I am so with you miss megan! I love hooping but what hooping introduces me to fascinates as well. I really want to do aerial fabric, I need lots of arm strength work before I can truly attempt to obtain that goal, but I think it is just gorgeous and looks super fun!
Juggling and contact juggling have always interested me, and luckily I go to a circus jam (juggling, contact juggling, hooping, poi, staff etc) all attend and I am sure I could convince someone to help me with those if I could just tear myself away from the hoop! haha
But the point of all that was really just to try and find a circus center in you area or perhaps a meet up of of any other type of group that you might be able to hang out with and survey to figure out what new circus art might be for you :)
Laura, your arm strength will be built up when you are working on aerial fabric. Trust me, I am using muscles I didn't know were possible to exhaust....and I love it! I say go for it, don't wait :) It is a lot of work and training but it is definitely worth it.
If you're not sure what type of circus skills you'd like to try, see if you can find a taste day or weekend at a circus centre or school... I'm not sure about the US/Canada, but there are several here in the UK that run multi-skilled workshops so you can try several different skills in one session.
I was particularly interested in trying out aerial classes, as I'd seen some amazing vids and pics... so I found out what courses were available, found one that I liked and booked a weekend away at circus school! I loved it so much that I came back and booked some aerial lessons at a place that's about 1 hour from me. Now I don't mind travelling there, because I enjoy it so much :)
I did a few circus workshops - trapeze, aerial fabric and chinese pole.
They were challenging but a lot of fun. I could not take classes regularly because I had to travel to a different city in order to take classes, so it was difficult, time consuming and expensive, but it is great fun and quite a challenge for the body.
I got into it a couple of years ago when I met some guys from Canada who stayed with us and brought fire poi, rope dart and devil sticks with them. Also I had a friend who was into juggling. At first I really wanted to learn poi but I was terrible with them so I left that. Then my friend came along and had a fire staff and passed it to me and everything came together so naturally that I bought it off him instantly! After that I started learning how to juggle and to contact juggle and I really wanted to hoop but I couldn't afford an adult sized hoop, and I didn't know how to make one. When I finally got paid for some photography I did I bought a hoop off of Home of Poi (very expensive, but you know...) and the obsession with hooping started :P
I plan to gets some fans and some flags very soon as I just got a job and should be able to afford it! Also I am applying for circoarts next year and I hope i get in so I can learn some aerial stuff!
i was having an artistic crisis and wanted to push myself and get away from people that were pissing me off in my dance life :) So on a whim I signed up for a week-long "off-the-ground" class in San Francisco. I was MAJOR FAIL just not being physically prepared, but I was bitten by the bug. I talked a dancer friedn into going to Boulder, Co for an aerial dance festival/workshop so we could use what we learned in a new site-specific piece we were making. Again, MAJOR FAIL ( the altitude sickness didn't help!LOL) but I kept at it. So now I'd say I'm an intermittent, intermediate level aerial dancer ( primarily silks, but I've taken class in bungee, lyra, corde lisse, rope/harness, vertical dance)...I'm a year out of practice but am fixing to get back into it again. I miss the feeling of strength & confidence...as much as an acrophobe ( my height limit is 20 feet and I cannot handle sustained spinning...barf city)can!
I play with poi but not fire. Too many issues with safety...I'd rather play with LED. And forget about juggling.. I have crap hand/eye co-ordination! LOL.
i'm in richmond va and my husband and i are trying to get into circus arts as well...we actually just built a tightrope in our back yard and i'm into hooping and poi i'd love to get into fire arts as well