Friday, February 6, 2015


The TwirlingCircus is currently spinning around new ideas and themes. This blog will be revamped and updated by Spring 2015.  

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Alison Krauss & Union Station - 'Gravity'

Check out my latest video on my TwirlingCircus Facebook Page! Make sure to watch it in HD for the best quality! (Also on my YouTube Channel, but it can only be viewed from a PC; which is why I can't upload the video on here.)

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Smiles & Sidewalk Chalk

Not only do I decorate my front porch with Crayola Sidewalk Chalk on a regular basis, I also used the box to prop my phone up when making my hoop videos. Yesterday I had a moment of what I now call 'sidewalk chalk serendipity' when the box fell apart after accidentally being left in the rain. I couldn't help but notice the beauty of the colorful mess. After I gathered all the pieces, I had an unsurprising urge to use them; and for some reason this is what I felt inspired to draw/write:

I posted the photo on my Instagram and Facebook Page and received quite a bit of feedback. From heartfelt to hilarious, the comments were all unique and wonderful. Each and every one made ME smile--both yesterday and today. Sometimes we forget the little things that can turn our whole day around. I went from a broken box of chalk to a list the length of Santa's full of reasons people smiled. Does it get much better than that? When you're only thinking of reasons you're angry or upset with the world, just ask yourself this tiny little question--or ask the person sitting next to you. Their smile could wind up creating yours.

What made you smile today?

Monday, August 11, 2014

Say Something, I Wont Give Up My Hoops.

For many people, music is the super glue that permanently connects all the tiny pieces of life and holds them together in a place where everything will always make sense. I am one of these people, and hula hooping is one of the few places where I can both lose and find myself within the music. When the music plays and I have my hoop in hand, I twirl away into another universe that is completely my own. This is one of many reasons hula hoops are referred to as 'sacred circles'. I may stumble, drop it, and at times go for a nice little jog to catch it, but it's not about being perfect. It's about everything aside from perfection. Hoop Dancing is a meditative state of mind where worries and reality don't have to matter.

Say Something by A Great Big World is one of the saddest songs I've ever heard in my life, but it is undeniably beautiful. I don't believe in giving up on the people I love or walking away from broken things that still have room for mending. That song holds such a heartbreaking tone filled with so much love and desperation. Every time I hear it I'm inspired to pick up a hula hoop and disappear within the lyrics. Maybe it's because I never want to feel that way and I'm trying to fight against it, or maybe it's because I have felt that way and I don't want to feel as though I'm going through it all over again. (Music tends to have a very serious and personal effect on me.) The video I uploaded is imperfect in many ways. Sure, I dropped my hoop at the beginning and got a little tangled here and there, but in my mind there was never an absent moment where I didn't feel a sense of comfort and therapy. I am eternally grateful that I have found such a wonderful outlet in life, and unlike the song lyrics, I will never give up on it.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hummingbird #stopdropandspin

Just a fun little edit of a song request 
and a stop drop and spin tag! 


Thursday, July 31, 2014

'Like A Virgin' Sing-Along: Hooper Style

Yesterday I decided to take my hula hoops on an adventure to Giant City State Park. I was thrilled to see that this beautiful open area beneath the cliffs was vacant. I had all of my hoop station gear with me: hoops, iPod, random books to prop my phone on, iPod dock, water, etc. I was ready for a fun day of flowing. I don't always listen to music when I hoop, so after I'd had a nice little warm up with some good tunes I turned off the iPod and started hooping along to the sounds of nature. Little did I know that I would soon be hooping to the voices of teenagers attempting to sing 'Like A Virgin'. If there's one thing I do know, it's Madonna lyrics (and choreography... so I guess two things). They started getting lost right after the first two lines, and I can't deny that I thoroughly enjoyed the mumbling, but I had to cut in and help them with the rest of the words. The following video is a pretty hilarious account of what happened. 

Make sure your volume is all the way up so you can hear them. If you look closely in the top right corner you can see my awesome backup singers.