Baxter and Hoop Path Come to SF 4/1 and 4/3Thu, March 15, 2007 - 3:43 PM
These workshops are not to be missed for anyone who loves to hoop.
Blessings to you, Hoop Community!
I wanted to let everyone that the Second leg of the Hoop Path Tour is set for San Francisco and L.A. I am very excited about the opportunity to teach a second Workshop in SF, called, "The Warrior Path." The space for this workshop has been donated to us, and I will extend that generosity by lowering the tuition to 50 dollars. The space is limited in size, however, so I must limit this opportunity to attend to those who have recently taken a workshop from me (SF, Portland, Eugene, or Seattle.) There is only room for ten of us, so pre-registration is required. "The Warrior Path" is a continuation of the ideas laid out in the "The Hoop Path: First Steps" workshop.
[Note: We are quickly approaching capacity for these SF workshops. Please rsvp to make sure we have a spot for you. firstname.lastname@example.org]
"The Hoop Path: First Steps" Workshop
This 3-hour intensive will introduce you to the inspiring myths and powerful metaphors of The Hoop Path, a spiritual approach to hoopdance that has slowly built itself out of Jonathan Baxter's years of daily Hoop Practice. Bax's teaching incorporates prayerful guidance and unique storytelling as well as the straightforward breaking down of moves and practice of new techniques. This workshop is for those of us who already feel a connection with Hooping that goes far deeper than pure fitness, or for those hoopers who yearn to deepen and expand their Practice into subtler levels of awareness and grace. Together we will define and explore Hoop Path terms such as: pe*A*ce, Ritmo, One Tree/Two Tree; as well as established techniques such as Reversing, Breaking, Paddling and Angle Hooping.
Thoughts based on the recent PacNW shops:
I have learned many lessons already in this tour. Some of you may notice that I have omitted some terms from the curriculum for the "First Steps" workshop. As the workshop took shape we realized that we had been a little too optimistic with regards to how much info we could pack in. We have shortened our list and we believe the workshop is better for it.
Here are some other things we have learned:
1. Students are encouraged to bring pads and pens with which to take notes. We do not provide a printed text, so if you are the sort that likes to have things written down, then by all means, we encourage you. If you should forget, we will have pads available.
2. This workshop is rigorous. We hoop a lot. Though there is a long opening talk, we will easily hoop for two solid hours. Please come prepared with water, snacks, redbull (hooper crack), or whatever else. (I don't endorse redbull, I'm only trying to be funny here.)
3. My workshops are not "move swaps." At least, not by design. We work on developing a Hoop Practice and opening oneself up to winds of undiscovered expression. I expected to feel friction with this, but I think not having a list of moves to work through actually relaxed the students who came.
4. We don't actually hoop naked. Sorry. That was just a joke.
5. This didn't come up in PacNW, but we do not allow video taping.
6. The "First Steps" workshop emphasizes the Core and the Current.
7. You do not need to have a super small hoop for the "First Steps" workshop.
PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING:
Many have asked about what level of hooping skill is required to attend the workshop. This has proved to be a tough question to answer. I would suggest that those interested in coming should have some flight time with hooping in their Second Current, at least, at the waist level. For those of you who are unfamiliar, this means that you should be able to hoop both directions. You do not need to be fluent in both, but some experience in both will make for a much better workshop for you. Know also that we may go over things which are beyond what you can currently do. There is no way of getting around this. If you can afford yourself some patience, this doesn't have to be frustrating. Honestly, I think is the "newbie" hooper who may have the most to gain from the approach we take to Hoop Practice.
"The First Steps"
When: Sunday, April 1, 2007
3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (two 1.5 hour sessions with a break)
Where: The Margaret Jenkins Dance LAB
301 - 8th Street, 2nd Floor, Studio 200
San Francisco, CA 94103
Cost: $65 (As with ALL of my workshops tuition assistance may be available.)
or you can tribe khan or baxter
"The Warrior Path"
We will further explore the ideas and methods of the Hoop Path. We will focus on "Warrior Style" and some of the more advanced ideas and concepts therein. If you have specific questions please message me.
When: Tuesday, April 3, 2007.
6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Where: the Gingerbread warehouse at 1275 Connecticut St. at Ceasar Chavez.
San Francisco, CA
Cost: $50 (this special price is for those who have already taken the "First Steps" Workshop.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
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