“Waist-Free” Beginner Hoop Workshop (with Space Dolphin!) – Dancers


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“Waist-Free” Beginner Hoop Workshop (with Space Dolphin!)

In this workshop, we’ll learn a variety of hoop tricks for beginners. Don’t let difficulty with “regular” ol’ hula hooping on your waist hold you back from learning how to flow out! All of the moves we’re going to explore do not require the ability to waist hoop. Some extra hoops provided, bringing your own hoop(s) still encouraged.

Xander Nixon

Alexander “Xander” Nixon is a Master Hooper transplanted to Brooklyn, NYC from Tampa, FL back in 2000. He has been hooping for 14 years and is the vanguard of Double Hooping, with numerous “moves” that testify to his creative exploration.

Nixon teaches Group Hoop classes indoors and outdoors in NYC, and credits Stephan “Spins” Pildes for initiation him into the Hooping Art.

Xander’s workshops will focus on synchronizing your body’s motion to your hoop’s motion, sequencing moves for maximum BANG, and, of course, how to DAZZLE with DOUBLE HOOPING.

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Double Hooping by Xander™ Workshop

Heidi- Matica Arts-Thrive Movement Studio

A performing and teaching artist since 2000, Heidi has traveled internationally performing, collaborating and training. She is inspired by the moving body and it’s vast capabilities. She loves the synthesis of creativity and physicality that circus explores. Circus, movement and aerials are her creative outlets, a medium for healing the body and building strength, working though vulnerabilities and moving forward. As a teacher she focuses on alignment, building strength and flexibility and finding one’s creative voice.
She has studied aerials at the New England Center for Circus Arts since 2007 and has just compeleted an year full time in one of their “Pro” programs. She has had so many amazing coaches there including Jamie Hodgson, Lauren Bruning, Caroline Wright, Aimee Hancock and Elsie Smith- and has has done an Aerial Teacher Training.
In 2014 she and her partner, Joel Melendez, built and opened Thrive Movement Studio in NWCT so they would finally have a home base to share their arts with their community.
She is also co-founder of the touring duo, Matica Arts, whose focus is on Circus, World Music, and the Moving Arts. Matica can be found performing at many festivals, events, and schools in the North East. Heidi performs Aerial fabric, trapeze, Chinese yo-yo, juggling, hula hoop and stilts. She is also the creator of Whole Body Math, a curriculum infused kinesthetic moving math program-both for young learners and as a Professional Development for teachers. She is a teaching artist on the Hartford Performs and Arts For Learning CT/Young Audiences rosters. She has completed Yoga Teacher Trainings in Power Yoga and Taoist Yoga. see www.maticaarts.com and thrivemovementstudio.com


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Aerial Fabric Intro

An accessible class for all bodies looking to try this art form. We will work close to the ground on simple poses and sequences.

Beyond Beginner- for students that have some fabric experience, who can climb and put on foot knots. Heidi will assess student level and teach new material.

Trapeze- Intro
We will work on simple poses under and on the bar.

Beyond Beginner Trapeze- for students who have done some trapeze work and are comfortable moving around the bar and up to standing.

Reese “Stoop Kid” Crawley

Maurice (Reese) Crawley has been practicing circus and flow arts since January 2014. The passion and freedom found in the arts has taken him through many different forms of self-expression, but his love is for performance. From volunteering at the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO) in Portland, Maine, to video shoots in Birmingham, AL, to fire performances for 80,000 attendees at Burning Man, every endeavor receives all of his time and dedication. Most recent achievements include SpinCo’s Social Engagement Chair, Bangarang shows, PEX performances, and festivals all around the country. Reese looks forward to bringing that same energy to you.

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Living on the Grid – with Double Staff

Level: Mixed
Prop: Two short props. Works best with stick but most props will work for this class.

I have been performing with double staff for about 2 years now and one of the most influential lessons I have learned so far was grid tracing. When a performer places themselves in the center of a 9 square grid, almost infinite combinations of techniques are unlocked for them. In this class, we will review timing/direction, isolations, anti-spins and hybrids each across the varying sides and levels of a grid.

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