Emma’s Current Touring/ Online Workshops
Next dates to learn from Emma in person…
30th June Dublin One Dayer with Ninja Hoops Book HERE, fb event
4-7th July Italian Hoop Connection
8-11th August German Hoop Convention, Hannover
14-18th August Play Festival, Wales
October – Emma UK Tour – Bristol, Manchester, London, Edinburgh (details tbc)
8-10th November SWhoop, Bristol, UK
16-17th November Post-SWhoop Extravaganza! London
For the full workshops list available from Emma at Hooping Mad scroll down!
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Transitioning Using Elbow Folds
Fancy Tricks and Flourishes
Each workshop is approx. 20 high quality tutorial videos.
Tricks are broken down, shown in both hands, both directions and from different angles
Workshops are all levels but it is recommended that you are comfortable with spinning on your hands and figure 8s before taking the workshops.
Workshops are £40/US$60/€46 each
(when bought individually after the first month intro offer)
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Taster sessions and Starter classes (for absolute beginners) also available on request
This is a brand new Emma Kenna creation and she is bringing to the A first!
Everyone drops the hoop! It’s part of learning, the creative process and an inevitable problem you will face when performing, whether it’s on a stage or just trying to show off some moves to some friend after a few drinks!! This workshop will teach you how to pick up the hoop in ways that’ll make it seem like you dropped it on purpose. Easy starts, kick ups, springs, spins and even a few more acrobatic variations! Turn your ‘fails’ into your best tricks!
The Crotch Extravaganza!
This is an all levels workshop with all tricks covered from the beginning and more advanced/two hoop variations for those desiring a greater challenge!
Please bring a lightweight hoop or 2.
This is twin hooping with a difference! Explore the use of 2 different sized hoops to create a visually impressive effect. The capacity for one hoop to pass through the other adds a multitude of possibilities. It’s great fun to play with and there’s loads of new tricks to be found with this interesting variation on twin hooping.
This is an all levels workshop. All tricks will be covered with one hoop for newer hoopers and then we’ll add the second hoop for the more intermediate/advanced.
Please bring all the hoops you are happy to share! We’re going to have to swap them around so everyone has the correct hoop combination.
On the Outside!
Using an ‘outside’ or elongated happy spider grip (snake grip) to investigate tricks done all the time. Isolations, smear variants, Fig 8s, lifts, folds, breaks and more.
Quiet and Silent Reversals
Tricks and techniques for reversing the direction of the hoop without
an obvious break. To include jumps, smear variations and fig8s.
Tricks (1 hoop) – (1.5-3hr workshops)
Breaking Planes and Transitioning using Elbow Folds
Always find yourself hooping in the same planes? Rotating the hoop using elbow folds will add a whole new dimension to your hooping. A simple change of grip can completely change the way that you transition. You will leave the workshop playing with the two basic cradles that enable a multitude of horizontal and vertical folds. We’ll explore different ways to access the fold position, from both off body and on body and create new patterns in untangling. It’s an opportunity to develop your individual style: everyone tangles and untangles in different ways, so you’re guaranteed to uncover new, personalized combinations.
Expanding your Vertical Jump Repertoire and Grip variation
Do you prefer to keep both feet on the floor? This workshop will help you find the jumps that work for you! Working on the vertical plane you will learn all the jumps possible from a basic figure 8 start. You will then learn how to explore the use of different grips and body positions to find new ways of jumping.
Using Anti-spin and Body Rotation to Develop Hand Hooping Variety
(aka Flowers for Hoopers)
Is hand hooping a bit too uninvolved for you? By working with and understanding both normal and anti-spin you will learn the basic of flowers. This can turn normal hand hooping into a new realm of possibility if you have never experimented with them before. You will learn how to work with the different planes the hoop resides in with respect to body positions. By adding turning you will come away with a limitless trick catalogue to investigate.
Expanding your Horizontal Jump Repertoire and Plane Melting
Bored always doing the same jumps? Then come and get unstuck! This dynamic workshop will have you thinking up new variations on standard jumps and have you coming up with simple transitions that can dramatically change the overall look and feel of a move. Working in the horizontal plane you will learn how to do a number of basic jumps. Then by varying direction, hand position and plane melting you’ll learn to create different effects and transitions. Not only will your jumps look more interesting, this will also add transitions between moves and make your play more diverse.
Using your Feet!
In this workshop we will be focusing on all the many ways we can use our feet when hooping. While standing we will cover how to use the feet to throw, catch, roll, stall and pass. We’ll also cover floorwork, learning to spin the hoop on the foot including starting in multiple ways, passing between feet, throws to the foot, shoulder stands and moving around on the floor. As well as learning a ton of cool tricks you’ll go away with loads of ideas to play with!
Please note: They’ll be some two hoop variations to play with for those at a more advance level!
Fancy Tricks and Flourishes
It’s a separate skill to produce a ta-da! moment and this workshop is a mish mash collection of the fancy tricks that do just that! In this workshop we will cover a number of ‘crowd pleaser’ tricks including folds, rolls, throws and passes. We will also cover some quick and simple flourishes: Spins, twists and mini-throws that can add an added wow-factor to your hooping style! We will also cover ways of picking up the hoop from the floor that make it seem like you meant to drop it in the first place!
Passes, throws, breaks, folds and duck ins are just a few of the moves that can be done from the elbows. In this series of videos we will work on elbow hooping the vertical plane. We’ll investigate the huge range of breaks and folds you can do from the elbow. We’ll cover standard elbow passes, adding in some interesting variations including duck ins. We’ll also explore the numerous ways to transition in and out of standard elbow movements so you can easily add your new tricks into your current flow.
Entries and Exits – Increasing Creativity using one trick
Uses the foot pass trick to show how to investigate a trick you know to find different sequences, movements and combinations. Looking at entries, exits, breaks, stalls, body movement from the same trick you will learn a load of new variations and gain the tools to break down any trick.
On – Off body transitions – limitless possibilities.
We will investigate on-body to off-body transitions utilising various grip variations.
This workshop enhances creativity and allows the attendees to break out of standard on:off body transitions and form their own repertoire. Learn a few simple rules to unlock limitless ways of moving off the body.
Line and Tunnel – Techniques to break out of single trick sequence
Moving freely to music without considering a sequence of tricks is the goal of many. To achieve this it is important to understand the two extremes. The learning of “tricks” in all their different variants is vital to teach your hands/body/feet how to move the hoop in different ways without awkwardness but focusing on each individual movement as a unit or a “trick” can limit the way in which you move.
This workshop will aim to breakdown the idea of individual tricks and focus more on hoop movement around and between two spherical networks, called here Line and Tunnel. We will look at standard edge-led movement (Line) and face-led movement (tunnel). In both these types we will explore the limitless possibilities outside the common “tricks” held within the fully extended sphere.
We will then look at how breaking down a movement into all it’s possible variations can help to access new ways of moving the hoop through space. We will cover simple ways of transferring between the Line and Tunnel networks with emphasis put on hand folds and twists.
Neck and shoulder duckouts
On the horizontal plane, starting with neck duck outs with one arm out, progressing through breaks and stalls to shoulder passes. Can also expand this to the vertical plane.
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Twins (1.5-3hr workshops)
Transitioning with Twins
Please note: The tricks/transitions covered in this workshop can just as easily be applied to one hoop play.
In this workshop we will cover having a hoop on the hand and one at the waist, horizontal and vertical off-body movement with twins. We will then learn ways of transitioning between these tricks including step outs/step ins, lifts, jumps and stalls. This will give you a good basis for dancing with your twins which will make it easier to add in more complex tricks as you progress.
Emma will be happy to cover extra variations/more difficult combinations for those at a more advanced level.
Twin Hooping – Seperating the hands
By seperating the movement of the hands you can use all the tricks you know with one hoop and take them into twins. This becomes a great way of finding new tricks and is a great way to create new and exciting patterns.
Starting out with poi hooping
2bt weaves to 3bt
More workshops are added all the time. If you don’t see what you need then contact us and Emma will develop a workshop for you.
I would recommend Emma’s workshops because..
“Just brilliant teaching – fun and easy to follow, and not bombarded with impossible looking tricks that aren’t broken down or explained in detail, as I have experienced with some other teachers.”
“You get great value for money. Always. )”
“I haven’t been hooping for very long and this was my fisrt workshop, I was quite anxious about whether I would be good enough, but Emma broke it down so I picked stuff up quite quickly!! It was a lot of fun and I will reccomend the workshop to all the other hoopers I meet along my hooping way!!!”
“Emma Rocks! She is an inventive, comprehensive teacher who has done wonders for the hooping community!”
“they are so much fun, and Emma is an awesome, patient teacher. I find Emma’s approach to teaching hoop is quite laid back which creates a great workshop atmosphere, but this doesn’t stop you learning loads.”
‘Emma’s friendly and fun teaching style makes you feel at ease. This makes a great learning environment! Emma breaks down tricks logically which made them much easier to learn. The music was brilliantly uplifting. It is a great way to meet other local hoopers. x’
“Emma makes learning knew tricks, grips, jumps & any hoopy moves accessible & fun. She breaks it all down so well for all levels & brings it all together with great ideas for tranistioning between moves. I always come away feeling inspired & enthusiastic.”
“Emma is a fantastic teacher who thoroughly tears through workshops so you come away with a head full of knowledge. It’s always a great laugh and a fantstic way to meet people.”