Translator: Bonnie Dekker
Reviewer: Denise RQ (Music) (Applause) (Applause) (Applause) (Applause) (Applause) (Applause) (Applause) (Applause) (Music) (Applause) (Applause) (Applause) (Applause) (Applause) (Cheering) (Applause) (Applause) (Applause) (Cheering) It’s a great exercise. I’m sweating. I love it. And thank you. I love you. Thank you, TEDx. (Applause) This is really what keeps me going. Your applause, and your energy
that you’re giving back to me. That’s the food for a performance artist. I’m a professional hula hoop dancer, teacher, and I’m traveling around the world
performing and teaching. I also make hula hoops,
not these LED ones, but for adults and for kids, a little bit thicker with glitter tape. They’re very pretty. What did I do before I hula hooped? Sometimes I’m asking myself that also. But it was actually
just five and a half years ago that I found hula hooping. I’ve got to share some things with you. When I was 17, I was actually a drug dealer. Yeah. I was misusing quite heavy drugs. Yeah. I went to rehab. (Applause) Some people would never guess that. But yeah, I went to rehab. I was there for one year. That was absolutely the worst thing
I’ve been going through in my life, but also the best. I got the time to look inside myself. I got the time to actually — “Hmm, yeah, what I’m looking for
is actually myself.” So, I started to get interested in yoga. There is where my flexibility
is coming from. Anyway, I came out of rehab, and after school, I was directly
going out and traveling. I had a very light backpack, and I looked on the map, “Where do I go? Mexico! Yeah, sure.” So I went to Mexico. Alone, yes. I was 19. I backpacked down to Guatemala. And there, I saw
this beautiful, hippie Rastafarian girl playing with a hula hoop. I was like, “Wow, that’s so beautiful.
I want to learn that.” So I started to practice. I didn’t have anything else
really to do, so why not? I hula hooped, and I looked
at YouTube videos. “What’s she doing? Oh, OK. I’ll try it. Oh, yeah, I made it. Another one.” So it was YouTube that was teaching me. And I went back home. Home at the time was Oslo.
I had my base there. And I started to do street performance. That was the first performance I did. And people stopped by, and they smiled, and they said sweet,
nice compliments to me, and they also gave me money in a hat. So I realized, “Hmm, this is quite fun.
I can earn my own money. plus I’d make people happy
by doing something that I love to do, and I’m finding very naturally. Good combo.” So I kept doing this. I went to parties, some festivals. I started to sow my costumes
and putting crazy make-up on me. And I could just put
all my creativity into the hoop. That was really — that is really fun. Suddenly, I was in a festival in Ørland. And I just had a fire performance. I’m doing this with fire also. (Laughter) I just have a scar here
somewhere from Liseberg. The last days. That’s included in the work. A 45-ish-year-old man came up to me, and said to me after the show, “This is the most beautiful thing
I’ve seen in my whole life.” And when he said it,
I really felt that he meant it. And then I was thinking, “Wow, if I can give this 45-year-old man the most beautiful experience
he’s had in his whole life, that must mean
that I should keep doing this, and also that this is
not only entertainment. It’s not only a show.
It’s something more.” That was the point where I really started
to take responsibility. I started to respond to my ability. Responsibility. (Applause) It’s quite an interesting word
when we break it down. Life can be very simple, but I promise, I also make it
very complicated sometimes. But at least, I have my hoop then. It’s glittery, plastic. Sometimes it’s bling bling,
and sometimes fire. But it’s a hoop. It’s a circle. And as infinite as the hoop is, is also the possibility
to move and dance with the hoop. When I started to invent
my own hula hoop tricks, “Wow! Wow, what was that?
OK, I’ll try that again,” then I also started to see
circles everywhere. That must mean, for me, that there are endless possibilities
for what we can create in life, as well. I think how we change the world is to connect what makes you really happy
and what makes you shine, and then, you’re changing
the rest of the world because we are a part of the hoop of life. Thank you. (Applause)