The Interim Post

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So: I didn’t really want to point this out, but it’s been awhile since I posted; over two months.  I want to thank those of you who wrote asking me when I would be writing again; it means a lot to me that you actually read these things!  It has been an amazing, difficult, beautiful, frustrating, exciting, exhausting couple of months.  So in the words of one of my favorite movie characters, Indigo Montoya, “Let me e‘splain.  No, there is too much; let me sum up.”

I, my husband, our pets and our businesses have moved to Las Vegas.  There were a lot of reasons for this move, but it boils down to me being offered a job doing sound for Cirque du Soleil.  Now, for those of you who only know me as Colleen the Hooper, my “day job” is as a sound engineer.  I was a music major in college and working with artists and musicians is a great passion of mine.  I like to think I understand and empathize with them, but I also get a nerdy little kick out of the technology.  So of course when I was offered the chance to work full-time for one of the largest live entertainment companies in the world, I had to take it.

But as much as I am gaining with this move, what I have had to give up has been tough: Our families are back East.  I was building a great hoop community in a part of New Jersey that didn’t have one yet.  I was building a good reputation as a festival vendor, both with the organizers and with my customers.  So for those of you who are now long-distance family, friends, students and colleagues, please know I have not forgotten about you.  You are keeping me motivated to create something meaningful out here.

So what does this mean for Hyperbola Hoops?

Well, first of all, we are taking a break from festivals this year.  Bringing our setup back East for the summer is prohibitively expensive, and unfortunately I don’t get time off until I earn it by working a certain number of hours.  I hope that everyone I’ve met at our past festivals will continue to follow us through the blog, and I am still happy to put you in touch with hoopers and hoop teachers local to you.  In 2015, we will be looking at festivals in the Southwest, and choosing a few based on when and how much time I will be able to take off from my full-time job.  I intend to use *this* festival season to refine our hoop designs, the online shop, and to do some R&D to take our LED hoops to the next level.

I have joined some local “flow arts” groups on Facebook and will be working to help grow the hoop community here in Las Vegas through interaction with current hoopers, and of course through classes and workshops.  I would like to share my dreams for what this will look like with you.  This is a little scary for me, but I hope putting this out here in public will help me strive to achieve exactly what I want.

  1. My first goal will be to get a cardio hoop class going at a local gym.  I will draw from the Hoopnotica Fit Curriculum as well as from the knowledge I gained in my AFAA group fitness certification to create a class that attracts people who want a good workout in an environment that is less punishing and militaristic than the current fitness trends.
  2. I would like to find a dance studio where I can share my love of hoop dance with adults (and maybe even kiddos eventually).  But I don’t just want to teach a class at this hypothetical studio; I’d like to become a part of their culture.  I am still learning how to choreograph and bring the best out of my hoopdance students, and I would love to find a place that is willing to help me grow in this way.
  3. I feel more and more that yogic practices influence my philosophy of how to treat my body, and so I am looking to incorporate that physical awareness and perhaps even some of the asanas into my personal practice as well as what I teach.

As I write this, I feel pretty scared about my ability to achieve these things, especially now that I have to dedicate 40 hours/week (50 with the commute) to my audio career.  But as I recover from the move and grow into this new chapter, these are the things that are coming up as very deep desires.  I have always followed my bliss, and as I mature I hope I can do a little less tumbling into, and more conscientious walking of the path that leads me to my very best self.

Next week, I will continue the series on Change that I began while we were still deep into winter.  I certainly have a lot more to say about it now!

Posted on Monday, April 21, 2014 18:03