This class offers the foundational elements of hoop dance and allows the individual to discover the uniqueness his/her individual relationship with the hoop. You will learn to use the hoop not only as a tool for tricks, but as a method for opening up your own expressiveness and flow. Appropriate not only for the beginner, but also for the more experienced hooper looking to expand in the fluidity of their movement.
Mature teens welcome with instructor approval.
with Bonnie MacDougall
8 week summer series
Thursdays 5:30pm-6:45pm June 27-August 29 (no class July 4 or July 25)
Classes are $22/class for a series.
When a session has space, drop-ins are welcome at a $25/class rate, cash/check only.
Students can pro-rate to miss up to 2 classes per session if absences are known in advance.
If you choose to pay by cash or check, please register for the class and then select "mail a check". Then, mail a check or bring a check/cash to the first day of class.
There is a $25 late fee for late registration payments.
Inclement Weather Policy: In the case of severe weather we will operate in accordance with the Chapel Hill/Carrboro school district decision on closing. During times when school is not in session, The Flowjo will do it's best to contact all students to make them aware of class cancellations.
About Your Instructor:
Bonnie MacDougall of Havenhoopdance, began hooping in 2002 on the Weaver St. Market lawn in Carrboro, NC one of the original “meccas” for the new wave of today’s hoop movement. In 2009, after years of practice, play, and helping to build community, she began teaching weekly hoop dance classes, all the while weaving in well over 20 years of various instruction techniques. Bonnie teaches at flow festivals across the region often helping establish inaugural years, travels to teach workshops, as well as perform . She also provides administrative and programming support as well as regularly facilitating Ecstatic Dance at The Flowjo, Carrboro’s movement, circus, and healing arts space. Bonnie’s practice is nourished with meditative movement as well as technical hoop artistry, and an abundance of dance. Her style is based on embodied movement, blurring the line between who is in “control” the hoop or the hooper.
When she isn’t hooping or dancing Bonnie teaches gynecological health and sexual health history taking to medical, PA and graduate nursing students at Duke and the University of North Carolina. She has a background in social work, focusing on crisis intervention, domestic violence, and counseling. Bonnie strongly believes in and strives to grow in inclusivity, consent culture, and racial justice. She is the mother to two incredible boys with their own unique ways of being in the world that also teach her daily on how to be a better person.