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...
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...
“I Don’t Have Time for Hooping”… Or Do You?

“I Don’t Have Time for Hooping”… Or Do You?

Featured Image Created by Sara Bohnert   Often times, I see posts about busy people frustrated that they don’t have the time for hooping.  I have even seen people quit simply because they felt they didn’t have enough time to practice. Life can be crazy and finding extra time may feel impossible. However, I see hoopers with full time jobs and several kids find all kinds of time for hooping. With these steps, I hope you can find some extra time in your week to set aside for hooping. Your body and mind will thank you. 1. Incorporate Hoops Into Your Plans Are you busy going out with friends, attending graduation parties, weddings, or other events for friends and family? Find out if any of these events would allow space and time for hooping. Many hoopers aren’t shy about taking their hoops everywhere they go, and some even insist on it. I know some of you may not feel comfortable with it, but  you may need to go out of your comfort zone if you’re struggling to find time for this healthy activity. Most reasonable people don’t mind that you brought your hoops along. Free entertainment right? 2. Make A Time Chart Start time will be when you normally get out of bed, and end time will be when you normally go to bed. Be as honest and realistic as possible. Hooping is a very relaxing activity so if you do have the energy, you can count hooping as part of your relaxation time. In this example, the free time is found between dinner and bed time.   3. GET OFF OF...
Hooping Weight Loss Can Take Longer Than Expected

Hooping Weight Loss Can Take Longer Than Expected

Heather Kirkendall (Photo above) – Weight Loss Advice “Don’t give up if you’re in a lull. The hoop will not let you down. Try to stop concentrating on weight loss and put your thoughts inward. That is the best medicine” My story: I didn’t necessarily start hooping in order to lose weight. I started because I found it beautiful and very captivating to watch. I wanted to do what other hoopers were doing and I wanted to be really talented at something for once. The weight loss was an after-thought, and I was happily surprised when so much came off. For me personally, my weight didn’t really start to come off in large amounts until I found my flow and started to enjoy hoop dancing for the very first time. The dance aspect was so exhilarating and burned so many more calories than just standing there drilling tricks. I found it so addicting that I couldn’t stop and spent up to 6 hours in one hot summer day hooping. I don’t know where I got the energy from, but it felt like it was a spiritual boost from my flow. It started really coming off around the 1.5 year mark, when my flow had just went through a transformation due to constant practice, determination and self-growth. I noticed that I was finally dancing, and finally free to move about spaces. I was exerting extra energy through dance. I found that advancing and down-sizing my hoops was helping as well. The smaller and lighter my hoops got, the more freely I moved and the more ground I covered in my dance!...