MHDR2022 Applications Open Soon!
Check out last year’s instructor and workshop lineup!
Join us for the 7th annual Michigan Hoop Dance Retreat August 12-14 for an unforgettable weekend!
2021 Instructor Line-Up
Click through each name to see the enormous variety of beginner to advanced hoop dance workshops, plus auxiliary dance and talk sessions they are offering.
Déa Tsukino is a Michigan local performer. She first fell in love with hula hoops about 11 years ago, and her passion has evolved to include various movement based arts, and trading these skills with other artists. Her specialties include hula hoops, dragon staff, fire dancing, roller skating, clowning and juggling.
Intro to Slackline
Triple Hoop Tech
|Inro to Slackline|
Nicole Goss aka Blackgurlhoopin
Nicole Goss Aka Blackgurlhoopin, creator of FlowGurlFlow, is a multi prop artist but her favorite of all is the hoop and she has been sharing the joy of it for 3yrs.
Let’s Catch the Rhythm of the Beat
Beginner Hoop Dance
How to Get Social Media Following
|Spinal Awakening Series|
|From the Core|
|Stretch & Strengthen|
|Lunar Phase – Hoop Yogini|
Jennifer Dennehy’s Bio Born in Buffalo, NY Jennifer has been dancing for 33 years. Trained in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, African, hip-hop, creative and hoop dance. She holds a BA in Psychology from Mercyhurst College. Trained in Creative Dance @ Luna Dance Institute in Berkeley, CA. About Jennifer’s work: – internationally recognized performing and teaching artist – 9 year company member of Dafmark Dance Theater – teaches 20 weekly hoop and creative dance classes in Erie, PA, – Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Rostered Teaching Artist, – CEO & Lead Teaching Artist for Kinetic Creativity – General manager of Dafmark Dance Theater – Founder and artistic director at Lake Effect Hoop Troop. Areas of focus: – Teaching PA State Standards curriculum (math, science, writing) through dance in schools. – Teaching dance to individuals with Parkinson’s and Dementia – Multigenerational dance – Partnering with various social service organizations – Teaching dance to individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities – Choreography – Hoop dance: Technique, Flow, Dance Fusion, hoop choreography Jennifer has been a guest artist teaching and performing artist at various events and college/universities throughout the US. And internationally Jennifer has taught and performed in Peru, Canada, India, the Netherlands and Germany.
|Hoop Dance Composition 1|
|Hoop Dance Choreography & Repertoire|
|Creative Dance for All|
|What Is Arts Infused Education|
|Doubles: Drills Drills Drills|
|Doubles: Intricate weaves, Wraps, & More|
|The Workshop Workshop|
Jenny Wags - Yoga Round Now
I’ve been hula hooping for over ten years and became Hoop Love Coach certified in 2017. From then on I began spreading hula hoop love in my local community, exploring the world of teaching others how to hula hoop as well as share the art through performance and spinning fire. I’ve been practicing yoga for longer than hooping and felt a strong connection between the two. I taught yoga with a hula hoop at Michigan Hoop Dance Retreat in 2018 and 2019 and felt my calling to continue diving into this hoop yoga practice. I started my 200HR yoga teacher training in 2019 at Peoples Yoga in Lansing, Michigan and the practice significantly transformed to using the hula hoop as not solely an extension of the body, but a genuine yoga prop; one that assists with keeping you in your plane of movement and help you find your center. The hoop also allows you to deepen a stretch or provide balance. In 2021 I achieved my 300HR yoga certification and have been teaching yoga with and without a hoop both in person and online for the past year. Teaching is definitely a path I love and feel grateful to share.
|Yoga Round for Beginners|
|Twist & Stretch|
Meet Steve! Our resident multi-hooper has been in love with plastic circles for 7 years; this will be her second year teaching at MHDR. With a background in dance Steve’s style can best be described as eclectic & energetic. When she’s not performing or playing with her hoops, she enjoys baking, hiking, and occasionally tap dancing.
|Talk – Presence & Flow|
|Big Steves Breaks & Paddles Battle|
|Doubles Drills for Quad Tech|
|1 & 2 Hoop Mandala Variations|
I am 26 years old. Originally from Louisiana, moved to Michigan in 2015 but traveled fulltime in an RV for two years with my husband and daughter between then and now. My biggest passions are flow arts and traveling. I fell in love with hooping at Electric Forest 2015 when I was surrounded by the hoop troupe and since that day I knew I wanted to be part of the flow community. Over the years I’ve learned that I find a true joy in introducing individuals to a new flow. The happiness I can spread by showing others that they can also flow is and amazingly rewarding thing to me.
|Spicin It Up|
|Beginner Silk Fans|
|Feelin Myself (Sacred Circle)|
Sam Ogletree a.k.a. “Hip-Hop Hooper” is a Georgia native who is self-taught hooper of 6 years. She wasn’t even able to waist hoop when she made a new years’ resolution to learn from Youtube. She enjoys dancing, playing the ukulele, and photographing for her small business (Sam O. Photo). Her hoop idols are Grace Good, Lee Jeffries, and Feel Me Flow. She has attended MHDR every year since it began, having photographed and instructed in the past.
Illusions & Isolations
Chadewick is a multi prop artist who has been practicing flow arts for nine years and instructing for the last four. He lives to spread the love of flow and help create safe, fun, and supportive environments for people to learn and practice. He has hosted Ypsi Spin Jam for the last six years and is GM of Great Lakes Flow.
|Roll With It|
|Beyond The Chi|
Sarah started hula hooping in 2013 and set out to receive her Hoopnotica teaching certification in April of 2014. Later she earned her Hoop/Yoga Fusion teacher course in Sept 2016 and Foundations of AcroYoga Jan. 2020. Sarah is also the founder and owner of Supernova Circus Arts (Formerly Supernova Hoops).
Sarah aka Sarah Supernova has performed hoop, fire and aerials at various events and locations such as the Ice Castles in WI Dells, the Pourhouse in Minneapolis, MN, June-A-Palooza @ Christopher Farms & Gardens, “Clara Takes Flight” an aerial nutcracker and even appeared in a RARE MOB music video.
She has taught adult and children’s hoop dance classes for local events, benefits, rec departments and dance studios; and currently teaches hoop, acro and aerials at Warped Studios in Sheboygan, WI.
Sarah has also taught at flow arts events such as the Michigan Hoop Retreat (2016 & 2017, 2018, 2019), PlayThink (2018 & 2019) and Frostbite Flow Arts Camp (2017 & 2018) which she is also the event manager for.
|Intro to Aerial Hammock|
|Beyond the Basics of Fire Eating|
|Flying with Friends: Acro 101|
Head Stands are for Everyone
Bubble Master Bri - Bubbles R Fun
Brianna or as most people call her Bri found her passion for bubble making when her mother Yo had discovered large bubbles at a garden party. It didn’t take her long to design and create various style wands to share her passion and joy for bubbles with others. Brianna has performed with her bubble wands at various community events. Bubble Therapy as it has been referred to is a type of meditation and Zen that comes from making and seeing the bubbles. Whether you are looking to experience the wonder of making a bubble larger than you or you are looking for a new creative outlet you will want to attend a workshop with Bubble Master Bri!
Classes: Bubble Therapy with Bri
Remy has been dancing with her levitation wand for almost three years. She loves both the free floating dance aspect of levitation wand as well as the difficult tech-y moves. She has recently began to learn to hoop, after being inspired by her talented friends. Remy has a performance art background beginning with youth theatre and tap dance in childhood and graduated Spring 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from MSU. She loves to sing, dance, act, and generally be on stage and entertaining people. Besides theater, her passions include travel, reading, and animals.
Classes: Levitation wand
Auditory Aesthetics & Devin Is Dead
Auditory Aesthetics and Devin is Dead are a creative couple from Toledo, OH. Auditory Aesthetics is just your typical astral being in human form. She has been doing yoga for nearly 2 decades. Her vibe embraces the contrast and balance in life. Devin is Dead is the ominous energy within the realm of deep vibrations. He has been producing music and DJing for over 3 years. His goal is to share experiences and feelings through sound. Together, they decided to merge their individual passions to create a multi-sensory yoga workshop – Movement Meditation.
Classes: Movement Meditation