Improve your balance, coordination and strength while enjoying circus arts like juggling, acrobatics and hooping. Workshops in March and April! Ticket here: http://ptix.co/1cPMOp4 Special Value: 1000 yen discount on two workshops!
There are a lot of tips given to new hoop performers and one of them is always “engage the audience.” Unfortunately that advice is rarely followed up with instructions beyond “smile and make eye contact.” So for my own good, and maybe yours, too, I’ve written up 3 Ways to Engage Your Audience.
Jo gives us a quick review of all the tricks she showed us. Let’s keep practicing!
On Saturday morning, nine Circus Fitness participants walked invisible tightropes, formed a human pyramid, juggled and balanced chocolates on their heads! NHK talent, Jason, joined us and wrote about it on his website, with some cute photos.
After a shared lunch, we were joined by a few extra hoopers and learned new tricks with Jo Mondy, visiting from the UK. I know that Japan’s hoopers will be mastering escalators and butterfly hinges in 2014. Thanks, Jo, for sharing your enthusiasm and ideas.
A full day of hoop and circus fun. Start your morning with Tink and a 90 minute mix of fitness conditioning and circus skills. In the afternoon, join UK-based Jo Mondy for a 2 hour hoop tricks workshop! Both workshops (plus lunch for the first ten people) only 4500 yen. Or you can attend only one workshop. Get your tickets by 1/30. http://ptix.co/1lFUsCI
WORKSHOP #1: Circus Fitness サーカス体育
10:30 – 12:00
Edogawabashi Taiikukan 江戸川橋体育館 1F 柔道部
Get fit and have fun! This is an introductory session to Tink’s Circus Fitness classes. In this fast paced 90 minute workshop, you’ll experience six different conditioning sequences: warm-up movements, core strengthening, flexibility exercises, balance and turns, leg conditioning and cool-down stretching. And you can try four key circus skills including 3-ball juggling, hula hoop, balance juggling, and acrobatics.
This class is geared to adults in ALL LEVELS of fitness or circus skills. Materials provided. Workshop leader: Kristen McQuillin
WORKSHOP #2: Exciting Escalators and Butterfly Hinges
15:45 – 17:45
Bunkyo Sports Center (near Myogadani Station) 文京区スポーツセンター
Jo Mondy, from LiveLoveHoop in Brighton, is visiting Tokyo to share an exciting hoop tricks workshop. Don’t miss this chance. This 2 hour workshop is all about learning new tricks that look impressive! In the first hour we will explore the many variations of escalators and body wraps, starting with the simple basics and working up to more complex variations. We will also look at linking these moves together into your flow. In the second hour, we will pick up a second hoop and learn an awesome new technique called the ‘butterfly hinge’ – which will allow you to flick your hoops apart in a fun and dramatic way.
This workshop is for ALL LEVELS – even if you’ve never used 2 hoops before, you’ll pick the technique up quickly. Hoops provided, or bring your own favorites. Workshop leader: Jo Mondy.
FREE LUNCH 無料ランチ
12:30 – 15:00
In between workshops, take a break and enjoy a variety of delicious vegetarian options to fuel you for the afternoon. There will be time to talk and maybe even hoop a little. Available only to participants who attend both workshops and limited to ten people in total. Buy the “Both WS + free lunch” ticket for only 4500 yen for a full day of hoop and circus fun.
It is hard to retire a long-running program. As of January 2014 our monthly hoop jam, 4th Sunday Spin, is cancelled. We’ve hosted a lot of fun at Yoyogi Park since 2010 and that you for coming out to play! With so many other terrific community events it is time to step aside for the new players to shine and for Spin Matsuri to focus on other hoop activities.
Wondering where to get your hoop on? Try one of these:
Exciting Escalators and Butterfly Hinges
Saturday, February 1, 2014
15:45 – 17:45
Bunkyo-ku Sports Center, 2F kendo room (map)
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo Mondy, from LiveLoveHoop, in Brighton is in Tokyo to share an exciting hoop tricks workshop. Don’t miss this chance.
This 2 hour workshop is all about learning new tricks that look impressive! In the first hour we will explore the many variations of escalators and body wraps, starting with the simple basics and working up to more complex variations. We will also look at linking these moves together into your flow. In the second hour, we will pick up a second hoop and learn an awesome new technique called the ‘butterfly hinge’ – which will allow you to flick your hoops apart in a fun and dramatic way.
This workshop is for all levels – even if you’ve never used 2 hoops before, you’ll pick the technique up quickly.
Three days of wonderful fun and heartwarming moments at Florida Flow Fest will be hard to recap in words. I was thrilled to be in the instructor lineup with two workshops. And even more happy to reconnect with some of my favorite people. Thanks, Cassandra for having me at F3!
Here are some photos to set the scene:
Here’s a panorama of hoopers figuring out how to incorporate unusual movements into their hoop dance during the Hello, Hoop Dance workshop. We did the Hoop Dance Game together and discussed the ideas of GlitterGirl’s 7 Layer Dip theory of spin performance.
Workshop participants show off their group formation and movement routines at the end of the Group Shapeshifting workshop. We covered ways to move groups around stage and how simple movements can be dynamic and interesting when done in a group.
Tink & Tod sang two songs in the Friday evening showcase. It was our debut as a duo and although it wasn’t perfect, we sure did have fun.
The “family photo” shot on Sunday. So many inspiring teachers, flow artists, and new friends.
If you haven’t been to a flow festival lately, put one on your calendar for 2014. Whether it’s something local or one far away, gathering together to share ideas and smiles is a brilliant way to spend a weekend.
This is Maru, the “on beyond smart hoop” that Chris Wang of Freaklabs has been working on. It’s version 1. Version 2 is already in the lab with a tinier logic and power supply:
Chris watched the Maru video above and decided to switch from slow software serial to faster hardware serial to eliminate glitches during heavy data transfers like fading. So he made a new board right after our meeting yesterday, and explains, “Here’s a shot of the new logic and power supply circuit for Maru. The power supply IC is tiny now so it heats up quickly. I’m going to have to figure out how to dissipate the heat. Otherwise, logic gating works fine. It’ll be nice to be able to use hardware SPI. Software serial is so flaky.” He made a video in the lab of the faster acting updates
This video has a rather long history. It started when the Japan Hoop Dance Championship was announced in spring of 2013. I passionately dislike contests, but I wanted to support Ayumi’s project, so I devised an entry based on one of my favourite ska songs, Every Day is Sunday by The Slackers. Then I read the rules more carefully – no editing!
Well, I was still up for the challenge of hooping to ska. It’s super bouncy music and the traditional ska dance movements aren’t ideal for on-body hooping or many fancy tricks. Dancing to ska is full of abandon. Hooping to this song led to a lot of joyful, gawky gyrations. I kept the tricks to a minimum, focussed on dance, practiced a lot, and still ended up looking like I’d just learned to hoop. Yay, me!
During Guru-guru Camp on Niijima in May, Rob & Tod helped me shoot the video. Rob & I scouted the location in the windy, grey dawn capturing some pre-coffee footage, By afternoon the sun had come out for some beautiful blue sky shots.
Although I’d been practicing singing the last line of the song backwards for the final scene, I wasn’t happy with the results, so I kept my mouth closed as we shot the bit in the water. Good thing, since I concussed myself in the outgoing tide.
It was worth it, though. I love this video, wonky moves, windy mistakes, B-roll and all. It helps me remember that every tomorrow’s Monday.