Party with Cara Zara
by Tina Hicks – Charlotte Smarty Pants
Remember when you were a kid and found pure entertainment playing outside with a jump rope, chalk or piece of mulch to create hopscotch, or with a hula hoop? I hold many fond memories of giggling with my friends while playing these simple, fun games and getting some exercise at the same time. No, I did not know or care that I was burning those popsicle calories, but my large muscles were getting used and it was fun!
This summer I was invited, by one of our favorite advertisers at Charlotte Smarty Pants, to a FABULOUS and FUN birthday party that she was hosting. Cara Zara is a Hoop Dance Entertainer & Teacher. She performs at festivals, parties & corporate events throughout the Southeast. She also teaches the art & fitness of Hoop Dance to children in her after-school and summer camp programs.
This birthday party was held at Olde Providence Racquet Club for Ava Parks, who turned 7. It was a blast to watch all these children hooping to fun music, laughing and having fun! Now I am sure you are thinking, “There is no way this will be enjoyed by my child, they are too into itouch, DSI, dolls and other toys”. Smarties, you would be wrong! You will love watching them swing their hips to the music and with the same hula hoop that we all enjoyed endlessly.
When I arrived at the party, the children were getting tattoos painted on their arms with elaborate decorations, the birthday girl was hooping away center stage while her friends were getting blinged out. I was quite impressed with Miss Ava’s skills! In all my years of practicing at the hoop, I never could swing my hip like this chick and keep a hoop going around my waist. Her mother shared the secret with me, Ava took hooping with Cara Zara at her school. After getting adorned with beautiful tattoos, the kids began hooping. First, a few rules to keep everyone safe and then the real fun began. The music was so energetic, I wanted to jump up and dance! Anyone that knows me knows that I was truly biting my nails not to get up and bust a move! The children were taught how to move their hips, do tricks, hold their hoops and improvise to make everyone’s experience an unforgettable one!
Another thing that stood out was that Cara Zara was having a great time. I asked if she ever worked with active older adults as a form of exercise. She told me she really prefers working with the kids because it is much more fun for her and she loves to see the smiles and hear the laughter that comes along with her job! Awesome job Cara Zara and thanks for including me. We are fortunate to have the support of great advertisers in the Charlotte Smarty Pants family and it was an awesome experience to see one in action. Cara Zara has definitely earned our Smarty approval!