It all started with watching a video on 'how to hoop on the waist'.
What I thought was hoop dancing ultimately led me to Flow Arts: a broad term for the meeting of many movement-based performing arts like juggling, poi, hooping, fire-spinning, and object manipulation. This art harmonizes skill-based techniques with creative expression to achieve a state of present-moment awareness known as Flow. Turns out, hula hooping is where my flow lies.
A self-taught hooper, I took inspiration from Capoeira, hip hop, locking, dancehall, ballet. This led to an interest and training in gymnastics, acro-yoga, slacklining… it was evident I was hungry. Now, there is a bit of everything in my hoop routines. Every act is different and they are based on the kind of hoop/s I use, which include Fire hoops, LED hoops, Multiple hoops, Mini-hoops and of course a solo hoop to bring out the element of dance.
I believe hooping is for everybody: all body types, genders, age groups. I am grateful to have worked with diverse groups : inmates of Tihar Jail, slum kids in Mumbai, women over 60 years of age, surfing instructors of Tamil Nadu, corporates and white collar executives, children with physical disabilities and gymnasts training for the Commonwealth Games.
The stage is one of my favourite places and I have had performances at TedX Gurugram, Times Power Women 2018, The 1965 War festival, the Indian Juggling Convention, BITS Pilani, and Spandan Festival of Performing Arts and more. I also hoop danced my way into brands like Exide, Google Pixel, Puma, The Burlap People.
Parallel to my growth as a hoop dance artiste, I pursued psychology, graduating from LSR, New Delhi. My love for the mind and movement pushed me to take up a course in Dance/Movement Therapy from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, which further expanded my vocabulary (mentally and physically) and helped me become a better facilitator in holding spaces and workshops.
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The 23 year old self-taught hooper travels around the country conducting workshops. Hooping is for everyone. She thoughtfully adds, it’s interactive.