Once Upon a Time… I spent a lot of time within the community of Hoop Dance. I literally traveled the world because of a hula hoop. I still have a hard time believing that it all went down.
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Before Hooping, I was an incredibly introverted, shy, often depressed and unsure of myself and also unsure of how I got to that point. Learning to hoop brought me out of an unhealthy isolation. I loved it so much. I found an activity to physically release and express myself through movement. All this inside a space that also supplied time for thoughts about my life to flow, unravel and heal.
The practice of hooping left me so hungry to discover more. So much so, that I was willing to endure a good deal scoffing and I am sure ridicule, in order to claim space for it in a conventional environment. Facilitating Space for the practice and gathering of hoopers was one of the great joys of my life. Sadly, I am currently retired from instruction and performing but continue to hoop for myself.
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