Hoopdance offers a gateway into dance and creative movement that is both gentle and self-revelatory. The hoop itself defines the dance form—concrete, present and always available for reference—providing an unerring center while also continually offering itself to new modes of interpretation. Line&Circle believes that everyone living deserves the opportunity to meet the profoundly human need to dance, to create our own beauty with our own bodies: the hoop gives us the time, space, and permission to do so.
Both Line&Circle’s online classes and live workshops aim to open hoopdance to a wider world. The elements of this unique movement form are broken down into simple, self-explanatory language and exercises, designed to be accessible to all adult hoopdancers and hoopers-to-be—whether you are picking up the hoop for the first time, or have been spinning for many seasons.
Ann started hooping at age 35 and spent four years studying with master hooper and instructor Jonathan Baxter of HoopPath, the first hoop curriculum to contextualize and teach hoopdance as a meditative movement art.
Since 2010, Ann has been traveling and teaching on her own, using a simplified geometric framework to help students better understand the physics where hoop meets body, where line meets circle.
This work is Ann’s passion not only because of the beauty that emerges in the body of every new hoopdancer, but also because of the special community this art form brings together, which is its own eternal teacher and guide. Part of the mission of Line&Circle is to help broaden and deepen the community ties that hold us together as a human family. We seek to support our communal bonds by gifting classes and hoops to women’s shelters, programs for at-risk teens, women’s prisons, and organizations that help those who have been incarcerated transition back into community life. If you have ideas for gift recipients–community service organizations, domestic violence shelters, or need-based after-school programs–please let us know…especially if you are a hoopmaker looking for ways to give back! We’d love to partner with you and give some of this beauty away to those who need it the most. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For as scholar Lewis Hyde observed:
“Where there is no gift, there is no art.”