Getting to Know the MHDR Family!
Missy Cooke is a teaching artist, fire dancer, and all-around creative from Mid-Michigan. She has been practicing movement arts in various forms since 1996.
Her latest project, The Fuel Funnel, was awarded a Chris Clark Fellowship by the Lansing Arts Council. This specially designed tool reduces the fuel and plastic waste that fire spinners create during fueling. Missy designed and managed the engineering of this tool, bringing it to from concept to market in less than 15 months.
Missy founded Lansing Hoops in 2014, traveling across Michigan and the Midwest hosting hoop dance inspired school assemblies and team-building events to promote health and wellness through fun and play. She has hosted the Mid-Michigan weekly flow jam, a meet-up of Lansing area flow artists since 2015.
In August of that same year, Missy founded the Michigan Hoop Dance Retreat, an annual 3-day event that welcomes hoop dancers from all over Michigan to share in skills workshops and group activities and to build connections with other flow artists from across the state (and beyond!).
In 2017, Missy co-founded The Smitten Spinners, a performance troupe offering fire, LED, and choreographed corporate and community entertainment across Michigan.
When Missy isn’t hula hooping or eating fire, she likes to spend time in nature, swimming and camping with her family.
Safety & Registration
Colleen, aka Emerald Hooper, is native to Michigan and began hooping in December 2014. As a child, Colleen was always immersed in music, and she just naturally started to love dancing to it. Learning to play piano at a young age, she had the musicality that stayed with her throughout her life. Her professional and career drew her away from her creative and artistic self. When she met her hoop instructor, it was an immediate connection to her long lost love of bodily movement. Hooping for five years, she’s faced some serious life challenges causing her to pause, but nothing has kept her from MHDR, not even an ankle break requiring surgery two years ago. She is not a professional performer or instructor, but she is part of the essential heart that makes MHDR. This year she is on the volunteer team heading up registration and COVID safety for all participants.
Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador
Share Your Story With Us
The Michigan Hoop Dance Retreat is known for its loving, accepting culture. We are a group of unique individuals, with one common thread binding us together – our commitment to honoring each member of our family, exactly as they are, and celebrating our differences as much as our likenesses.
MHDR is proud to know and support hoopers with diverse racial, gender, cultural, sexual and economic identities, and we would love to share your stories on our social media pages.
Complete the form below, and tell us a little about your heritage. What do you want other hoopers to know about you? What makes you unique? Do you have customs or traditions you want to share? Let us know and you could be featured on our MHDR social media pages.