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The Surprise Engagement

Monday, February 9th, 2015

 

Leave it to my man to kamikaze-crash my annual hoop dance performance with his own starring role! I love him for all the ways he shows his love for me!

 

Nick and I fell in love about a week after we met in 2011. I was in the final hour of producing my very first big group hoop performance for an NYC arts festival, and sight unseen, on our very first date, Nick offered to film the dance.

 

One week later, as I performed the dance I created, I realized that the love story woven into the dance was my very own love story come true. Here was my PERSON, I’d gathered all my people to welcome him into my life, and the name of the dance was “HELLO!” (Read the magick story in it’s entirety HERE!)

 

So moved by true love, I reprised HELLO the following year with 100 hoopers.We held a kickstarter to raise money for rehearsal space, dancer gifts, and a pro film crew to create beautiful documentation.  “HELLO100” was a tremendous spectacle. All the hoopers wore solid colors, I wore white. Someone told me I looked like a bride! Production of the 100-hooper dance was intense, and though a celebration of TRUE LOVE, ironically, Nick and I experienced distance and strain as we learned each other’s needs for work/ life balance.

 

In 2013, I led 40 hoopers in “All is LOVE!”, the big group hoop dance now becoming an annual celebration of LOVE. I learned 3 days before performance that we happened to be scheduled at the same time and place as a Burning Man-esque wedding. Naturally, we folded the performance into the wedding, surprised the bride and groom, and roped the entire bridal party into the participatory ending of the piece! Dancing for the bride and groom that day, I knew my man would someday ask me to marry him at Figment.

 

In early 2014, I really wasn’t planning on bringing another big group dance to Figment. Nick and I had traded our decade-and-change in New York for the sunny skies and sky-scraping mountains of Colorado in late 2013. But, having so much interest, support and authentic LOVE pouring in from the NYC hooping community, I couldn’t help but get excited to plan another dance; and figure out how to direct from 2500 miles away!

 

I filmed the choreography and published it on YouTube, where my dancers would watch and learn from home. I had four rehearsal captains in NYC who then led and filmed rehearsals there. I’d receive their rehearsal footage online, and would then review and give notes to the group en masse via facebook event wall. I rehearsed with the group live in person for a week before Figment.

 

Meanwhile, Nick had been traveling for weeks, and I’d left Colorado before he returned. When we met up in New York just before Figment, we hadn’t seen each other in over a month, and he hadn’t been home for more than a handful days that entire year. Though the thought crossed my mind he might ask me that day, I quickly dismissed it because we’d both been SO busy. There was no possible way he could have planned anything.

 

Or so I thought…

 

At the end of our first (of three) performances, 50 hoopers and I took our bows. My head was full of notes for our next performance in an hour. Suddenly, all of my hoopers surrounded me, raising each of their hoops over my head in a canopy. I thought they were going to lay hoops over me in a tunnel as they’d done after a show in the past, but this time however, they held in canopy formation.

 

The music changed to The Dog Days Are Over, the anthem Nick and I have shared since falling in LOVE.  My dancers lifted their hoops and expanded the circle, and out from behind the camera came my man, bouquet of white roses in hand.

 

He hugged me and congratulated me on another beautiful dance. He told me he loves me, and is so proud of me. At this point, I’m thinking I know what’s going on, but he hugs me again, and tells me how much he loves me. Again.

 

What I found out later was that he’d gotten my engagement ring stuck on his pinky finger!  When it finally released, just moments later, he knelt down on one knee, took my hand, and asked me if I’d make him the happiest man ever, and share the rest of my life with him.

 

To which I replied, “DUH!!!”

And then properly replied, “YES!”

 

The crowd erupted in cheers. All my dancers were applauding, shaking their hoops overhead, tears in their eyes. My best girlfriend who “just stopped in” from Boston, popped out of the crowd with a bottle of prosecco.

 

And then it all became clear. All of my dancers were in on it, as well as our friends, at the ready with cameras, flowers, and bubbles. And here I thought it was so remarkable that all my hoopers (even the injured and sick!) were on time and ready to go, WELL before our call time! Check out the full cut of the dance, with special behind-the-scenes images from our big group rehearsals.

 

After the final performance, Nick and I caught the ferry back to Manhattan and retreated to our room to enjoy a celebratory meal and a glass of champagne. He played me the remix of The Dog Days that he’d searched HOURS for, as it got a little lost in the excitement of the moment. And as if I was hearing the song again for the very first time, I heard anew the lines, “Can you hear the horses, ’cause here they come!”

 

With tears rolling down my face, I had even more affirmation that Nick and I were meant for each other in this moment. “Baby!” I said, “Can you hear the HORSES! That’s US!” We were both born in the same year, The Year of the Horse, and here we were celebrating our engagement in 2014,  The Year of the Horse. Watch out world, ’cause here we COME!!

 

Thank you so much for watching our video and reading our story.  We definitely have our challenging times like any other couple, but as we grow together, we learn how to better and better communicate, understand, and love each other. There’s so much magick that Nick and I share, and we both look forward to continuously translating it into art and inspiration.

 

Divine, Exquisite, Extraordinary LOVE is out there if you believe in it. If you’d like to hear more about how to attract more LOVE into your life, sign up to receive Letters from Bexico straight to your inbox!

 

 

Happy Kit!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Ok Hoopers! Here you go, everything you need to dance “Believe in HAPPY!” next month at Figment.

YES, NEXT MONTH!!!

Watch your choreo videos, attend rehearsals as best you can, and ensure you come rehearse with me at least once the week before the show. I’ll be adding the choreo vids for the second track within the week, so keep checking back.

PAY YOUR PARTICIPATION FEE

CHOREO VIDEOS

NEW HAPPY OPENING: as of 5/31/14

TRACK 2 FULL CHOREO AND BREAKDOWN VIDS

ANNOTATED CHOREO (track time, section names and counts etc.)

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

REHEARSAL RSVP

FAQs 

NEWSLETTER RECAPS

Pinterest Board of Inspiration!

FULL AUDIO MIX

 

 

 

 

Photo by Chris Fernando

Believe in HAPPY!

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Join the biggest Hoop Dance party of the Summer! “Believe in HAPPY!” is Bex Burton’s latest choreographed large-group hoop show, coming to Figment NYC  this June 7 and 8. And we want YOU to dance with us!

Happiness is a state of mind. We can choose to be happy despite negative circumstances, and we can believe that happy is always an option to us. Let’s celebrate this choice and come together to dance with hoops and share the happiness!

Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, 2014
Governor’s Island, via free ferry
Budget a full day to participate (approx 10am-5pm)

See the full length BELIEVE IN HAPPY video HERE. 

Spread the HAPPY! on Facebook!

JOIN US!
Believe in Happy! is an all-levels choreographed hoop performance. Hoopers can participate whatever  level is most comfortable, ranging from dancing just half the piece (roughly 4 min of showtime) to auditioning for a featured role. You can participate even if you can only attend one day.

YouTube videos of the choreography and rehearsal schedule will be sent to registered dancers to learn on their own and with ‘breakout’ groups. There will be three options to attend ONE mandatory rehearsal in Brooklyn the week leading up to the show. Other breakout rehearsals led by “Ambassadors of Happy” are encouraged but not required.

For more information on the Figment Project visit http://newyork.figmentproject.org/

All is LOVE! at FAB! Fest Manhattan

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

With a little help from her friends, Bex Burton, aka THE BEX, nationally acclaimed hoopdancer, teacher, and the hoop behind HELLO!100, Presents “All is LOVE!”, a choreographed group hoop performance, guest starring YOU!

Join the army of glittery spirally hoopers that bring Figment and Dance Parade to life one more time this fall in this joyful celebration of LOVE in all forms: familial, romantic, unrequited, unreconciled, plutonic, and of course, the divine, exquisite, extraordinary… TRUE LOVE!

Our final performances of All is LOVE! will happen on Saturday September 28th as part of the 2013 FAB! Fest, hosted by the Fourth Arts Block in the East Village. Don’t miss this afternoon of catching up with friends, dancing of all kinds, performance in the festival, and  a renegade-LED reprise of the work later in the evening. Our exact time and locations will be posted here in the coming weeks.

Check out other large group choreography produced by THE BEX and the teaser for “All is LOVE,” shot at Figment earlier this year.
View and RSVP to the event on Facebook.

CALL FOR HOOPERS: 

Whether you danced All is LOVE! earlier this summer or whether you’re new, there’s a place for you in this fun, easy to learn group piece. We will gather once again our giant sea of hoopers to wow audiences with the power and beauty of hoopdance.

Requirements: 

  • Learn the choreography via youtube in advance (YouTube videos of the choreography will be sent to dancers once registered)
  • Attend 1-2 rehearsals between 9/14-9/28 (Rehearsal schedule is posted to registered dancers. Rehearsals are not mandatory, but strongly encouraged. Location TBD)
  • Be available approximately 3-9pm in Manhattan on Saturday 9/28.

REGISTER TO DANCE! 

 

photo by Chris Fernando

All is LOVE in NYC!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Here we GO!

With a little help from her friends, Bex Burton, aka THE BEX, nationally acclaimed hoopdancer, teacher, and the hoop behind HELLO!100, Presents “All is LOVE!”, a choreographed group hoop performance, guest starring YOU!

Join the army of hoopers and the sea of glittery spirally beauty that brings Figment to life Saturday June 8 in this joyful celebration of LOVE in all forms: familial, romantic, unrequited, unreconciled, plutonic, and of course, the divine, exquisite, extraordinary… TRUE LOVE!

Catch us at three separate stages:

1pm: With Toad/Kostume Kult on the Parade Grounds
2pm: With BlackBird Squadron/ VitaminB at Nolan Park
3pm: With Digital Native at Head in the Clouds Pavilion

Times and locations subject to change. Hey, it’s Figment.
Figment is rain or shine. Bring an umbrella!

View and RSVP to the event on Facebook.

 

CALL FOR HOOPERS: 

What better way to usher in Spring than to gear up for two spectacular, public hoop performances in New York City! This year we will gather our giant sea of hoopers at the New York City Dance Parade on Saturday May 18, as well as Saturday of the NYC Figment Project, June 8. Hoopers will dance a new piece of fun and simple choreography developed by THE BEX called “All is LOVE,” to a delicious mash up mix by DJ Zack Darling.

JOIN US! Rehearsal schedule is posted to registered dancers. Rehearsals are not required, but encouraged. YouTube videos of the choreography will be sent to registered dancers to learn on their own.

REGISTER TO DANCE! 

PAY YOUR FEE!

Each dancer is asked to contribute $15 to offset the cost of producing these large-scale shows. Costs accrued include Dance Parade registration fee for group with car, curated soundtrack, sound system, gas for our sound car and generator, rehearsal spaces, and honoring the time of our rehearsal assistants. Send your payment via paypal to bex@senseofmotion.com. Mark your payment “Personal” to avoid fees. Payment can also be made in cash in advance or personal check. You can indicate your choice in the registration form for more info.

Last year we had over 100 hoopers from six states and three countries perform in HELLO!100. Be part of the Magic!

HELLO100! A Dance for 100 Hoopers at Figment, NYC

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

100 HoopDancers gathered in a unique, live, spectacle performance at The Figment Project on Governor’s Island, NYC June 9 and 10, 2012

“HELLO100!” Is a restaging of Bex Burton’s 2011 Figment performance, “HELLO! A Spontaneous Dance for an Infinite Number of Hoopers: An Epic Tale of True Love.” In HELLO100!, Bex presents 100 HoopDancers from New York and beyond, performing in this colorful, campy, multi-tiered, 10-minute choreographed HoopDance.

A real “Epic Tale of True Love” unfolded in Bex’s life while producing the original 2011 work, reflecting the love story woven within the lyrics of the piece. This art-to-life happening inspired the restaging of the piece for a second year at Figment.

HELLO!100 offers an accessible opportunity for hoopers of all skill level to perform in a unique hoop happening, a free-to-the public live performance of epic proportions for Figment audiences, and inspiration for all who experience HELLO!100 that True Love exists.

See links for participation and contribution below the video.

SEE PHOTOS of HELLO!100 HERE.

YOU MADE IT HAPPEN! 
Thanks to 78 Kickstarter Funders and other private investors, all dancers received giftbags with custom designed screenprinted T-shirts, HELLO!100 stickers, hand-made love necklaces made by THE BEX, and water the day of the show. Additionally, rehearsal and production costs for both live performance and performance video were funded through the generosity of the public. The HELLO!100 Kickstarter Campaign  was successfully funded on May 16, 2012, but you may still contribute to future productions by THE BEX via paypal if you wish.

THANK YOU to all the financial and in-kind donors who helped make this epic hoop happening a reality.

JOIN THE DANCE!! Email bex@senseofmotion.com to inquire about producing your own local performance of HELLO!

VISIT HELLO!100 on Facebook

GOT QUESTIONS?
Read the HELLO!100 FAQ’s and share your own. Check back for frequent updates.

 

 

HELLO! A Spontaneous Dance for an Infinite Number of Hoopers: An Epic Tale of True Love

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Choreographed and directed by Bex Burton, “HELLO! A Spontaneous Dance for an Infinite Number of Hoopers: An Epic Tale of True Love” is a 9-minute piece of hoop choreography that featured over 100 different hoopers at six separate events over the spring and summer of 2011.

HELLO! debuted in New York City at the Gotham Girls’ Roller Derby in April 2011 with just four hoopers, and grew to over 40 hoopers dancing at FIGMENT NYC in June. More than sixty additional hoopers learned and danced the piece at PEX Summer Festival in Darlington, MD, HoopFest New England in Maine, Castles in the Sky Parade in NYC and The Return to Roots Hoop Gathering, Poconos, PA from July to September 2011.

magical love story developed in the creation and production of the piece, inspiring the 2012 reprise, HELLO! 100, where 100 hoopers danced the piece in unison the following summer.

I recommend you watch this full screen at highest resolution!

See photos of the piece here

 

photo by Eraj Asadi