July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2009
OIP Dance Studio
190 Richmond Street East, 2nd Fl.
There are two ticket options:
2 Days (Friday and Saturday)
3 Days (Friday-Sunday)
I can’t believe my trip to Canada is almost here! I super excited to come to Canada for only my second time ever as a Hoop Instructor. I want to thank Sadie Spins and the rest of the Toronto hoop crew for a very warm invitation to come to Toronto to share my hoop teaching.
As Ann gets our life back together here in Carrboro after HoopPath Retreat III, I will be coming to Toronto to teach a three-day workshop series for all skill and talent levels.
Some of you may be wondering what to expect in the workshops, so let me offer you a brief description of what to expect:
On Day One, I will share and develop the Way of my teaching technique: The Maidan Myth. In the HoopPath teaching, I rely heavily on the use of metaphor in order to open a creative connection between hoop technique and creative expression. While metaphor can be a phenomenal tool in communicating ideas, it can, if taken literally, become cumbersome. On the first day, I will outline and create an access for all of us to understand the foundational ideas of hoop movement and dance with a clear, shared meaning of my terms and ideas. The hoop skills we will work on will be Core skills [core= top of the head to bottoms of the feet.]
On Day Two, we will push into the more advanced core skills such as shoulder hooping, leg hooping, and Angle hooping. I should tell you that I write Day Two after Day One, so that I can respond to what I have seen the day before. It is safe to say that, generally, Day Two will cover the aforementioned skills listed above, but I do reserve the right to wander from that path, should my instincts direct me that way. We will also discuss breaks, reverses, and paddles that day.
On Day Three, we will take the hoop off of the body and move into some of the basic Touch techniques of the HoopPath. These techniques (Point, Swing, and Samurai) are off body moves intended to help one foster “stillness” within the hoop. “Stillness” is the calm we create in the Mind as the body is engaged in rapid and changing movements. Generally, students find the last day to be less athletic, but surprisingly challenging.
Our workshops are physically challenging, to be sure. Please rest before you come and bring LOTS of water. If you have multiple hoops, you will want to bring the hoop you feel most comfortable with “core-hooping” for the first day and most likely the second day, as well.
If you have questions, please write to me at Baxter@hooppath.com.