The Hula Hoop Girl ¡Quimbara!
2015 has been a festive and joyful year full of many manifested wild dreams from dancing at almost every sunset at Windansea, to experiencing the amazing In-Depth 2015 Retreat in the Big Island, to teaching hoop dance at Wanderlust 108 in Santa Monica and San Diego, to growing The Hula Hoop Girl Elemental Hoop Dance Classes and The Hula Hoop Girl sister circles, to performing "Conga" at Hoopcamp 2015, to participating in ritual and ceremony at Waking the Wild Woman at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, to developing beautiful and strong friendships, to having the opportunity to record a Podcast interview sharing my story of embodied movement meditation through hoop dance and ecstatic dance for women's empowerment.
This Hoop Dance flow ¡Quimbara! represents my open hearted joyful celebration of deep gratitude for the ability to manifest my wildest dreams for 2015. This dance, represents gratitude for my healthy body, gratitude for the ability to dance and gratitude to share my unique rhythmic expression with the world.
This joyful and festive dance celebrates my ancestors from Puerto Rico, all who have come before me, gifting me the opportunity to live my dreams.
When I dance,
I fall in love with life,
over and over and over again.
When I dance, and swirl,
I feel connected
to the beauty and breath of life.
When I dance,
I am in synchronicity
with my wildest dreams.
This quimbara dance, is a celebration of what is to come for 2016, beauty, magic, love, and sweet relationships rooted in my soul-work of women's empowerment.
Stay tuned for The Hula Hoop Girl Journey Dance for 2016!
Videographer/Photographer by David Rothwell from WowPhoto.me
// Dance in the Center of Your Joy \\
Quimbara is a Kimbundu phrase, and while it evades direct English translation, its festive song context undeniably links it with felicidad, or happiness.
Kimbundu (or North Mbundu) is one of two Bantu languages called Mbundu, and is the second-most-widely spoken Bantu language in the southern African country of Angola.
The song was written by Junior Cepeda and recorded by Celia Cruz, with Dominican band leader Johnny Pacheco. Quimbara is an up tempo, Afro-Cuban guaguancó (a sub-genre of Cuban rumba, combining percussion, voices, and dance).