I have so many more that I love. I can't take credit for the large group shot - photo credit here.
1) We start off with the lovely dangling decor of Claudia's car - complete with mini hoop and snipped piece of poly pro. We must carry the love where ever we go, yes? I was lucky enough to get my own mini hoop from Hoop Path this time around and am considering blatantly copying the idea.
2) The group shot is from the second day of workshops when the group, only showing half the over 100 hoopers in attendance, followed Baxter through some core warm ups while blindfolded. "Going blind" is something that always gets an eyebrow raise when I talk about it with other folks, even other hoopers - but knowing that you aren't seen makes it possible to open up completely without worrying about that constant buzzing of perception. Cover your eyes and get lost in the sway.
Where does your body want to go?
3 - 4) It was all poly pro for us. Gone are the days of 'looks' replaced by the joy of feeling.
5) Day one - in the dark. After the 4 hour workshop on Friday there was a 'mingle' in the dark - wherein the group starts walking in a circle while music blasts and we all try to interact with each other as much as possible while continuing the circle and the spinning.
6 - 10) The ceremony at Beth's house. Fire dancing, the most cutting edge LED's and a hundred hoopers in the backyard of the most remote country hideaway of which someone could dream made for a night that is insufficiently described as 'surreal.'
11 - 24) The hooper's ball. The final night was a time for breaking the structure of classes and workshops and getting dressed up, and lost in a sea of swirling colors on the the dance floor (and beyond.)
Further updates and reflections to come. I am sure more pictures will follow as well. There were cameras flashing all around while I was busy sweating and learning with my hoop. I only wish people were as fanatical about posting as myself.