Benjamin is a circus artist whose primary discipline is hoop dance and manipulation. He became certified to teach by Hoopnotica in 2014 and has since embarked on several workshop tours, sharing his curriculum in over 40 cities nationwide. Since relocating to Buffalo, Benjamin’s focus has been serving the community as a teaching artist in after school, libraries, and community events, as well as performing and gaining experience in marketing with Pyromancy, a local performance troupe.
Hoop Dance Fundamentals/ “Hoop Dance for Every Body”
No matter what age, size, or ability, anyone can tap into the many benefits that the hula hoop has to offer. Exercise, expression, excitement; this plastic circle truly serves as a multigenerational source of wellness and playfulness! First, Benjamin will warm up participants incorporating the hoop into dynamic stretches. Next, he will give a lesson, skill building in hoop manipulation as well as creative dance concepts. Following this, participants will be encouraged to work together through partner and group activities using the hoops. Each class will conclude with free time for students to improvise and practice whatever they are called to, followed by a cool down and discussion based check-in.. Time permitting, Benjamin will also put on a circus style multi-hoop performance to showcase the possibilities of the artform.
- The students will build technical skills in hoop manipulation, including on-body and off-body technique (i.e. hand hooping grip switch, waist hooping reversals, pirouette while hooping, isolations, weaves)
- The students will explore the elements of dance (space, timing, direction, locomotion, etc.) through creative dance exercises.
- The students will develop a deeper mind-body connection as well as improved flexibility, coordination, balance, motor skills, and core strength.