I taught the first Goddess Hoop Dance class on April 3, 2010. Here are just a few of the beautiful women who were there for many of those classes, four years ago. I have taught a class almost every Saturday morning since then, along with a smattering of private classes and special events which brings the total to well over two hundred. Though the names and faces of the students have changed, as have sizes and varieties of hoops, the joy I find in teaching continues to expand.
If someone had told me when I was in my thirties that I would become passionate about a plastic circle and spend years teaching a class on dancing with hula hoops twenty years in the future, I would have laughed at them. And yet, here I am. Laughing because it’s true and pretty amazing. My thirty-something self knew little about what made her happy but was determined to change her life. I’m thankful she had plenty of perseverance and despite appearances never really lost hope.
I didn’t realize when I was in my thirties how crucial creativity was to my well-being. Or how to be in my body enough to actually dance. Or that I was a late bloomer who wasn’t going to flower until the time was right. Hoop dance gives me an outlet for my creative as well as physical energy. From the first, I was mesmerized by mash-up of music, brightly colored hoops creating geometry around the body and fabulous clothes made just for the hoop dancer.
When I started Goddess Hoop Dance I committed to the business of continuing to allow the sacred circle to open my mind and heart to more of what I could do and be and express, with or without a hoop, and share that joy with others. Today, my life is far richer, blessed beyond the imaginings of my younger, earnest self who tried so hard to figure it all out or find ‘the answer’. Between the beautiful people I’ve met teaching hoop dance, and becoming part of the remarkable community of hoop dancers from around the world, Goddess Hoop Dance has populated my life with some gorgeous souls and deep, heartfelt connections.
Thank you to everyone who has attended a class, bought a hoop, joined the Facebook or Meetup group, or told a friend. Without your presence, participation and sweet inspiration, Goddess Hoop Dance would not be possible and I celebrate all of you today.