Meet Pinto Bella

Meet Pinto Bella

Hi. I’m Katie Pinto. I am a teacher and performer home basing in Bend, Oregon. I’m a nomad at heart and take my hoops and Ukulele on tour a couple times each year. I don’t want to get burnt out on any single subject so I find myself teaching music, yoga, Hula Hooping, CPR, first aid, fire safety, flow arts, and interesting combinations of all of the above.

To learn more about my musician side visit Pinto Bean Music

I went to college in Wisconsin for teaching, performance, art and business and came out of it with an undergraduate degree in Music Liberal Arts (Voice and Piano) and Business Administration, a certificate in Fine Arts Management, and a Masters in Business Administration. I like to tell kids that it is absolutely awesome to join the circus . . . just go to school first.

Mixed in there I completed my Yoga Teacher Trainings and Thai Yoga Therapy Training at White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, CA. I also studied Restorative Yoga at Joy Yoga in Arlington, MA and am completing my Aerial Yoga training here in Bend, OR at Tula Movement Arts this spring!

Once upon a time I was a Hoopnotica certified instructor. That’s not really “a thing” anymore but I appreciate the teaching tech and language I gained from their curriculum. I have also completed the Punk Rock Hoops training in Texas and loved their approach to the business side.

Combining my experience in Yoga, Thai Yoga Therapy, and hula hooping, I created “PBH Hoop Yoga Fusion” and have offered teacher trainings for this program in Florida, Wisconsin, and Rhode Island. Oregon is next on the list!

My current goals include finishing my Hoop Yoga Fusion resource book and my first children’s book, learn “My guitar gently weeps” on Ukulele, and to hold a head or hand stand without making weird concentration faces.

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Just for fun . . . here is my old Bio . . . July 1, 2014
I am called Pinto. I am a Hoopnotica certified instructor. I am a traveler. I am a dancer. I am a musician. I am a smile on a gloomy day. I am an artist. I am a teacher. I am a motivator. I am a business woman. I am a friend, a sister, a daughter.

I grew up in West Central Wisconsin and will always call that region “home.” It was there that I stumbled upon a hula hoop dancer during a trip to Madison and was inspired to try this movement myself. Without anyone to teach me, and with very few online resources at the time, I struggled to figure out what to do with this circle. It took me almost a month, and a much larger hoop, to finally keep it around my waist for more than half a minute. I was soon developing fitness classes for a local gym, and doing everything I could to continue learning from what slim resources and small community we had.

Fastforward three years . . . I have been living in Massachusetts for two years where I have had the opportunity to learn from professional hula hoopers from around the globe. I discovered companies like Hoopnotica and Punk Rock Hoops, through which I acquired certifications and learned even more techniques for teaching. I have worked with others to develop programs that combine the hula hoop with my experiences from performing, working at summer camps, directing choirs, teaching music, art and dance, organizing events, and choreographing for ensembles.

I am now traveling the country to share these experiences and skills with YOU and YOUR community.

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