Foot Hooping Behind the Back Pass with BABZ

Foot Hooping Behind the Back Pass with BABZ

Check out the newest tutorial from Babz!!! She teaches you in slow motion how to do this awesome behind the back pass to your foot!!! We all know Babz. She’s been teaching us how to do hooping tricks for as long as we can remember. Babz is a great teacher. She slows down moves as well as shows them at all angles to help you better learn! Be sure to check out all of her great tutorials on...
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,...
Labeling Hooper Styles and Flow Types

Labeling Hooper Styles and Flow Types

Photo above taken by Dawn McClintock Throughout my journey, I have had all kinds of people telling me how to hoop, what I am doing “wrong”, that hooping without smiling is unprofessional or makes me look bored, that hooping without dancing isn’t really hooping, and that I wasn’t flowing because I wasn’t dancing to their specifications and what they consider “right. I am sure you have experienced this, too. I never have liked being told how to do things. That is the reason I started hooping. The freedom and versatility was something that made it awesome for me. For years I have seen/heard people talking about how some hoopers do this and some do that. Some hoopers trick, some hoopers dance, some flow, and so on. They are making observations that don’t necessarily need made or pointed out. Many of them are criticizing and discouraging their natural chosen speed or style. I say let’s STOP LABELING OTHERS. I say feel free to label your own style, if you wish. I understand it is human nature to label things, categorize them and find out where to put them in your mind. Let’s resist that and start thinking of hoopers as a unit – of all those who enjoy their hoops. However, let’s not limit ourselves either. Only you can choose what you feel you want out of your hooping. If you feel you want to explore all styles, you definitely should. If we all fit into one box, hooping would be super boring and predictable. We like to keep the surprise element alive. Not knowing what to expect from a...