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All Levels Hoop Dance moves to Wednesday!

September 13th, 2016 · News

Learn how to hoop, condition movement, explore, and play in this 45 minute cardio-dance-movement class – hoop dance that is.  Traditionally held on Monday’s for years, we are shaking things up to be more accommodating to students of all ages.  Class will still be held at the stunning South Grand Studio  Gateway Flex located at Hartford and Grand.  You can read more about the studio and other dance programs at this link: 

Questions?  Need a hoop?  Email



Specialty Instructor to visit St. Louis Hoop Club

June 30th, 2014 · News

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.


Hoop and Yoga Meet…

March 31st, 2014 · News

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.


Be Inspired – A True Success Story Within the Hoop

March 31st, 2014 · News


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.


Surka’s Circus is Coming to Town!

January 6th, 2014 · News

Infinite Flow Revolution

Be excited St. Louis Flow Community.  This will be an intentional workshop, with the option for spiritual growth and connection to source. Study examples of the steps through which a trick, technique or transition can evolve to expand your flow. Concepts include yoga-hoop fusion, foot hooping, chakra meditation and sacred geometry.

Located at Gateway Flex Fitness Studio, St. Louis Missouri
1-19-14 / 1-4pm / $45 / With Surka Noelle based out of Portland, Oregon

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