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Teddy Anderson is a professional hoop dancer who calls Alberta, Canada his home. He has been practicing and performing hoop dancing from the age of 15 and was taught by his mentor Scott Ward. He travels across the world spreading his message of unity and understanding at schools and corporate events. Today he talks about to Tianjin Plus in Tianjin Rego International School how his experiences as a hoop dancer and the development of hoop dancing.

 

What attracted you to Hoop Dancing and how is it an effective vehicle for connecting with young people?

 

Ever since I was little I wanted to be able to express myself. When I was nine my family moved to Africa, and ever since then we moved to different in places all over the world like Afghanistan, Iraq and Nepal. Having lived in these places, I saw a lot of hatred between people and also amazing unity between people. I wanted to express that and when I saw a hoop dance, I thought “that’s exactly what I want to do”. 

 

What are the origins of the hoop dance and how has it changed with the time?

 

Traditionally hoop dancing was used as a form of meditation and healing, and only one hoop was used. A person did a hoop dance to try and overcome a problem they were facing. The hoop was used as an aide to focus the mind. The more fluidly you used with the hoop the closer you were to solving a problem. Currently it’s evolving into a form of entertainment, but there is still a deep seated culture behind the dance. For example, if you don’t clearly state who you are and why you’re performing the dance, it can lead to some misunderstandings, especially in a traditional location. 

 

Which cultures have you experienced and can you identify any issues that affect all young people across the world?

 

I’ve been to Japan, Malaysia, Tonga, Brazil, Rwanda, Holland, Germany, Belize and the United States, as well as a lot of other countries. Honestly, everywhere I have been I have always seen suicide, bullying, and addiction. For me it all comes back to identity and how well you know yourself. If you know yourself really well you don’t need to medicate. I’ve seen it everywhere, where a lack of belonging creates problems for young people. My goal is to teach kids that they are not just a cup that gets filled with water, they control their own environment. When kids realise this it empowers them to create change.    

 

Why is it necessary for a teacher to give a student permission to perform? Are there hoop dancers who perform without permission?

 

When Scott Ward gave me permission to teach he put a lot of trust in me. I had to give him a gift of tobacco, which was originally used as a form of trade in native Canadian culture. He still plays an active role in my performance, particularly when I have a problem. 

 

Some people have tried to learn hoop dancing without formal permission, but it just doesn’t have the same strength and depth. I think if someone was really sincere about learning hoop dancing, then they will eventually succeed. There is also a lot of racism as well, for me to be a non-native doing a native dance causes a lot of controversy, but when people see my performance their doubts are dispelled. 

 

How can hoop dancing and your message achieve a long lasting effect? Once you move on to the next school, what steps do the previous audience usually take?

 

Recently a school invited me to perform a dance as an introduction. Then I spent the entire week with a group of students, and I used my degree in Social work and Child and Youth Care to help the school transform its’ culture into a peaceful culture. On my website you can see information about these techniques, so schools often call me to come in and talk about a suicide that just happened, or a bullying problem at the school. 

 

I often do social change workshops, where I come in and teach kids. On top of that there is my website and my account on twitter, where people can get hold of me. On my website I am starting a peace blog, which should be ready by the end of May. Hopefully people from elementary and high schools can continue the conversation on my blog.

 

What age’s do you teach, and does your performance change based on age?

 

With older students and adults you can go a lot more in-depth, you can talk about suicide, and you can talk about bullying. But with younger kids it’s more about getting them excited about my message. I have a core repertoire, which is about 75 minutes. I generally tend to do whatever I feel is right, so I can easily adapt to a lesson. There are certain things I have to do, and certain things that I can add-on, so each lesson is never the same. 

 

What are teachers’ reactions to your methods? Have any teacher’s approached you about adopting your methods in the classroom? 

 

Something I’m working on right now is DVD’s for learning hoop dancing as a way to exercise and trying something new. We have already distributed these to a few schools in Canada and have met with a great response. I try to help teachers set an example in terms of attitude. Some teachers may react with anger or frustration at something so I try and set an example and show them that I am here to support them.

 

Website: http://www.hoopdanceproductions.com/

Twitter: @Hoop_it_Teddy

 

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