HoopPath: Toronto Week Tickets
HoopPath: Toronto Week Tickets
Two weekends are offered for HP: Week. Scroll down for info on weekend two, "The Master's Class"
Weekend One: (SOLD OUT)
Trinity-St Paul's United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts
427 Bloor St West,
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X
Weekend 1: "Farewell Tour"
Friday, 4/20/2018 (Doors open: 6 pm for warmup. Class begins 6:15pm- 10:00pm)- Dance
Saturday, 4/21/2018 (Doors open: 2pm for warmup. Class begins 2:15pm- 6:00pm)- Mastery
Sunday, 4/22/2018 (Doors open: 1:00 pm for warmup. Class begins 1:15pm- 5:00pm)- Movement Meditation
(Each day will begin with 10-15 minutes of socializing and warming up, so don't worry if you're running late!)
The Short blurb:
This is my last traveling hoop tour. I have decided to teach a workshop based on the story of my last 15.5 years of hoop dance. Each day I will put together a workshop based on the history of my hoop practice and hoop teaching. My hope is that by basing this tour on my “flow story” I will help others see and explore their own hoop stories. My intent is that each day will will be a movement journey of movement and imagination.
(Each day will include on and off body hooping.)
Friday: When I first got into hooping it was all about flow and dance for me. On Friday night, I will offer a workshop of full of exercises and stories that will help free up our flow and our expression. I’ll explain how myth became a big part of my hooping and teaching and how hooping helped me love life more than I ever had. We will be working with stories, blindfolds, and different musical grooves.
Saturday: Flow and Skill Building- This day will be about building the skills that have become the bedrock of the HoopPath curriculum. This will include on and off body hooping techniques that I have taught and developed over the last 12 years of my teaching. I will teach these techniques by telling the stories that inspired their creation. Although this is a day for building skill, I will make sure to create a balance between learning and free, creative self expression.
Sunday: Flow, Meditation, and Creativity— As much as I love learning new things and dancing, it has been the meditative qualities of hoop dance that have meant the most to me. Before hooping, I had not yet made the connection between movement and inner contentment. On Sunday, I will share the stories and exercises that have opened the most doors for me in this way. The vibe of this day will be more chill, peaceful, and expressive than the other days.
Weekend 2: "The Masters Class (Black Belt) ***TICKETS ADDED!**
NEW, BIGGER LOCATION (As of 4/10/18):
Branksome Hall - Athletic and Wellness Centre Gymnasium -
10 Elm St, Toronto, ON -
Note about WEEKEND TWO LOCATION: We will be in the Athletic and Wellness Centre - Gymnasium. The actual address is 10 Elm Ave but the AWC is ACROSS the road (Mount Pleasant) from the actual school. Once there, Just head up the stairs.
Times: (***NEW TIMES***)
Friday, 4/27/2018 (Doors open: 6:00 pm for warmup. Class begins 6:15pm- 10:00pm)- Authentic Flow
Saturday, 4/28/2018 (Doors open: 3 pm for warmup. Class begins 3:15pm- 7:00pm)- Growth and Achievement
Sunday, 4/29/2018 (Doors open: 10:30am for warmup. Class begins 10:45am - 2:30pm) - The Nurtured Nature
The Short blurb:
If you love to hoop, if you love to dance, if you love to flow, and you love it enough to have done it over time, then you are a Master, in my mind. For me, becoming a Master, means seeking out new ways to fall in love with all these things. A HoopPath "Masters' Class' is a weekend designed for students to explore equally hoop dance technique and their own creativity.
Each day, will include lots of stories, on and off body hooping, different genres of dope music, and lots of free flow time. (More than past years.)
(Each day will include on and off body hooping.)
Friday "Authenticity": It can pretty hard to stay authentic these days. Even if you're not easily affected by the world around you, staying authentic to your highest self requires regular tuning. Hoop dance is one way we can 'tune' ourselves to our truest pitch (the most accurate reflection of who we believe we are.) On Friday night, I'll tell stories and we will polish our fundamentals and find our dance flow. The technical focus of the night will be on footwork and flow.
Saturday "Growth and Achievement": When we're not growing, we can sometimes feel like we're stuck. Lots of hoopers fall away from their movement path when they feel as though they are not developing, not opening any more. Saturday's workshop will be aimed at discovering, exploring, and developing our hoop knowledge and skillset. I will offer technique exercises based on stories with long "labs (songs)" for you to find your way with the tech.
I will take requests from the students on what techniques to cover that day. If no one has any requests we will cover core hooping (body rocking), tosses, 2 point technique, Folding.)
Sunday "Hoop Church + The Nurtured Nature": Sundays of HoopPath are my personal favorites. At my national retreat, we would refer to the first 30 minutes of Sunday as "Hoop Church." We would imagine if hoop dancers had a ritual way to connect with other hoopers in a intentional manner, What would it look like? On this last Sunday of my teaching in Alberta, I would to offer you what we came up with over 10 years of trying. Hoop Church is not a religious service, but rather a 30 minute opportunity to connect to yourself and other beautiful people.
For the remaining time, we will explore more stories and techniques, but the focus of the whole day will be on connecting with who you really are and finding ways to nurture that you through movement and dance. There will also be more time given to free flow.
***All Ticket options are open for this weekend. If you are interested in both Calgary weekends, there is a ticket option for that. Prices are in US dollars. 1 USD = 1.20 CAD. Tickets are non-refundable.***
The Longer Blurb: (Optional reading)
Flow Story Tour
My name is Baxter and I have been a hooper since late 2001. In 2005, I began teaching a local hoop class in Carrboro, NC. By 2007, I was traveling and teaching hoop dance as a movement practice all over the US. Over the last 8 years I would travel to cities all over the US, Canada, and (to a lesser degree) the UK year after year. I began to call teaching this cycle of cities, “touring.”
My workshops have evolved over that time, but have remained true to certain core themes:
1. Hooping as dance
2. Hooping as self care
3. Hooping as a path to Authenticity
My workshops are inside, private, and climate controlled. 95% of the time the music is played through high quality sound systems and I use a mic. My students run the ages of 17-70+. The workshops are set up in a rhythm of, “teach, then do.” That means, I talk a bit and show a technique or concept, then I play whole songs so that you, the student, have time to find your way with it. I do not teach tricks or trick sequences, because I don’t flow that way in my own hoop practice. I try to teach moves and concepts that I believe will open doors within the student that will be unique to them.
My repertoire and skillset with the hoop includes on-body and off-body hooping. I hoop on my own almost every day for around 2 hours, 5-6 days a week. I’m as fit as I have ever been, and I am a lot better at handling life’s ups and downs because of my hoop practice. It’s because of my own hoop story that I teach the way I do: hooping for me is not about anyone else’s enjoyment, but mine. It’s cool when other people like it, but that’s not why I do it everyday.
After 12 years of teaching professionally and traveling almost every weekend, I have reached a point in my life when I am ready to explore other artistic possibilities and career opportunities, therefore I have decided that this will be my last hoop teaching tour. I will still teach locally and occasionally for hire, but I will no longer maintain my circuit of cities.
So, this is my last time around, essentially.
Although I have used many teaching techniques over the years, the one technique that has proven to be the most impactful and most popular has been my use of storytelling. It may sound weird, but from the very beginning of my teaching I have told movement stories. The stories are based on myths I have written and developed into movement exercises. On this tour, I plan to teach most of the workshop this way. I fear that this approach may confuse some people, and even keep others away, but when I asked my long time supporters what they wanted most from my last tour the resounding response was “more stories!” So, here you go.
There is no required skill set, but the workshops are athletic.
Each Workshop begins 15 minutes after the start time, to allow people to stretch and warm-up before class.
We begin the workshop by sitting in "Circle." At this time, we'll introduce ourselves to each other, I'll go over my ideas for the class, and we'll decide how much flow vs skill building we want for that day. (There will always be some skill building each day, no matter what. Even when I teach pure flow classes, skills are improved upon.)
You will not be asked to perform or demonstrate at any point in the class.
I teach to all skill levels and ages (of adults) on a regular basis.
My teaching emphasizes whole body movement (while hooping) which means the classes are reasonably athletic. Many of my students choose to make them VERY athletic. (This is something we can vote on.) Either way, you will want to dress appropriately.
You will need to bring your own hoop, blindfold, and water. Bringing snacks is not a bad idea, either.