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...
You Won’t Believe the Looks on these Hooper Faces!

You Won’t Believe the Looks on these Hooper Faces!

Concentration is key to many things. Focus, determination, and dedication are required in addition to concentration to improve yourself as a hooper. There is a consequence to being so dedicated, however. Concentration face is a real epidemic that is sweeping the hooping community by storm as we focus on the appearance of our transitions and combinations and leave the appearance of our face to be determined on its own. Also commonly referred to as “derp faces”, Concentration Face (CF) has affected beginners and experts alike, and everyone in between. Below is a compilation of hilariously wonderful concentration face pictures. Just know, you are not alone. We all exhibit concentration face at times. And we should embrace our CF!     “Shhh I’m hooping.”   Anne Marshall, photo by FotoVet Photography       “I’m a model.” Ciera Savage, photo by FotoVet Photography     “Pretty Colors!” Jayson Halgren       “Whoa that’s a little close to my face.”   Joseph Lastowski       “Well this is embarassing.” Madison Graves       “Why are you taking pictures? WHY?!” Naomi Schaffhausen     “Feelin my hoop, feelin my self!” Racquel Devoreah Pixler       “Just keep spinning, just keep spinning.” Tree Sa       “Hoop in the air and I just don’t care!” Yvonne Elise Early     “I’m jumping through this hoop so hard right now.” Melissa Stockwell, photo by Sylvie Koseff     “I’m rockin this hoop right now!”     “What are these things on my hands?” Orlala Wentink     “Did you see what just happened?!” Ally Fulena     ********** “Enter...
Expectations of Free Lessons in the Hooping Community

Expectations of Free Lessons in the Hooping Community

While participating in a social media discussion, other hooping instructors and I were producing rich content and the conversation was so full of insight that I decided to create an interview-based article. I also decided to ask in the group “Business for Flow Artists” and gathered some insight there from other flow artists. This article can provide some detailed insight to members of the hooping community. However, this article is mostly meant for those who would like to start teaching or have recently started teaching classes. We as instructors want to spread information and awareness about this controversial topic. We want everyone to understand our point of view as instructors who receive income from getting paid to teach people how to hoop dance (and how to get fit doing it). Sometimes, we depend on that income to pay our bills and keep things afloat. The topic was how frequently we run into the expectation of free teaching for classes and lessons. How can we change this and be taken more seriously in the field of teaching hooping and hoop dance? Missy Cooke’s response: “In my area yoga ranges from free – $15/class. Most places are less than $10. Zumba ranges from $5-10. Martial Arts ranges from $25-$200/month. Dance classes are $7-20/class. Businesses struggle at every price range. I think it helps to know who your market is, but even more basic, to constantly reinforce how you help. As an example, my students are moms and grad students who are stressed out, so I constantly talk about the mental health benefits of hooping, and cater my class to help them relax. These are the points...
How To Hoop Like you Had Years of Formal Dance Training

How To Hoop Like you Had Years of Formal Dance Training

Do you want to appear as if you had years of dancing classes when you were younger – even if you never stepped foot inside of a studio? I took some classes as a kid, but I never stayed in them for very long. I was sort of a quitter most of my life. I quit dance, gymnastics and most things I tried. I even quit trying to hula hoop! (GASP!) I was self-trained in my own expression and didn’t like to be told what to do. However, hooping taught me not to quit! Now, during and after performances, I am usually told that I look like I had dance classes for years! I am going to share some of my secrets. Here are some tips to fool your audience into thinking you had years of dance training. 1. Point Your Toes! A simple tip for any skill level. This doesn’t have to mean you walk around on your toes the whole time. Just pay attention to what your feet are doing when you lift them up. Even if you aren’t that flexible, it still makes you look like you know what you’re doing. 2. Don’t Just Stand There! Take up space! Move around as far and wide as you can, while being elegant and soft in your movements. Please don’t record your videos vertically. You will find yourself out of the frame if you’re moving around far enough. Try not to wear a small hole in the grass by staying in one spot. You will want to cover ground and dance! 3. Practice Spinning Yeah, we all get super dizzy...
5 Resting Moves to Catch your Breath During Performances

5 Resting Moves to Catch your Breath During Performances

  Even the most fit and experienced performers get tired, eventually. When you’re getting out of breath, sweating, and losing your cool, you need to slow down but may need to keep performing. Times like these require the “resting moves” I will list and explain below. Some of these moves may not be for resting for you personally. Consider how well and how easily you can do these moves before adding them to your list of performance resting moves. Ideally, you should have a very high skill set and be able to do many advanced things in both directions before starting to perform. Consider these things when you’re starting out. 1. Slow Isolations Do as many low energy variations on them as you can think of. Avoid doing horizontal line or ghosting isolations as those require some additional energy. Let your one arm rest behind your back while the other arm does some low-energy isolations. Switch between forward and backward (clockwise and counter-clockwise) isolations. 2. Leg/Knee Hooping   If you aren’t super duper comfortable with this, you may want to avoid it. I can leg hoop in my sleep and never mess it up so I use it when I am exhausted during a performance. You can also use this move to fix your hair and still impress your crowd instead of stopping to fix your hair. “Wow did you see that? She fixed her hair while she was still hooping!” – like an efficient pro! 3. Foot Hooping One of the most relaxing and rejuvenating moves you can do is to lay on the floor and do a...