HoopPath: Calgary! There are TWO weekends planned this year for Calgary! The first is a shorter, less expensive weekend for new and experienced hoopers. The second weekend (3/23) is for experienced HoopPathers (or hoopers who like weird stuff) and is focused on creativity and flow. All ticket options are open! If you're hardcore you can purchase a ticket to both!
[**Prices are in (adjusted) US dollars. Tickets are non-refundable, but can be sold or gifted. This is the first of two HoopPath Weekends. You can purchase a single to both, if you want to save some money.]
404 Meredith Rd NE Suite 1,
Calgary, AB T2E 5A6,
Friday, 3/9/2018 (Doors open: 7:00 pm for warmup. Class begins 7:10pm- 10:00pm)- Flow & Footwork
Saturday, 3/10/2018 (Doors open: 1 pm for warmup. Class begins 1:10pm- 4:00pm)- Mastery "All Requests" (Skill Building- Body Rocking/Warrior Flow)
Sunday, 3/11/2018 (Doors open: 2:00 pm for warmup. Class begins 2:10pm- 5:00pm)- Movement Meditation & Creativity
(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:
I feel so much Gratitude for the Love I've felt with the hoopers I've danced with in Calgary over the years. For my last regular workshop in Calgary, I have decided to offer a shorter, more condensed (and less expensive) offering comprised of the most appreciated concepts and exercises I've taught over the last 12 years (10+ tours).
Each day will have a different focus and feel. We will do on and off body hooping everyday. All skill levels are welcome.
Friday "Footwork and Flow": Perhaps the most popular Friday night plan I've ever come up with was a Friday I called, "Footwork and Flow." I have some new ideas to add, but I want to stick to the spirit of one of everyone's favorite workshop day which is getting down and letting go. For me, the flow starts at the feet. If your feet are flowing, then everything else flows. Freeing the feet is harder than it sounds, but listening to different kinds of dope music in a room full of authentic people can be magically quick for transforming how we move. This night will be fun, energetic, and light-hearted.
Saturday "All Requests": Flow and Skill Building- This day will be about building the skills that have become the bedrock of the HoopPath curriculum. This past year in Florida, I offered a Saturday in which I asked the attendees what skills they wanted to work on for the day. I was thrilled with the suggestions and pleasantly surprised how we were able to move synergistically as a group through the day's skill building. *If* no one can think anything, then we will cover HP fundamentals like core hooping, paddles, tosses, and 2 Point.
Sunday "Hoop Church": Flow, Meditation, and Creativity— Don't worry, this won't be a religious service. "Church",in this case, refers to a group of people who come together to create a space of Love. Over the years, I have realized that one of the best things about workshop weekends is the vibe we create with each other. It is a vibe of acceptance, respect, and loving awareness. On this final day, we will explore our connection to our movement through hoop dance and story. We will cover some techniques, but the principal purpose will be on unlocking our creative energy and movement flow.
The Longer Blurb:
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.