Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
I asked her what she thought was unique about herself and she had an amazing response:
The only hoops I’ve ever used are Pulsar hoops. Plus I’m trying to branch out my network in the flow community by actually posting flow videos consistently. I’ve been picking up my hoop again lately and I’m drilling a bunch of new moves. I’m super confident in my silk fans flow and I’m even noticing progress with my poi that I’d like to start sharing with the world. I’ve been feeling so disconnected from our flow family and flow in general this last several months, but now that I’m getting back into it and back to myself, I think I’m ready to make the leap into the social media world.
What makes you unique and a good fit for the team?
I took a six month break from flow arts last year and during that time I really lost my confidence and my motivation to keep learning. But since picking it back up at the beginning of this year, I’ve realized that sometimes the only thing that can keep you going during the dark times is moving your body. And once I started flowing again, for myself, not for the camera or for giving light shows, I remembered that it’s not about anything other than connecting our souls to the music and letting ours bodies release the darkness to create the light. I’ve also noticed that when you put more time and energy into learning how to do something you love, you get better pretty quickly. So, I guess I’m back to share this journey with anyone else who’s ever felt unmotivated or stuck in theirs.
What inspired you to start your journey:
Back in 2021, while we were waiting for festivals to come back, I ended up in a group chat with a ton of amazing humans getting ready for Imagine Music Festival and within that group I found my now best friend who had just started her poi journey. After meeting one time in person and having a chance to just watch her create this beautiful story with her body and her light up balls on strings, I was hooked.
A little bit more about Darla:
I lived in Japan for three years teaching English before moving back to the states during the pandemic and teaching kids abroad online from my home classroom. I’m currently bartending and saving up to ideally travel as much as possible while I figure out the next step in my teaching journey. I’ve been in the rave community since my first festival, Mysteryland NY 2016 and have since been to almost every location of EDC (Japan, Korea, Las Vegas and Orlando) as well as countless other festivals around the world and local raves in Philadelphia where I’ve lived for the last 3 years. One of my life goals is to attend every EDC in the world.
What is your favorite music genre to flow to?
Melodic bass house and DnB
Do you flow with any other props? If so what are some of your other favorites?
My first prop was poi but I also love my hoops (obvs), and my silks (fans and veil poi).
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