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29
May

On the cover in Osoyoos

I was passing through Osoyoos, BC and spotted hoops on the cover of their Visitor’s Guide!  My hosts say they’ve never seen hoops before, though I’m surprised because the beach-climate and wine-culture would go perfectly with hooping!  

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14
May

I am the MASTER of this song!

Sadie hears a played-out song that changed her view on these too-familiar tunes. I was at an ecstatic dance jam, the second of the week led by the same glorious facilitator – Bernice Rabbis.  I was dancing along, exploring the texture and feeling of the songs, exploring the space and my body, when BOOM! My […]

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08
Apr

Warming Up Bodies and Seasons

During my morning walk I reflected on this in-between season, where there are days with hot summer breezes and days with frigid flurries.  I got to thinking about the link between winter-spring transition and the warm up at the beginning of exercise/dance/fun-jumpy-times. It’s important to warm up! We all know this, we’ve been told so […]

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25
Feb

The learning process

Sadie’s reflections on learning a new skill One of the things that brings us hoopers together is the shared learning experience.  To carry a hoop means you’ve tried and failed and picked it up again. To carry a hoop means you’ve surprised your friends, made up new moves, hit yourself in the face, been a […]

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10
Sep

Harvest Festival Prep!

This isn’t hoop-focused, but I know there are at least a dozen hoopers going to Harvest Festival this coming weekend. It’s electronic music and camping and dancing in the sunshine and sculpture-filled land beneath fall leaves.  It’s known for it’s warm, friendly daytime vibes and it’s cold nights. Here’s their official packing list….. THINGS YOU […]

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02
Sep

How many hoops do you carry?

Over the past few months I’ve enjoyed carrying just one hoop on adventures, near and far.  I’ve left my twins’ and multis’ and minis’ at home and just brought one good-for-most-tempos hoop. I love that once I’m out in the park, there’s no decision to make about which hoop, or how many hoops to use, […]

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17
Aug

Hoops in the wild – in the park!

I love parks. I love people coming together and sharing a huge space in an urban centre. I love watching puppies tumble and toddlers waddle.  I love watching people as they pass to give me a sense of who lives in my neighborhood, and to wonder about what their lives are like outside the park. […]

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04
May

The Care and Feeding of Jams

What’s that I see? Sunshine – muddy feet – open-hearted park sitters – jam jam jam time is here!! Time to use public space for play, for relaxation, for GROWING! We have a solid jamming tradition here in the big smoke, and I’m here to give some tips on how to keep it strong! First […]

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14
Apr

Dancing makes you smarter!

A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that daily dancing lowers your risk of dementia.  The authors studied leisure activities that were mental (cross words, reading) and physical (golf, biking, dancing) and dancing showed the greatest risk reduction of any leisure activity. Why? It’s the split-second decision making that dancing (especially […]

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05
Apr

Outdoor Hooping Gear

While prepping for an early-spring park session I realized all the little tricks I’ve found and things I’ve bought that make going to the park to hoop more comfortable.  Now I’m not saying to rush out and buy more stuff (all you need is you and your hoop and some space!) but if you do […]

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