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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…


Only 2 weeks till Kenna Hoops workshops (Sep. 26-28)!

The creative and fabulous Emma of Kenna Hoops from the UK is touring Canada this Fall. After stops in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto, she's coming to Ottawa! Register now for Emma's upcoming workshops at Dovercourt Recreation Centre.

Emma's exuberant personality, technical skill and teaching style (and blue hair!) have made her a stand-out presenter at conferences around the world including Hoop Convergence in North Carolina, where I've had the pleasure of attending her workshops. The workshop descriptions are just a starting point for her skill-packed sessions. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the bright lights in the hoop world.

register now

Register online using the course codes below at, by phone at 613-798-8950 ext. 0 or in person at Dovercourt Recreation Centre, 411 Dovercourt Ave, Ottawa, ON.

Friday Sep. 26, 6:30-9:30pm - Fancy Fails, course code 93757, $55 (early bird price)
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! Turn your ‘fails’ into your best tricks!

Sat. Sep. 27, 4-7pm, Crotch Extravaganza, course code 93758, $55 (early bird price)
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! Please bring a lightweight hoop or 2.

Sun. Sep 28, 1-4pm Mismatched Twins, course code 93759, $55 (early bird price)
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. 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. This workshop will also include some content from Kenna Hoop's "Twins: Change your Perspective" workshop.

About Kenna Hoops

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 runs the widely acclaimed Bristol-based hoop convention SWhoop.