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!...
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...
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...