my goodness me! I've only gone and booked on hoopgirl level 1 & 2
for next year! I can't wait! I'm actually going to learn from Hoopgirl
and her staff, everything I'll learn with her will enhance my teaching
and increase my repertoire of moves. I've got a lot of work to do
between now and then. I also want to do level 2 with BodyHoops. With all
this training behind me I'll be an awesome teacher and a skilled
performer. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with how hooping is
affecting me. I feel little bubbles in my tummy when I think about the
teachings I've had so far and am about to get next year. I've had such a
weird year with a few major let downs and I really had to move my body
and feel like I could actually achieve a movement based skill and
hooping has filled all my desires. I've made new friends, hooped at a
disco, fire hooped, loved it, took fire hoop home! This whole weekend
has been hooping filled. I've taught a little lesson today with my
friend and her daughter. Both of them can waist hip and do forward
angles. I taught the cape and floating the hoop down onto the waist. We
practiced out in the park and people were intrigued and a passer by said
he remembered when hooping was about in the 60's. It was nice to have
him reminisce and the hooping craze is returning revitalised and dynamic
for us to enjoy now! I taught and demonstrated the way to lift up the
hoop from the waist and to bring it back down. I noticed the desire to
want to show more moves than would be possible to digest in one session.
I've got to make sure my lesson plans are slick and I impart all that I
possibly can so students can learn as much detail I want to make sure I
can slow everything down. Timing is crucial or seeing where the space
is to move through, the way the hoop feels in the hands, there is
illusion and all sorts of magic ingredients to spice things up. I'm so
happy to be learning to hoop. I have a picture of me and Diana Lopez
after my last training smiling away with my eyes looking a bit weird,
and Diana is right, I'm blissed out, thanks to her teaching and the
tastey delights of hooping. I've got a cold and would like to hoop but
perhaps an early night will be better... well, just 30 mins of hooping
I wonder why does it take so long for me to learn things, I'd love to
learn super fast and achieve what my fellow hoopers have done so
quickly, and in actuality I ought to be content with my own progress but
I'm just not. I'd love a bit of that hooping pazaaz!
spent most of the week working on knee hooping, I can almost control
the hoop going down to the knee but failing miserably on getting it to
come back up. It's frustrating because I know the technique, I picture
myself doing it, practice without the hoop being there so my body can
understand better what I'm asking it to do, then I go for it and clank,
there's signor hoop on the floor! I'm also working on shoulder angles
and on occasion attempt the barrel roll from the shoulders. When I watch
Hoopgirl doing it she looks so stunning and rhythmical, so graceful and
dynamic, breathtakingly excellent. When I attempt it, it's hoop on
face, hoop on nose, hoop on neck! I watch Hoopgirls dvd and I'm sure I'm
taking in what she's saying but nah, I'm repeating my failure! Hoop on
face, nose or neck! I wish that Hoopnotica had a dvd exercise for this
so that I could see Keaton's troubleshooting for it. I know I need
the five Ps Patience, practice, persistence, peace and perspiration.
However, I'm frustrated and would love to be able to do it, it will look
so good when I can.
also done the next thing that most hoopers do, make their own hoop.
I've been convinced it's easy and I'm sure for most it is easy. I bought
my tapes a little while ago and my boyfriend picked up the pipe. We cut
the pipe easy enough but inserting the connector required brute force,
surely we've missed some knowledge here, I would like to be able to make
a hoop un-aided. We heat the ends up like we'd learnt from a website.
No matter though, we got them in and began taping. Oh my God!!! It's
really tricky! I found it quite frustrating but felt that the outcome
would be worth the effort. There's obviously some kind of knack needed
to do it, I tell you what, knitting lace is easier than making taping a
hoop! Although I found it difficult the hoops I have are beautiful! I
have two baby hoops, a black and silver hoop who I've named Merlin and a
black and glow in the dark yellow striped hoop called Buzby. The
grandmaster of my hoop is my beautiful Herbie, purple black and silver,
he's the dude and daddy of my hoops and made by PeachySteve!
going to a hoop disco this afternoon in london, I'm feeling a lack of
confidence about my hooping so I'll have to let go of that somehow
before I go out. I'll focus on the chance to be with other hoopers, to
maybe ask for some advice and do my very best to enjoy what I do know.
The negativity will pass if I pursue happiness, love and the ability to
focus more on positive things and that big smile of mine will return!
did the right thing in going to the hoop disco. I zoned out to the
music and hooped the hours away. One of my body hoops training friends
was there and it was great to see her and have a chat. We were both
having issues with certain moves but from my point of view seeing her
revitalised something in me. I also saw a friend who I met at the Sunday
hoop group, she's lovely, I learn lots from her and she's beautiful to
watch and she taught me something new and vice versa. We talked about
how unusual hooping is in that when hoopers get together they are
generally so very friendly, willing to share knowledge, breakdown
difficult moves etc and welcome newcomers and the more advanced hoopers
lack that possessiveness and snobbery that other disciplines have with
their skills. It's lovely watching hoopers and the fun they have. What
is it that hooping does to make it such a community based activity? Is
it the promotion of smiles and sharing? I really want to promote this
element of hooping, it will hopefully encourage people to take part and
feel that at whatever stage they are at they can get healthy, have fun
and learn to share.
So my negativity and doubts have been hooped out of me and my hooping battery recharged. Yay!
remember how learning hooping at the shoulders, chest and learning my
forward angles took so much time so my knee hooping is following the
same process, it will take time and I will be able to to do it at some
point that is right for my learning. I'll look forward to hooping at the
knee and returning the hoop back to my waist and soon I'll be doing my
barrel roll on my shoulders and funk it up a bit!
Monday 13/10/08 (00:20)
still on a BodyHoops high! I've had the most amazing time ever over the
past three days. Having the opportunity to be provided with tools to
teach other people hooping but the chance to make some new hooping
buddies, all of whom are keen to share there skills and support each
other. I've learnt loads of new things and have improved on my knee
hooping although I lack control and the ability to get the hoop from the
knee back up, I have the knowledge of how to do it but my body doesn't
understand the request I've made yet, but it will so I'm enjoying where
I'm at and getting the inevitable hoop kisses (bruises!) a rite of
passage for a new move in my case!
also managed to achieve an angle whilst shoulder hooping and leaning
gently forward, I thought it would take me months to do it but after
some good advice and watching and imagining myself in the person who
could do it right and thinking about how the hoop would feel if it was
me doing it. What I noticed was that there was a lot more arm movement
involved, I hoop to the left and my right arm seems to move up and down
my thigh and pump the hoop and that's what unlocked it for me. I now
need to apply the same principle or something similar to do the the
backward shoulder limbo and then a shoulder barrel roll! I'm going to go
also noticing how vital working the opposite direction is. One way
always seems easier, for me, hooping to the left and it is a lot more of
a challenge to hoop to the right, it just takes time. So far I've only
really managed to do waist and hip hooping but tonight whilst I
practiced, I thought I'd step it up a gear. I've been working on picking
up my hoop with my left hand (while hooping left) and found it really
awkward as I've always picked up from behind! So it was interesting to
experience that moment of failing miserably again but again patience,
pause and persistence and good advice I managed to do it! How about
learning to do this whilst hooping to the right? Surely lots of hoop on
floor moments, love 'em! Of course I had some twisting myself up in the
hoop but in an evening I've managed to lasso to the right, put the hoop
back on my body and pick up from the front, all whilst in my opposite
hoop rotation. I'm delighted beyond belief!
continuing to work on hooping behind my back, it's hard work on the
arms, I'm using my kids hoop a bit for this, just to get a feel of what
the hoop is going to do without having the fear of hurting myself. Lack
of space is an issue here, so I need to find somewhere soon that has
more height and more space in general, back garden is out of action as
I'm having a new lawn sown ready for next year (hopefully my partner
will build a little hooping stage for me! Just a little one!), whatever
happens I want to practice this as it looks so cool and enchanting when
I've seen others do it.
I can't keep my eyes open for much longer so nighty night and I'm sure
I'll dream of hoops and Shakespeare monologues! Hooping's a good way to
run lines with an engaged breath! Bonus!
feeling weird, definitely have hoop come down! I was back at work
feeling miserable, still with the happiness of the last few days in my
heart but actually missing learning and being with other hoopers. What
lovely memories I've got from those 3 lovely days. I've got so much work
to still do, not just with my hooping, I just wish there were more
hours in the day.
feel that sometimes the world isn't a nice place, that sometimes those
whom I think kindest become cruel but when I'm hooping I feel a
connection with the universe, it seems corny, I know, but I do, I think
it's the spinning, the Earth spins, other planets spin, so maybe I tap
into that energy. I notice how the hoopers I've met so far are more than
willing to share their skill and to allow me for the first time really
to feel part of a welcoming community. I've learnt lots of interesting
skills this year and the most welcoming activity is hooping.
tell you what, my body is aching man! Yowzers! I don't know if more
hooping is needed or rest! I know I'll hoop later, I'm learning the
shoulder barrel roll and hooping to the right, I can't resist a little
session of practice!
really want to perform hooping. I'm nothing like my idols in Hoopnotica
or Hoopgirl or Diana Lopez or the UK hoopers who steal my breath with
their unique and dynamic styles. I'm just itching to perform in front of
people. I want to choreograph something, we made up little routines in
small groups on the course and it was really nice to see basic ideas
combined to make a stunning and contemporary performance. Surely I can
make the little I know work in a performance, I ought to go for it, find
a short piece of music and see what happens, I'd like to find some
local clubs to go and hoop at to drum up some interest in my classes I'm
planning in the new year.
going to be taking a first aid course, it's a little bit more expensive
than I would like but if it makes me more attractive to employers or
re-assures them it will be worth it. I'm really hoping that next year is
better for me professionally, I'm hoping my little dreams lead me
somewhere magical. The hoop has bought some magic back into my life,
magic that lots of people can learn and share.
think knee hooping is odd. It's strange getting used to the hoop going
so fast, I haven't got much room to practice this indoors, it clanks on
everything in sight! Sooo I use my smaller hoop. I'm doing a lot better
with this move but haven't found the magic way to get it up to my waist
again, I can from the the upper thigh but just above the knee, not yet
missus! I'll pay my learning dues and then it will be second nature. I
really need to work on transitioning between more complex moves, all in
I'm at the end of a hula filled day! It's cool! The best thing was
there were 3 people there from the sunday hoop jam I went to last
weekend. It was lovely to meet them again and indeed to meet lots of
other new people all of them as mad about hooping as I am!
hoopers attending had really varied backgrounds and two even came from
Norway for the training! The level of hooping varied with some who were
complete beginners and some who were highly experienced. It amazes me
and delights me that hoopers are so unique and this simple circle brings
one thing that really threw me today was having mirrors in the room.
Sometimes it was helpful in that I could see if my waist hooping went
sloppy but I didn't really enjoy watching myself, I found myself
watching other people in the mirror and found myself at times comparing
myself. A pointless way to think I know although I think that's a
natural way to feel but this is confirmation that I'm a kinaesthetic
learner (hooping with eyes closed will help me a lot), I have to be
flexible enough to teach in all the different sub-modalities people
learn with, I think I can use my NLP skills with hooping! Excellent!
learnt two completely new things today, picking up my hoop from my
waist with my left hand from the front, it was really weird, picking up
from the back feels a lot easier for me. I'll get the hang of it I'm
sure! I'm pretty much there but need to fine tune it!
bet sign off for now, got some reading to do and some hooping to KOL to
do before sleepy sleep time! There's talk of fire hooping! I can't
flipping wait! How exciting!
been a while since I've written anything. I've being hooping lots as
usual, just haven't had the time to just sit down and write. I put the
video my man took of me hooping in the woods on my facebook page, I was
very nervous about it because most of the hoopers I see on youtube and
on my dvds are so dynamic and advanced with their hooping I thought mine
wouldn't be that exciting. Lots of my friends who haven't seen much
hooping really enjoyed it, and there was loads of me dropping my hoop
and chasing after it! I'm so pleased that people are finding it
interesting and fun looking.
friend in particular was very interested in my little vid and asked me
to help her with learning to hula. So we made a hoop date and it was so
much fun. I really enjoyed helping and seeing someone having fun with
the learning process. We also enjoyed some wine induced hooping also
lots of fun!
made it to the hoop jam at the beginning of October and it was the best
afternoon session of hooping I've had. It was really easy for me to get
there by car and I was so happy to be hooping with more than a handful
of hoopers. Everyone was at different levels on there hooping journeys
and there was such a diverse mix of hoopers. I really enjoyed it and it
feels good to have made contact with other people. I'm convinced there
are hoopers in my area hiding away and I'm going to do my best to
establish contact and get some kind of hoop jam set up locally. I got
lots of advice from the other hoopers on my problem areas. I'm still
working on jumping in and out of the hoop, it's actually coming along
very nicely indeed, it feels really good to step out and step in. I
found a few little tricks on youtube from one of my fav hoopers on
there. I managed to pick it up reasonably quickly and it is an awesome
been very seduced by hooping behind the back, I've watched everything I
can find on it and it just hasn't been coming together. Then magically,
whilst riding on the high of having hooped with new people, something
clicked for me, and I can now do some basic hooping behind my back and
have managed to keep the hoop rotating, I still need to work on
co-ordination of my hands and of keeping the momentum up, some times
it's like it powers down and then falls to the floor. I haven't managed
to find a way to transition between this move and another, I just want
to get used to the feel of it first and negotiating that weight
transitioning from hand to hand.
I was at the hoop jam I met with one of my fav uk hoopers, she is soooo
awesome and such a joy and inspiration to watch, she gave me some
advice and encouragement and I really appreciate that.
got my hooping course tomorrow and I can't wait to go to it! It's going
to be the best fun ever. I'm looking forward to learning and to being
able hoop with even more new people. I'm going to attempt making my own
hoop and I bought some tape on line which arrived today, I'm hoping that
my first hoop is pretty! I bet get reading up about how to make them.
I'll be getting the piping in a couple of weeks time, it's going to
great learning another new skill.
going to get an early night and get up ready to go and learn. I'm
hoping that next year I can train with all my favourite hoop dance
idols! :o) I've managed to include my little woof woof too, she likes
to jump through, very cute!