Michigan Hoop Dance Retreat

2020 Workshops & Instructors

The 5th annual Michigan Hoop Dance Retreat lineup is amazing this year!

Each year, when instructor applications open for the Michigan Hoop Dance Retreat, I hold my breath and wonder ‘Have we seen it all? Maybe there are no new workshops’.  I worry that people will be bored, or that we won’t be able to top the year before. But I really don’t know why I worry.

Year after year I am astonished by the amount of skill, passion, and love the Michigan Hoop Community has built, and this year is no different. 

Join us for the 5th annual Michigan Hoop Dance Retreat and see for yourself!

MHDR 2020 Workshop Schedule

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Instructor Line-Up

Deanna Bedoun

Deanna Bedoun

 

 

 

Deanna Bedoun, aka Déa Tsukino is a Michigan local performer. She first fell in love with hula hoops about 10 years ago, and her passion has evolved to include various movement based arts, and trading these skills with other artists.  

Classes:

Hand Spins & Beyond

Triple Hoop Tech

Jessica Perez

Jess Perez

Jess (aka SpinSanity) is a Michigan flow artist, performer, and instructor. Her journey into the flow arts world began in January of 2016 and hasn’t stopped since. She is a multi-prop artist who specializes in hula hoops but also has a love for leviwand, fans, and dragon staff. Her favorite thing about the Michigan flow arts community is how supportive and encouraging everyone is. Jess is eager to share everything she knows and is even more eager to learn from all of you!

Classes:

Let’s Get Dancey

All About Them Angles

Let It Roll

 

Jennifer Dennehy

Jennifer Dennehy

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 holds a BA in Psychology from Mercyhurst College. Trained in Creative Dance @ LUNA Dance’s Summer Institute in Berkeley, CA. For the past 9 years Jennifer has danced with Dafmark Dance Company in Erie, PA under the direction of Dafna Rathouse-Baier. She teaches 25 weekly hoop and creative dance classes in Erie, PA, she is a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Rostered Teaching Artist, and is the CEO of Kinetic Creativity, the general manager of Dafmark Dance Theater and the founder and artistic director at Lake Effect Hoop Troop. She teaches PA State Standards Based curriculum (math, science, writing) through hoop dance and creative dance in schools. Jennifer has developed programs to teach dance to individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and another multigenerational program that brings school aged children and individuals with Dementia together to connect through creative dance. She also works with various social service organizations and community centers to bring dance to underserved and unserved populations such as inner city youth, seniors, individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, and people with chronic health conditions. Her areas of specialization are; teaching core curricula in schools through dance education, bringing dance to people of all abilities and ages, integrating dance technique with the hoop, creating hoop dance choreography, and teaching hoop dance to kids. 

In 2018, Jennifer was awarded an Emerging Artist Fellowship by Erie Arts & Culture. In 2015, Jennifer was awarded the Bruce Morton Wright Artist of the Year by Erie Arts & Culture. She also received two Top Hat Awards; 2015 Outstanding HoopDance Choreographer and 2015 Modern Contemporary HoopDance Fusion. Additionally, Jennifer came in 4th during the 2016 season of Hooping Idol. Nominated for the 2017 Hooping Video of the Year and received a 2017 Hoopie Awards Honorable Mention for her Hooping Idol 6: Horror week Video.

Jennifer has been hooping since 2010 and has taught and performed at Colleges/Universities through the United States, at the 2016 & 2017 National Dance Education Organizations Conferences in Arlington, VA and San Antonio, TX, and at many of the largest hoop/flow retreats in the US including; Hoopcamp (CA), Spin Summit (CO), Florida Flow Fest (FL), Return to Roots Gathering (PA), Hoop Convergence (NC), Frostburg State University (MD), Point Park University (PA), Spring Hill College (MA), University of Buffalo (NY), University of Connecticut (CT), Connecticut College (CT), Eastern Connecticut State University (CT), Allegheny College (PA), Gannon University (PA), Mercyhurst University (PA), University of Missouri (MO). Internationally Jennifer has taught in Peru, Canada, India, the Netherlands and Germany.

Classes:  Morning Movement
Creative Hoop Dance Experience
Hoop Dance Comp 1
Hoop Dance Comp 2
How to Be A Fulltime Dancer/Teacher Discussion

Steve

SteveSteve is a multi-talented creative specializing in circus hooping. She has performed her entire life; drawing inspiration from ballet & yoga. Steve has been hula-hooping for five years; recently developing a deep appreciation for pyrotechnics. Whether it be fire, or LED performances you are looking for; Steve’s your gal!

Classes:

Building Blocks for Box Splits
Double Drills for Quad Tech
Getting Comfortable on One Leg
Grateful Hoop Mama - Erika Gallagher

Grateful Hoop MamaGrateful hoop mama is an Ohio based/Michigan grown flow artist. She has been hooping for almost 7 years and has taught and performed all over the United States and Virgin Islands. Although her main prop is a hula hoop, she also enjoys spinning poi, fans, levi wand, triquetras, and buugeng. Movement is one of her most treasured expansions of the heartspace. To share the medicine of flow is truly a blessing; and inspiring others around her is her main goal as a flow artist. She was nominated one of the top 40 hula hoopers of 2017 and has received the Unicorn Award from the Michigan Hoop Dance Retreat for being the ideal role model of a hula hooper. The journey of the circle has no dead ends: The sacred circle is forever evolving and the tricks to master are infinite.

Class: Dynamic Tricks & Advanced Combos

Jenny Wags - Yoga Round Now

Jenny Wags - Yoga Round NowGrowing up, Jenny Wags was surrounded by music and dance, being active in the school show choir and dance squads. After high school however, she greatly needed a creative outlet and thankfully soon discovered hula hooping, which quickly grew into a deep passion and married her love of music and dance. Through hula hooping and the hooping community Jenny grasped a new harmony with her body and a regained self-esteem. As she has felt the positive impact the hula hoop has had on her own life, it brings her great joy to introduce others to this meditative movement. Jenny hopes to share her love of playful movement and all its beneficial aspects to the mind, body and spirit through instruction, hoop events, and hoop troupe(s). It excites her to see this magical circle positively impact the lives of those who touch it, just as it has affected hers.

Classes:

Yoga Round Now
Evening Yoga Stretch
Kali Rockafellow

 

 

 

 

Heyo my name is Kali Rockafellow also known as Fluid Unity I currently live in Ypsilanti and I have been hooping for the last three years, And have been preforming for two. I currently perform for two circus companies called GLOvation which is in Ohio, and Blue Crow Talent in Michigan. I dabble in a lot of things such as hooping,parter acrobatics, contortion, pole dancing, and fire play. Flow arts play a major role in my life and I’m super excited to escape reality this weekend and be able to flow and teach all of you. If you are looking to find peace through movement head over to my hoop and partner acro classes!

Classes:

Crazy Combos
Beginner Pole Fitness
Chest Rolls & Then What?
Mary Morley

Mary Morley

 

 

 

Mary(Andrea Wails) is a 300hr RYT (Registered Yoga Instructor) and a Michigan based variety performance artist. She began practicing yoga in 2010 and was transformed by the mental, physical, and emotional benefits. She received her 200hr certification in 2013 in Denver, CO from Samadhi Center for Yoga and completed an additional 100 hours of training with Ana Hough (owner of A2 Yoga). In 2017 she trained with David Emerson in North Carolina and received a 20hr certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga.
 
Her classes are slow paced and integrate the exploration of organic movement, sound healing, pranyama, meditation, and elements of yoga nidra. She encourages her students to listen to the wisdom of their own bodies. She knows from personal experience the impact that yoga can have on a person’s ability to overcome addictions. as well as work through physical and mental trauma. She believes that everyone holds pain from their past experiences within their bodies and mind. She is dedicated, passionate and determined to help others better themselves through meditaition, movement and dance.
 
In addition to being a yoga instructor, Mary is also a flow artist and belly dancer. She discovered hula hooping in 2016 which led to her immersing herself into the world of flow. She began belly dancing shortly after and began teaching belly dance while she was on a retreat in Guatemala.
 
She now performs as a musician, belly dancer, fire dancer, and flow artist with a variety of props.  Her distinct approach to flow integrates all of her passions in both the visual and performing arts resulting in a unique and enchanting style of dance.

Classes:

Sound Healing Yoga for Flow Artists
Belly Dance Technique
Sam Eversole

Classes: 

Going Up & Going Down (Escalators)

Mary Kryza

 

 

Classes:

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Jen Mitchell - IMAJENation Revival
Jen has been making hoops and teaching hoop dance since 2013.   Teaching at various events for many ages at schools, camps, home school co ops, festivals and city events.   She views hooping as a way to release energy, open the body to movement, the brain to play and senses to feel .  It has been a journey like no other.
Sharing hoop making and hoop play is a passion to help others feel the same joy that she receives from this simple circle.
 
Classes: 
Hoop Snuggles
Beginner Hoop Dance
Midnight Freedom Flow
Missy Cooke - Lansing Hoops

Hi! I’m Missy Cooke, host of the Michigan Hoop Dance Retreat. A few years ago I dreamed of a weekend full of hoop dance, friends, and learning, where we could all come together to improve and share our skills. I never imagined the Michigan Hoop Dance Retreat would evolve into such a loving, fun, happy, flow family. And now, 5 years later, you all mean more to me than I can ever truly know. I am blessed to have met each and every one of you throughout your flow journey. Thank you for sharing your skill, art, and heart with me. The Michigan Hoop Dance Retreat wouldn’t be what it is without you.

Can’t wait to see you in August!

Classes I’m Teaching This Year: 

Intro to Fire Hoop / Transfers
How to Teach for Flow Instructors
Guided Morning Meditation

Find your people. Play with hoops.