STL Hoop Club

Hoop Dance Education and Community ~ Performance by the Cosmic Collaborative

Hooping – America’s Favorite Pastime Reborn

Posted July 11th, 2014 by Michelle

The St. Louis Hoop Club has the edge on hula-hooping in St. Louis.  We have a staff of experienced and certified teachers, offer regular classes, specialty visiting instructor classes, in addition to offering professional performance (by Cosmic Collaborative)  for all occasions. We work with many local nonprofit organizations in addition to many performance and talent focused businesses and organizations as well.  We are inspired and driven by movement.  Many of our students have a life changing experience with the circle in addition to seeing positive physical changes in body and mind. Summer into Fall is packed with opportunity to step in the hoop with us.  Be inspired by your healthy activity.

LOUFEST / Sept 6th, 7th at Forest Park  Playshops 2:30pm and 4:30pm

6th Annual WORLD HOOP DAY ST LOUIS Oct 4 and 5th

HOOPNOTICA Teacher Certification Oct 4th, 5th at 2720 Cherokee

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Specialty Instructor to visit St. Louis Hoop Club

Posted June 30th, 2014 by Michelle

St. Louis Welcomes Hoop Dancer Caroleena from Raleigh, NC


Join us for a very special hoop weekend workshop with Caroleeena! Classes will be held 1pm-5pm on both Saturday, August 16th and Sunday, August 17th. This two day workshop will consist of two classes each day.

Caroleeena, is an internationally known hoopdance instructor and performer from Raleigh, NC. She has been teaching hoopdance since 2005 and her numerous tutorials and videos on YouTube are eagerly awaited by new and experienced hoopers across the globe. Her teaching style is clear, enthusiastic and encouraging. She has twice won Hoopie Awards from — in 2007 for her work mentoring hoop students around the globe and again in 2009 for Tutorial of the Year, and has repeatedly been nominated for Hoop Instructor of the Year by her peers.

Day 1 Rolls/Tosses, Below the Waist (Day 2) Folds/Breaks/Paddling, Comp & Integrating Dance (Check out this link for more details about the workshops)

Cost for the weekend workshop is $100 for both days. Space is limited! To reserve your space, please email Pay directly via PayPal to or send a check or money order to Carolyn Mabry 609 Sardis Dr., Raleigh, NC 27603.

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Discover the Hoop at Wakarusa 2014

Posted June 2nd, 2014 by Michelle


Music, camping, friends, and hula-hooping.  What else does one need for the perfect weekend?  Join the STL Hoop Club and friends for four unique workshops at the Wakarusa Music Festival happening June 5-8.   We will flow, create flair, we will live in the moment of our hoop. Each daily workshop will offer a new chance for discovery within your play while incorporate yoga, the single hoop, and multiples, all while challenge the body and mind. Hoops will be available to borrow and to purchase at the workshops. The hoop crew consists of a cast of top notch teachers and performers from across the country. Instructors for this year’s event are Michelle Schaeffer from St. Louis, Surka Noelle from Portland Oregon, Krista Elena from St. Louis, and Ms MichelleBell from Chicago Illinois. Join us daily Thursday through Sunday at the location and time listed in the Events Schedule.

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Hoop and Yoga Meet…

Posted March 31st, 2014 by Michelle

Discovery Within Movement St. Louis

Join us for a yoga and hoop dance experience fuzed with accents of live guitar accompaniment happening April 27 from noon to 2pm and May 18th from 7-9pm.  The emphasis of these two hour workshop will be on celebrating and engaging the senses with the intention of raising our vibration through movement. All levels of experience in yoga and hoop are encouraged, this includes introductory level all the way to advanced. Yoga mats, blankets, straps, and hoops will be provided for all. This workshop is a special teaching collaboration between Angie Campbell and Michelle Schaeffer. J.D. Hughes ( an up and coming, ambitious local musician will be providing live accompaniment for a portion of the workshop. Located at Gateway Flex Studio. (

Please arrive 5-15 minutes early for registration and check-in.$30 per student or sign up with a friend for $25 each/ Only 14 spaces will be availableYoung students are welcome. A waiver provided by Gateway Flex must be signed by a parent or guardian if the student is under 13.

For registration, send an email expressing your interest to She will handle registration and pre-payment. To see other workshops, classes, and events visit Within Movement

Angie Campbell is a yogi with a beloved personal practice and passion for spreading it’s transformative benefits. She’s been teaching yoga for over a decade and has completed and continues to participate in teacher trainings in the Iyengar and Anusara lineages of yoga. She teaches regular local community classes at “Southtown yoga”, “Joy of Yoga”, “Agape yoga”, “the Pilates and yoga center of Ladue”, “Premier Pilates of St. Louis” and “Casa Bagus”.

Michelle Schaeffer holds five certifications in hoop dance/fitness and actively teaches hoop dance and hoop fitness in the St. Louis metro area. She has been in the hoop inspiring and educating for over 5 years and coordinates over 100 events annually. She maintains balance and takes pride working with other local St. Louis outlets for movement such as Circus Kaput, Circus Flora, The Fire Technicians, Venus in Flames, and the Beggars Carnivale among many others. Michelle is the founder and current Artistic Director of the STL Hoop Club located at 2720 Cherokee.

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Be Inspired – A True Success Story Within the Hoop

Posted March 31st, 2014 by Michelle


Hooping is an activity that can change lives.  Here is a story from one of our students and friends of the STL Hoop Club.  We asked her to share her journey so far… This is such a compelling example of overcoming one of the hardest things to deal with for the body, being overweight—

My name is Chelsie Ashley (pictured left) and I have struggled with weight issues my entire life.  It started as a child, in fact I remember in third grade getting on the scale and it reading 100lbs.  I battled with self esteem issues just like everyone did in pre-teen years and leading in to teenage years.   I could not understand what was wrong with me and why I was not “skinny” like my peers.  I was teased and picked on for my size and not very athletic to say the least.

The weight struggle continued into high school and in to my early twentys.  After high school I went to college for my license in Massage Therapy, in the program I was educated on proper nutrition and exercise and how it is important for the Therapists as well as the clients.

Needless to say I did not apply that to my own life just yet.


My journey began with a hula hoop, it was something that intrigued me.  I had a few friends that practiced hoop dance and hoop fitness and I thought it was absolutely beautiful.  I was determined to learn even though as a child I couldn’t even keep it going on my waist, but I did not let that stop me.  I did a little bit of research and found that St. Louis had a hoop club and offered beginners hula hoop classes! I was thrilled.  I attended classes weekly and practiced at home every chance I got, even took it to work with me and practiced on my breaks.

After a year of hula hooping, I decided to take a step further.  One of my co-workers had been using a program on her phone called My Fitness Pal (calorie counter)  I observed her as she lost weight and started to feel better physically and mentally.  Her success inspired me and I started using the program, making smarter choices with food, hula hooping more, and exercising with work out dvds.  I do not count calories anymore. It was a good tool in the beginning and opened my eyes to eating as healthy and raw as possible. After that it was like a snowball effect, I began practicing yoga, joined a gym. Now I am doing things physically that I never dreamed of, been training for a triathlon and will be starting a yoga teacher training program this June. Through out my journey I have lost 100lbs and I will never look back and will contiue this lifestyle change for the rest of my life.  All things are possible and it all started with a hula hoop.

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