Choreographer and dancer Rebecca Halls trained from a young age in classical and contemporary dance and is a graduate of the BFA dance program at Concordia University. Rebecca has been doing choreographic research with hoops for the past five years.She has contributed significantly towards the evolution of hoop dance, a budding art form that is surfacing around the world. Rebecca has taught workshops across Canada, the USA, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, and Taiwan. She has been a panelist, featured instructor and performer at four international hoop conferences including Hoop Convergence (North Carolina, USA), Hoop Camp (California USA), Manchester Hoop Congress (UK) and The European Hoop Conference (Germany). She is continually pushing the boundaries of this art form in her work as a performer, choreographer and teacher by translating concepts and ideas through movement research and exploration.In 2008 she began collaboration with filmmaker Marites Carino to create the dance for camera piece HOOP. The film has been featured internationally at Filament Film Festival (NY) Cinedans Film Festival (Amsterdam, NL), The Dance for Camera Festival (NY), the Festival International du Film sur l’Art (Montreal) and the Dance Camera West Festival (LA). In 2009 the film was awarded Bravo!FACT & commissioned by EMPAC DANCE MOViES. HOOP was recently nominated in the performing arts category at the Yorkton Film Festival. In 2011/2012 Rebecca will be collaborating with Marites on a second project to create Hringur, the sequel to HOOP that will be shot in Iceland.In 2009 Rebecca founded IHOOPU Dance in Montreal; the first hoop dance school in Canada. The school now has five certified teachers and five performers and has had over 200 students. In 2010/2011 Rebecca was hired to work for Choreographer Danièle Desnoyers and leCarré des Lombes, to coach two dancers to become expert hula hoopers for the piece Dévorer le ciel (2010). As choreographer Rebecca was the first in Montreal to use hula hoops in a contemporary dance piece in her creation Pi.r.squared (2007) presented at Espace Tangente. As a dancer Rebecca has worked with choreographer Soo Yeon Cho under the direction of Sha Xin Wei at Hexagram in the OUIJA project (2007), she danced for Choreographer Sasha Kleinplatz in the creation and presentation of Bruised Knee Chorus (2008), and she was choreographer Gabriel Martin’s collaborator in the creation of the duet Box (2009). In the summer of 2010 Rebecca worked with a creative team in Taiwan to create a multi-disciplinary performance choreography that was presented to aboriginal communities around Taiwan. Rebecca has been very active in the Montreal arts community over the past five years. She has worked in collaboration with Festivals des Film du Monde and Festival International des Films sur l’Art to organize happenings in Montreal including a Flash Mob in Place des Arts (2011), and a Hoop Jam in Place des Festivals (2010). She has participated in projects for International Day of Dance, Nuit Blanche, Festival International du Jazz and has been an RQD member since 2009. Rebecca is very interested in the idea of leaving an imprint. Her choreographic intention is to create flowing movement while executing highly technical tricks using hoops. She aims to bring people into a whole world, away from their own reality through the creation of a unique atmosphere composed of sound, light and movement where the viewer’s perspective and sense of time are altered.
Hey Hoopers! We are so excited to welcome Rebecca Halls( aka Beka Hoop) to Toronto for 2 days of workshops! She currently resides in Berlin, Germany - so don't miss this rare opportunity to train with her. If you are opening yourself to learning how to dance in the hoop AND play with choreography AND have fun with it - this is the workshop you've been waiting for! Fancy Footwork – A Dance Focused Hooping Workshop Similar to contact improv and breakdance, Hoop Dance has evolved as a non-codified movement form based primarily on improvisation, with initial development happening in a “Jam” context. As the art form evolves, and people gather together around the globe to trade tricks, moves, ideas & concepts, material becomes more complex and styles more distinct. In this workshop we will be focusing primarily on the dance within the hoop. We will be examining a choreographic sequence, dissecting the steps, understanding where to put your hands, your feet and your hoop, in addition to learning how to count and understand musical structure while finding subtle details in the body of a dancer. This workshop is your stepping-stone to becoming a true dancer inside the hoop. You will learn the technical dance elements relevant to hooping including turning, jumping, stepping, sliding, pointing, flexing, arching, spinning, and releasing... and much much more that I have compiled together for you over the course of a lifetime of dance training! Day 1: The focus will be on learning technical elements, musicality & learning choreography. Date: Monday March 12, 2012 Time: 6 - 9 PM Location: Dovercourt Studio at 805 Dovercourt Road on the 3rd floor Day 2: We will dissect, reconstruct, and literally turn the choreography on its side to create something completely new! Date: Tuesday March 13, 2012 Time: 6 - 9 PM Location: Centre of Gravity - 1300 Gerrard Street East (main circus training studio) 2 Day Pass - $110 + HST Please note: Individual day passes will only be available if spots are left at $60 / session - tickets are very limited! Please contact Mandy@WRHoops.com for all inquiries on this workshop. Tickets are NONREFUNDABLE but transferable This workshop is now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be put on a list incase one becomes available, please email Mandy@WRHoops.com . About Beka