To teach is to learn on a deeper level. It brings me great joy to discover the wide range of knowledge found
fromdancing inside spiraling circles. Thank you to all of my students and mentors for sharing this journey!
Performance Art Instruction
Examples of Surka's Workshop/Class Offerings:
Choose Your Own Adventure:
This curriculum was inspired by my vast experience as a performance artist touring the globe. This workshop was designed to help you create a flow plan for your dance either as a performance or personal experience. How do you begin? How do you end? What is the meat of your story and how does it all fit together in a seamless outline? We will take the movements and techniques you've learned as a prop dancer and explore the ways in which to see the bigger picture of tying it all together. Want to start with a bang? Great! Let's discover how to best ride the energy of that offering. Want to end with a bang? Lovely! We will go through the many different ways in which your desires can be fully expressed with whole-heart and beauty while honoring the energy needed to display a complete package.
Infinite Flow Evolution:
By request, I have combined the curriculum from my "Flow Evolution" and "Infinity" workshops to create a hybrid experience with informational offerings from both! This will be an intentional workshop, with the option for spiritual growth and connection to source. We will study examples of the steps through which a trick, technique or transition can evolve to expand your flow. Concepts include yoga-hoop fusion, foot hooping, chakra meditation and sacred geometry.
Step into the theatre creatrix and show me how you hooplesque! Journey through a series of challenging and fun character development exercises, choreographed sequences and creative visualization meditation. We are bound to discover more than one way to show off your hoop+burlesque skills. Twooping techniques included. (That’s twerk + hooping). This workshop is taught by a seasoned performer, yogini and theatre conservatory graduate blissball. You will laugh. You will cry. You will never be the same.
Feu de Trois
Want to take your double fire hoop performance to the next level? Triple your fire fun! Discover easily accessible and fresh choreography to feel confident and radiant on stage. Explore modern dance techniques as well as balancing yogic postures to incorporate into your flow. Cultivate a toolbox of exciting avenues to adventure by yourself or with your audiences!Multiples Performance (no fire)Want to take your hoop performance to the next level? Discover easily accessible and fresh choreography to feel confident and radiant on stage. Explore modern dance techniques as well as balancing yogic postures to incorporate into your flow. Cultivate a toolbox of exciting avenues to adventure by yourself or with your audiences! Topics include smooth transitions, standing foot hooping, flow and flair.
Private Lessons in the greater city of Los Angeles, or at the location of your choice with travel understood.
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Beginner - Explore hoop dance FUNdamentals and technique. Ideal for someone that is new to hoop dance. 1.5 hours
Kids Hoop Play* - Learn yoga, exciting tricks and group games with the hoola hoop. For anyone under age 10. 1 hour (includes 1 hoop)
Teen Hoop - Practice technique and learn new tricks with the hoop to be used in a choreographed dance. 2 hours
Doubles – Learn fresh on- and off-body combinations with two hoops to double the fun of your flow. 2 hours
Multiples – 3,4,5,6+ hoop combinations, formations and flow. Native American hoop dance formations, on- and off-body technique and transitions included. 2 hours
Performance - Explore character development, choreography including floor hooping and other fancy things, improv, different types of performance including tricks for hooplesque (hoop burlesque), make-up and costuming. 1.5 hours
Choreography – Learn short hoop dance routines designed to explore the connection between trick and transition as well as structured improv dance. 2 hours
Vinyasa Yoga-Hoop Fusion* - Enjoy a vinyasa yoga warm-up before fusing together the magic of breath, poses and hoop dance. Imagine dancing with a hoop in your favorite yoga class. 1.5 hours
Fire Dance and Safety – Empower yourself. Learn how to be safe and fantastic while you dance with fire hoops. Materials included. 2 hours $50Specialized Workshops All 2.5 hours
Compassion - 1 hour yoga class leads into a guided meditation, followed by a hoop dance exploration and discussion on compassion.
Musicality in Flow - Journey through ten concepts of music and how they relate to hoop dance.
Open Your Heart – Connect with the self on a deeper level through meditation, reflection, hoop dance exploration and partner work.
Infinity: An Organic Workshop – An intentional and spiritual workshop. Concepts included are but not limited to yoga-hoop fusion, foot hooping, chakra meditation and sacred geometry. Flow Evolution – Expand your flow. Study examples of the steps through which a trick, technique or transition can evolve.
Surka’s Circus – In the Shoppe Workshops
Costume Workshop: Hair Flair - Learn how to make a functional and fancy costume headpiece, fit for movement performance or everyday wear. Materials included; feel free to bring any cherished trinkets or fabric you’d like to add. 75 minutes (Materials for 1 headpiece included)
Hoop Making Workshop - Learn how to make different kinds of daytime dance hoops. Topics include: the beginner hoop, tape techniques and creating tape weaves, making your hoops collapsible and the polypro hoop. 1.5 hours (Materials for 1 hoop included)
Private Lessons (at The Lotus Seed in Portland, OR, in Los Angeles, or at the location of your choice)
Co-create your very own personal path of growth while receiving full attention to specific and special needs with your hoops. Contact Surka to set up small group or one-on-one instruction.