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Unicorn Hoop Fest 2018

10am-6pm Saturday 24th March, Redland Green School, Bristol, BS6 7EH


4 awesome and challenging workshops from an amazing diverse international line up!

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EARLY BIRD TICKETS, LIMITED NUMBER, £60, non refundable, if you cannot attend and wish to sell your ticket on you can do so and inform us of the name change on the ticket before the event.


Everyone who attends will get a free Unicorn Hooper sticker on the day and after the event will get sent a copy of all the recap videos from each workshop and a photograph of them hooping with a unicorn! We are hoping to run a hoop jam on the Sunday and are waiting to hear back from the venue, for any locals or people staying for the whole weekend!

Unicorn Hoopfest 2018 Teachers

Henna Matanuska (Finland)


Henna Matanuska - also known as MataHoops - is a very unique and fascinating contemporary hoop dancer. She has studied theatre and dance in Finland and when she discovered hoop dance in 2006, it change her life! Since then the plastic circle has taken her around the world. Besides hooping she is also performing with fire, stilts and as a contemporary dancer. 

She is a truly dedicated, talented and creative artist who loves to change her appearance like a chameleon, re-inventing her self over and over again in the process of discovering new ways of moving with the hoop and her body. She likes to think "out of the box" and is fascinated by the bizarre and abstract. After all her name Henna means "weird" in Japanese.

Henna is very passionate about teaching her style of hooping and well know for being a very kind, motivating, creative and supportive teacher. Over the last years she has been teaching a lot, for example at European Juggling Convention, Indian Juggling Convention, SWHoop (Bristol, UK) , Hoop the Castle (Germany), Manchester Hoop Congress, London Hoop Festival and many others circus and hooping events around Europe.



Henna will share some of her favourites and weirdest tricks; using floor, tosses, wedgies and doing some combos.

Kay Dent (UK)


Hooping since 2010, Kay has been a professional hoop instructor since 2011. She has taught solo tours around the UK, Europe, USA, Australia and Asia as well as hooping festivals world wide including Spin summit (USA), New Zealand Hoop Fest, German Hoop Con, Swhoop, Manchester Hoop Con, and the EJC. A finalist in the first ever Hooping Idol, Kay is known for her foot hooping, twins, flow and her award winning Hoop burlesque performances.



This workshop starts off with some fun and unusual walk the dog combos and the rest is triple hoop off body tech, working on isolation trapping techniques. Using mini and midi hoops, this material is only possible with 3 hoops 30 inches or smaller all of matching size.

Kay Dent

Mat E Tricks (New Zealand)


Mat E Tricks (AKA Sir Hoopsalot) is an all round circus maverick! Known for combining hoop tech with his edgy hip hop style. He has taught at German Hoop Con, Play (UK), EJC and Spinfest (Australia).



One, two and three off body tech hoop material. Covering wrist rolls, extension release, isolation folds, no beat weave, Loop de switch, the sneaky toss and more.

Mike Hayataka (USA)

Michael Hayataka, AKA That Hoop Guy. Mike has been hooping for over 8 years. With his unique style and liquid flow he’s now taking his over 6 years of teaching experience to the flow community. His analytical teaching style informs intuitive, hard to explain concepts, through single technique-based breakdowns.


Workshop: QUAD HOOPS

2 Hoops, 1 Hand - 4 Hoops, 2 Arms. With different multi-hoop grips and transitions, hoopers' minds have been expanded into the realm of quad-hooping.  This class will teach, at an extremely detailed level, what our hands, fingers and forearms need to be doing in order to hold more than one hoop per hand.  Focusing on normal issues that hoopers have trouble with when doing multiple hoops, such as keeping planes, grip switching, and keeping the viewer's perspective in mind.  We’ll learn how to make flat shapes, 3-D shapes, Ocho grip switches, and hybrid basics.

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