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Hoop Technique – Burn – video

Late one night at the Flow Toys space, Spiral and I decided to take a break from shooting the Hoop Technique DVD and jam out. The dance floor has amazing lighting that transforms the space in an instant and was even more dramatic on the enormous backdrop we had setup. We kept the cameras rolling. Here’s a clip from that night.

This is an original track by Janaka Selekta & Madhu Rose. I’ve been in love with this track for months and am honored that they have allowed us to use it here and on the DVD. Madhu & Janaka have been working on this track for 3 years. The DVD will feature a recently remastered version with new vocals from Madhu.

view the clip on YouTube: here

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Flow In the Wasteland

Khan, Lauren and I shot this over the weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve made any videos and it felt great to see the stuff I’ve been developing on film. Khan demos his new found passion, club swinging as well as a bunch of his axial isolations that I am so fond of. Lauren shot most of the video of us in these remote warehouses down in the dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. The three of us had a spectacular day and I can’t wait to do it again. Khan cranked out this elegant edit job in no time at all. The man has skillz.

The track is “Reborn” by Janaka Selekta off the Pushing Air album. The full album is available for listening here. Janaka is a close friend and producing some of Lauren and I’s favorite music, most of which is asian influenced dubstep. Thank you Janaka for allowing us to use this track. We listened to it for 6 hours on repeat while shooting : )
Check him out at: www.janakaselekta.net

Christabel on KFOG 6/2/09, The HOOPING Book!

Thank you Christabel for name dropping Khan, Bax and I in the interview. She’s beginning a radio tour promoting her new book Hooping! A Revolutionary Fitness Program. If your in SF, come by the Make-Out Room in the Mission District for her book opening party from 7-10pm tonight. Lauren and I will be there.

I was immediately comfortable and at ease with Renee and Peter (who had already done a segment on my classes in the past) as well as Greg, who was super welcoming. It was an unusual show because Renee, the host, has personally hooped many times before and is passionate about it already. She is fascinated by the more male styles and conceptually already understood the dynamism and grace in hooping as an art form. Neat way to start! This allowed some super juicey material to present itself rather fast in the interview, which had 15 whole minutes, as well as call-ins. Then suddenly, we were on air.

Hoopgirl Blog: here
The Hooping Book Blog: here

Heather Crosby – Us

The ever amazing Heather Crosby writes:

Someone I have tremendous love for wrote a song for me a few months ago. It is his birthday today. Chicago is rainy and emotional outside and the light in my home is calming. History and future swirling around. It felt natural to play “the” song over and over and over on itunes today and hoop for hours. This is tape of the last 7 1/2 minutes of my session. Usually I’d edit it down to make it shorter, but I can’t bring myself to do it to this one…

Full article: Inspired By Everything

Isopop 1: Advancement of Isolations – CLASS FULL

Isopop 1: Advanced Isolations
I’m very excited  to share this class!  My background is in architecture and has highly informed my hooping.  This workshop will explore a method of thinking about the hoops motion in space.  We will be focusing on a how we can sharply transition between motions in order to create strong visual forms.  These contrast points can then be used to emphasize the beats, rhythm, or tempo within our hoopdance.
2 class series.  Each class will last 1 hr + 30 minutes of jam where I will be available to ask questions.  Small hoops encouraged.  Seats are limited.  Pre-requisite: be able to do an isolation.  Class fee is $50.
November 12th, 9:00-10:30 PM
November 19th, 9:00-10:30 PM
City Dance Studio
10 Colton Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Email rich.gporter@gmail.com to sign up or for questions.

Nov. 12th Class Itinerary:
9:10 – 9:15
Intro

9:15 – 9:30
Talking Point – Contrast:

The visual excitement we register in hooping comes from contrast.  In the late 50′s early 60′s, the hoop just wen around the waist with very little contrast.  Now we switch speeds, elevations, scale, patterns, direction, etc.  We constantly change what it is we are doing.  Generally, the higher the contrast, the more visual interest is created.

Talking Point – Concept based motions vs. kinesthetically learned:
Generally in hooping we focus on the hoops relationship to our body.  In this class we’re going to be exploring the hoops relationship to space rather than the hoops relationship with the body. Learning this capacity opens the door to moves that don’t yet feel right and no one else is showing you is possible.  It also frees us to focus on the diagrams we draw with our hoop and with our body.  This tends to be more common in poi and staff spinning.

Drill – Point Isolation

Mime Wall
Partner fixed point movements
Hoop w/ Tape point

9:30-9:45

5 basic isolations:
Inside 1-hand
Inside 2-hand
Inside 2-hand cross
Outside 2-hand
Outside 2-hand Cross

Isolations:
0) 2D – Static – Hoop isn’t moving.
1) 2D – Center Point Isolation – any variation on the 5 basics.  Hoop appears to be stationary while rotating around it’s center.
2) 3D – 2 point isolations or axial isolations – Two points remained fixed.  Ie.  door move.
3) 3D – Point Isolation – Anytime the hoop revolves around a single point, regardless of where the person touches the hoop.  Spinning on the hand is (almost) a point isolation. Additionally, we can chose an arbitrary point and rotate around that point.
4) Fictitious point isolation – isolate a point not on the hoop

9:45-10:15

Talking Point – Combinations:
Off body hooping is (loosely) either isolation, transition, or a combination of the two.  From a visual perspective, spinning the hoop around ones hand is isolating your hand.  The standard isolation is isolating the central point of the hoop.

Motion:

Weave w/ antispin pop

Motion:

Samurai Grip backhand role

Motion:
Antispin Quadrant
Antispin Flower

Motion:
Two Hand Isopop
(more advanced, sequential pops)


10:15-11:00

Studio Open for play.

Nov. 19th Class Itinerary:
9:10 – 9:30
Review Nov. 12th class.  Motions: 5 basic isolations:
Isolations:
0) 2D – Static – Hoop isn’t moving.
1) 2D – Center Point Isolation – any variation on the 5 basics.  Hoop appears to be stationary while rotating around it’s center.
2) 3D – 2 point isolations or axial isolations – Two points remained fixed.  Ie.  door move.
3) 3D – Point Isolation – Anytime the hoop revolves around a single point, regardless of where the person touches the hoop.  Spinning on the hand is (almost) a point isolation. Additionally, we can chose an arbitrary point and rotate around that point.
4) Fictitious point isolation – isolate a point not on the hoop
5 Basic Center Point Isolation
Weave w/ antispin pop
Antispin Quadrant
Antispin Flower
Two Hand Isopop

9:30-10:00
Talking Point:

Diagrammatic clarity. Observers perceive the independent diagrams clearer if the contrast point between the two motions is clear and distinct.

Motion:

Quadrant Isopop

Motion:
Isobreak

Motion:
Quadrant Isobreak

Motion:
Draw diagram
Isobreak to Flow-In
Isobreak to Break-In

Motion:
2 hand Isolation to Slide Up

Motion:
Weave to Slide Right
Weave to Slide Left

Motion:

Isobreak to Slide to Isobreak

Talking Point:

Contrast Elements – SPEED!!!! Scale of movements, Direction (breaks), Isolation point, Elevation, etc.

10:00-10:10

Drill: Lead quadrant Isopop and Isobreaks.
Group: Isodance

10:10-11:00

Jam Time