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...
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...
So, I Can Hoop Around My Waist. Now What?

So, I Can Hoop Around My Waist. Now What?

YEAH!!!!! I can hoop around my waist, but where do I go from here? As a beginning hooper I found myself asking that same question. Hmmmm. I guess I will just start tossing and throwing the hoop around, jump through there; maybe a little something like this…… That was fun! I want to learn some tricks. So obviously my first thought was to look videos up on my computer on YouTube. I decided to look up beginning hula hooping, video overload! I randomly start watching videos, a few seconds here, few minutes there. It has now become sensory overload. I excitedly run back out and grab my hoop to try all this craziness I just saw. Ugh. So I go back to hooping on my waist while scratching my head. Sound familiar?   I thought I would gather up a few videos and tutorials that will hopefully give you some ideas and inspiration in your early hooping discovery. Have Fun! The Vortex This is probably one of the first moves that many people learn. It only makes sense; the hoop is on your waist and you want to get it above your head. In this tutorial, Deanne Love from HoopLovers shows us several different versions of the vortex.     Isolations Isolations are great for a couple of reasons: 1) You don’t have to have the hoop on your body 2) These are great exercises for your arms and shoulders! The first video from GemGen breaks down the basic concept of a one-handed isolation. The video is a bit long but she does a wonderful job of explaining. She also...
Beginner Hoop Isolations: Step by Step Instruction

Beginner Hoop Isolations: Step by Step Instruction

Here are my tips that I teach my students in my classes. Here is how to do isolations and how to keep them controlled and “isolated” in the same spot. Isolations are very important to learn and are a pre-requisite for many tricks you will learn down the road. 1. Start on the floor, so that your hoop cannot fall downwards. 2. Practice in a mirror. Keep a body part in the exact center of your hoop circle. Such as your head. 3. Here’s the trickiest part, letting go and then re-gripping. See photos below. Also refer to #4.   4.  Do not let go of your hoop unless you are holding the top of your hoop! Only let go if you are in the blue area! See photo below. Keep your grip tight during the entire orange section. Picture the hoop as a steering wheel that is bolted solid and cannot move. It can only turn in the circle. (see step 5 & 6 below photo) 5. Now, try it standing up! You can use your other hand to place under the bottom of the hoop to prevent it from going downward. Then, take it away and just use your one hand to hold the hoop and isolate in the circle. Your arms are going to hurt, but that’s good news! That means you are making new muscles and will get toned arms! 6. Are you looking in the mirror? Is everything straight? No? Then refer back to the blue section of the hoop photo above. Are you only letting go at the blue section? Are you keeping a...
An article on Sharna Rose – Inspiring, Unique and Amazing

An article on Sharna Rose – Inspiring, Unique and Amazing

This is an article dedicated to one of the most unique, inspiring and skilled hoopers I have ever seen. If you haven’t seen her specific flow style, you will want to check it out. She has been hooping for 10 years and is a true veteran of the dance. I know I am not the only one who has been inspired by her. So I went and found a bunch of people who wanted to say how much she means to them and how she has affected them.   What I think: Sharna inspires me to turn off the computer, turn off social media, forget everything I have learned so far and make my own results. She makes me desire to break away from the expected skills that most hoopers have and to explore my hoop in new ways. She makes me drop the nagging thoughts in my head where I am focused on keeping everything clean and following the “rules”. She truly has come up with so many things and new tricks that the community would not have if it wasn’t for her. Shannon Heichel: “Sharna is so creative and does things in ways I wouldn’t even think of! She always adds a twist to the moves we all know and love with a wow factor” Jennifer Dennehy: “As a hoop dance performer, teacher and choreographer who comes from the dance world, I have always valued clean lines and planes with the body and hoop. Sharna amazes and surprises me because she challenges what I value within hoop dance, she mucks up her lines and planes and it...
Brain Tips for Muscle Memory With Double Hoops

Brain Tips for Muscle Memory With Double Hoops

By the time you pick up your second hoop, you likely already have the muscle memory down in your dominant hand, and your natural current. Your non-dominant side probably feels pretty foreign, so you will want to practice spinning on that side. Caterina Suttin shares some effective exercises to help speed up the process of training your muscle memory on both sides in this tutorial “Drills for Twins Practice”, filmed at Sacred Circularities in Bali. Now you’re feeling a bit more comfortable with your ‘left’ side, it’s time to exercise our brain to establish a connection with both sides. The key to this, is where you bring your focus. You already *know* how to draw flowers with your right side, and keep the hoop on a clean vertical plane, but you feel your left side is still sloppy. Maybe you keep going, naturally, keeping that clean plane on the dominant side, while the other hoop is spinning more and more out of control, until finally, it flies out of your hands, or manages to swing up and hit you in the face. “WHYYYYY?!” Now, we have to evaluate what went wrong, and how do we get our ‘left’ side to stop being so lazy, and straighten out that plane? We shift our focus from the right side, to do this, we area really tuning in to where our mind, and body are paying attention to, and work on thinking and feeling, focusing on the hoop in our left hand. So although you are spinning two hoops at once, you are really only concentrating on the parts of yourself that feel awkward. Eventually with practice,...