The rumors are true. I’ve had a rough year. I’ve heard others say it’s been rough for them, too. I read Rowan’s blog last week and I started thinking about what got me through it.
Props to Karen Stirling for this awesome picture
It was YOU!
My community found in the hoop. Not, like, the literal hoop, but those that I find in my inner circle; my tribe.
I’ve been stuck, going in circles, feeling no. way. out. Stuck.
The only way I can keep it together, was/is through feeling YOU. Your support. Your love. Your connectedness. OUR connectedness.
Here at Punk Rock Hoops, we see YOU. We know YOU. We feel YOU. And you know what? We fuckin’ love YOU! Like Mind-Blowing-Hair-Blown-Back LOVE YOU.
I don’t say it enough. I. Love. You.
We love you!
We. Love. You.
Thanks for being part of the tribe. It means more to us than you may ever know. For Reals.
P.S.: I worry at night that you will miss out on the mega discounted price for Hottie Hoop Camp. Early bird registration ends 11/30. Price goes up from $550 to $777 after that.
P.P.S: If you are loving us back this hard, is there a friend that needs to be reading this too? Let them know we care, have them sign up for the newsletter, right there, to the right of this website. We wanna love on them, too.
You may already know this, I’m a fancy doctor. I say fancy, cause that’s what Rowan called it while I was studying at “the fancy school.” So yeah, I have a doctorate in psychology, which allows me to listen to folks working through shit, all day! My experience has been that often I feel something too after listening to strife in others all day. I see them in 50 minute hours. Naturally, I create playlists to hoop to that are 50 minutes (on average) as well. It just makes sense to me.
Healing jams creation mode!
I had a vision of sending these musical move-your-butt jams to peeps who are part of the punk rock tribe – yup, that’s you!
Here’s the first one I’d like to share…so I uploaded it to 8tracks. 8tracks is fun ’cause it lets you listen to other’s cool tunes, gratis! Most of my jams are not screened for kiddos, and if it is, it will say “clean” on it.
So give it a listen, hoop it up and lemme know whatcha think.
Soooooo, It’s that time! You know, Hottie Hoop Campin’ Time!
And Holy shiznit to the max, we are having our first ever KeyNote Speaker , click on over and take a peek at who it is. She is awesome, for reals.
And the REST OF THE SCHEDULE!!!!! Start taking your vitamins or whatever cause its loads loads loads of fun, and you don’t want to miss ANY of it, unless of course you wanted to swim or nap or something. We down with that too. And we have a few different ticket options scope them out.
Tickets are going up for purchase on Nov. 1st, and space is pretty limited ’cause the word is out about what an awesome time it is.
Don’t believe me? Take a gander at all these gleaming chicklets from these smiling babes.
This will sell out. Not joking.
We also have a teacher training that will occur before camp on the beach, folks are saying it’s rad.
“Teacher training was such a fun weekend. I love that we learned so much more than how to teach a hoop class. A lot of the organizational and business tips are so useful in other areas of my life, too.” – A.O. (2013 trainee)
Early bird pricing and payment plans are only available through November 30th.
This is an actual embarrassing true story from our Dad. We were at lunch last week and he starts to imitate Rowan. “What, you’re not busy? Great, can you come over tomorrow at 9 a.m.? And bring gloves, we are going to . . .” And that’s when everyone else started laughing, ’cause they knew that it was true. Don’t ever look like you don’t have enough to do around Rowan ’cause she always needs help with some grandiose scheme/plan.
So Punk Rock Hoops is growing fast, and we knew we needed to get more awesome people in here with us. Enter: one of the best natural hoopers we’ve ever met who needed a job or, more accurately, had left a corporate gig and was looking for her next right thing. She looked like a Virtual Assistant in the rough, so, like the good big-sister-to-everyone that she is, Rowan said “Hey there, how about meeting me next week at 9? I have this idea . . .”
And that is how Alejandra became our Chief of Making It Happen, C.MiH for short. She’s taking so much off our plate she makes us weep. And getting the communication out to ya, organizing big chunks of Hottie Hoop Camp 2014, getting our stuffs together for the next Punk Rock Hoops teacher training,and a jillion little stray details that would otherwise slip off our plates like an errant buttery fettucine noodle.
Got a question or not sure about something? She’s most likely gonna be the gal that gets back to you. And we couldn’t be more pleased!
OOOOhh, also, didya remember that Kenna Hoops is coming?
P.S.: The only worse story I’ve heard out of my Pop was when he told our web design diva, all things IT and digital ass saver, “I’m so glad Rowan has you, any time she buys anything that has more than two wires I get nervous . . .” Um, thanks Dad!
Wowzas, Seth Godin lights my fire these days. I was reading his email to me (okay it’s a newsletter, but I feel like he wrote it just to me). It totally said to me, “Yes, Blythe, you are doing it exactly right.”
See, we have this hoop teacher training. People always ask, “How is it different?”
Straight up answer? This training addresses three things: Hooping, Bidness, and Community.
A triad, if you will (nods to Nia). Folks who have attended other trainings and been left wanting are like “FUCK YEAH – gimme that!”
They GET IT because they know what was missing from their previous hoopdance instructor training. Business. Community. Hoop Love.
Back to Seth’s personal email to me (ha ha!). He said what we (people, hoopers, the world, YOU) are looking for in a boss, CEO, biz partner is FORMIDABILITY. What the hell does that really mean? It means someone who can make shit happen, someone who is “magic about to happen.” Someone who has Skill to make it happen and Care/Passion to see it through all the way babeeeeee.
Holy crapola, that is totally ME!
People get around Rowan and I and, within months, weeks, days, minutes, their life begins to change. I always wondered exactly what that is. I’ve understood the essence but what Exactly is it? Sure would like to bottle that and make sure everyone gets some. BUT now, I get it! We don’t play by the boring book of business, we often don’t follow traditions and we sure as hell are not stuck in 1999, 1989, 1979, 1879.
Seth talks about how formidable leaders find (what, find!!) the tough questions and then instead of being afraid to ask them, we eagerly seek answers.
His email affirmed how our teacher training creates formidable leaders. OMG. Really? He said in the email that you can’t go to school to be a formidable leader or get certified in it, you become it. I believe that our training gets people started on the path, our back end forum/continued support to graduates continues fostering formidable leaders and by just being around us, it is like putting that amazingness that happens in a bottle.
What I once thought was a crazy idea, is now solidly and completely without a doubt the best decision we ever made…Punk Rock Teacher Training, Hell yes!
A full weekend of hooping with Kenna Hoops in Houston, TX!!
6 x 1.5hr hoop workshops
Come to whole weekend, just a day or an individual workshop!!
Venue = To be confirmed, Houston, TX
LEARN – LAUGH – CREATE!!
Learn great ways to pick up the hoop, boost your creativity, discover ways to get tangled and untangled and learn to use your feet and crotch to your best advantage. Guaranteed good times
Kenna Hoops is a hugely experienced teacher and has run regular classes in the UK and workshops worldwide for the last 5 years and also teaches worldwide through her online workshops.
She has taught hundreds of people to hoop and her student base includes hoop stars in their own right like Nick “Hoop Idol” Broyd and Elise ‘hoopelise’ Falla.
She almost single-handedly built the Bristol hoopdance community to the multiple award-winning state it is now (Best Hooping Community Hoopie and Revolvie 2012). She was nominated for Fire Hooper of the Year and Female Hooper of the Year in the 2013 Hoopies. She also runs the widely-acclaimed Bristol-based hoop convention SWhoop.
Her trick-filled videos, clear and comprehensive teaching style, fearless approach to fire hooping and dedicated passion for making a fool of herself has won her many loyal fans.
Message from Kenna: I’m so excited to be coming to Houston! Big thanks to the amazing Punk Rock Hoops for hosting me. We’re put together a weekend workshop schedule that’ll be great for new hoopers and pros alike. Can’t wait to see those that I already know and meet everyone I haven’t ? See you all in Sept xx
Only $120 for the full weekend!!!!
$75 for one day
$30 for an individual workshop
What to bring?
- Lightweight hoops if you have them
- Water bottle
- Yoga mat/something to lie on for the foot hooping workshop
- Yourself ?
Saturday 21st September
11-12.30pm Fancy Fails
Everyone drops the hoop! It’s part of learning, the creative process and an inevitable problem you will face when performing, whether it’s on a stage or just trying to show off some moves to friends after a few drinks!! This workshop will teach you how to pick up the hoop in ways that’ll make it seem like you dropped it on purpose. Easy starts, kick ups, springs, spins, wedgies and even a few more acrobatic variations! (don’t worry, not that acrobactic ) Turn your ‘fails’ into your best tricks!
1.30-3pm Breaking Planes and Transitioning using Elbow Folds
Always find yourself hooping in the same planes? Rotating the hoop using elbow folds will add a whole new dimension to your hooping. A simple change of grip can completely change the way that you transition. You will leave the workshop playing with the cradle and chicken grips and ways of transitioning between them. This will enable you to do a multitude of horizontal and vertical folds. We’ll explore different ways to access the fold position, from both off body and on body and create new patterns in untangling. It’s an opportunity to develop your individual style: everyone tangles and untangles in different ways, so you’re guaranteed to uncover new, personalized combinations.
3.15-4.45pm Line and Tunnel – Techniques to break out of single trick sequence
Moving freely to music without considering a sequence of tricks is the goal of many. To achieve this it is important to understand the two extremes. The learning of “tricks” in all their different variants is vital to teach your hands/body/feet how to move the hoop in different ways without awkwardness but focusing on each individual movement as a unit or a “trick” can limit the way in which you move.?
This workshop will aim to breakdown the idea of individual tricks and focus more on hoop movement around and between two spherical networks, called here Line and Tunnel. We will look at standard edge-led movement (Line) and face-led movement (tunnel). In both these types we will explore the limitless possibilities outside the common “tricks” held within the fully extended sphere.
We will then look at how breaking down a movement into all it’s possible variations can help to access new ways of moving the hoop through space. We will cover simple ways of transferring between the Line and Tunnel networks with emphasis put on hand folds and twists.
4.45-5.30pm Hoop Jam – Time to play and stretch
Sunday 22nd September
11-12.30pm The Crotch Extravaganza!
A whole workshop devoted to hoop tricks involving the nether regions. They’ll be crotch flips, slams, grabs, rolls and jumps as well as a load of wedgies. Get ready to put some thrust into it!
This is an all levels workshop with all tricks covered from the beginning and more advanced/two hoop variations for those desiring a greater challenge!
1.30-3pm Using your Feet!
In this workshop we will be focusing on all the many ways we can use our feet when hooping. While standing we will cover how to use the feet to throw, catch, roll, stall and pass. We’ll also cover floorwork, learning to spin the hoop on the foot including starting in multiple ways, passing between feet, throws to the foot and moving around on the floor. As well as learning a ton of cool tricks you’ll go away with loads of ideas to play with!?
Please note: They’ll be some two hoop variations to play with for those at a more advance level!
3.15-4.45pm Mismatched Twins
This is twin hooping with a difference! Explore the use of 2 different sized hoops to create a visually impressive effect. The capacity for one hoop to pass through the other adds a multitude of possibilities. It’s great fun to play with and there’s loads of new tricks to be found with this interesting variation on twin hooping.
This is an all levels workshop. All tricks will be covered with one hoop for newer hoopers and then we’ll add the second hoop for the more intermediate/advanced.
This is less of a tricks workshop and more about creativity. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never touched twin hoops before or you’re a multi-hoop master you’ll get tons from this workshop!
Please bring all the hoops you are happy to share! We’re going to have to swap them around so everyone has the correct hoop combination.
And this is where you come in. Take a peek over at last year’s schedule, and see if there is something that you want to bring to the table, well, buffet really.
‘Cause that’s what makes this party so awesome, the diversity, the different, the all of you. ALLLLLLLL of your goodness.
Topics are hooping (duh), fashion, self-love and whatever goodness you have to offer. Hoop bidness is also a fair game topic. Oh, and anything DIY.
Here is How We Pay for Play ~ 75 buckaroos an hour, credited towards a day pass or camping bonanza. If there is a balance we will write you a check after your class. Sound Good?
Download the Hottie Hoop Camp Offering Application. IMPORTANT NOTE: Save the application to your computer before you fill it out. If you just open the app and fill it out in your browser, you can’t save your changes and start over again. Don’t make yourself work double. I mean, unless you just want to practice, or something. So, Save, fill out, email to us. Got it? Awesome. We can’t wait to see it.
Submit and commit by August 31, and ’cause we are serious we do not take late applications, so you need to hurry hurry hurry!
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P.S.: Also, if you can’t wait to share our enthusiasm, leave us a comment about how excited you are.
I am so grateful to have been PRH Teacher Certified! They really know their stuff here at PRH. I felt totally prepared to go out into the world and start teaching hooping. They provide you with all the materials you need plus kind and loving support throughout it all and afterwards.
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Punk Rock Hoop Teacher Training ~ How to decide whether to take a gig or not!ATM
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ Creating your customer was incredibly eye opening for me, it was wonderful that you offered a business centered training, where we are visualizing our success, and not just pursing a hobby.SScott
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ I think that this is a great certification program, and both of you have done a fabulous job! Thank you for including me!SScott
PRH Teacher Training was pretty life changing! I not only learned new ways of teaching hoops to my students, I learned how to make my business a huge success without sacrificing my own integrity. I really love how Rowan & Blythe stress that being YOURSELF is your best asset. I love being able to be completely myself and it being “ok” to let my wacky side shine. I don’t wanna have to pretend to be a boring ol’ business woman to be successful when in reality I am a…PRH Teacher TrainingHotlanta
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ Anatomy of a Class: Loved learning the class layout of the transition of learning beginning tricks to more advanced. Keeping all the students engaged!Anon ~
Punk Rock Hoop Teacher Training ~ I loved Rowan and Blythe sharing their journey to figuring it out!SR
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The hoop making workshop was exactly what I was hoping for! Goodie bag, learning styles, informed, collaborative atmosphere,…DH 10/2012
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ I wish I had known these skills with previous businesses!KBS
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ Loved the “Teach Your Mooooves” worksheet. This will be great to refer to when building a curriculum, way to make it easy!Anon ~
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ I particularly enjoyed where we helped other people learn new tricks and hoop moves, perfect way to cement the teaching from the day before!KT ~
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ This weekend has just gotten better as the days have gone by. The different venues have made it interesting, exciting, and just plain fun! Pure genius in having us think we were taking a hoop class on Sunday, and then we ended up teaching it! Awesome because of the spontaneousness of that!Sunshine
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ I appreciated the focus on body positive attitudes and how to teach with something OTHER than waist hooping.Hooped Cubed
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ Love the Fire Starter Book!SR
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ The October 2012 PRHTT has been simply amazing. I really loved the business aspect of the training, The “teach your mooooove” worksheet was priceless. I love that I will be able to break down and track all of my hooping/community moves.Anon ~
I’ve only been to 2 classes w Blythe, she’s very encouraging and really gives great individual attention and made me feel right at home when I was petrified I’d look like a spaz. I am excited to practice and feel more confident, especially when I get the thrill of learning a new move.RA 6/2012
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ Very warm and caring attitudes on caring about yourself and working w/others in a constructive way instead of working against them.Anon ~
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ The training has really let me open up and expand my creative energy for brainstorming unique business ideas. You can use this training for ANY business!Anon ~
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ Honest, causal, flexible, and informative. Not Stuffy!Anon ~
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ I love, love, love the PRH marketing secret. One of My main problems is marketing to the right group, problem SOLVED!Hoop Cubed
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ Great Information on how to work with people w/ different body types.Anon ~
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ My big problem is managing my time, and it was hit upon extensively during the training! You guys did an AWESOME job, and your hard work is totally appreciatedHoop Cubed ~
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Great choices on the (pre)reading materials! They set the tone for the entire weekend and offered great insights into becoming a successful instructor, both on the business side and the social side.SScott
Punk Rock Hoops Teacher Training ~ You gals put together an awesome training event and included some really useful information. I love how so much of your class could translate to any business.Anon ~
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