Instructor Bios

Twisted Orbit

About the Instructors

The combined forces of Valentina Orbit and (Steve) Bags – a dynamic fusion of cutting edge circus, dance, comedy and, above all, hoops!

Steve Bags is a professional teacher and performer who has been formally trained at Circomedia – Europe’s leading centre for contemporary circus and physical theatre. He has taught hooping at prominent events all over the UK, Europe, Australia and the US. He founded the Bristol Hoop Massive and has won or been nominated for multiple Hoopies and Revolvies (he jointly won the Male Hooper of the Year Hoopie 2013!) He is an innovative and multi-disciplined performer who has a strong passion for circus in all its forms.

Valentina grew up belly dancing with her mom Leela and their teacher Mesmera from the tender age of 12. During her first Burning Man festival in 2007, she was entranced with the hula hoopers and fire dancers and vowed to learn how to do both! A year of hooping allowed her body confidence to soar and she was inspired to perform Hoop Burlesque. She quickly landed herself on national television, HBO’s “Live Nude Comedy”. In 2015 she married Steve Bags, Hooping.org’s 2013 “Male Hooper of the Year.” Together they formed Twisted Orbit and have since traveled the world performing and teaching. She has also added hoop fabrication, juggling, stilt walking, teaching yoga and large-scale show production to her repertoire.

Offerings

Partner Hooping

Online

twistedorbitcircus.com | unityhoops.com

IG: @twistedorbit | @mzorbit

Revolva

About the Instructor

Revolva has been rocking stages around the globe for more than two decades. She’s served as opening/support entertainment for artists such as Weird Al Yankovic and Los Straitjackets. A activist on and off stage, she has been featured in Vice and Huffington Post as the founder of anti-ageism project BroadMinded: Women over 40 Revue, and she also cofounded Circus Artemis: Portland Women’s Circus. She has taught workshops nationwide, including at the very first Hoop Convergence back in 2008! She is ecstatic to reunite with both longtime community from the early days of the modern hoopdance movement — and new friends. Revolva is a writer when she is not performing, and she currently lives in the metro Detroit area with her partner, Rollo, and their hoop-jumping dog, Zeus.

Offerings

Hoopers Over 40 Forum, Forum on Ageism and Aging

Online

Revolva.net

FB: @Revolva IG: @KariRevolva TikTok: @KariRevolva

Jennifer Dennehy

About the Instructor

Born in Buffalo, NY Jennifer began her dance training at the age of 3. Trained in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, African, hip-hop, hoop and creative dance. She hold a BA in Psychology from Mercyhurst College. Trained in Creative Dance @ LUNA Dance’s Summer Institute in Berkeley, CA. For the past 12 years Jennifer has danced with the oldest professional dance company in Erie, PA, Dafmark Dance Theater. She teaches 15 weekly dance classes in Erie and is a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Rostered Teaching Artist. Jennifer was awarded the 2015 Bruce Morton Wright Artist of the Year Award and received an Artist Fellowship from Erie Arts & Culture in 2018. She is currently the Community Outreach Programs Director at Dafmark Dance Theater where she runs a year round after school arts and education program that serves over 100 youth annually who live in public housing.

Jennifer is an internationally recognized hoop dance performer and teaching artist. She has performed and taught in across the US, Peru, India, The Netherlands, Canada, and Germany. Jennifer works with various schools to connect dance education with curricular goals of reading, writing, science, and/or math. She also works with various social service organizations and community centers to bring dance to under-resourced communities. She specializes in bringing dance to all people regardless of age, ability or socio-economic status. She develops customized programs to address the educational, physical, and social/emotional goals for schools, community centers and social service organizations.

Offerings

1) Morning Movement

2) These are a few of our favorite things – hoop technique and dance technique fusion.

3) Forum/Panel discussing bring the flow arts to various community populations (individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities, individuals with Parkinson’s, with dementia, senior citizens.

Online

www.kineticcreativity.dance

Danielle Lee

About the Instructor

Danielle Lee hails from Madison, Wisconsin and began hooping in 2004 and teaching hoop dance in 2008. Since then, she has taught and performed regularly in Madison as well as regionally and internationally. Her charisma and positivity have been the keystone for today’s thriving Madison hoop community. She is a founding member of the Madison Circus Space, a 24/7 circus arts facility and nonprofit, where she serves on their board of directors as treasurer. She is also the creator of the Cheeselandia Hoop Affair, a convention for people who love hooping that takes place at Madison Circus Space in February. Danielle is a professional hooper and certified instructor who lives to teach classes, lead events, perform, and do everything possible to share the transformational joy of hooping.

Offerings

Jump Through Breakthroughs
Class Level: all levels (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced)
Prerequisites: none

Description: One of the best things about jumping through the hoop is the feeling of floating, if only for a moment. But then there’s also the immediate sense of grounding that happens as you reconnect with the earth. We will joyfully explore jumping and grounding, as well as learn a load of dynamic moves: the cheerleader jump through, the swing back jump through, the under-the-leg jump through, and more!

Online

www.hoopelation.com
IG: @hoopelation

Rainbow Michel

About the Instructor

Rainbow Michael thrives in Flow States. Over the years he has dabbled danced and thrown many an object around to make it look “cool”. With his love for Teaching and witty humor Rainbow Michael has been melting Hearts and boosting brains across the globe. Rainbow loves bringing community together with flow, connection and a relaxed attitude. Your Mom already loves him.

Offerings

The PlayPen(flow zone), an ongoing never ending workshop with a view into Rainbows brain. All props are welcomed! We will dissect body movement and learn how these props work. Got a nagging question on how a “move” works or just curious to learn, this ongoing class is sure to get the neurons firing.

Online

TikTok: @rainbowmichael

Dustin Hubel

About the Instructor

Dustin has spent nearly 20 years developing his unique style of hoop manipulation that brings together elements of mime, illusion, and kinetic art. In addition to hoop manipulations, Dustin has spend many years working on a mix of contact and toss juggling.

Offerings

TBD

Online

IG: @dustinhubel

Michelle Nayeli Bouvier

About the Instructors

Michelle Nayeli Bouvier is an interdisciplinary embodiment educator & creator of the Kutilaa School of Embodied Resilience. Rooted in passionate, cutting-edge merging of modern research and timeless wisdom, Michelle’s work goes beyond modality to embody principles of Nature that deeply resource our bodymind and nervous system, optimize vitality on all levels and unlock your movement longevity.

Offerings

Somatic Spiraling Movement Medicine for Every Body

Online

michellebouvier.com

IG: @michellenayeli

Laura Blakeman

About the Instructor

Laura Blakeman is a canyon desert-dweller who draws from her trans-disciplinary background in the performing arts and studies in human flourishing to invite shifts in perspective for individuals and collectives. She spent the early part of her career in somatic education, producing dance events, live art immersions, and land-based programs that centered the aesthetic dimension of knowing. Her academic work has bridged developmental and eco-depth psychology, complexity principles, and transformative learning. Her doctoral research explored beauty as a catalyst for change leadership. She is a co-founder and creative partner at the Wolf Willow Institute and guides for the Animas Valley Institute.

Offerings

When Beauty Leads – a conversation on the transformative potential of the performing arts

Online

IG: @canyonlaura

Marria Grace & Zach Fish

About the Instructors

Marria Grace is a teacher, artist, event producer, and therapist in training who lives in the Bay Area. She has attended and taught a hoop workshop at every single Hoop Convergence. She is one of the founding members of Ninja Hoops, a world renowned action-comedy acrobatic hula hoop duo. She is also one of the founding members of Play More, a real life physically interactive game design company. Her interest in games was sparked while trying to produce events that were geared more towards inspiring connection and collaboration among people attending. Her interest in people and somatics inspired her to go to graduate school for counseling where she continues to explore the path to facilitating wellness through movement. In addition to managing events like Erratic Dance, and producing large scale stage shows, Marria also teaches movement classes for people of all ages from young kids to elders in the Bay Area at the Athletic Playground

Zach Fish works as an artist and producer from the Bay Area, Ca. For over a decade, they have been creating experiences that are interactive, immersive, and participatory. At times, this work has taken the form of augmented reality games, choose your own adventure shows, live action radio plays, secret societies, and fake news events. Their work blends together technology, education, and theater to create engaging interactions and meaningful narratives. Recently, they’ve served as the Creative Director for the DIY Artcade, an open sourced arcade cabinet serving as a base for young entrepreneurs and game designers to get their start. Their next project, called 100 League, will be the world’s largest interactive game show.

Offerings

Play More Workshop
By Marria Grace & Zach Fish

Play More Games with us! Play More Games is an active workshop that leads guests through a series of collaborative, low pressure physical games to get people smiling, laughing, and moving together. Each game is easy to play, quick to learn, and can be played by everyone. Play More brings, combined, more than 20 years of teaching, game creation, and experience design to create an environment committed to taking play off the screen and into real life. The last 10 years have allowed them to share games, traditions, and smiles with people around the world. By crafting goals geared toward communication and interaction, they provide an experience that brings people together. Get out of your head and into your body.

Online

www.playmore.ninja | www.zach.fish

IG: @thisistrash.art

Vivian Spiral

About the Instructor

Widely recognized as a founding leader and pioneer of the modern hoop dance and flow arts movements, Spiral has moved audiences around the world to their feet—and often to tears—with groundbreaking acts that explode the boundaries between dance, circus, acrobatics, object manipulation, and storytelling. Equal parts Sorceress, Circus Artist, Whirling Dervish, and Ninja, she brings the kind of tingle to the spine that can only be wrought as a direct result of tireless training, incredible skills, and occasional conspiracy with otherworldly forces.

Offerings

‘How The Light Gets In’ LED Hoop Dance Act
‘Sorcery’ Magic Wand Act

Online

vivianspiral.com

IG: @vivianspiral

Michele Clark

About the Instructor

Michele is an artist who fell in love with hula hooping in 2001. She currently lives in Berlin and performs in circuses and cabarets in Europe and internationally, including Cirque Du Soleil.

Offerings

Decolonizing the hoop, our bodies and our minds

Online

@michelefrancesclark

Anah, aka 'Hoopalicious'

About the Instructors

Meet Anah, affectionately known as Hoopalicious, a community builder for 25 + years. From pioneering the modern hoop dance movement to sharing wisdom for navigating life through Authentic Relating and hosting transformative retreats worldwide, she’s all about fostering connection. With her signature hoop style “Body Rocking,” Anah thrives on spirited hoop jams with friends. A natural mystic and lover of all beings, she revels in sharing laughs, truths, and moments of hilarity with fellow humans. Her mission? To inspire authenticity, forge deep connections, and promote healing with a playful and loving heart. Join her on this incredible journey called life!

Offerings

Labs: Body Rocking Shoulders and Angles (two separate labs)

Community Trick Share! Got a sweet move to share? Wanna see what everyone is playing with and learn it with your friends? Come play! No teaching experience necessary. Anah aka Hoopalicious will be there to hold your hand… or your hoop, if necessary 😛 There is only room for a few moves over the hour so sign up in advance to hold your spot of you’d like to share something 🙂

Authentic Relating, games and tools for human interaction. Join Anah for the ultimate ice breaker and depth creator! Over an hour, through interactive games, we will explore different ways to express ourselves with more truth and ease… Come as you are, and leave with new friends and insight!

Online

deepandlight.com
IG: @therealhoopalicious

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