Sunday, February 27, 2011
I am trying to get a flatter stomach and I have a planner telling me what to do each day and for today it said 30 mins. of cardio and I heard hula hooping was a good cardio workout for your abs is that true?
Hoopdance is an energizing, fat burning cardio and core building hula hoop workout that is effective, fun and encourages creative self-expression! You will be introduced to the skill of spinning a specialised weighted fitness hoop and blending hula hooping with elements of dance and fitness. Hoopdance is easy to learn, empowering and promises a strong sculpted body.
Benefits of Learning to Hoop:
boosts cardiovascular endurance
speeds weight loss | strengthens abdominal
sculpts thighs, buttocks and arms
increases energy | boosts libido
builds core strength | relieves stress
enhances flexibility | develops balance and coordination
saturates the body with energy | quiets the mind
enhances creativity | instills confidence
burns up to 600 calories per hour
& its fun!!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Dance is an art form often discussed in terms of its complexity and mystery. “How can we know the dancer from the dance?” W.B. Yeats famously asked. One wonders, then, what he would make of dance film. For when you add a second layer—the dance of a director’s eye and viewfinder around the dancer—you get an even more elaborate set of artistic relationships. It’s in this genre that Canadian filmmaker Marites Carino is gaining national and international attention.
Carino’s camerawork communicates the themes— disorientation, fragmentation, suspension, perception, progression—in how it reveals the dancer’s interaction with space, with the hoops, and with her own body within those elements. The film is playful, tender, sensual, ecstatic. Many scenes, like a suspended hoop tunnel or the dancer’s legs floating in mid-air, leave you wondering how the effect was achieved.
“I felt like a magician working backwards,” Carino says of the intense planning, noting it is something you could never replicate in a live show.
All of Carino’s experience comes to bear behind her cinematic composition. Trained in ballet and contemporary dance, she has a postgraduate degree in broadcast journalism and several documentary films, in addition to the dance films, under her belt.
Carino’s unique blend of talents has the Canadian and international dance film communities taking notice. Commissioned by Canada’s Bravo!FACT program in 2009, HOOP earned Carino an artist residency last year as part of the DANCE MOViES Commission at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, New York. It screened at the Cinedans festival in Amsterdam late last year, and will be at the Dance on Camera Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center this month. Heady stuff for a self-described ballet “bunhead” from Saskatoon.
“I feel like I’m finally going somewhere,” Carino says. “Doing this on your own can be very lonely, but at the residency I felt like an artistic princess!” Her experience of what’s possible with professional resources means she’s now hoping for a HOOP follow up. She’s shy with the details, but hints it will have to do with fire hoops and Iceland.
In the meantime, however, it’s a life of pitching and proposals, and waiting. “I want to do more,” Carino sighs, “but there are so many hoops to go through.” Pause. “I didn’t even mean to make that pun.”
By Amy Reiswig
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I love this video because everyone has had days that they count the min till they leave work...and I love the freedom the Hoop gives you to forget about taking the bus home and just walking it home....and to top it off it is a man hooping all his tricks going home listening to his music and having a ball...loved it!!!