Hi everyone! I’m Brianna and welcome to my in-depth presentation! Although my final presentation isn’t quite what I thought it would turn out to be, I’m still proud of how far I’ve come since I started this project in January 🙂
For those of you who are new here, let me give you a quick recap. For my first in-depth project with the TALONS program, I’ve chosen to learn aerial hoop, a dance apparatus similar to trapeze. When I chose my project, I’d done other kinds of circus in the past but I never tried aerial hoop as it was never offered with the class that I was previously taking. Aerial hoop is also a more difficult apparatus than trapeze or aerial silks, so I was always a little scared of trying it. Now that I’ve done aerial hoop, it’s become one of my favourite apparatuses!
I met with my mentor Kimmie weekly to learn different poses on the aerial hoop, in order to complete my final goal of mastering 10-15 different poses that I would then use to choreograph a routine. Unfortunately, due to restrictions that came with social distancing, my meetings with Kimmie were cut short and I couldn’t film my final routine. However, I was able to learn quite a few poses during the time that I had access to an aerial hoop through my mentorship meetings.
A description of all the poses I learned:
- Pike Through / Pop Onto Sit: This pose is used to mount the hoop. You grab onto the hoop with your hands, then swing your legs up and in between your arms into a pike position. When you are ready to mount the hoop, you hook onto the base of the hoop with your knees and sit up onto the hoop.
- Mermaid: This is the first pose I learned on the aerial hoop. This pose is also featured in a lot of my progress videos. During this pose, you hold onto the hoop with one arm, then lean out until you are in a horizontal position with your legs together and your other arm reaching in the opposite direction.
- Man in the Moon: Another basic pose, Man in the Moon involves sitting sideways on the hoop with your legs pressing against the opposite end of the hoop and your arms helping you balance on either side.
- Arm Chair: Facing the hoop, you hold onto the top of the hoop with your arms and hold your legs in a pike position at the base of the hoop. Then, you have to push your feet against the hoop until your legs are straight.
- Split Step: From arm chair, let go of one leg to form a split.
- Tree Branch: You lean onto one side of the hoop, holding on by one arm and letting your legs dangle.
- Amazon: This pose is similar to Tree Branch, except you face the other side of the hoop when you hang instead of the front.
- Front Balance: You balance on the hoop with your waist, spreading your arms out and keeping your legs together to hold your balance.
- Reverse Angel: This pose is like Mermaid, with the only difference being that you face downwards rather than sideways.
- Running Man: I wasn’t able to master this pose completely, but it involves wrapping each leg around the two sides of the hoop and holding on with your hands as well. You face sideways with this pose.
- Birds Nest: For this pose, you hook each leg around their corresponding spots on the hoop (as in Running Man), except you face forwards, hold onto the hoop with your hands apart from each other, stick out your chest, and look out so you are bending your back.
- Back Balance: We only just started working on this pose before we were forced to stop meeting in person, but my understanding is that you lay back onto the hoop so you are looking at the ceiling, push one leg against the hoop, and balance on the small of your back.
To document my learning, I regularly recorded progress videos of myself on the hoop. Here is a small collection of them:
January 26 (the first progress video I recorded)
A brief presentation about aerial hoop and taking aerial hoop classes: