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KATE RYAN 

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‘Circus Hula Hoops & Face Balancing’ — Expand your knowledge and experience with professional circus hula hoop training! Build the foundational skills needed for; multi-hoop splits and face balancing as well as transitional skills for not hitting yourself in the face with multiple hoops at once. Focusing on one to four hula hoops, beginners are welcome!

Guaranteed to improve your confidence and control (no previous experience needed)!

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

 

Kate Ryan is a professional circus artist and entertainer; specializing in Circus Hula Hoop, Face Balancing, and Grand Multi Fire Hoop. She has performed, toured, and trained in ten different countries. Her client resume includes partners of Cirque du Soleil, Party like Gatsby Speakeasy EU and Cartoon Network: resident artist.

In 2021, her digital adaptation to the circus arts industry and her work as a Director, Producer, Editor, and Artist was recognized by the Montreal Independent Film Festival and won “Audience Choice: Feature Film” at the Circus International Film Festival.

In addition to performing, Kate produces, directs and tours numerous shows and artists across the country for her company, the Little Red Ball Company.

 

As a humanitarian, Kate dedicates her talents to social circus projects around the world (Spark Circus); with features in magazines such as L'oreal Vietnam.

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‘Advanced Abstract Combos’ — Tired of the same old combos?

Do you find yourself getting repetitive in your flow?

This class is the perfect class to freshen up your single hoop flow! Every Advanced Abstract Combos class brings a new round of tricks to expand your off body and on body trick repertoire in new and interesting ways! This class will be centered around providing a takeaway for all skill level whether it be whole combos or portions of the combos!



ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
 

Taylor Duffrin, a.k.a Taylor Flows, is a specialty act performance artist and teacher based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. March 2014 was the first time Taylor picked up a hoop and her life was forever changed. Hooping was the outlet she had been looking for for a very long time that eventually blossomed into something so much more wonderful than expected. Taylor loves to share hooping through classes, workshops, online tutorials and private lessons. Her first experience in teaching was at The Hula Hoop Institute's Hoop Dream Retreat Malaysia in 2017. From there, Taylor has taught many independent workshops around the United States, Rendez v'hoop in Paris 2018, and the Alpine Hoop Retreat in Austria 2019, Hoop West in Canada 2019, and the JAMHoops JAMboree 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Cultivating a sense of optimism through mistakes and feats and creating confidence in what was previously thought impossible or difficult is the fuel for Taylor's teaching. She is immensely excited to bring some of her hoop magic to Oasis Hoop Retreat! 

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TAYLOR FLOWS

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DIZZY DYNAMIC

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‘Let's Get Hoop Tech’ — This workshop will explore coinflips, wedgies, body rolls and fun transitional moves to add dynamic tricks to spice up your flow! We will start with each trick and learn how to use them in different variations. These moves will be great for anyone looking to expand their flow, with variations that can suit any style of hoop dance! 



ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
 

Alexis Collier also known as Dizzy Dynamic is a hoop dancer and instructor based out of Chicago. She has been hooping for almost 9 years and instructing internationally and throughout the US for 5 years. Awarded Female Hooper of the Year in 2016, and Instructor of the year in 2017 by hooping.org, Dizzy’s true passion is within the hoop community sharing knowledge, creating, and exploring with other flow artists. 

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‘Soul Seduction: The Art of Hooplesque’ — Explore the dynamic expressions of burlesque, hooping, dance and movement in this enriching workshop experience. Together we will redefine what it means to perform and connect to your inner power. Get ready to shake your booty, learn movement techniques, and get serious and sassy with discovering your fullest expression of self. Prepare to unleash the fullness of who you are through Soul Seduction: The Art of Hooplesque.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
 

Devaiya Ra is a transformational coach, embodiment specialist, and burlesque prayerformance artist based in Victoria, BC, Canada since 2012. With a mission to inspire, transform, and impact the world, Devaiya brings a multitude of interdisciplinary practices into the workshops he facilitates. Having toured across western Canada, the United States, and Egypt, Devaiya has been an event coordinator, workshop facilitator, performance artist, and speaker for a variety of events. Some of the festivals, and retreats he has been featured at include Electric Love Festival, Lucidity Festival, Soulplay, Queer Heart Festival, Ignite, Shambhala, Isle of Tease Burlesque Festival, and many more. The passion Devaiya carries into everything he does is palpable and received by all audiences and participants. To learn more about everything Devaiya does, go to www.devaiya.com and www.everlearn.ca 

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DEVAIYA RA

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MISSHOOPDIDOO

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‘Advanced Hoop Dance’ — Feel like your tech is on point? Craving ways to enhance your hooping? The intention of this class is to explore the ways we can move our body while manipulating our hoop.  You'll learn to use your body as a prop just as much as - if not more than - your hoop...no more hiding behind your prop!  In the peak of this class, we will learn a fun, sassy and challenging hoop dance routine (emphasis on the dance).  This class is "advanced" because we will learn new concepts outside of our hula hoop and fully integrate dance technique into our flow, however, anybody can participate and excel.  Get ready to get weird, because we are diving deep into the world of body movement!


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
 

Amanda Lee aka Miss Hoopdidoo is a professional specialty act performer and instructor based in Los Angeles, California.  Amanda has traveled to over 20 countries teaching at retreats, hosting personal workshops and performing at large scale music festivals.  Hooping brought Amanda out of a deep depression after two hip surgeries ended her dance career and her love for her hoop has grown ever since.  Her biggest passion is editing interesting tutorials for her followers to watch and learn from.  Nothing brings Amanda more joy than watching someone light up in class after learning something new and is looking forward to connecting with all the hoopers in Costa Rica!

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‘Safer Fire Dancing’ — ​In “safer fire dancing,” you’ll learn the foundations of fire spinning, beginning with how to put together and improve your fire spinning kit, and best practices for developing safer and more inclusive jam spaces, whatever your budget. Building on this knowledge, we’ll explore ways to structure a hoop burn into a dynamic improvised performance. This workshop is a chance to ask questions, learn about new gear, and build confidence around performing with fire and supporting other fire performers. This workshop is geared towards those new to fire dancing and performing or those who’d like to start or improve the jams in their community. Open to single or multiple hoop artists of all levels.


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Kate Tutty or Kata (@kata.kali) is a Canadian photographer, multi-prop performance artist, and fire-arts mentor with an affinity for community building. In 2011 - 10 years ago - she discovered hoops during a stay at the Yashodhara Ashram in Nelson, BC. Feeling challenged yet inspired, she co-founded a popular hoop-focused flow arts club at her University. Her passion for hoops and hosting evolved into the Fernwood Burn Club (@fernburn_club) in 2019 as she focused her energy on the fire arts. 

 

Over the past decade of flow arts training, teaching and performing, highlights include workshops at the 2013 Victoria International Juggling and Flow Festival, performances at the 2016 Shambhala Music Festival, Jungle Jam in Costa Rica, and the 2018 West Coast Circus Camp. She’s also dedicated 5-years to supporting productions, including the fire circles and stages of Black Rock City.

 

Kata’s teaching style - inspired by her studies of yoga, Qi Gong, trauma, and breathwork - seeks to move beyond tech and drills and to channel flow states into deeper levels of embodiment and authentic self-expression. In the past two years, during the height of Covid-19, her work with the Fern Burn Club transformed a local skate park into a socially distanced LGBTQ-friendly subculture hub. With support from grants and donations, the Club provides a safer training space for a network of 50 local and travelling professional and hobbyist fire artists. She loves to share her passion for the flow arts through photoshoots, performing, group and one on one sessions that focus on integrating somatic and dance techniques into flow practices. She, her hoops, and her camera are thrilled to return to Costa Rica for this retreat!

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KATA KALI

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KATH HOOPSON

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‘Lanzamientos de Hula Hoop’ — AKA throws!

When you think about the hula, immediately an image of The hula on the waist happens. In this workshop we are going to get out of your comfort zone in a creative, dynamic and fun way. We will be doing tricks that are very visually attractive with variations as well as allowing space to create our own variations!


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR


Katherine Hodgkin, AKA Kath Hoopson, has 8 years of experience in the hula, and practicing different circus disciplines. She is an international artist and has been to countries such as Cuba, Mexico, Germany, Colombia, Austria, Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and more. She has also been invited to festivals such as River hoop convention, circuba, circo pal barrio, ENAC, Heyoka festival. Being a local to Costa Rica, she is very excited to welcome fellow community to her country to hoop and play.

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‘One With The Hoop’ — Get ready to sharpen your skills and open your mind to a new avenue of connection to your flow by becoming one with your hoop. This class breaks down some of Guapoh’s favorite tricks and transitions that have been a staple in his flow throughout his hoop journey. We will cover the foundation of each trick and then spice it up with some variations along with adding a little dance and body movement. Becoming one with your hoop is more than just the technical trick. We are going to level you up by playing around with body movements, new transitions and capturing the EMOTION that pours out when we are in our flow state. This class is suitable for ALL levels of hoopers and aims to help you walk away feeling inspired with some new tricks to add to your flow <3


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Brandin Alexander AKA Guapoh is a flow artist based out of Detroit, Michigan. He has been hooping for almost 7 years and has been teaching for 4. The first time he picked up a hoop, he knew that it was going to change his life forever. Brandin has taught many local workshops around Michigan, held classes at festivals across the state as well as the 2020 + 2021 Spinsanity Flow Down hoop retreat! He has traveled the world learning and sharpening his skills in places such as Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bali in hopes to share his craft with the community! This is Brandin’s first time teaching internationally, and he cannot wait to further his growth in teaching and help students feel welcomed, inspired and excited to connect with their flow on a new level! 

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GUAPOH

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FUNKYMOVEZ

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‘Fun with Doubles and Transitions’ — Are you interested in adding some funk into your doubles? In this workshop we will cover beginner-advanced tricks that can be adapted to all types of flow while focusing on *FUN*, transitions, & tips to help find your oomph to razzle dazzle your newly learned combos. Your cheeks will be hurting from smiling by the end of this lesson!


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Chevelle Meeks aka FunkyMovez brings contagious smiles & hoops everywhere she goes. Her love for hooping, dancing, & music radiates from her flow. She has been using flow arts as an outlet for creative expression for 7 years, & has a passion for sharing the joy it has given her with others through instructing & performances

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‘Socialization Isolations’ —

This workshop is designed for hula hoop dancers to refine their technique, focus, and poise. We will be working on advancing tricks and variations of beginner moves with single and double hoops.

This workshop will help you strategically unlock more flow in your movement. Get excited because we’re going to learn isolation variations including ghosting, pops, turns and more. 

Are you ready to interact? This class will surely bring us all together while we isolate our hoops!

Let’s spice up that ol’ isolation trick!


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Wendy Lalonde, otherwise known as 'Mezzi Rising', is a nomadic performing artist from Vancouver Island, Canada.

2010 was when Wendy first fell in love with hula hooping while watching a fellow artist at a music festival. She quickly became dedicated to sharing her passion for movement through the art of hoop dance and flow arts. This passion has been the driving force behind the professional performance career of Mezzi Rising since 2016.

 

Wendy is a teacher, international performer, and facilitator having shared her creative expression at weddings, festivals such as Bamboo Bass, Tall Tree Music Festival and private events across the Westcoast for over a decade.

 

Whether you’re watching her onstage or taking a workshop, 'Mezzi Rising' is guaranteed to leave a smile on your face and a new trick up your sleeve. 

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MEZZI RISING

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SARAH BRESNAHAN

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‘Alignment Based Yoga’ —

Our morning yoga practice will be the perfect way to wake up and start your day. Each one hour sequence will be designed to warm the muscles of your body with a different anatomical focus each day.  Expect breathwork, static and then active stretching woven into a flow, and closing with savasana to reset the body and mind.

 

Our evening practice will be longer static holds in the form of a Yin Yoga sequence to clear the body from the day’s work. These classes are candle lit, blissful and will ground you into the moment helping you appreciate where you are and why you are here!


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Sarah discovered Yoga while working on a triple major in University. It stopped her in her tracks. Her love of Asana continued to grow as she found both physical and emotional empowerment within the practice. Her strong anatomy focused background as a High school Biology teacher and personal trainer allows her to cue alignment and refinement of each pose helping students reach their maximum physical success.

 

Sarah’s energetic personality infused with her creative sequencing creates memorable classes every single time. She aims to create an inviting, caring space for students of all levels and inspire people to find hidden strength, grace and freedom within their bodies and minds. 

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