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, aerial hoop, stretch & contortion, juggling, poi, martial arts, yoga and more!

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 – ring leader/hoop mamma 

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 – aerial, dance, stretch & contortion

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.


Rowan Garton – martial artist

Aikido has been Rowan’s passion since the first time he stepped on to the tatami mats in 2014. He studied Philosophy, Ethics, and Religion at university and in 2016 started his teaching experience through work experience. Upon graduating in 2017 teaching aikido became a full-time job and it has been ever since. 
Rowan teaches afterschool clubs and evening classes for juniors and adults of all ages and of classes of up to 30 at a time. 

In 2020 he completed a Personal Training qualification and has since gained experience of working in a gym; both teaching classes, and on a 1to1 basis with clients. 
In 2021 he completed Yoga Teacher Training and has since started to build a career out of his 2nd passion Yoga.


Steve Pike – circus skills

Steve Pike has been a professional juggler and multi skilled entertainer since 1998 and has worked all over the U.K. and abroad, he has even featured on German TV.

He has performed at hundreds of venues – festivals, nightclubs, weddings, medievel banquets, shopping centres and schools and colleges.

he has taught thousands of people to juggle over the years and also ran the Nottingham juggling club for five years.


Vic Rupsin – poi 

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. 

Christina Tsoutsi – drama queen

Christina is a Greek Theatre Maker and Facilitator who studied at Iasmos Drama School under a scholarship, and in 2018, she graduated from Nottingham College with a BA hons in Theatre Arts. Cristina specializes in making theatre that unleashes young people’s sense of honesty and play and inspires them to be creative and find confidence through the arts.

Equipment for schools

We also provide equipment for schools to purchase. Beginners’ standard hoops are made in MDPE 20mm plastic with pro gaff grip (they are not the flimsy PE hoops, and are not the big, weighted hoops, they are dance sized beginner hoops – one size up from poly pro tubing)

Bundles of 10 hula hoops – £110

Poly Pro hula hoops – once the basics are mastered on beginners’ hoop, we move up on to poly pro, these are perfect for circus, dance, tricks and gymnastics.

10 poly pro hula hoops – £150

Hermes postage will be added to prices – or can be delivered during a workshop booking

Nicole Windle – expert yogi

Nicole has been teaching and guiding students since 2015 with over 300 hours of training. She studied in India and she teaches mainly Vinyasa Flow & Yin Yoga styles, bringing Yin & Yang elements to her classes.

She helps people to come into the present moment, by connecting their body with their breath whilst helping to bring flow to their practice.She has mainly taught adults Yoga & Meditation throughout her career and teaches for school students on behalf of Nottingham University. She believes Yoga & Meditation is essential to help create calm, focused and less reactive people, of all ages.