We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Says and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
What we do at HoopCubed is all about bringing joy and health to the community. You can’t take hula hooping too seriously, since you’re literally playing with a toy! Giving people the opportunity and freedom to move their bodies in a fun way that doesn’t require fancy tools is priceless in a world that can look grim so often.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a hoop dancer, there is a lot that sets me apart in our community. I’m short, chubby, and not in my 20’s. But highlighting what makes me different is what makes HoopCubed accessible, and shows other people “hey, if she can do that, so can I!”. The beauty of the hoop is that with the right size, anyone can do it, so it’s an amazing equalizer. As a yoga instructor, I hope that I show others that you don’t have to look a certain way to succeed in these practices. It wasn’t always easy getting past that body image “block” in my own head, especially in videos and photos, and it’s still something I struggle with today. I’ve learned that you’re never done growing, never done learning, and those curves and bumps in life are what make us strong and grateful. One lesson that has helped me grow more than anything is “say yes now, and figure it out later.” Take a chance, let those who love you lift you up, and chase whatever it is you want to do. You need someone else in your corner? HoopCubed is more than just hoop dance and yoga, we’re here to help you become your best amazing self.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ahhh let’s pretend there is no pandemic ok! On a Friday night, we’d definitely make it to a Dem Damn Dames burlesque show at Numbers and see some of my favorite performers here in Houston. An afternoon at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston to drool over all the modern art. A hoop/yoga session on the lawn at Menil Park. Then pizza rolls from Franks downtown, and drinks at Okra (along with an order of their milk and cookies!).
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to every amazing person who has walked into a hoop class I’ve taught, had no idea what to expect, and had the courage to come in anyway. Those people are the ones who inspire me! And of course, shoutout to my fabulous husband, who has always supported me in every way, encouraging me to travel the world to teach my craft.