HeddaHoops | Heather Lowery
Cedar City, UT
Hi my name is Heather! I found the joy that is the flow community mid summer of 2016. I’m my younger years I was big into dance and hooping brought that connection back for me. I love all things creative and when movement can be involved I’m all in.
Heddahoops with a 28 in. FutureHoop Designer (removable battery, HD LEDs) in 5/8 HDPE tubing
When did you begin your journey into the flow arts, and how were you inspired to start?
I started my flow journey the summer of 2016. I had seen hooping at various festivals but was always nervous to give it a try myself. I finally found the courage when I was healing post surgery, and needed to find a fitness regimen that didn’t include my arms. After some quick Youtube Searching, I found Hoop mama Deanne Love. I was immediately captivated by her grace and strength. I knew I had stumbled on to something amazing.
What do you love about the experience of performing?
Performing is such a rush. It allows you to connect with the music and the crowd in a totally different way. The energy is absolutely addictive. To be able to showcase all of you hard work gives you a sense of validation of your craft, it’s a feeling I never want to let go.
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?
The flow community has become a much bigger part of my life than I could have ever imagined. I have been fortunate enough to connect with so many amazing people that I otherwise would have never come across. The flow community is filled with so much love and support that it makes me feel like I can be my most authentic self always. The flow community has the potential to make great impacts in people’s lives. Flow artists continue the circle of support as they are known to return the love they receive. I hope to impact the flow community by connecting with fellow artists and expanding together. I have always loved to teach and hope to bring the world of movement to new bodies far and wide.
What advice would you give to someone just starting their flow journey? Which tutorials or guiding principles helped you along the way?
To anyone starting their flow journey I urge them to practice patience. Be patient with yourself and each journey is unique. You are going to ah e good and bad flow days, as we all do. Take each of those days and accept it for what it is. Do your best to not compare yourself to others, and give yourself time to grow!
My go to hoop tutorials were always the amazing Deanne Love, she is so incredibly inspiring!
In a nutshell, how would you describe your unique style of flow? Are there artists or dance styles that you take inspiration from?
I would describe my flow as a dance flow. I tend to stray from hoop tech and instead lean towards free flowing. I improv every flow session and allow my movements to envelop whatever emotions I am feeling that day. I am transparent in my flow. Each piece you see is a little part of me I’m sharing with you.
What are your main props/specialties?
My main props are Hoops and silk fans.
Where do you like to practice the most?
I find my best flow sessions are outdoors. I love to flow in nature, it gives me a sense of grounding in my flow.
Is there a particular aspect about the hooping or flow community that you’re passionate about? How do you envision your influence? (performance, teaching, etc)
I am very passionate about teaching. I love to see something click for someone and knowing that I helped in any way is an amazing feeling.I see myself teaching more than performing though I love aspects of both.
Are you a part of a troupe or performance group?
Do you teach, mentor or create tutorials?
I am working on a series of tutorials and would love to move more into teaching full time.
Are you a part of a flow community or flow meet-up? Are there any local flow gatherings near you?
I’m am working hard to connect with fellow flow artists in Utah.
Are you one of the community members that helps to organize any of these events? Do you want to share details of how you take a leading or participatory role?
I have lots in the works for the summer months!
What does 2019 have in store for you? At which festivals/events/retreats can you be found over the summer and through the rest of the year? Will you be performing or teaching?
You can find me at most V2 Presents events in northern Utah. Any other festivals at TBD.