GREETINGS! Here's the bit about me—things I like, and how hoola hoops became my life.
I grew up with NOMAD printed in my genes. As a child I lived in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Middle East. I never stopped traveling.
My childhood hero was (and forever will be) Olga Korbut. She was a gymnast who’s raw emotions, originality and huge smiles wowed the judges and won her medals and fans everywhere. Such a huge inspiration. I saw Starlight Express when I was 8 and for the next 10 years dreamt of playing the character ‘Pearl’ from the rollerskating musical. Delores Van Cartier (from Sister Act), Josephine Baker, Esther Williams, Tandi Iman Dupree and Perez Prado are all LEGENDS I look up to.
I played drums all through high school (strictly James Brown classics) and music was my life. After graduating I toured the circus schools of China which BLEW. MY. MIND. Running away with the circus suddenly seemed possible, so I enrolled in a Bachelor of Circus Arts—determined to make my mark on the new wave of 21st century circus.
I trained in a range of circus skills at NICA, specialising in Swinging Trapeze, but I knew my future was with hoops—super portable, super fun and anyone could get involved, any age, anywhere in the world with just a little bit of practice.
I’ve performed and taught hoola hooping in Nepal, New York, North Korea, Melbourne, Zagreb, London, Paris, Poland, Mexico, Somalia, you name it, I’ve hooped there. I feel really lucky to have had done this and to have made such great friends touring all over the world. Along the way I was semi-finalist in both Britian’s Got Talent and Australia’s Got Talent. Believe.
Lately I’ve been working with musicians, fashion houses and young brands to incorporate fun and hoops into their shows and events. I’ve hooped on stage with Major Lazer, Brodinksi, Olivia Newton John, Mapei and Spankrock and Gonzales; spun hoops for Opening Ceremony, Kenzo, Jonathan Saunders and curated my own events at fashion weeks in London and Paris. I love big festivals and fashion week parties the best, places where hoola hoops are totally unexpected and make the crowd go CRAZY.
Through a series of workshops in 2012 Marawa’s Majorettes was launched, a glittering team of hoop performers that amazed crowds as official entertainment for the London Olympics. The Majorettes also teach and perform regularly in the UK. Check out the Majorette’s page if you’d like to get involved.
I love teaching. I love performing. I love working on interesting projects. Most of all I LOVE making new friends all over the world. My postcard game is epic.
If you’d like to work with me, see Bookings, if you’re interested in learning to hoop or hosting an event, see Workshops and get over to The Hoopermarket. I’m always keen to connect on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of it, so get it touch already
Conquer the world with hoops!