This is the second part of a two-post interview with Katie Emmitt…
(Click here for part one of this interview)
Q: What does the word “flow” mean to you?
I’m actually working on the definition myself right now… I’m working on a lexicon project in my book arts class and flow is the word I’m choosing to use… really difficult to illustrate AND define, I think, particularly when us hoopers have such a spiritual connection to that word. Technically, flow is defined in this way -
“‘Flow’ is a psychological state in which a person is fully immersed in an activity and experiences feelings of energized focus and happiness and feels completely aligned with the task at hand.” ~ Katie
“Hooping means happiness to me, it means spiritual, mental, and physical well being.” ~Katie
When I first picked up hooping, I watched a TON of Katie Emmitt’s YouTube tutorials (I still do). She gives indepth explanations that are really easy to understand and helped me get the confidence I needed to get started with hooping. Katie has allowed me to interview her for this blog and I want to thank her for taking the time to answer these questions.
Reading through this, it’s extremely clear how passionate she is about hooping. But she’s not only great at hooping; she’s an incredibly talented artist. Please take the time to check out Katie’s website where you can view her artwork. Katie also has a Facebook page and an Etsy account where she sells hoops, artwork, and clothing. I purchased a metallic performance hoop from Katie this past summer, and I’m absolutely in love with it. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to share her thoughts with you…
Katie Emmitt is a 21 year old visual and performance artist from Baltimore, Maryland. I came across one of Katie’s tutorials when I first started hooping. She goes into extensive detail in her videos and demonstrates how to find “flow” and incorporate it into hoop dance. Katie is exceptionally good at teaching different transitions and variations of tricks in her tutorials. She was kind enough to answer questions I had for her in a personal interview. The interview will be featured in a post soon to come!
In the meantime check out Katie’s “Yo-Yo Bouncing Cat-Eye Isolation” tutorial. Katie slows it down and explains the tricks to learning this move. I have a lot of fun with this move, it’s great for fast paced and funky jams.