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...
Hooping Tutorial: Reverse Escalator Wrap by Katie Emmitt

Hooping Tutorial: Reverse Escalator Wrap by Katie Emmitt

A variation on the reverse escalator (or circus start) trick. Rather than letting it fall behind your head and onto your shoulder, you are wrapping it lower around your shoulder and letting it go around your head and then down. Make sure to hold your arm in tight to your body while it wraps and extend your hand out by your waist to catch and pull it into position when it falls. Pre-requisites for this move: escalator and the reverse escalator (sometimes called circus start).  ...
Hooping Transitions and Combos Tutorial by Soul Hula

Hooping Transitions and Combos Tutorial by Soul Hula

This tutorial covers transitions from vertical to horizontal, vice versa, and some extra move ideas for making combinations or a routine. “For more tricks go to www.SoulHula.com. Soul Hula sells hoops, performs and teaches dance hooping classes in Perth, WA.” Enter our like and share flow prop giveaway!!! 3 winners will be chosen after our facebook page reaches 6,000 likes!!!...
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,...
Twin Hoop Tutorial: Extensions, Anti-Spins and Variations

Twin Hoop Tutorial: Extensions, Anti-Spins and Variations

A tutorial on a variety of double hoop skills to open the door to many new skills. This tutorial is brought to you by Mike Lisse. He says: “A brief introduction to extensions and anti-spins, with a couple of patterns to play with. Extensions are a fundamental concept that lead to a huge variety of really pretty patterns and illusions.”  My added tips: With the twin hoop anti-spins, there are three options. One with the hoops spinning in opposite directions, one with the hoops both spinning forward, and one with the hoops both spinning backwards. Begin by practicing the options with both hoops spinning in the same direction. To do the option with them spinning opposite directions, you can choose to do a 3 petal anti-spin flower or a 4 petal anti-spin flower. 3 petal is like a triangle, 4 petal is a square shape. The petals are where your hands stop moving for a brief moment. Practice with each hand separately and then practice trying them together. Make sure you’re very comfortable doing anti-spins to your side on both your left and right hand before combining them.   Enter our like and share flow prop giveaway!!! 3 winners will be chosen after our facebook page reaches 6,000 likes!!!...