized constructive criticism. Also, I like that once you begin really getting a move the instructor can teach you a similar move

3. What were some unexpected benefits or positive surprises that made you glad you decided to attend the workshop(s)?

I really love the support and encouragement from other members taking the workshop. It is just such a boost when a peer is on the same boat and cheers you on. I have made many friends this way! Another benefit is that the people in the workshop are usually at different experience levels and can teach you some of their cool moves too

4. Do you recommend that other hoopers attend workshops?

I recommend it 1000%. I make so much more progress by attending workshops than just watching videos.

5.What else would you like to tell us about your experience at the workshop(s)?

I learned so much and made some friends, too. I love workshops so much. It's an invaluable experience.

Jackie Katarzyna Gajda

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1. Who held and instructed the workshop(s)?

I've taught a few workshops before, one at Omnipresence festival in Indiana. The workshops I myself have taken were all at flow fests held by the flow arts institute. The festival I'm specifically referring to is Kinetic Fire and I was most struck by Gail O'Brien as an instructor.

2. What was the biggest benefit of attending the workshop(s) for you?

I was new to doubles during this time last year and the workshop really helped me with muscle memory for double hooping and just helped me understand the possibilities and different grips that are available with doubles.

3. What were some unexpected benefits or positive surprises that made you glad you decided to attend the workshop(s)?

I was surprised at how well Gail handled giving personal attention to a room that had at least 50 hoopers in it!

4. Do you recommend that other hoopers attend workshops?

Yes, absolutely. The hands on help is something you can't get from a tutorial or even a Skype session.

5.What else would you like to tell us about your experience at the workshop(s)?

I just think every flow artist should make it a point to try and attend a flow festival at some time during the time that they spin. There's a lot to learn and a lot to open your mind to, lots of people to meet, and most importantly more concepts to polish.


Lacey Leigh Yarbrough

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1. Who held and instructed the workshop?

Ann Humphreys. Anglelicious Workshop by Line and Circle $40

2. What was the biggest benefit of attending the workshop for you?

This was an intermediate Hoopers workshop for Hoopers with at least 80 hours in spinning. Her goal for the workshop was to improve a Hoopers angle hooping at the waist, chest, and neck. Big hoops were encouraged. This was my favorite workshop ever attended, and the most difficult. But I walked away from that workshop with whole new outlet that I've been able to explore over the last month. This workshop helped me find my rhythm. Which this girl thought she had NONE. I have been able to take these tools I learned and after 3 1/2 years I am now able to shoulder hoop, chest hoop, break and paddle, and mainly just look more graceful and in tune with my music when I hoop.

3. What were some unexpected benefits or positive surprises that made you glad you decided to attend the workshop?

Positive surprise for me was that I could easily vertical shoulder/chest hoop in the sky position or back arched and face up towards the sky with hoop at chest position. I knew we would be learning more vertical and chest hooping skills but she went more in depth and made us do a warm up dance with some native American drumming and I was able to finally feel the 1-2 rhythm that I have been lacking in the 3 1/2 years of hooping. I loved the attention to detail she gave.

4. Do you recommend that other hoopers attend workshops?

I recommend Anns workshop Anglelicious for any non beginner level hooper.

5.What else would you like to tell us about your experience at the workshop?

Ann is very patient and a great teacher. I can't thank her enough for teaching this workshop.

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