After graduating college with a degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Fine Arts, Julia Hartsell (aka Jewels) was eager to explore independently and began her studies of yoga, meditation and movement. In 2001, Julia fell in love with an adult hoop. A long time dance enthusiast, Julia was entranced by the circular meditative quality of the movement and began hooping everyday. For her, hooping has become a holistic practice for creative expression, meditation, fun, physical fitness, mental and emotional well-being and even community building. She believes hooping is a revolutionary mysticism with its potential for opening individuals to states of bliss, revelation, insight, healing and transformation through rhythmic meditation within the circle, a symbol of wholeness and unity.
Julia and Scott Crews combined passions with their project, hoopdrum, in 2005 after falling in love. Two years later, Julia spearheaded Hoop Convergence in Carrboro to bring hoop dancers and teachers from North America to share insights and experience within the revolution of this rapidly spreading, healing & performance art form. In addition to sharing through teaching and performance, Julia combines her art and activism sharing the hoop with people of all ages locally and abroad. She has found in her travels to Mexico and Haiti that joy and smiles can transcend language, cultural and political boundaries.
Jocelyn was called to the dance a long time ago. Moving her body helped to heal her spirit and reclaim her voice after an unfortunate childhood experience. A student of massage and movement from the age of five, she continues to be inspired by the expansive creativity of the healing arts. She uses her natural gifts and integrative training to build community while helping clients/students deepen their awareness, connect to joy, and shift from inhibited expression to authentic movement. Jocelyn is the creator of Lovers Rock®, Bhakti Boogie™ and Hoop Dance Yoga - practices integrating touch, yoga, hooping, dance, acupressure, devotion, and intention. Jocelyn also offers yoga for children in Washingon, D.C. after-school programs and is thrilled to be a guest teacher at the National Institutes of Health, St. Louis Public Schools and Pure Prana Yoga Studio in Alexandria, VA. You can find her sharing love and movement internationally as a teacher trainer for Hoopnotica, Sacred Circularities and for her companies LoveMovement Healing Arts LLC and Hoop Dance DC. Look for her as a featured instructor in the soon to be released Hoop Dance DVD produced by Gaiam with actress Marisa Tomei.
Jaguar Mary (Possessor of Many Talents) is a hoop dancer, filmmaker, internet artist, healer, Conscious Creator, Shapeshifter, and Earthwalker from Washington, DC. She has been studying a variety of dance and movement forms for over 25 years. Her short films have shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Havana and Johannesburg Biennials of Contemporary Art and other film venues throughout the world. Jaguar Mary co-produced poi artist's Nick Woolsey's DVD, "Adventures in Poi" and is currently co-producing a short film with the ETH Zurich about the Cortona Week project, a yearly residency for natural scientists, artists, and spiritual leaders. She has initiated and developed several internet-based projects including The Era of Change, which focuses on political change through human evolution, and The DC Hoop Collective, an on-line presence for Washington, DC's growing hoop and flow art community.
Her most recent project, Sacred Circularities, is a series of global retreats created to assist, amply, and anchor our planet's love vibration through the practices of hoop dance, meditation, sound play, yoga, and ecstatic movement. In the astral, Jaguar Mary enjoys moving between realms, gathering and supplying information that will support our ascension process. On paper, she has a Masters in Fine Art from the California Institute of the Arts and is certified in massage therapy and Reiki healing techniques. She is also a Hoopnotica certified, Level 2 instructor.
Anna Katya believes in the great benevolence of the natural world and the profound joy that comes from learning from and living in beautiful relationship with the Whole Web of Life. She began her herbal training in 1998 in Telluride, Co and went on to receive her formal trainings in Plant Medicine in 2004 at Sage Mountain Herbal Sanctuary in East Barre, VT with Rosemary Gladstar, the grandmother of Modern Day Herbalism. She received her Flower Essence Certifications & Trainings over 3 years from the North East Flower Collective which include David Dalton, Director of The Delta Gardens Center for Flower Essence Research & Education and Kate Gilday and Don Babineau of Woodland Essence. She has also studied Energetic Space Clearing with the Alaskan Flower Essence Project and Plant Spirit Medicine with David Dalton, Stephen Harrod Buhner & other Planetary Luminaries. She currently works treating Adults, Children & Animals in her Flower Essence Practice, Luminescent Lotus Flower Essence Healing. She holds a B.F.A. in Avant-Garde Performance from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.