AboutBenjamin

Greetings, hello, and salutations! I am a hoop dancer, instructor, and performer whose mission is to help other authentic eccentrics become more confident, empowered, and embodied through intentional movement and creative self expression.

I was led down this unconventional path when I first picked up a hoop in 2013. Though I was originally attracted to the challenge of simply hooping on my waist, I was hooked when I realized the physical, emotional, and social benefits of having a regular practice (to learn more about hooping, click here). For the first time I felt truly confident in my body; moving, expressing, mindful, and free of self-doubt. Eager to share these gifts with others, I became certified to teach hoop dance by Hoopnotica and began teaching locally. I have been hosting workshops across the country since 2015 the year that I connected with the online hooping community by participating in Hooping Idol Season 5 and the Electric Forest Hoop Troupe contest, ultimately earning Hooping.org's Male Hooper of the Year as well as a nomination for Instructor of the Year, Tutorial of the Year, and Video of the Year. More recently, I have begun offering beginner hoop programs geared towards youth, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and team building exercises in corporate settings.

What some happy students and audience members say:  

"Absolutely love Ben's workshops! Think I have taken at least four now over the years. Always learn so much and have so much fun!"

 

- Krystal C.

"Passionate and a helpful instructor. Thinks outside the box."

 

- Vera S.

"Amazing instructor and inspiring performer! If you have a chance to take any of his workshops, DO IT!"

 

- Asha A.