Amy Greenley | Amy Inspiral
St. Louis, Missouri
My name is Amy Greenley, people in the Flow community may know me as Amy Inspiral. I am 24 years old, born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. Ever since I can remember I have always had an active life style. I was very adventurous and always wanted to do things that were out of the ordinary. At the age of 18 I discovered a simple circular toy that has been around for almost 60 years… A hula hoop! And WOW has this thing changed my life! My hula hoop helped me get off my booty every single day. I was motivated to become great the Art, so I stayed persistent and dedicated, and I practice every day. Now I want to make hooping my life! It is more than just a toy or a hobby, it is my possible career that has satisfied me to the extreme. My sacred circle has helped me find peace, and I am extremely grateful to have found it. ❤️
When did you begin your journey into the flow arts, and how were you inspired to start?
It all started back at Electric Forest in 2013, I can remember it like it was yesterday. That was my first festival ever and I fell in love with the scene immediately. The lovely lady that camped with me that year had a giant rainbow hoop that she got at the forest the year before, I remember watching her being absolutely amazed at what she could do with it!! After making the forest my home for a couple days, I was hanging out at my campsite when I decided to pick up my friends hoop. She showed me a couple things that she thought I could do at the time so I just went for it! I began waist hooping and then eventually the hoop lowered to my knees. The first time I ever knee hooped… It was the coolest feeling EVER! I felt like a fucking wizard or something.
2 weeks later my first hoop was born! It was massive! I think it was 38-40 inches in diameter and 1 inch for the tubing thickness. I didn’t care, nor did I know any better… But that thing helped me become the hooper I am today.
I got made fun of a lot by my friends for the first year I was practicing. It was a little discouraging. But I kept doing it, I had never had a hobby like this before, and at that point in my life I hadn’t had a hobby in such a long time, so I was extremely ecstatic to have found it!
Fast forward 3 years and now I’m freaking foot hooping while doing a handstand!?!? When I was younger I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. Thoughts of different careers had crossed my mind but I never found anything that made me say ‘That is what I want to do with the rest of my life.’ Hooping has made me feel that way… All because of my simple little plastic circle, I have learned an incredible amount about myself that I don’t think I would have ever learned doing anything ordinary. Hooping makes me so freaking happy, I am incredibly grateful for everything it’s done to help me change my life. 🙏🏽 I know I have found my niche in the world, and just feels so damn right! And if it feels right it can’t be wrong!? Right???
Why do you love the experience of performing?
Firstly I love to hoop! Performing is a way I could make Hooping into a career! Plus I love being on stage showing off my talent that I have worked very hard to polish. I love to jam out and bring a different kind of energy to the crowd! Plus all the amazing people you get to encounter along the way.
How has being a part of the flow community touched your life? How can the flow community make an impact and how do you see yourself being a part of it?
A Flow community is a spectacular thing because it can be small or large, local or cyber, and it is filled with people who are just like you that want to learn and grow! They want to lift up your spirits by teaching you new things, and having fun!! I have never experienced a Flow community that has tried to tear people down. If you have a local community it is a great way to meet new people and possibly play with props you have never played with before. And personally I have found the cyber Flow community to be, just absolutely amazing. First of all I have learned almost all of my tricks from watching videos on YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram. I am constantly getting compliments and shown love and I do my best to send it right back to them! I have met SO many friends through the cyber world which is kind of crazy but it makes my heart so happy knowing that there is so many beautiful people out there! I try to give back to the community by making tutorials, and teaching hoop in person. I help people find the perfect prop for them and possibly in the perfect outfit to match too. 😉 I show love every which way and whenever I can! Because I believe the more love you give the more love you will receive!
In a nutshell, how would you describe your unique style of flow? Are there artists or dance styles that you take inspiration from?
Every flow artist has the ability to bring something new and different to the community, I have noticed we like to embrace our ability to be weird or different by adding to the list of possibilities you can transform into flow. With that being said I am inspired by HUNDREDS of hoopers. I will list off a few but there are SO many amazingly talented hoopers out there I know I won’t be able to named them all.
Linda Farkus (RIP)
Samantha and Lester love in the fire
Sky Flow Artist
I’m going to stop there but I could defiantly keep going. All of these awesome people keep me inspired and motivated.
What are your main props/specialties?
My main talent would be hoop dancing! I can perform with one hoop, 2 hoops, 4 hoops, and I can even do a couple things with 6 hoops! I also play with other props like fire fans, contact staff, and dragon staff. I just began aerial silks training as well that I am defiantly not ready to perform just yet but one day I will be. And finally I practice LOVE to practice the art of yoga and Acro yoga!
Is there a particular aspect about the hooping or flow community that you’re passionate about? How do you envision your influence?
What I have noticed about the flow community is that it is filled with a bunch of people who see the beauty in the stranger things, who don’t want to fit in, but stand out. Every flow artist has the ability to bring something new and different to the community, I have noticed we like to embrace our ability to be weird or different by adding to the list of possibilities you can transform into flow. I try to give back to the community by making tutorials, and teaching hoop in person. I help people find the perfect prop for them and possibly in the perfect outfit to match too. 😉 I show love every which way and whenever I can! Because I believe the more love you give the more love you will receive!
Where do you like to practice the most?
In my backyard, at forest park, or at the gym.
Are you a part of a flow community or flow meet-up? Are there any local flow gatherings near you?
Back in August 2014 a small group of me and my close friends decided to get together at the park to spin fire, we all had so much fun that we decided to make it a weekly thing.
Every Tuesday from Day break till 10 pm (when the park close) we would get together at Forest Park down by the Willow tree and play during the day, spun fire at night. It started out with a small group of about 6 people, and about after a year of doing this every Tuesday there could end up being anywhere from 20 to 50 people there! Sometimes people would travel from other cities to come and flow with our St. Louis community! Unfortunately, as of this year, it got so big that the park shut it down and we are no longer allowed to spin fire at the willow tree. 🙁 so now we are currently waiting out winter so we can search for a new spot.
At which festivals/events/retreats can you be found in 2017?
For starters I will be in Denver Colorado mid February for a Flow festival called The Jamboree. I will be teaching 2 workshops, and will be performing in the show case.
I plan on applying to absolutely every festival I can. I want as many gigs as possible this year, I am ready for my hoop career to blow up!
Are you an active performer?
My first performance ever was hooping at Ball Park Village in St. Louis. Then I performed at other local events like Beer Fest, World Hoop Day, and Art in the Park. I have also performed at music festivals like Backwoods Music Festival, Cosmic Reunion both years 2015 and 2016, Bass Center, Astral Observatory Festival I have even performed in Los Angeles at Club Purple night club, a Jumbie Art event, and last but most certainly not least, I have performed at a Dos Equis Event in Los Angles with the Hoop Town Hotties. So now I am looking to expand my resume into more local events!
Where do you aim to hone your skills in 2017? Have you taken on any new props or specialties recently?
I want to have a more techy flow with my double hooping and fire fans. I hope to master some tipple and quad hooping. I hope to become better and contact and dragon staff. Gain more strength and flexibility for yoga and aerial silks.