Interview with Rachel Sullivan (Dances with Circles)

* Repost from our previous blog site - originally published on April 8, 2015 at 11:53am *


                Rachel Sullivan is always blowing our minds on Instagram under the name @danceswithcircles.

I had the opportunity to interview her about her hoop dance and about her "Egypt" video (below). 

Here is what she had to say about it:

1. What made you passionate about Egypt to create this video?

"I am highly interested in contemporary politics and political revolutions. The Arab spring in general is something that highly interests me. Egypt stuck out to me because of the close ties the US has with Egypt."

2. Is there anything you would like the public to know about Egypt?

"Our government is funneling money to their military and refuses to acknowledge the military coup that occurred in Egypt after President Morsi was over thrown in 2013. The military is repressing the people to such a degree that they just want their basic human rights to be respected at this point. They couldn't care less about political reform now, because they are being killed, tortured, executed etc. for expressing their basic human rights. What concerns me the most is that people seem to have no idea, or care, about what is going on in the Middle East. There is a massive violation of human rights occurring at this very moment in the Middle East and I wanted to bring attention to it."

3. What is your favorite aspect of hoop dance?

"How expressive you can be with it. The fact that there is an object involved seems to make the dance more powerful, in my opinion. In my video the hoop represents different things in the different clips but I think that is clear or at least I hope it is. I like hoop dance because it's interpretive, I was able to take the fluctuating political climate of Egypt and express it via hoop dance."

4. Is there anything else you would like the public to know about you and your hoop dance?

"My hoop dance is raw. I never choreograph it I let it happen. I do this for an array of reasons but the most important one is that hoop dance is a way to express myself and I never know how that is going to turn out. As soon as I start thinking about what trick or move I will do next I loose the value of hoop dance which is the spontaneity of it."

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A photo of Rachel hoop dancing

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