“In the first two weeks, I lost 10 pounds, and in (almost) 10 years, I’ve lost 75 pounds,” Blackburn said.
Now, hula hooping is her life. Blackburn runs Kurrent Motion Hoops, a business where she not only performs, but teaches classes and even makes hoops.
“In all of that practicing and playing with hula hoops, I found my talent and my passion.”
Hula hooping is just one of the many activities you can test out during a day with the Winnipeg Circus Club.
The club’s goal is to develop the circus arts community in the province and introduce people to the world of circus skills.
From juggling and unicycling, to balloon animal making and stilt walking. All ages and skill levels are welcome to attend as the group gathers every Sunday afternoon between October and May at the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre.
Equipment is provided and, like Blackburn, the club hopes they can introduce those curious about the circus world to a new talent and passion.
“It is a fun skill,” club member Charles “Sleepy” Lauder said. “It is an interesting unique thing to do at parties. And it is good exercise and good for mental health.”
More than 20 members of the group will show off their skills at the club’s sixth annual showcase event Sunday March 4 at Jubilee Place on the MBCI campus (3 p.m.).
Global News Morning visited with the club leading up to the showcase. For more, see the videos above.