My Story

What some happy students and audience members say:  

Hello! My name is Benjamin Berry, and I am a professional hoop dancer, circus artist, teaching artist, and performer based in Alfred, NY.

My mission is to spread the physical, emotional, and social benefits
of creative movement to people of all ages and levels of ability,
helping them become more confident, empowered, and embodied.

I was led down this unconventional path when I first picked up a hoop in 2013. I was hooked when I realized the many benefits of having a regular practice. 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 in hoop dance and began teaching in 2015. 
Since then, I have hosted workshops in over 50 cities across the country
and connected with the hooping community by participating in the online contests Hooping Idol Season 5 and the Electric Forest Hoop Troupe, 

ultimately earning's Male Hooper of the Year as well
as nominations for Instructor, Tutorial, and Video of the Year in 2016.


In 2019, I enriched my teaching by receiving training in Holistic Circus Therapy, which utilizes occupational therapy principles to build physical, cognitive, emotional, and social capacities, as well as the developmental movement-based BrainDance Method through the Creative Dance Center.

In light of recent events, I have relocated to Alfred, NY and begun offering my services online. I offer virtual movement-based programs (including Seated/Standing Creative Movement, Circus Arts, and more).
These customizable programs are g
eared towards a wide variety of settings including: libraries, after school programs, recreation centers,
senior care facilities, homeschooling education, adult day programs, recreation for neurodiverse individuals, and more.


Additionally, I teach donation-based hoop dance classes hosted via Zoom.

And finally, I have begun shipping handmade hoops in my Pop Up Hoop Shop!