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Hawaiian Hoop Jam - Fri. Jan. 20, 7-8:30pm at Dovercourt

Hoop Jam at Dovercourt this Friday January 20th, 7-8:30pm. Let's make it a Hawaiian theme to combat the cold (-28ºC with windchill this morning) & snow -- and to get me prepped for my hoop/ yoga /drum retreat & teacher training on the Big Island of Hawaii with hoop goddesses Shakti, Rayna and Anah!.

Dress tropical -- even a flower in your hair will do -- and I'll bring some grass skirts. We have hoops & music. All are welcome, including kids (but please supervise your own if you bring them). :-)


First hoop jam of 2012: Sat. Jan. 7, 7-8:30pm @ Dovercourt

Spin in the new year: join us on a different night (for this week only) for 90 minutes of hoop fun. The jam is free, you can attend as much or as little as you like, we'll have hoops and music. 411 Dovercourt Ave, upstairs in the Assembly Hall. 

Also, Winter hoop classes at Dovercourt get underway this Sunday, and there is still space in most classes. All Levels Sundays 10am, Monday at noon, or Thursday at 7:45pm; Intermediate/ Advanced on Sunday at 11am. More info on the Calendar page, including course codes and registration details. 


Shakti's workshop - photos

Shakti Sunfire gave an inspiring workshop on Hoop Dance Exploration on June 28 at Dovercourt Recreation Centre. She began by telling us about her recent experiences at the Wanderlust Festival in Vermont, how the very rainy weather had caused ongoing upheaval of carefully prepared performances, but by embracing the change and uncertainty, new and more glorious visions materialized. Little did we know that minutes later we too would be challenged by the elements! Not long after we began introductions around the circle there was a gigantic crack of thunder. The lights flickered, the speakers crackled…and the power went out. A quick call to my husband brought us a wealth of candles & a battery powered speaker system. While the storm thundered on outside, we danced with & without our hoops in a candlelit sanctuary, exploring lines, poses, expression, free movement, spaciousness, grip techniques and choreography. In the end, the power was not out for long, but the storm did add a specialness to the evening and underlined one of Shakti's messages.

Click on the slideshow below to view the photos in Picasa Galleries. Thanks to Tiana Kluchert for stopping by to do photo duties.  



Hoop Jam at Dovercourt, Fri. June 17, 6:30-8pm - Outside!

Let's hoop outside at Dovercourt if it's nice out -- and the forecast is looking good for the end of this week! We'll have hoops, tunes and sunshine!

This will be the last regularly scheduled Dovercourt jam until the end of the summer. We're going to let the summer jams evolve as they will. If you are out there in Ottawa and want to hoop in the company of like-minded folk, you can either head on over to Hoop City, the Eastern Ontario Hoopers group and post it in the Hoop Jam discussion or the regular Comment Wall, or send me the info and I will post it here on Sirenhoops and in our Google calendar. Regular bi-weekly jams will resume in September.

Jenny can't make your hair blue, but she can add feathers!Special pre-jam fun: Yoga & Hoop Gal Jenny Anderson is ready to adorn your locks with beautiful feather extensions! We saw this trend at Hoop Convergence, and it's beautiful. It's a look that can be subtle or flashy, depending on your preference. Jenny will be taking feathering appointments by email for times before this Friday's jam at Dovercourt. If you can't make it this Friday, not to worry. Jenny's contact info is below.

From Jenny: "Feather extensions are micro-crimped at the hairline, so you can wash, blow dry, or flat iron your feathers with your hair, and they'll last 2-3 months or longer. They're strong and will last indefinitely, so you can reapply them with a new crimp when your hair grows. If you're interested, email me at to make a feathering app't after a class or at my place in Orleans. I have a flexible schedule, and feathering doesn't take longer than 20 minutes. Feather extensions are reasonably but individually priced, depending on your preferences. An average feather extension has 5 - 9 feathers in a bundle and is ~$15-20. I prefer to creatively customize to your personality and look. A feathering gathering (a gaggle? a murder? a pride?) will gain you a discount on your feathering too."