Instructors 2017

Gail O'Brien

Gail O’Brien has taught and performed in a global capacity for the last 8 years. Winning Instructor of the year awards from and Flow arts Institute in 2015 and performing at many international festivals, corporate events and cabarets.

Gail has trained at Greentop Circus School, Belfast Circus School and with top level professional teachers around the world. She is a dynamic contemporary hoop performer. She uses her background in physiotherapy to break down movement patterns giving her a unique edge in teaching workshops and classes.


Balance and rolling

Rolls and balancing are my most favourite thing. They look and feel awesome. We will cover hand rolls/ chest rolls/ back rolls and then explore the basics of how to balance your hoop and how you can link this with rolls. 

We might sneak in some tiny throws as well. This workshop is suitable for everyone. If you can spin a hoop on your hand you’ll be fine and I have loads of variations for more advanced peoples!

1,2,3 Hoops

Learn how to add hoops to the moves you already do and how to create new moves. We will look at easy ways to make things look more complicated. By adding hoops you make your body move in ways it isn’t used to and create new patterns with your props. This idea will help you see how to keep moving with more than one hoop and where you can fit extra hoops into the moves you already have.

PLUS Gail will be teaching the 2 EXTRA HH workshops that will run on the Monday afternoon after HH has concluded

Extra Gail Workshops =

Diving deep: Dynamic balancing and rolling 

This will take the basics of hoop balances and look at how they can be made to move. It will examine moving in and out of balance positions how they link with other moves and how you can progress your balance practice and make it look and feel amazing. We will examine how to begin to move your rolls around your body and how you can add body movement and more hoops! 

Double hoop tech for everyone, (even beginners)!!

Twins for all.

This workshop looks at integrating 1 hoop fundamentals into 2 hoop technique. We will cover isolations, folds, turns and flowers and how you can use these to create new patterns and movements by adding a second hoop. This workshop allows you to use the foundation you already have to be creative in a new way. If your super beginner this workshop can totally be done with 1 hoop as we will be covering loads of hoop fundamentals!!

Click here to check out Gail's Website
Jane Fondle

Boss Lady of Hoops, Thighs & Buttocks, Jane Fondle is all about getting physical. Starting out as a star in her parent’s lounge room, she then took it to the streets at age 7, surprising her neighbours by busking at their doorstep, singing and dancing “We built this city on rock and roll”. The outer suburbs of Melbourne just weren’t ready for this singing/dancing entrepreneur. As a teenager Fondle finally found an outlet for dancing onstage in a fabulous costume and became a National Aerobics champion. She then moved on to become the world Twister champion (true story!). Disaster struck when a bad g-tard incident in a fit of Flashdancing victory left her unable to walk for some time (story slightly embellished).

Once rehabilitated she discovered hula hooping as a great way to work out in her lounge room while fleeing from societal shame. After 13 years of hooping she’s feeling at peace with a movement medium based on thrusting the hips. Fondle has developed her own hooping style, combining 80’s dance, aerobics, comedy and hula hooping. She now travels the world, learning from the best and teaching at international hula hoop retreats but always returns home to her beloved Melbourne where she loves choreographing, training, creating,
performing and most of all teaching students of all levels the fine arts of hula hooping and expressive 80’s dance….. and not once in her 20 years of teaching has she turned her back on her g-tard!


After the amazing success of the 2016 80s Choree, Jane Fondle is back with more.

We’re gonna with a snazzy lil’ hoop dance choreography to a super hot tune.  There’s nothing like the excitement of moving in synch and in step-touch with a big group of awesome and sexy hoopers. Learn all the hottest ways to pose with your hoop and frame
your ass-ets while dancing expressively to a super hot track. So many photo and video opportunities guys!! Instagram is going to explode.

Additional Information:
Dress to impress: lycra, glitter, sequins.
Prize for BEST DRESSED (not taken from Fondle’s costume collection – Must be your own costume!)

Click here to check out Jane Fondle's Website
Shona Hooplova

Shona found hula hoops when she started going to circus classes in 2004. She continued going to classes until she graduated from high school in 2012, Shona has taught, trained and performed world wide in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and China for various professional and emerging companies.


Since then her love has grown for circus style hula hooping, in particular multi hoop tricks and separations.

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Heidi Hoops Hillier

Sydney based, Heidi has been hula hooping for around 15 years and has performed in Europe, The Pacific, the East Coast and remote and regional areas of Australia. Her hooping experience includes Burlesque, Comedy, Corporate, Circus, and Theatre. Heidi learnt her hula hoop body skills at Fruit Fly Circus but has recently retrained as a hoop juggler.


Learn to crack a whip and spin a rope with Heidi just for fun. BYO whip and lasso if you have one.

Click here to check out Heidi's website
Jewelz A Hoopz

Boss Lady at Hoopy Happening 🙂


Roll ‘n Release:

Roll and Release works on getting deep into your fascia. After a hard day of hooping you will absolutely love these sessions. Using Myofascial release balls, a block and your breath will help release tension. 

It follows the Myofascial Meridians of the body to find and locate stuck areas of energy – of fascia – applying breath and time to release parts of the body that might have been bound for days, weeks or years. 

There will be 2 focus sessions:

  • Head & Neck
  • Back & Hips

Choreography for Hoopers:

There are many ways in which to develop choreography so in this workshop we will be working with a few techniques to help you create choreography with layers. Come with an open mind and explore to see where it can lead you. 

Click here to check out the JewelzaHoopz Website
Helly Hoops

Nominated for Australian Hooper of the Year, Helly Hoops is a quad-hooping powerhouse with a focus on musicality, technique and flow. She’s returning to Hoopy Happenings 2017 to share new tricks, combos and two-hoops-one-hand work.


Unlock sweet combos, from head hooping into wedgies, wraps into neck pinches and leg pinch breaks.

A smorgasbord of Helly, this workshop covers new combos, and lots of sweet tech. Learn ways in and out of head hooping including straight into wedgies and escalators, back wraps and neck pinches, as well as leg pinch breaks from walk-the-dog. 

Super fun Helly Hoops style – unlock next level!

Click here to check out Helly Hoops' FB Page
Hooping Harlot

The word harlot is often used for a promiscuous woman but this hooping honey has fine tuned the meaning of harlotry. With a flick of the wrist, and a perfect gymnast salute Hooping Harlet is a spinning stripper that brings all the tantalising harlotry that her name suggests.

Allow her undulating torso to guide your eyes to the hoops that surround her hips. Hooping Harlet is a chameleon of eras that beguiles with smouldering flames behind her eyes and lights up any stage.

The Hooping Harlet is the current Miss Burlesque NSW and Miss Burlesque Australia – Entertainer of the Year



Click here to check out Hooping Harlot's Website
Alice Robinson, AKA Punky Hoopster of Hoops, Thighs & Buttocks

Alice teaches a range of disciplines, and performs to audiences of a wide range of ages and backgrounds. She combines hoop dance, physical theatre, contact improv, circus, clown, fire performing and dance improvisation to create her unique approach to performance making and teaching. As an experienced dance/movement improvisor,  and a creative arts therapist,  Alice brings a sense of experimentation, play and discovery to her relationship with the hoop. She encourages her students to develop ways of approaching their own relationships with hooping, to discover their own interests, styles, characters and stories.


Beginning with the body, and exploring the bodies movement vocabulary, we can then invite the hoop in as an object, a dance partner or an extension of the body.  Through exploration of ways we relate to the hoop, we can open up and expand our movement possibilities with the hoop. Exploring the space between, and beyond the body/hoop duet.