Sorry for the long gap between posts, today is my friend’s wedding day and I’ve been very busy preparing cakes, picking stuff up and making stuff. Soon it’ll all be over, hooray!
Saturday of Swhoop was a bit of a nightmare. On finding my sleeping bag was neither child or adult size but somewhere evil in between, I failed to get any decent sleep on Friday night. Not good after 6 workshops. I woke up on Saturday morning stiff as a board, with a dodgy wrist and mostly demoralised… this was not how the super hoop weekend should be! So I trudged back down to the art centre, hoping the walk might wake my body up. Not so.
Saturday’s first workshop was with one of my hoop heroes, Anah Reichenbach, often quoted as the mother of modern hoopdance. Very exciting! Anah’s workshop was as surprising as Malcolm’s – no fancy tricks here, just a chilled out state of mind and getting relaxed enough for our bodies to do their own thing (I even shimmied from hip to chest, no hands, nothin’. Amaze!). She then taught shoulder hooping/angles – by focusing on a raised point you can make the hoop angle quite high – easy but good to know!
Next was delicious magic rolls (nom) then belly dancing. It has to be said – I am not a dancer. Nope. Never. So I wanted to try as many of the dance workshops as I could so I could figure out better rhythm. It’s annoying, I used to be a musician and do have rhythm but seemingly no coordination. Anyway, belly dancing turned out to be fun but very full on, we went straight into learning a routine. Turns out I’m crappy at shimmying my shoulders, but I’m pretty hot at shaking my ass. Woop! Sometime around this point I attempted Emma’s “folds” workshop, but I was feeling so tired I ended up crashing out and napping on the floor for about an hour or so until Elise’s ballet workshop. I wanted more to investigate this than anything, but ballet style was exactly to be expected in that it was as hard as nails. I found it interesting but for know I’m not sure how I could integrate it into anything, being a learner and everything. Plus all the positions, wowsers 😐
The next main workshop was Loz Because. I’d been talking to a girl earlier in the day who told me this workshop was quite difficult – you needed to get so many moves and link them together like a choreographed item. This gave me the fear somewhat – I’ve only been hooping since April/May and although I do have some tricks, I wouldn’t exactly call them tricks or moves… it’s a lot of standalone things that don’t really work together! Anyway I gave it my best shot, and learnt a lot! Loz taught us ways of breaking down moves (also related to Malcolm’s circuits I suppose) by rewinding them, pausing them, getting stuck (like a VHS) and reversing them. She also told us to imagine standing inside the alphabet with raised levels around you and figuring moves out by using letters either on the floor, knee level, behind, etc. I wasn’t great at this workshop but after my brain had melted I was very pleased to have done it… Once again another workshop to change the way you think about hooping and not do the expected.
Next was Souk Kitchen dinner (nom) and the Showcase (Click for my FIRST EVER video, just a sample from the showcase) just to demonstrate how awesome our teachers and special guests were for this whole weekend! Everyone was incredible and the Hooping Mad staff got involved too, Emma being our be-panted compere for the evening, Tilly Twist and Bags doing a Bristol massive partner twin routine and Delilah Disgrace doing some rudey Burlesque hooping! A LED ball followed, but a) I don’t have an LED hoop and b) I didn’t have keys to Dave’s house, and it was pretty close to midnight again. I borrowed a duvet from the chill out area – was totally not going to be foiled by my sleeping bag this time – and tottered off back home, to hang out with Dave and watch TV/Skyrim (Actually pretty good looking)