Sunny Daze | Dark Daze
Hello there! I’m Sunny – residing from the state of Missouri with my partner Matt and our beautiful daughter London. I started hooping 3 years ago, and I’ve been addicted to this extraordinary art ever since, so much so that we are working to make traveling a teaching a full time reality! You probably know me from my creepy masked videos where I take on my “ultimate form” 😉 Thank you for stopping by and make sure to have a beautiful hoopy day!
When did you begin your journey into the flow arts, and how were you inspired to start?
- I began my flow arts journey 3 years ago when I saw a hooper at Wakarusa doing an isolation- so simple yet so mesmerizing! I ran up and started talking to her and she told me about her Future hoop and how it worked- so right when I got home I went straight to MoodHoops and ordered my very first hoop- a Future Hoop Shuffle! Hey now don’t laugh! It was the best investment I ever made! 😉
- That hoop got me through the first 5 months- and then I went back for more- getting my first polypro and set of doubles from MoodHoops- I was /hooked/. In my first year I lost over 30 lbs- the best I had ever looked in my entire life and the confidence of knowing anything is possible if you set your mind to it. Something that just randomly caught my eye has now turned into a passion I plan on exploring for the rest of my life. Who knew a plastic circle could bring so much bliss?
Why do you love teaching?
- “Getting the most out of life isn’t about how much you keep for yourself, but how much you pour into others”
- Since starting hoop dance and seeing the incredible transformation it has brought to me as an individual, passing it on to others isn’t just something I want to do- it’s something I /need/ to do. I lived 21 years of my life not understanding what my body was truly capable of, not understanding that I can- in fact- do anything I set my mind to. When I get to teach someone or give them their first hoop and I see the gears starting to turn it’s one of the most gratifying feelings I’ve ever experienced. The smile it brings to their faces when they accomplish that first trick, or a month into it and they can see some flow starting to happen- it’s so satisfying and rewarding!
- Teaching and passing on knowledge only helps further this art as well. If I show someone a concept they can run with that and turn it into something else. Constantly building upon ideas and sharing brings a sense of collaboration and openness in the community. I believe this is so much more helpful then hoarding ideas and keeping them for oneself. Hoop dance has taught me so much more then how to just use my body though- it’s helped me to ‘Learn how to learn’ and develop a personal toolkit I can use in everyday life. Every time I drill or re-enforce a trick or concept, I am teaching myself. When I watch myself and I see things I don’t like, I work to correct it. Teaching others forces me to help understand a different paradigm of each concept- though I learned it one way I have to show someone else and connect it to their experiences and knowledge.
- I don’t really have a “favorite” thing to teach, but I do have a personal favorite person to teach – that is the beginner. Not that I don’t absolutely love connecting with more experienced hoopers, but the new hooper has a completely open mind- one that’s ready to learn and has a real sense of exploration because they have no idea what they are doing! Sometimes they even give me new ideas no one has ever thought of and they can’t do but once they explain I can execute it. We can learn something from everyone!
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?
- Hooping and the flow community have /completely/ changed my life. Through hooping- I met my current 2 best friends, one of which I ended up living with for a year! I also met my life partner through hooping, and we now have a beautiful daughter we get to raise in this aspiring and flourishing community. I have met some of the most talented and amazing people on this journey- and I continue to meet new people everyday. It’s given me a sense of belonging- a family if you will. Because of this- my mission in life is to not only continue honing this art, but to teach, and to help cultivate an inviting environment for current and new hoopers and to spread this incredible art form.
What are your main props/specialties?
- Though I have dabbled in many flow arts like poi, fans, and the levi wand- my specialty lies in hooping and dance. Hooping started everything for me in August of 2013 and I’ve been hooked on flow art ever since! In the hooping community I am best known for my hooping behind 2 different unique creepy masks as my alter ego ‘Dark Daze’. When I wear my mask- it puts me in an entirely different flow state then my normal sunny self 🙂
Where do you like to practice the most?
- I love to practice in my living room – not very exciting but its where I find my zen and best flow state. I’ve made sure to deck it out in the brightest colors and pictures to create a ideal flow environment.
Are you a part of a flow community or flow meet-up? Are there any local flow gatherings near you?
- I am a part of two different flow communities from Springfield and Columbia Missouri. Here in Springfield, where I currently live, I meet up with other flow artists every Sunday to practice, play, and teach. Its informal but we have a lot of fun with it and there seems to be new people every week! When I get the chance to travel back to Columbia where I used to live a meet up with the Mizzou Hoop group for all the hooping fun!
Are there any flow communities that you help organize events for? Do you take a leadership role in the community?
- Though I do love and cherish my local community, I try to use my influence where I have in most and that is the online community. I do many things to help promote and encourage others to find who they are in the hoop, and showing off all the awesome talent this community is filled with! Posting inspiring quotes, testimonies, and other hooper videos has really given me the opportunity to connect with so many people. A lot of people feel like they know me through my Facebook, and I get many asking how they can start hooping and where to begin because they feel a connection with me. Or ask me questions about what next hoop they should order or new tricks they can learn.
- Also I started posting an inspirational Artist of the Month- where I post the flow artist who has really caught my eye and why I find them so inspirational! In the past three months I have done this I’ve helped get other hoopers the credit they deserve- one of the videos I shared went from 1.2k views to 20k. Her videos are now getting more and more attention, and the fact that I could help her made my heart incredibly full. I want to continue to spread this kind of thinking and love throughout the online scene!
What has 2016 been like for you? What does the rest of 2016 have in store?
- 2016 Has been one of the best years of my life as I brought my daughter into this world. Since May my summer has been filled with getting back into shape and getting involved with the community heavily again. Though the rest of this year will be spent mainly networking- big things are in store for 2017 😉 In the next 2- 3 years me and my partner want to build a tiny home and making teaching a full on career for both of us. Traveling and spreading this art form is absolutely my biggest passion in life and we are on the road to making that a reality.
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