Schools & Colleges

Project Hoop – School of Circus Sessions

Our exciting School of Circus programme brings circus skills to your school, college or University. We have workshop sessions and ongoing class packages where students can learn the fundamentals of hula hoop, and/or aerial hoop, along with stretch & contortion, poi and yoga.

Your students can experience hoop as a prop for a performance or as a physical fitness activity. Our School of Circus offers something different to the conventional norm in the hope of showing people that learning physical skill doesn’t have to be confined within the traditional dance or PE lesson.

Students will have fun whilst learning new skills, building strength and developing confidence. These disciplines and be used in performing arts to develop unique creative styles and to enhance students’ flow and performance skills.

Our experienced teachers and practitioners regularly work with local schools and colleges and understand how to enable leaners to progress at a developmental pace with guidance and support.

The sessions are open to all abilities and students don’t need any prior experience. We cater for all ages and abilities, including SEN. Many young people do not experience any aspect of circus as prop for performance or as a physical activity and it is our intention to address this and make circus accessible to all. Perfect for activity days, enrichment, and events.

Meet the team

RoRo – Rochene Johnston

Hoop star, trickster, and teacher. She will happily put you all into a spin as she shows off trickery, speed and vivacity; all with a side of circus.

Rochene Johnston is an established hooper and the director of Project Hoop. In 2015, she took up hula hooping as both a hobby and a form of escapism when things were at a low point in her life. It wasn’t long before she became obsessively nerdy with hula hooping and decided to turn her passion into her profession.

In 2017 she decided to take her prior teaching experience as a schoolteacher and college lecturer and started her own company: Project Hoop. She is now a well-known Hula Hooper, teacher, and performer. She is often credited for being passionate, inventive, and motivational, bringing so much more than hoop into the lives of those she meets.

Additional to teaching hoop regularly in circus schools, and training students privately for circus, National circus, and Circomedia, she also facilitates workshops for schools, colleges, charities, communities and circus organisations around the UK.

She has extensive experience in performing both online and in-person and has taught for numerous hoop companies. She has showcased her talents at The European Juggling convention, Spinning @, Camp Wildfire, Barefoot festival, Timbre festival, Splendour festival and Gloworm festival.

Besides featuring on the BBC’s This Girl Can, she has also hosted a variety of youth outreach and charity projects (such as working with refugees as Hoops for Humanity in Athens) and has done Hoopstars charity auctions.

RoRo is a qualified teacher with QTS, a level 5 and 6  Diploma in Education and a BA Hons Media studies.


Michaela – Amber

Amber is a trained dancer and international aerial performer based in the UK.

With a background in classical ballet and ballroom dancing, Micaela has trained aerial intensively for the past 4 years and placed first for the past two years in the International Pole and Aerial Tournament aerial hoop and silks categories. She has also won first place in regional competitions in the southwest.

Amber/Micaela regularly performs internationally (Maldives, Italy, Spain, Singapore, Monaco) and has built a reputation around her fast-spinning aerial hoop performances and dynamic silks routines.

She seeks to guide and inspire others who share the same passion.


Vic Rupsin

Director of Poietry In Motion Vic has over 8 years experience as a fire and poi performer working at various festivals, corporate events and parties throughout the UK.

Teaching basic poi techniques Vic’s focus is getting people of any and all abilities engaged in poi, building upper body fitness, flexibility and improving hand/eye coordination.