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Babz is back! Sep 16 & 17, 2017

By popular demand international award winning hooper and teacher Babz Robinson returns to Ottawa with two days of jam packed awesome! Whoop Whoop!! 

You will come out of these workshops inspired with fresh flow, new moves, and combo building techniques. Babz will also teach you my secrets for creating your own moves and breaking up those repetitive patterns you can't seem to break free from. Come unlock your inner bad ass!

Not only that but it's time to up your elbow game Ottawa! Hate elbows? Well you will fall in love (just in case you haven't already). These workshops are designed to challenge the veteran while still being accessible to newer hoopers. Bring your water bottle and some attitude: this is going to get sweaty :)

Space is limited so don't wait to sign up. Single days are also available! 

Tickets available at WWW.BABZ.CA
Full weekend $100.00 
Saturday or Sunday $60.00

Saturday Sep. 16, 5:00pm - 9:00pm 
Sunday Sep. 17,  1:00pm - 5:00pm


Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt Ave. Ottawa

Upstairs, Assembly Hall/ OPTSC room. 

Free parking. The #16 bus stops right outside the Centre.


Babz's Ottawa workshops, Jan. 2016

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. 



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.


Rachael Lust - Ottawa workshop, Sun. May 31, 1-4pm

Rachael Lust is coming to Ottawa this Spring and will be at Dovercourt Rec Centre (411 Dovercourt Ave, Ottawa)! This dynamic young woman has been burning up the hoop scene over the last year or so, touring the US teaching workshops, doing TV appearances (including the Queen Latifah show), half-time shows, product endorsements and more. 

"This is a 3 hour workshop focused primarily on breaks and break sequences. We will start with the most basic of breaks and work our way toward more advanced ones including one handed breaks, off-body breaks, wrap breaks, elbows, knees, legs and so on."

Participants must be 18 unless permission is granted by instructor. Tickets are non refundable but can be transferred to another person. Tickets are in US dollars. 

Tickets can be purchased here:

Here's one of Rachael's 'kind of' popular videos --'s 2nd most popular hooping video of 2014 with over 1,700,000 views!


Kenna Hoops - photos

Thank you to everyone who came out to the fabulous workshops on Sep. 26, 27 & 28. Everyone brought enthusiasm and creativity, resulting in great interactivity, learning and laughter.

Some photos…