Week Four: Fire

  • Optimal Alignment & Movement Meditation 

  • Overview of the Fire Element    

  • Money Matters   

  • Lesson Plans    

  • Lesson Plan Review - Air    

  • Wild Mind Map   

  • Fire Element Trick & Technique  

Caroline P. Sánchez

RN, MSN, CBCN, RYT 200 hr​


Caroline Sánchez is the creator of The Hula Hoop Girl and has been hoop dancing for joy replenishment for 10 years. Her ecstatic hoop dance flow has been described as mesmerizing, inspiring, whimsical, and Graceful. Her teaching style is authentic, nurturing, playful and empowering. She is a powerful movement guide, leading women to connect with their own unique rhythmic expressions to move through grief and joy. She is a poet, a writer, an Earth advocate, and a women's advocate. Her life’s work as an Embodied Movement Meditation Educator and Nurse Educator is soulfully dedicated to guiding women to connect with their body, their unique rhythm, and their movements to dance in the center of their joy feeling empowered to share their unique soul gifts with the world. She says;

I am thrilled and honored to be co-facilitating the Elemental Hoopdance Teacher Training program with Laura Blakeman (Shakti Sunfire). The five elements, the four cardinal directions, and the cycles of the seasons will serve to guide and nourish your soulful delivery for your students to feel the transformational power of play, and I am joyfully dedicated to supporting and guiding you through your own deep journeying into finding your voice as leader, taking your seat as teacher, and reaching out as movement guide within your communities in offering up your unique gifts as an inspirational Elemental Hoop Dance Teacher in service of the whole. 

Get ready to have some major fun! This leadership training is like no other! 

Soulfully, Sweet Caroline xo

Week Seven: Alchemy

  • Intro to Alchemy    

  • Alchemy Meditation  

  • Determining Your Next Steps 

  • Business Basics 101 

  • Branding 101    

  • Marketing 101   

  • Mentorship Call Prep    

  • Resources   

  • Be Your Own Biggest Fan 

Week Five: Water

  • Water Meditation    

  • Emotional Intelligence  

  • The Water Element and Receptivity   

  • Types of Hoopdance Offerings    

  • Fire Element Lesson Plan Review 

  • Dance-Focused Lesson Plan   

  • Practice Circuits   

  • Water Element Trick & Technique 

​Begin Your Training Now.

Shakti is thrilled to launch a whole new, and accessible level of deepening in the flow of hoopdance practice and leadership with Self Study Elemental Hoopdance Teaching Training Certifications. These modules are intimate and in-depth opportunities to develop a holistic, complete and empowered approach to teaching hoopdance as it sweeps into the hearts of many the world-over.

With Shakti and Sweet Caroline as your personal guides, by way of weekly check-ins over email, live Q+A, and one-on-one mentorship calls, video, reading assignments, and simulations in the convenience of your own home, we'll dive into beauty and metaphor to help us refine our skills to be empowered leaders and teachers in our communities.


What's Included?

  • Beautiful and thorough 180-page teacher training manual that includes all trick technique, business start-up info, and thematic suggestions for your classes.

  • Seven downloadable audio files

  • Supplementary video of live class demonstrations

  • One one-on-one session with an option to continue coaching or mentorship with Sweet Caroline or Shakti

  • Weekly email check-ins with Sweet Caroline and response to your personal questions AT ANY TIME DURING YOUR self-study.

  • A convenient lesson planner

  • Shakti's Hoopdance Basics DVD

  • Access to a private facebook forum for teacher trainees during the course and admission into a private facebook group of Elemental Hoopdance certified teachers for future support and inspiration

  • Option to enroll in Shakti and Sweet Caroline's continuing education modules for certified teachers

  • A certificate of completion and bio, photo and weblink up on the Elemental Hoopdance Certified Teachers page on this website.


Pre-requisites:

  • Student MUST have prior hoopdance experience - even if just on the waist! As empowered teachers, we teach what we *feel* first and foremost.

  • Passion for the craft and integrity

  • Open-minded and willing to learn as a raw beginner (beginner's mind)

  • Must have access to technology : computer and telephone for the course

  • Must be over 16 years of age

Week Three: Air

  • Air Element Somatic Meditation  

  • Body As Resource    

  • Map of the Elements (overview) and how they relate to teaching  

  • Student-Focused Leadership  

  • Overview of the Air Element 

  • Centering and Warm-Ups  

  • Movement Meditations    

  • Optimal Alignment   

  • Air Element Tricks & Technique  

The Elemental Hoopdance Teacher Certification is a weaving and co-creative online self-study course carefully crafted to coax out into center stage your unique teaching power and voice. Modules are structured to merge metaphorical and physical understanding and application of the 4 main elements: Air, Fire, Water and Earth, along with insightful, dance-focused hoopdance teaching techniques, and integral mastery of movement from the inside out. Through 7 virtual, downloadable calls, one live mentorship session with Shakti, video, a 180 page manual, and simulations in the convenience of your own home, we'll dive into beauty and metaphor to help us refine our skills to be empowered leaders and teachers in our communities.

Teach Hoopdancing

Learn Elemental Hoopdance In-Person with Shakti

Laura Ann Blakeman Known as Shakti Sunfire

You can read about my bio here on this website. For now, let me just say;​

I wholeheartedly welcome you into this circle of leaders and educators. I couldn't be more honored to be your guide on this journey - one that has been very central to my life so far. I've spent the last 10 years committed to exploring the mysteries of the body, the wisdom of the earth, and the healing power of dance. This journey has taken me all over the wilds of this world, both inside, and out. If you are, we share this passion, and are kin. Along the way I've learned from many inspiring teachers in diverse disciplines from spirituality to yoga, to somatic movement. I offer it all up for you in this training with the intent to gift along what I now know, so that you can take what inspires you and build your own Way. I'm looking forward to sharing this path with you!

Week One: Intro & Intention

  • Meditation  

  • Embodiment  

  • Deep Imagination    

  • Guided Self Study   

  • Certification Requirements  

  • Overview of One Hoop One Love   

  • Spiral Pathways 

  • Somatics  

Online Self-Study

Week Six: Earth


  • Earth Meditation    

  • Overview of the Earth Element   

  • Teaching with Earth 

  • Earth Element and Ethics    

  • Sacred Simplicity   

  • Troubleshooting 

  • Study Guidelines    

  • Lesson Plan - Water Element 

  • Cool Down/Closing a Class   

Course Overview

Get Started

Facilitators 

Week Five: Water

  • Water Meditation    

  • Emotional Intelligence  

  • The Water Element and Receptivity

  • Types of Hoopdance Offerings 

  • Fire Element Lesson Plan Review

  • Dance-Focused Lesson Plan 

  • Practice Circuits 

  • Water Element Trick & Techniques 

The Program

Learn how to poetically and powerfully deliver your students into a profound hoopdance experience that will leave them coming back for more. Skillful teaching is an ART that can be learned and that serves the whole. Step into your voice, your inner resources and your body as a successful Elemental Hoopdance Guide.

Elemental Hoopdance Teacher Certification is a weaving and co-creative course carefully crafted to coax out into center stage your unique teaching power and voice. Choose from an online, at-home guided self-study course, or the next in-person training with Shakti. Modules are structured to merge metaphorical and physical understanding and application of the 4 main elements: Air, Fire, Water and Earth, along with insightful, dance-focused hoopdance teaching techniques, and integral mastery of movement from the inside out. Through group and one-on-one process work, we'll dive into beauty and metaphor to help us refine our skills to be empowered leaders and teachers in our communities.


Course Material:

  • How to be an empowered teacher and leader in your community

  • Metaphorical and physical application of the 5 Elements : Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth

  • How to lead non-hoop and hoop related warm-ups

  • Class planning + 10 COMPLETE lesson plans!

  • Basic anatomy and alignment from a Somatic perspective

  • Skillful dance-focused trick and technique presentation : Hoopdance Basics

  • Guided meditations and cool-downs

  • How to plan a well-rounded class - lesson planner included

  • How to begin a successful business ~ Social media 101

  • View live teaching demos from Shakti

  • Get one-on-one time with Shakti and Sweet Caroline- live Q+A sessions and mentorship calls


Elemental Hoopdance Beginner Curriculum


*Please NOTE : we will be using the beginning syllabus for class plans and practice, but the focus is on creating dance circuits, inspiring themes, and creative presentations that are unique to YOU. If you have these Hoopdance tricks down, this course will still be relevant for you.

  • Core Hooping (waist, intro to shoulders, knees, hips)

  • Free-flow Dance (off-body)

  • Simple Isolations

  • Off-body passing

  • Hand hooping and spiral pathways

  • Portal

  • Figure 8s (one beat and continuous)

  • Waist lift and waist drop

  • Vertical hand hooping

  • 2 beat forward weave

  • Jump through from weave

  • Changing directions

  • Passing hand to hand

  • Effective linking and dance circuits

  • Continuous dance-focused class (Ecstatic Hoopdance)


 Optional Certification Requirements


  • Completion of seven weeks of training content - including seven downloadable audio recordings, supplementary video and live class demonstrations (by Shakti), and workbook pages in the manual. Regular interaction on the facebook forum where relevant and attendance of one live call with Shakti.

  • (4-6 hours per week)

  • Weekly at-home practice teaching (3+ hours per week)

  • Teacher must submit one video of 3 short teaching segments and must demonstrate sound knowledge of Elemental Hoopdance basics within one calendar year of course completion.

  • One book report (book list provided)

  • Submission of all course assignments within one calendar year of course completion (this is a 100-hour course)


All Elemental Hoopdance Graduates that go through the Certification process will be featured on Shakti's Elemental Hoopdance Certified Teachers Webpage with a photo, bio and web link.

 "Dance becomes our road map to the history of women's spirituality"
-Iris J. Stewart 

Week Six: Earth

  • Earth Meditation    

  • Overview of the Earth Element   

  • Teaching with Earth 

  • Earth Element and Ethics    

  • Sacred Simplicity   

  • Troubleshooting 

  • Study Guidelines    

  • Lesson Plan - Water Element 

  • Cool Down/Closing a Class   

Once you complete your purchase, Shakti or Sweet Caroline will reach out regarding your start-date, vision and goals. You will then receive access to The Elemental Hoopdance Teacher Training web portal where you can begin your training and download the manual/workbook and audio files right away. Course material is laid out to be completed in six weeks (one section per week) with a mentorship call scheduled after course completion. You can choose to take more time to complete if needed.

Pay in full or sign up for payments of only $150/month. If you need the payment plan, please be ready to commit to regular monthly payments with no pauses or breaks in payment. Contact Shakti for more information.



Elemental Hoop dance Teacher Training and Certifaction - Online Self Study

Week Two: Space

  • Space Meditation    

  • Intention Setting   

  • Myth, Metaphor & Imagery    

  • Why the Elements?   

  • Somatics - Anatomy  

  • Space Element Overview  

  • Teaching with Space 

  • Active Voicing  

  • Four Ways of Knowing   

Shakti and Sweet Caroline are available to come to you and your local hoop community for in-person Teacher Trainings. Groups are small - no more than 15 participants, minimum for travel is seven people, which allows for ample teaching and coaching time with Shakti. This option is for you if you learn best by DOING.


In-Person Trainings: What's Included?

  • Beautiful and thorough 180-page teacher training manual that includes all trick technique, business start-up info, and thematic suggestions for your classes.

  • A convenient lesson planner

  • Shakti's Hoopdance Basics DVD

  • Access to a private facebook forum for teacher trainees during the course and admission into a private facebook group of Elemental Hoopdance certified teachers for future support and inspiration

  • Option to enroll in Shakti's continuing education webinars for certified teachers

  • A certificate of completion


Sample 4-Day Schedule :

  • Day ONE : 3-7pm

  • Day TWO/THREE : 9am - 7pm

  • Day FOUR : 9am - 1pm