New Adult Hula Hoopdance Classes in Herndon, Va., – Northern Virginia

Summer has gone by so fast! I hooped less than I’d like, as I spent a lot of time battling my horrid allergies this summer, but still made it out to some Friday Night Live events, hosted a number of hoop jams and even hooped on the beach in Panama City.

But now it’s time to get back to class, not only for the kids, but for us hoopers too! My adult hoopdance classes start soon at the Herndon Community Center, 814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon, VA 20170. Classes will be held Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon beginning Sept. 13 and Thursdays from 6:45-7:45 p.m. beginning Sept. 17. Each session is 12 classes and runs through mid-December. Classes run $74 for Town of Herndon residents and $99 for non-residents. For full details, signup information and more, click the links below.

INFORMATION ON SUNDAY HOOPDANCE CLASSES

INFORMATION ON THURSDAY HOOPDANCE CLASSES

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with some photos and videos from this summer!

Hoopdancing to The Reflex at Friday Night Live in downtown Herndon in August 2015. Photo by Gary Corpuz.

Hoopdancing to The Reflex at Friday Night Live in downtown Herndon in August 2015. Photo by Gary Corpuz.

Hooping at the 2015 Jimmy's Gold Tournament supporting the Herndon Council for the Arts. Photo by Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel .

Hooping at the 2015 Jimmy’s Gold Tournament supporting the Herndon Council for the Arts. Photo by Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel .

New hoops on the quilt at one of our summer hoop and flow jams in downtown Herndon in August 2015.

New hoops on the quilt at one of our summer hoop and flow jams in downtown Herndon in August 2015.

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TillyWhirls’ Fall 2013 Hooping Playlist

Hey everyone! I’ve been meaning to share my fall hooping playlist with you all and let you know what I’ve been listening to. Mostly because a lot of my fall students had asked.

Some of it is fairly old and was released in late 2012 or early 2013. Enjoy and let me know what you’re listening to. Any recommendations?

  • Pompeii by Bastille
  • My Song 5 by Haim
  • Still Into You by Paramore
  • Demons by Imagine Dragons
  • The Love Club by Lorde
  • Diane Young by Vampire Weekend
  • Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood
  • Global Concepts by Robert DeLong
  • The Mother We Share by CHVRCHES
  • Burn by Ellie Goulding
  • All About Us by He is We feat. Owl City
  • You’re No Good by Major Lazer

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New Mixed-Level Adult Hoopdance Classes Starting in January in Herndon, VA

Looking to get healthy, get into a new activity with hooping or strengthen your skills? New adult hoopdance classes start in January! Classes are mixed-level and good for anyone from beginner to intermediate. Here’s the important info! 

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A new session of classes begins either Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. or Thursday, Jan. 9 at 6:45 p.m. at Herndon Community Center, signup for whichever day is best for you! This will be a mixed level class and good for those looking to further their skills, start fresh from beginner or just want to commit to regular practice and are looking to spend time with more local hoopers.

The set of eight one-hour classes are $47 for town of Herndon residents and $62 for non-Herndon residents. There is no drop-in availability unless previously arranged with the instructor.

You can sign up in person at the Herndon Community Center (814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon), or sign up online here: http://www.herndon-va.gov/webtrac. Here’s the class descriptions and numbers so you can find them easier in the system:

Hoop Dance Age 13 & Up 
Using the hoop on the waist, legs, arms, hands, hips and more burns between 400-600 calories an hour, and provides a great full-body workout while encouraging creative movement and expression. Hoops are always provided in class, but you can bring your own adult-sized hoop or purchase one from the instructor if you’d like to have your own to be able to practice at home.

• Jan. 5 – Feb. 23, Sundays from 2-3 p.m., Class No. 369930.40
• Jan. 9 – Feb. 27, Thursdays from 6:45-7:45 p.m., Class No. 369930.70

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Tilly Whirls’ Second Hoopiversary – Music: Bom Bom by Sam and the Womp

This week marked my second hoopiversary — or the second anniversary of when I started hooping.

I discovered hooping on Valentine’s Day in 2011 when I stumbled upon this video of a girl in a green hoop, and I ordered my first hoops that day. On the 19th my hoops came in the mail and I started this crazy journey, in which I’ve pretty much not been able to put them down since.

Now I’m continuing to spin in circles as I spread joy through hula hoops and dance.

I’ll leave you with a video from my practice on my hoopiversary and a short list of what music I’m hooping to now:

• Wild by Royal Teeth
• Wanna Say by Kat Graham
• Next to me by Emeli Sande
• Northern Lights by Cider Sky
Hold On When You Get Love… by Stars


Looking for local adult hoopdance classes and jams in the Herndon and/or Northern Virginia area? Visit my Meetup at http://www.meetup.com/novaspinners. Want classes at your gym or community center? Email me at leslie at tillywhirls dot com.

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Open to Everything

So… I’ve been hooping for nearly two years. It’ll be two years next month.

In the beginning, there was weight loss. I grew up dancing and in gymnastics and in tennis (which I was horrible at) and was thin my whole life. Sometimes unhealthily thin. Then I went to college. To pay for college and living expenses, I worked nearly full time  while going to school full time and didn’t make my health or my love of dance a priority. So I basically stopped doing anything but walking all over campus. When I graduated I was broke. I couldn’t afford a gym membership and was still being lazy. This continued for about three years.

Then I started hooping. Hooping gave me a reason to dance and move again. Within six months I’d lost 25 pounds. I went from nearly 180 to the mid 150s. It was grand. I began to feel more confident and attractive again. I was happier. I was more energetic, less depressed (mostly Seasonal Affective Disorder), and I stopped getting sick. In my first year at Patch, before hooping, I got sick at least once every month. In the last two years of hooping (still at Patch) I’ve gotten sick three or four times.

However now I want more. I want to be a better hooper and to be a better hooper I want to be stronger. I want to be more flexible. I want to be more toned. I want to be healthier. I want to fuel my body properly. I’ve wanted these things for a while but didn’t care enough to put effort behind it. Hooping has spurred this. Now I WANT it. Bad.

So I’ve embarked on a personal health journey.

In November I started using a meal replacement shake. It was working! But it also made me feel bloated and sloth-like and ill. I tried every suggestion people could give me to make the shakes work, but they don’t work for me. At least not that one. Maybe there’s another out there that’s better for me.

In January I started teaching hoopdance again. This is great because it’s guaranteed hoop time, even if it’s not a full workout. It’s still extra time in the hoop.

This past month I finally got a gym membership. This was also spurred by the fact that we got a new TV and I can’t practice my hooping in the living room anymore for fear of breaking “the precious.” Now I have a place to practice and flail and toss my hoops in the air and it’s fantastic. But then I thought, “There’s a whole gym full of equipment I can use. I should learn to use it!” And I hired a personal trainer.

I’ve been working with the personal trainer for a week so far. It was a tough and sore week, but I feel good. I have another couple months I’ll be working with her. Hopefully she can teach me how to improve my workouts on my own. I don’t want to be that person that goes to the gym and only does 45 minutes on an elliptical before leaving. Some days that may be ok. Rest days. But I want more.

Today I tried my first kickboxing class at a boxing club down the street with a friend. It was hard, but it was great. I sweat. A lot. The cardio part, well, it sucked. It really bothered the tendonitis in my arches. But the boxing part, even though it was hard, I kind of loved it. Apparently I like to punch things.

My weight was in the mid-150s when I got married in October. I was doing a million things at once, going crazy with how busy I was. So I did nothing for the month of November — and I mean nothing. I did not hoop. I did not teach. I worked and hung out with my new husband. I gained 10 pounds. I lost five when I started on the shakes (but then stopped since they make me feel ick). Over the holidays I was able to maintain my weight without gaining — yay!

But here I am in the same place. I weigh 162.5. I’ve done cardio every day for the last three weeks; some days pretty hard core. I’ve done weight workouts. I’ve been watching my food intake. And here I am, still at 162.5. There have been some changes though. My waist is down four inches from November and my chest is down an inch and a half.

I’m putting this all out there to track my journey, be accountable to myself, see where it goes. I’m open to all things health and fitness. Personal trainer? Boxing? Yoga? Zumba? Bollywood dance? Heck yeah! Let’s try it! And hopefully I can move that scale down at least 20 pounds by May.

I’ll leave you with a recent hooping video.

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New Adult Hoopdance Classes in Herndon! Calling All Hoop Lovers!

Hey everyone! It’s been such a long, long time. I’m sorry for  my prolonged absence. It was mostly because I went and got married in October and decided to take a few weeks off from extracurricular activities to spend some time with my new husband. My new name is Leslie Loges. Kind of exciting. 

I’m here to announce NEW HOOPDANCE CLASSES! I’ll have two adult hoopdance sessions at the Herndon Community Center this January. I’ll have classes starting Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. and classes starting Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6:45 p.m. The sessions are eight weeks long and cost roughly $47-$62 depending on whether or not you’re a Town of Herndon resident. 

Signup for the classes begins this week. Herndon residents can start signing up on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m., and non-Herndon residents can start signing up on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. You just need to go to http://www.herndon-va.gov/webtrac. Here’s the class descriptions and numbers so you can find them easier: 

Hoop Dance Age 13 & up
Using the hoop on the waist, legs, arms, hands, hips and more burns between 400- 600 calories an hour, and provides a great full-body workout while encouraging creative movement and expression. Provide your own adult-sized hoop or purchase one from the instructor. There are eight one-hour sessions. Town of Herndon residents pay $47 and non-residents pay $62. 

• January 6-February 24, Sundays 2-3 p.m.
Class no. 369930.70
• January 10-February 23, Thursdays 6:45 p.m.
Class no. 369930.40 
 
This will be a mixed level class and good for those looking to further their skills, start fresh from beginner or just want to commit to regular practice and are looking to spend time with more local hoopers. 
 
I can’t tell you all how much I miss teaching. My students help refresh me and leave me feeling inspired and energized. I can’t wait to get back in the hoop with you, or meet you in the hoop for the first time! I’ll start working on some new playlists for you in the meantime. 
 
And until next time kids, I’ll leave you with a wedding photo or two. Or more. 
 
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All amazingly wonderful photos by The Happy Couple Photography. 
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Announcing: New Kids Hooping and Adult Hoopdance Classes for the Fall in Herndon!

There are new adult hoopdance and kids hooping classes coming up for the fall session at the Herndon Community Center! Full details are below!

If you’ve taken a class before you know it’s a fun way to exercise, socialize and get hoopnitized. Sorry—I couldn’t stop the rhyming! In our adult classes we learn everything from the basics to fun, flashy tricks. We do some chatting and get lost in our hoops and have a pretty great time while burning some calories. Music is upbeat and funky and I tend to play anything from 60s funk to current new and obscure tunes.

Check out our sweet double decker hoop fort!

In our kids classes we learn some basic, kid-achievable hoop tricks and techniques and play games with our hoops, including making giant hopscotches, obstacle courses, creating hoop forts and more. Music is kid friendly and we’ll sometimes include games such as the Hokey Pokey and Cupid Shuffle in our hooping games.

This summer has been a long, busy, hot one and unfortunately I haven’t held many hoop jams since June. The temperatures are getting more friendly though so lets take it back outside to throw down in our lovely circles, starting—tomorrow! I’m moving locations and we’re going to be hanging out at the Herndon Town Green. It’s behind the Herndon Municipal Center (777 Lynn St.). I really liked the skate park and the skaters were fun, but parking was a drag.

Downtown Herndon has plenty of parking, the town green is accessible and offers lots of space. The grass doesn’t get too long, there are relatively few bugs and it’s a semi-sheltered location so we won’t have loads of traffic nearby or lots of folks watching from the sidelines. Some folks may wander over, but mostly pedestrians in the area or runners/cyclers on the W&OD Trail. Great location for shy hoopers.

I’ve scheduled a few upcoming jams, so head over to the NoVA Spinners Meetup to see all the details!

ADULT HOOPDANCE CLASS INFO

If you’re a beginner, come learn the basics of hoopdance, starting with waist hooping. If you want to expand on your hooping, hone the skills you have or get together to practice and work with other hoopers nearby you’re welcome too! The class starts with a bit of a warm up, we work on anywhere from one to three new moves and spend the rest of the class practicing and jamming out. Hoops are provided in class but hoopers are encouraged to have their own so they may practice at home.

The class is five one-hour sessions beginning Sept. 9 and running through Oct 14 from 2-3 p.m. Sunday afternoons at Herndon Community Center. There is no class Oct. 7. This class is for ages 13 and older. You MUST sign up for the entire session, there is no drop in availability because it is operated through the Herndon Community Center. Town of Herndon residents pay $29, non-residents pay $39.

Signup for this session begins on Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. for Herndon residents and Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. for all non-residents.

IMPORTANT: Registration is through the Town of Herndon. Sign up by clicking HERE. Search for activity number: 2850.101.

KIDS HOOPING CLASS INFO

Hooping for kids will include many of the basic, foundational moves of hoopdance, along with games and more hoop fun. Children can bring their own hoops from home, use one of the instructors, or hoops can be purchased from the instructor.

The class is eight one-hour sessions beginning Sept. 9 and running through Oct. 14 from 1-2 p.m. Sunday afternoons at Herndon Community Center. There is no class Oct. 7. This class is for ages 5-12. You MUST sign up for the entire session, there is no drop in availability because it is operated through the Herndon Community Center. Town of Herndon residents pay $29, non-residents pay $39.

Signup for this session begins on Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. for Herndon residents and Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. for all non-residents.

IMPORTANT: Registration is through the Town of Herndon. Sign up by clicking HERE. Search for activity number: 2850.102.

I’ll leave you all with a video done by some of my favorite hoopers up in Maine!

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New Kids Hoop and Adult Hoopdance Classes in Herndon, VA!

Hello folks! It’s been a while again, and there’s much to say, but I wanted to start with my upcoming classes! This summer I’ll have three hula hooping and hoopdance classes through the Herndon Community Center in lovely Herndon, VA. Two adult classes and one hoop class for kids!

Tilly Whirls, Leslie Perales, hoop dancing at her regular weekly gig, Friday Night Live, in downtown Herndon in May 2012. You can catch the Hoopnotica certified instructor hooping on stage most weeks at FNL.

Adult classes are Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Here’s the details:

If you’re a beginner, come learn the basics of hoopdance, starting with waist hooping. If you want to expand on your hooping, hone the skills you have or get together to practice and work with other hoopers nearby you’re welcome too! The class starts with a bit of a warm up, we work on a few new moves and spend the rest of the class practicing and jamming out. Hooping is a great way to learn a new skill, burn 400-600 calories an hour, build self confidence and creatively express yourself. Hoops are provided in class but hoopers are encouraged to have their own so they may practice at home.

Thursday and Sunday adult classes include eight one-hour sessions. Thursday classes begin June 28 and run through August 16 from 6:45-7:45 p.m. Thursday nights at Bruin Park. Sunday classes begin July 1 and run through August 19 from 2-3 p.m. Sunday afternoons at Herndon Community Center (the brochure that says its at Bruin Park is incorrect—that’s the Thursday night class only). This class is for ages 13 and older. You MUST sign up for the entire session, there is no drop in availability because it is operated through the Herndon Community Center. Town of Herndon residents pay $47, non-residents pay $62.

Here’s the info on kids classes: 

Hooping for kids will include many of the basic, foundational moves of hoopdance, along with games, creativity and more hoop fun. Children can bring their own hoops from home, use one of the instructors, or hoops can be purchased from the instructor.

The class is eight one-hour sessions starting July 1 and runs through August 19 from 1-2 p.m. Sunday afternoons at Herndon Community Center. This class is for ages 5-12. You MUST sign up for the entire session, there is no drop in availability because it is operated through the Herndon Community Center. Town of Herndon residents pay $47, non-residents pay $62.

IMPORTANT: Registration for all classes is through the Town of Herndon.
Sign up by clicking the link below. Here’s the activity numbers to search for.
Thursday – adult: 1850.100
Sunday – adult: 1850.101
Sunday – childrens: 1850.102

https://www.herndon-va.gov/registrationmain.sdi

Tilly Whirls, Leslie Perales, teaches mixed-level hooping classes at the Herndon Community Center in Herndon, VA. This summer she’ll have a Thursday evening class, Sunday afternoon class and a brand new Sunday afternoon kids class. Classes are eight weeks long, one hour each week. Leslie brings hoops to class.


NoVA Spinners Hoop Jams in Herndon

The NoVA Spinners summer hoop jams are going strong so far. Many Sundays you can find us in Trailside Park in Herndon spinning it up in the grass near the skate park. We’ve got music, sunshine, some shade and hoops! Bring your own hoops or borrow one. Make sure to bring water—it’s getting hot these days. I usually bring some bug spray, sunscreen and hand sanitizer along with me to share. We often hang out, dance and spin together and share some skills, though it isn’t a formal class. For more information on hoop jams and other area hoop events, visit the NoVA Spinners Meetup page here!


Tilly Whirls Travels to Hoop Convergence, Rocks Out at Friday Night Live, Performs at Herndon Festival and More!

It’s been a busy spring for me and my hoops. It’s started out with me hooping at Friday Night Live in downtown Herndon most weekends. I’m friends with a number of the volunteers and organizers and when they spotted me (and the lack of space) in the crowd last year at FNL they asked if I’d hoop on stage throughout this summer, with a few exceptions. It’s been a lot of fun so far! Here’s a photo from the first week:

Tilly Whirls, Leslie Perales, hoop dancing at Friday Night Live on May 4, 2012. Leslie is a certified Hoopnotica hoopdance instructor, and is working on her BodyHoops Fit Kids hoopdance certification and will be certified as a HoopnoticaFit cardio hoopdance instructor in June 2012.

In May I also got to attend Hoop Convergence in the beautiful Carrboro, North Carolina where I got to take workshops with Bags, Kenna Hoops, SaFire, AlleyOop, Kandice of Holistic Hooping, and so many more wonderful folks who teach and perform around the world. It was a magical experience and I will definitely be going back for as long as this event is happening. Here’s a couple photos, including one of me fire hooping!

The always beautiful and inspiring SaFire, Sandra Sommerville, on the left, and Steve Bags in his checker pants teaching Z-Spins. Such a fun class by the lake!

Tilly Whirls, Leslie Perales, first burn at Hoop Convergence 2012. A little addicted now, I’ll be working with some hoopers in West Virginia to do some training with fire.

This spring has also included performances at Herndon Festival, AOL’s 5K and Chantilly Day!

Tilly Whirls, Leslie Perales, hoops with kids and adults alike at the annual AOL 5K in Dulles, VA. Here she holds a shoulder duckout for the photographer. (Photo by AOLDullesEvents)

Tilly Whirls, Leslie Perales, takes a bow during a performance at Herndon Festival in Downtown Herndon on June 2, 2012. (Photo by Amanda Colton)

Tilly Whirls and Herndon Patch editor, Leslie Perales, knee hoops while spinning poi flags at the inaugural Chantilly Day Festival in May 2012. (Photo courtesy of Patch.com)

Don’t forget, Leslie does parties, performances and events. From Girl Scout gatherings to back yard block parties, Leslie can get everyone on their feet, twirling in a hoop and grinning. If you’d like to learn more about parties, performances and other ways to bring some more hoopyness into your life, click here. If you’ve decided you need your own beautifully taped custom hoop, click here.

Next up I’ll be getting certified in Hoopnotica’s HoopnoticaFit program on June 23. It’s a cardio-based hoop class designed for all levels that’ll work you from head to toe. Look for classes to be offered in the late summer!

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Hoop Convergence Freak Out Time

Yeah. There’s only like eight days until Hoop Convergence. OMG! Screaming like a little girl, I’m so excited. Five day hoop retreat with amazing instructors, amazing hoopers and amazing food. Check out www.hoopconvergence.org for more info. 

Just one day left to donate to HIPS and help hoopers combat injuries!

We’re SO close to hitting our goal on our IndieGoGo campaign for HIPS, the Hoop Injury Population Study. We have about 27 hours left in the campaign at this point.

If you love hooping, seriously give thought to contributing, even if it’s just a dollar or two. The HIPS project will work to study what types of injuries hoopers are prone to, how to treat them, and best of all, possible ways to prevent them, in both ourselves and our students, which I feel is especially important if you teach hooping. This study will be groundbreaking in helping keep all us hoopers in the circle longer.

Learn more or donate to the HIPS campaign here:
http://igg.me/p/78748?a=514815

Join the HIPS Facebook group here:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/hoopstudy/

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