Hoop Tricks Is Merging Into The Spinsterz!

Hoop Tricks Is Merging Into The Spinsterz!

A story of how Hoop Tricks was created, where it has been, and where it is going! The Spinsterz, which is my primary business, decided to use a little bit of its revenue and start a blog called Hoop Tricks. The blog was founded in 2009 as a place for hoopers to come to learn new tricks, read articles, and learn more about hooping than they may have ever needed to know! As I was writing and adding content to Hoop Tricks I continued to work hard on The Spinsterz as Hoop Tricks was not supporting itself financially. In 2012 I took a break from Hoop Tricks and diverted my energy from an online space, into a physical space. I wanted to connect more with my local community so I did a fundraiser and over the course of 30 days I raised $10,000 which funded the Bend Circus Center. Bend Circus Center is a training facility for kids and adults who want to learn and improve their circus skills, balance, self-confidence and fun factor! Bend Circus Center is still running and doing well, bringing a lot of joy to people lives in the Bend Oregon area. Once the circus center was on it’s feet and running smoothly I dove back into Hoop Tricks head first with the intention of growing it substantially. I did a site re-design, hired a bunch of dedicated writers that were passionate about hooping, began a very active and popular instagram feed and really put a lot of time, energy and money into it. Hoop Tricks, though it has a very active community does not...
Hoop Dancing vs. Hooping – Passion and Energy

Hoop Dancing vs. Hooping – Passion and Energy

Photo above: Performance at SouthWoods in Titusville PA   Consider this a journal entry for  my thoughts on the matter, and how I personally feel about the topic. Hoop dance is my passion. Hooping is my exercise. I danced (mostly on my own, took some classes but quit early) throughout my life since childhood. I put dance on the back burner while learning how to master hooping, starting at age 25. Hooping for years brought me to the ability to combine them and hoop dance. It didn’t happen overnight, but it did come together after about 2 years. With each passing year, it gets more intense. I have now been hooping for over 3 and a half years. I am hoop dancing when I am showing and feeling passion in the art form and putting more energy in than when I am just hooping. I feel this is the difference between hooping and hoop dance. I feel a huge difference in cardio, muscle toning, and overall happiness when I am lost in my dance and purposely inputting much more energy than just hooping. I am taking up space, I am moving around in bigger areas, I am putting my body into different positions and making shapes. When I feel happy and energetic, I am hoop dancing. When I am in a rut or unhappy, I am usually just hooping and going through the motions. I can see and feel the difference. Spending a day hooping makes me feel good, but spending a day hoop dancing makes me feel complete, centered, and at peace. My hoop dance usually comes out...
Hoop Dance Warm Up Ideas with Videos

Hoop Dance Warm Up Ideas with Videos

Need some ideas for warming up before stretching and learning new hooping tricks?   Written Ideas: Run or briskly walk around the space Dance to a good song If able to waist hoop, do so while walking or slowly running around the space Jumping jacks   Video Ideas: Stretching Tips: No static stretching until after you’re done working out. Muscles must be very warm before doing them. What are static stretches? When your body is at rest and you stretch and hold the stretch for 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Dynamic active stretching is when you use momentum to stretch and don’t surpass your static stretching ability. Moves such as slow toe touches (without holding it), little circles and big circles with your arms, rotating hips side to side, or anything with movement without holding fall into this category.   I hope this helps, and happy hooping!...
Ankle Hooping (Below the Knees) Tutorial – Intermediate

Ankle Hooping (Below the Knees) Tutorial – Intermediate

Alycia says: “Some tips on hooping below the knees. Save your beautiful tapes and don’t do this on cement. Inside hooping is way better. (For once) I said don’t try it in grass, BUT DO TRY IT IN GRASS ! You may be able to make it work once you’ve gotten the trick down itself. The grass will just slow the hoop down, as frustrating as grass wedgies. Bare legs make hooping below the knees so much easier. (I struggled a bit with this tutorial).  Pre requisites would be knee hooping, and another one I didn’t mention the “Kick Start”, (starting the hoop from the ground, and bringing it up your...
NEW Impressive Hoop Dance Demo Video with Lila Margaux

NEW Impressive Hoop Dance Demo Video with Lila Margaux

Lila Margaux of Lila Chupa Hoops just released her demo video and it is breathtaking. Exceptional hula hoop skills and 3 incredible locations. You can find her facebook page here: facebook.com/LilaChupaHoops.  She lives in Paris, France. Hoopdancer : Lila Chupa-Hoops // www.lilachupahoops.com Video : Raphaël Caputo //www.metlili.net Location 1 : Observatoire de Clamart, France. Location 2 : Cité Abraxas de Noisy-le-Grand, France. Location 3 : Parking, France.  ...
Why Hoopers Should Use YouTube More Often

Why Hoopers Should Use YouTube More Often

You may have noticed that YouTube hooping videos aren’t getting the same attention as they used to. Yeah, we know the ads can get irritating and being taken away to another screen can take a few seconds longer than we like. However, the benefits outweigh the disadvantages! Why should hoopers spend more time with YouTube? 1. You can search for videos you want to watch. You can then sort the results by upload date, type, length, video quality, view count, popularity and more. 2.  You can get email notifications when your favorite hoopers upload new videos if you subscribe to their channel. 3. You can use way more songs without getting in trouble for using them. I recommend using the YouTube audio library and their list of ad supported music. 4.  You can monetize your videos to earn cash if your videos get lots of views and traffic! Typically, it takes around several hundred thousand views to be profitable, but hey you can always try. However, you can only monetize videos that don’t use most music. Tutorials are an excellent way to make some money this way, as long as you don’t use copyright music in it. Consult the audio library list in #3 to see which songs you can use and monetize. 5.  You can slow the videos down or speed them up while you watch them! Turning videos into instant slow mo tutorials! Here’s how: Article on how to adjust YouTube video speed 6.  You can choose your level of video quality (low quality all the way to Ultra HD). This allows you to watch videos in low...
Autumn Hoop Dance Meditation in Movement by Alycia Betts

Autumn Hoop Dance Meditation in Movement by Alycia Betts

Alycia’s words about this video: “Are you on the path to self discovery, or are you struggling to find your way? A good place to start would be asking yourself “What are you passionate about?” A question was asked to me a few years ago, “What is your favourite sense?” When I replied, my answer felt forced, it was “sight”. Sight is not my favourite sense, my vision is actually pretty horrible. Touch, is what I wanted to say. It just didn’t seem like an answer I was ready to explain, really I just didn’t know myself, and why I felt that way. Feeling, from emotion, to physically feeling something or someone is such a powerful sense, our eyes can fool us, but the way we feel is no joker. This circle, I don’t need to see it. Every movement is felt, the energy is felt, I understand the way it moves, I knock it off course sometimes as life knocks us off course, but I understand things happen, laugh and keep spinning. This circle has taught me so much, and continues to give me all the space to allow me to grow. When I didn’t fully understand that I had gotten too comfortable with being locked up, this circle saved me from anxiety’s cage. It has sparked up passion and creativity inside of me, taught me to daydream. This circle is my mentor. It is a reflection of myself and the world around me, and when I grow with the hoop, I grow as a person, I connect with myself even deeper, Hooping is my meditation. I want...
Floor Hooping Tech Progress Video by Merilei Mandelin

Floor Hooping Tech Progress Video by Merilei Mandelin

Merilei Mandelin takes her hoop dance to the floor during her practice and inspires us to try some new moves. What can YOU do while on the floor? The YouTube video description reads: “Merilei Mandelin of MoodforHoop is working some new movements with the hoop on the ground 😉 www.vannetanssi.fi Music: Until We Go Down by Ruelle MoodforHoop Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL5G… MoodforHoop Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moodforhoop?…”...
Autumn 2015 Hooping with Casey Acacia

Autumn 2015 Hooping with Casey Acacia

Casey Acacia blows our minds with her hooping skills in this video uploaded to YouTube by Circus Dynamics. This video features single hooping, mini hooping, double hooping, and multiples hooping all in one. “It was a lovely autumn day at the park yesterday, so we made a little video of Acacia jamming out with her hoops.” Visit the Circus Dynamics facebook page at facebook.com/CircusDynamics “Acacia hooping at Gov. Notte Park RI on October 7, 2015. www.circusdynamics.com Music: Gramatik – The Swing Of Justice (Street Bangerz Vol. 3!)”  ...
Therapeutic Hoop Dance by Brooke Ramsay

Therapeutic Hoop Dance by Brooke Ramsay

Brooke Ramsay, performance page Brooke Reckless experiences a therapeutic hoop dance on a bright and beautiful day. She hoops along side a friend and soaks up some great weather. Notice her leg work and dance style with the hoop. Check her other videos out on the same YouTube channel. Brooke’s video song is by Troyboi, called “On My Own”  ...
Halloween Hooping with Brie Mealey!

Halloween Hooping with Brie Mealey!

Brie Mealey put together an excellent Halloween hooping video for our watching pleasure! With several locations, lots of decorations and full costume, she didn’t cut any corners. Her hooping is excellent and inspiring as well!  Her YouTube video description says: “Hello! My name is Brie Mealey and I’ve been hooping for a little over 10 months. Here’s a Halloween themed video I put together that I hope you enjoy!”...
Under-Charging for Hooping Products and Services

Under-Charging for Hooping Products and Services

  A recent topic of discussion in the hooping community lately is under-charging for products. More specifically, hoop shops that are charging only for the price of materials (or less than that). This article is going to provide some insight on how this is damaging to everyone, and damaging the shops that are charging low prices. This article will also touch on why it is a good idea to charge a decent amount for hoop services (such as classes) as well. You should be compensated for your time and effort, even if you feel you should sacrifice them for the beginning of your new business opportunity. Burn-out and exhaustion is going to hit you hard if you continue to charge such low prices for so much work. You may not even realize how much work you are going to have to do. Especially if you are really great at making hoops and people get word of your low prices, you may be facing a challenge impossible to overcome. Best case scenario, you get popular and you will have to hire people to keep up with demand. How would you hire help for your shop if you can’t afford to pay yourself, due to the low prices you are asking? Once your prices go up to where the others’ are, will you still have customers? We are looking out for you and trying to help you see things that you may not be expecting! Katie Emmitt has been running her own hoop shop for years, Kemmitt Hoops Katie says: “Things you’re paying for (or paying for partially) when you purchase a hoop...
Lavender Room Hoop Dance by TranscenDance

Lavender Room Hoop Dance by TranscenDance

I was feeling incredibly proud of this video and felt it deserved a share and feature. I edited it with fun effects and put a really awesome song in there from the YouTube audio library that goes well with the video and effects. The dance studio put in two new gorgeous dancing rooms recently in September. This one is my favorite color and I love the ballerina tapestry hanging on the wall as well. I encourage you all to make a trip to see us at A Dancer’s Reflection studio. Attend a class, workshop, event or party. Good times guaranteed! More information at these links: www.adancersreflection.com and www.facebook.com/HoopFitnessPlus. Do you like double hooping? Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvLJ9bliqy4...
Competition with Hooping: Discouraging or Motivating?

Competition with Hooping: Discouraging or Motivating?

Looking at the above picture, you may wonder why I chose it. The majority of hoopers wouldn’t ever dream of being able to compete with them, right? You have to train your life away from the time you are born. However, they are extremely inspiring and make us think about our skills. The question remains: is competition good or bad in hooping? Is it motivating to those who want to get better or is it just discouraging to those who aren’t as confident? If you’re a beginner or intermediate hooper, you’re likely to say “No! Competition is terrible and discouraging!”. That is how I felt when I was in my first years of this wonderful activity. Now that I have gained experience and wisdom over the years, I am starting to feel that competition is good for hoopers, helping them to reach their goals and get better than they would be otherwise. Every time I feel a sense of competition that makes me feel uneasy, I realize the only healthy way to deal with it is to step up my game and get on another level, a more unique level or a higher level. Many people will experience envy, jealousy or feel threatened in response to their sense of competition with others. Hooping is super sensitive because of how extremely passionate everyone can be about it. It is “their calling” or “their dream”. They can have a sense of ownership over it and sometimes struggle to share. If they deal with it in an unhealthy way, competition can destroy them and destroy their relationships.  It can make them turn sour...
A Hoop Dance Tribute Video to Marium Akhter

A Hoop Dance Tribute Video to Marium Akhter

Several members of the Facebook Group, “You Know You’re Addicted to Hooping When...?” pay tribute to Marium Akhter (World Hoop Ambassador) who suddenly passed away July 2015. The group performs to a song by one of her favorite american artists, Michael Jackson. Gone, but she will never be forgotten. Enjoy! Sheila Sumrell, administrator of the facebook group mentioned above, put this video together for all of us. Thank you, Sheila! ...
The Citiva Creationz Flow Family Collaboration Video!

The Citiva Creationz Flow Family Collaboration Video!

Finally, what we all have been waiting for! The collaboration video of the Citiva Creationz Flow Family! Featuring owner Jess Harmon and sponsored hoopers Shasta Stapleton, Ji-Young, Erika Collins, Nikki Osier, Melissa Stockwell, Alexis Collier, Felicia Holland, Monica Marie, Sydney Quick, Tiffany Hancock, and Ali Williams!  All hoops featured in this video are colored polypro hoops made by www.citivacreationz.com We’re also on Etsy! CitivaCreationz.etsy.com Facebook.com/CitivaCreationz Instagram: @citivacreationz Songs in the video: GriZ- Gettin’ Life (PureBells Edit) and The Floozies- Stuntin’ This video was edited and put together by Tiffany Hancock. Thank you,...