As I begin to dive more into my professional passion I WILL be back to blogging more.
I would like to start writing more about my journey as a hoop dancer and teacher.
Please be patient, as it will be a work in progress... In the mean time, please check out my RAGE PAGE.
This is my Rage Hoops Website where you can register for my classes, find hoop videos, request tutorials, get in touch about Skype Lessons and buy hoops from my sister site Gnar Hoops (10% off code: GNARLYRAGE)
Sending lots of Love and Light my hoopy beings
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Live Beautifully, Dream Passionately
Lately, I have been spending more time subjecting my passion and art to the public. I have started doing a couple of live events around Portland with PopCycle events. When I put myself in front of other people I can sometimes feel a bit vulnerable, but eventually I will loosen up and get in the groove. I can describe how weird it feels when eyes are watching me and that has been a huge challenge for me in my hoop journey. I never realized how much I disliked lone attention.
I was a cheerleader for 12 years from when I was 6 until I was a Senior in High School, all I ever knew was attention.. but in a team setting. My personality is humble, caring and oblivious ;) My objective is not to seek attention from anyone I just want to enjoy my hobby with the people I love around me.
Being under those major lights and cameras all over me, knowing my every move was being watched and judged. It was petrifying and really eye opening experience. Getting attention for something you work very hard at and show a true dedication to that practice is what any artist dreams of, but something inside of me just was not prepared for eyes watching. I am going to keep rockin out at home and work on my skills so next time I can bring the heat full RAGE!
I practiced as much as I could during finals week but below is a link to the video of my "audition" - ENJOY
Every experience in life I learn from and I will only grow from this. Nothing great in life has ever been accomplished without passion.
New 32' rims made for my audition
Love and Light all you ragers out there!
Friday, September 28, 2012
Gimme the Lights
On September 25, 2012 I was featured as the Photo of the Day on Hooping.org
This is one of my hoop dreams come true! Ever since the first day I picked up my happy circle of light I had always wanted to become a part of the website. I would scroll post after post, admiring the beautiful hoopers and the insight they had to share with the rest of the community. Pulling inspiration any way I could. I said to myself, "One day I will be on this website!" It was a true honor and complete surprise that they wanted to use a picture of me! I was ECSTATIC!
This all started when I did my first performance with PopCyclePDX - I met so many people that would ultimately help get my on my hooping feet! I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to be doing what I love to do in front of people that cared to watch me stumble my way through.
The photographer that took this picture, Cody Augustine, asked if I needed any pictures done and I had been looking for someone to get some awesome shots of the LED hoop!
What I got was more than I ever imagined could happen! They turned out BEAUTIFUL!
We went to the Keller Fountain in Portland, OR and we took pictures until we got over 250 shots with beautifully colored traces of light!
I used both of my LED's:
The Astral Hoop
Cody got right to work and chose some of the best shots (they were all dazzling) and sent me all of the pictures for me to use as I wanted! He then posted the brightened photos on his Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/cody10414/8005962032/in/photostream/
SOMEHOW Hooping.Org caught a glimpse of the photos of me and chose one to feature on their site!
Cody and I couldn't believe it! Something we did just for fun actually got some attention and he deserved to have some rad shots featured on one of the biggest websites in the hooping community!
All in all I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Cody Augustine for taking these beautiful shots, I am so glad that we could share some 5minute of fame glory together! Looking forward to another session (pppsssttt... I have another LED hoop on the way)
and THANK YOU HOOPING.ORG for bringing such light, joy, inspiration and happiness to the hooping community!
Your website is like the bible for some of us and keep the posts coming!
HAPPY HOOPING - Love and Light - RageHoops
Monday, May 21, 2012
In my quest to making hoops, and even my own hooping journey, I have always wondered just which hoop material works the best?
Your head could begin to spin with all of the different options;
HDPE, PolyPro, psi PE
I couldnt figure out the difference myself, and to be completely honest I thought it was as simple as going to Home Depot to pick up a bunch of black irrigation tubing. Boy was I wrong. For your first hoop, or if you are just wanting a cheap inexpensive way to make yourself a hoop, then the material at a hardware store would be perfect for now to learn on.
As you start to reign in your hoop practice and learning new tricks, this simply wont cut it.
There are many different websites that offer a wide range of different styles, sizes, weights.
What one works best for you? The answer is not simple, you need to play and see which one you can move the best with your style and body type!
I'm just here to point you in the right direction for your perfect hoop :)
This chart really nicely displays the dynamics of each plastic used for home made hoops
You can find many of websites that have a preference for each style.
O.D. = Outer Diameter
I.D. = Inner Diameter
This means that if you have a 1" O.D. then you need a 3/4" I.D. connector (100 psi PE hoop)
The weights you see are really where preference comes from...
PE = 1.4oz
HDPE = 1.0oz
PPE = 0.7oz
The PolyPro tubing is the lightest of the 3 and smallest O.D.
That means these hoops move FAST!
I have been doing some research to try to learn a little more about the materials I am working with, all of the places I have read are in favor of the PolyPro unless you like a little more weight to work with.
For beginners a heavier hoop is VERY important so you can FEEL the hoop and learn just where on your body the hoop is, but as you get farther in your learning journey you will want a smaller more light weight hoop to help you achieve tricks easier.
The PolyPro is a naturally clear hoop and super durable and flexible.
The plastic is ideal for a mild climate and will not be affected by wet or rainy weather
YAY PORTLAND RAIN WONT STOP US!
I think its important to know just what kind of material you are purchasing and if hooping is something you are passionate about then learning a little about the art is always helpful!
A HUGE step for Rage Hoops this weekend as well and I am so thrilled to announce....
Third Eye Shoppe on 40th and Hawthorne are now carrying a select few Rage Hoops
please go check them out and support local products
I am also happy to make them custom for you, so please contact me before they are all gone!
Keep on, Ragin' on
O - May the sacred circle be with you - O
Namaste. Hoop. Love.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Hello young Grasshoopers
I recently decided to try to expand my options to pass the love of ragin' on to more of the interwebz
I created an Etsy account to see just how much demand there is for RageHoops
This is a new adventure for me and not sure where to start but I guess getting my store opened was a step in the right direction. I have another shipment of supplies on the way and am going to begin HoopMania on Thursday!
Festival season is about to kick off with Sasquatch during Memorial Day weekend! If you or someone you know is going and want a toy to play with let me know and get your orders in now... I am bringing the Rage Army with me!
Places I am selling the hoops:
Etsy - RageHoops Store - http://www.etsy.com/shop/RageHoops
Sundays at the Portland Waterfront Park - come play
May 25-28 - Sasquatch Music Festival
June 22-23 - Paradiso Festival
July 27-29 - WTF Festival
ALWAYS by phone or email
dont be shy
I am flexible with price and design
ALL AGES, COLOR & GENDER CAN SPIN TOGETHER :)
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Operation Rage Madness is in full swing
This last Friday night I started to put all of the pieces together to create hoops galore!
There was an explosion of color and tubing all over the living room!
I have found a way to express my creativity and share with others the way I see the world, brightly colored!
The end resulted in about 10 neon taped sacred circles ready for play
The next day was a rare day in Portland, SUNSHINE! I decided to take the new hoops out for a test hoop
The results were amazing, people of all ages, sizes and skill level wanted to PLAY!
Portland Saturday Market at Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Rage Hoops in action
They were a HIT! Instantly the colors and motions were making kids run over to pick up their favorite color and give it a try! What a beautiful sight that was for me! The hoops I created being enjoyed by many!
Simone - got herself twin 36" Rage Hoops
She had been trying to get back into hooping and she picked up one of mine and started playing, she fell in love and had to take some Rage home with her :) thank you so much Simone! I hope you are enjoying your new hoops and may they be good to you and your hooping journey! Lets go play!
The neon tape shows so well in the sunshine - PERK, they even glow in black light ;)
Berta RAGED a little too hard but Hannah and her friend keep the love going :)
Thank you everyone that came out to play with us on Sunday! Couldn't have asked for a more beautiful group of people to share the day and sunshine with! I am so excited to get you all Rage Hoops of your own and showing Portland the love of Ragin'
I had to test out two for myself and they are perfect :) Our new front yard is a great size for some playtime and sunbathing! Double hoops are so much fun and definitely a new challenge Im ready to tackle!
PICK YOUR CIRCLE
Email me if you have a color/size preference maybe even a twin
Give it a try! Whens a better time to start something new then now
Rage away your day and get good exercise and a healthy soul :)
I am starting a new bundle of hoops today and will have more colors soon so stay tuned
Live. Love. Hoop.
DANCE LIKE NO ONE IS WATCHING