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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... read more
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!... read more
3 Funky But Useful Tips for Hoopers

3 Funky But Useful Tips for Hoopers

Hula hooping is so much more than just a plastic circle that goes around your waist. There’s a lot of thought, practice, hard work, and dedication that goes into hoop dancing. However, I never knew this when I started hooping and had to find out the hard way. There are some great tips I learned and taught myself along the way and I hope they help you too. They are a bit weird, if you ask me. Especially to someone who is new. So here ya go… three tips that are super useful for hoopers, but also a bit funky! Round n Round You know you’re teaching a new person to hoop when every other word out of your mouth is “spin.” This is a fundamental of hooping. If you don’t spin, you won’t get that trick down, and there will likely be a slew of hoop-to-face action, which is never fun. Almost all on-body moves require spinning. Spin spin spin. Think you “just can’t do a trick?” You’re probably not spinning. Can’t get the vortex down for the life of you? You’re probably not spinning. There’s no way your hoop ever stays on your knees! You’re not spinning are you? There are lots of off-body moves that you should not spin for, including but not limited to isolations, chest rolls and anti-spins. Yes, being a bit dizzy is part of the game.    Go with it I love this one. It’s great, you essentially make your mess ups a totally sick new move, go along with it. It’s hard to explain, but instead of saying “Ah, I messed... read more
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... read more
3 Beginner Hula Hoop Moves to Build From

3 Beginner Hula Hoop Moves to Build From

Well, hello there you fabulous new hooper you. That hoop looks good on you! Welcome to the circle, my friend. Let me help you rock it out even more. If you got waist hooping down and you’re looking to progress your hula hoop skills on the fly, here are your core three basic moves. Of course, for every hooper, the process is different, but I think these will start you off spectacularly! Get these sweet moves down, and you’ll unlock a treasure chest of other moves to stem off the basics, promise!   The Vortex Yes, it’s as cool as it sounds. This move is such an integral part of hooping, and it’s super pretty. This is the first move I learned, and it’s the first thing I teach those who want to learn to hoop. Vortex A video posted by Nina – Hooper And Expolorer (@that_hooplife) on Oct 9, 2015 at 10:14am PDT KEY: Spin. I can’t stress this enough. Spinning is the key to nailing this trick instead of nailing your ear (which really hurts, by the way). Don’t forget to spin until completion.   Isolation Let’s start off with just the basic isolation. There’s a slew of others to follow! Mix this up with the vortex so you’re not just studying one thing. Isolations are a wicked illusion where it looks like the hoop doesn’t move, but you do. Basic isolation A video posted by Nina – Hooper And Expolorer (@that_hooplife) on Oct 9, 2015 at 10:12am PDT KEY: Mirror. Doing this trick in the mirror will work wonders for you. You need to get it... read more

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