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Rayna's workshop in Montreal

A few Ottawa hoopers made the trip to Montreal on Sun Aug. 14 to take a workshop, Extension in Hoopdance, from the lovely and graceful Rayna McInturf, of HoopRevolution, now based in the San Francisco area. We explored ways to move more fluidly and mindfully with the hoop, through a series of exercises and skills that had us slowing down, lifting tall on our toes, working our weight shifts and ballet legs, rolling through our chests and shoulders, pausing and dipping, and considering every line and every body part even in the simplest of moves including passing, step ins, revolving doors, leaps, breaks & arm weaves. It was focused and sweaty work, both from the physical effort and the unairconditioned dance studio! Rayna inspired us with her warmth, her encouragement, and of course, her gorgeous way of moving through the hoop. Little "ooohs" and "aahhhhs" could be heard around the room as she demonstrated simple moves that were transformed through extension. Rayna and Anah plan to return to Canada with more workshop in 2012. We can't wait!

Anne, Rayna, Trish, Jenny post-workshop

Click the slideshow below to view some photos from the workshop (the embedded slideshow may not display on some mobile or Flash-challenged devices).