Association of Black Women Physician's Retreat

Submitted by: Melanie Pleasure

Dr. Carolyn Towler's Success Story

Hi Melanie,

This is from Carolyn from the ABWP retreat. That was such a fun hooping session that you gave us. I was the one who worked up a real sweat (I was wearing a brown hat). I was amazed that you were actually able to teach me to do something that I had never been able to accomplish on my own before (not that I have tried since childhood) but it is just an example of how you can teach old dogs new tricks (just kidding). Your energy and spirit is refreshing and you have motivated me to start hooping at home. I am going to forward your website to every woman that I know to encourage them to start learning how to hula-hoop because it is beautiful. I watched some of the videos and it is a beautiful art. You can even subtract the person at times visually and just see the movement of the hoops and it gives it a magical feel.

I take dance classes (modern-jazz) for my exercise hobby at Dance Arts Academy (323) 932-6230. I have a great idea for you. You should consider offering a class there. They have different artists teaching throughout the week, and maybe as an introduction you could offer to teach a guest class for other teachers there or even do a half an hour warm up before they start their conventional dancing. You could even give a demonstration to a group of teachers there or give them an instructional session so they could see for themselves what it would be like. They teach everything from jazz to hip-hop to ballet, to flamengo dancing. One selling point for incorporating hula-hoop is the emphasis on the core (which they all stress) and using the whole body, loosening up, sensuality, getting in the zone, etc. which is useful in all dance modalities. This way they wouldn't see you as a threat to their venues thinking people might swap classes and take your class instead. I see that you teach on Sundays. Well, I go to the dance studio on Sundays. There is a 1-2:30 class that I take with Karen McDonald. If you want, you could come there and I could introduce you to here, or you could even take the class yourself and then see what she is doing and approach her from the standpoint of how hula-hooping might enhance the dancer's ability from experiencing it yourself.

The Director of the studio is Carla Luna, so she would be the one to talk to about actually teaching there. I just thought if you have an advocate in one of the teachers then that might give you a better standing, not that you necessarily need one. Anyway, if I can be of help let me know. Another place you could teach is at The Millionnaire Mind which is a self-growth seminar where they have mini-seminars where they teach people to face different challenges. I can see how hula-hooping could be used there, because a lot of people would think that they cannot hula-hoop. The only thing is that there are a lot of people there, so I don't know if that would work, because you would have to bring too many hoops, unless they could be rented out. I think it is great what you are doing, so if I can be of any help, let me know. My telephone number is (310) 493-7696.

By the way, how much do you charge to give a session for a group of six or more?

Really nice meeting you Melanie. Is that your real last name?

Carolyn Towler