Danielle Odette, Spin Summit Organizer
Walking back to our little cabin in the woods following The Spin Summit’s
second performance showcase and an off the hook hoopjam that would inevitably get shut down by the powers that be, I walked along a dirt road in the stillness of the night. Looking up the stars revealed themselves. Living in the big city we really don’t see the stars, not like this, but out here in the middle of nowhere, 9000 feet high in the Rocky Mountains, as I wandered along I noticed each and every one of them. What a spectacular treat to not only be spending the week with this incredible crew of hoopers, but to be spending it here surrounded by nature that continues to reveal itself as priceless.
This morning many of the workshop instructors from yesterday taught another session. Kristina Sutcliffe of O Dance was back with Salsa, Gail O’Brien kicked people’s asses yet again, Rainbow Michael integrated poi and yoga, Nick Guzzardo and Danielle Odette taught partner hooping, while Stephinity had everybody getting crafty. Mark Stampfle also had a crew of people, including myself, trying out contact juggling. One of the themes of Spin Summit is to try other tools that you ordinarily wouldn’t pick up and after watching Mark try out hooping for the first time, I decided to give his prop of choice a spin. How did I do? Not as well as Beth Lavinder – our star pupil who completed multiple chest rolls on her first session.
The big event of the day of course, the one where all the participants came together to take it all in, was Sharna Rose’s “Going Upstream: Embracing Resistance” class. She blew our minds and by the time it was over we were all literally spun. “My head hurts,” said Nick Guzzardo. We all just nodded silently in agreement. “My body hurts,” said Christina Buster. We all just nodded in silently in agreement. When you’ve spent three hours in the anti-spin words just don’t come easily.
And tonight everybody gathered together in the Keva again to watch a cavalcade of mostly local performers spin things up for a crowd of Spin Summit attendees and a slew of local campers. A killer set by Miraja followed with an impromptu dance party at the Willow Cabin that lasted into the wee small hours. All in all, while we’re all physically exhausted, you’d never really know it as we move forward, embracing the resistance and the spin within.