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Babz is coming to Ottawa!

This January, an Alberta clipper is coming our way, in the form of the one and only Babz Robinson! You've seen her amazing tutorials online -- now learn from her in person! She'll be presenting two workshops at Dovercourt Recreation Centre on Sat Jan. 30 and Sun. Jan. 31, 2016. Registration is through Babz's website, Warm up your winter with this hot hooping weekend. Space is limited, so register early. 

Saturday January 30, 3:30-7:30pm

Flips, Flops and Flails, 4 hours, $60

Flip your hooping on its axis and just go with the flail! Fill up that bag of tricks of yours, spice up that repertoire and add some fresh flair to your flow. Feeling like you’ve hit that “wall”? Pshaw! Don’t be silly! There are no walls here! Time to get funky and add some fun new moves to fill out your flow. I will fill your brains with as many moves as time and space in your beautiful melon allows This awesome workshop features fun floor pick ups, Coin flips, Wraps, pizza tosses and all kinds fun weird things I’ve cooked up while rotating the hoop on its axis either around your body or in the air. ohhhhh yaaaaachhhh!

Sunday January 31, 12:30 - 3:30pm

Killer Combos, 3 hours, $50

Like big moves that add whoa to your flow? You’re not alone! Building big combinations and breaking them down into delicious bite sized morsels just happens to be a Babz specialty! Come fill your plate with new moves you may have thought too daunting to devour and leave empowered with the knowledge that you my dear, can eat big tricks for breakfast! Not only that but cook up your own killer combo recipe while you’re at it.This workshop also features lots of breaks with a focus on the knees. That’s right, after this you are going to be a knee break Kneeeenja!

Register for either workshop ($60 & $50), or save by registering for both ($90)!

About Babz: 

One of the hoop world's most prolific creators of hoop dance trick tutorials, Canadian native Babz Robinson has been raising the bar and innovating modern hoop dance since 2003. Her comprehensive tutorials and passion for sharing knowledge have earned her the Hoopies awards for both Instructor of the Year and Tutorial of the Year! When not found exploring the mountains surrounding her home she can be found teaching at the world's foremost hoop dance retreats and festivals. Rarely seen without a smile on her face, this exuberant woman lives to empower people in their hoops and in their lives. 



Fall hoop class at Dovercourt

Fall 2015 Classes

Fall hoop classes at Dovercourt are now open for registration. Register in person, by phone (613-798-8950 ext. 0), or online at

  • Sunday All Levels, Trish: 11:15am, 98851, Assembly Hall at Dovercourt, Sep 13 - Dec 20, 2015. Drop ins are also available; pay at the upstairs customer service desk. 

Hoops of all sizes are provided for use during the class, or you may bring your own. Contact Trish if you have any questions (

Free hoop jams begin again in September, every 2nd Friday night at a new time, 6:30-8pm. Stay tuned for the start date. 


You can hoop with us

Wow. Much like the "Celebrities reading mean Tweets" videos, this video shows what cruel things people say from the safety and anonymity of their computer, and this time it's some of our favourite hoop stars reading cruel comments people have made about their hoop videos. That cruelty has been turned around to a really positive message. :-)


Lisa Lottie workshop, Tue. July 28, 7-9:30pm

The amazing Lisa Lottie, International hoop performer, is coming to Ottawa for a special evening, just prior to appearing at the Ottawa International Buskerfest, July 30-Aug 3, 2015.

An Evening with Lisa Lottie:
Come hang out with Lisa for an evening of hardcore hooping and learn some of her signature moves! Mainly one-hoop tricks, but we will cover some multi-hooping basics so bring a couple of hoops if you have them. 

Tuesday July 28, 7-9:30pm, Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt Ave, Ottawa, ON

Time: 7-9:30pm

Cost: $45 + HST. Course code: 99702

Register through Dovercourt Rec Centre, in person, by phone (613-798-8950 ext. 0) or online at, course code 99702 >>

If you think it's all about talent, watch Lisa's inspiring TEDTalk, "My Weapon of Choice" about finding her passion (the hoop!), and her journey from high school dropout to International performer.

About Lisa: Lisa Lottie is a highly skilled, world class hula hoop artist born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She has performed in 29 countries, over a hundred cities, has trained at 'Escola national de Circo' Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and holds a degree in circus from The Circus Space, London UK. She currently resides both in London, UK and Melbourne, Australia whilst touring the world wide street festival circuit with her show 'Bend it like Barbie'. Lisa also performs contortion and aerial hoop as well as her solo hula hoop acts at corporate events and cabaret/supper clubs. Her videos have over 1.5 million hits on Youtube.


Hoop Jam, Fri. Mar. 27, 7-8:30pm

First hoop jam of Spring 2015, last hoop jam of March 2015! The days are longer, so we'll have some lovely sun rays to hoop in for the start of our jam.

Poi and other props are welcome, though fitness equipment in the room is off limits.

Kids are welcome, as long as they are well supervised. There have been lots of kids attending lately, and they are very avid learners, asking to learn skills and sequences, and quick to share their new techniques with others. Yay for the next generation!