I've only been hooping for maybe 3-4 months. I love what I have learned and feel I am good at it.
But I'm going to be attending EFF, where there will be a TON of hoopers; hoopers that will be 1738728248378 x's better than me. I'm just nervous that others won't give me support or find me as good as the others.
My main fear is that a really great hooper will laugh or rudely criticize me.
Do I just have public performance jitters?
Or does my fear actually happen to people?
No matter how long you have been hooping or how good you are, there is always someone better than you. Possibly a lot better than you. This is true for just about every endeavor. Learn to accept it or be prepared to feel inadequate for your whole life.
You can choose how you respond to anyone's attention, whether it is good or bad. Ignore it, bask in it, learn from it. If the people around you don't support you, go find some other people to hang out with.
I really appreciate that. Just so free living & observant.
giiirl don't worry about it. you'll be fine. worse comes to worse, you learn something from seasoned hoopers.
I'm still a beginner too, been at it for about 8 months, and I was just at Lightning in a Bottle, where there we so many amazing hoopers. I had similar worries, but as soon as I got there and saw how supportive everyone was, everything was totally okay :-) I learned so much from the seasoned pro's, and none of them ever made me feel inadequate. On the last day I was walking by a stage and saw Hoopalicious there, and I was pretty intimidated, but I introduced myself anyway and found that she was so friendly and wonderful!!
I also try to think about it this way - okay, so I'm at 8 months, and how do I react to someone who's not as far along as me? I try to teach them and support them! Also, I learn things from them - people learn tricks in different orders, so it's likely that you know some tricks I don't, even if you haven't been at it as long. I would never react negatively to 4 month hooper, so by that logic, why would a 2 year hooper react negatively to me? There may be a few bad eggs in the bunch who think it's about competition instead of community, but I think that the vast majority of hoopers think in the same way I do -- no matter your skill level, you are still part of an awesome community and we can all learn from each other :-)
Yeah, and that's exactly what my fear was was that there would be people about competition instead of the love & support of the hooping community. But all your advice is very supportive and helpful. thanks for the feed back :)
Everyone has been there, don't worry about what they say or think. Hoop your heart out you; can only control yourself.
I am a new hooper too ... started BM 2011 ...Lighting in a bottle was very good for me..I just watch and learn and smile.. not a dance off.. just relex and watch... i felt like i might of stepped on some toes on accident in the beginning of the trip (started with too many hoops at once could hold it for a little-- then wasn't good)...but i relaxed and learned to watch more.. and encourage the other hoopers when he or she is needing the energy.. I wounder if there is a code of conduct for new hoopers at festivals, classes, and performing???
The Forest is one magical place =D As soon as you get out their with your hoop, im sure most your worries will pass, and by the last day im sure theyll be non-existing! Hey, even if you wanted to meet up during the day, i can share with you some moves~n~grooves. ill be arriving sometime thursday evening. If your interested lemme know ;D
yeah im pretty interested. i always love meeting fellow hoopers :)
I actually live like a 20 minute drive from rothbury.
I used to work at the resort they host the festival at :)
Last year was a BLAST! but i wasn't hula hooping at the time, so i was amazed by everyone.
Learning new tricks sounds so fun :)
No worries, girl! I felt that way going into Bonnaroo this year and my fears were completely unfounded. I've been hooping about a year now, so this was my first 'Roo as a "hooper". Tink is right, there's always gonna be somebody "better" than you. You can't let it bother you. The only person critiquing your hoop performance is YOU. The whole point of hooping is to ENJOY IT!!!!!
Don't worry about what you can or cannot do (I can't knee hoop, for example.). Just dance and have fun! Also keep in mind that as much as you compare yourself to more experienced hoopers, people with less experience will look at you as the expert. If you have more than one hoop, you may want to carry extras. That way you can share the hoop love AND still have a hoop for yourself. :)
You're going to have an AMAZING time at EFF!!! Relax and enjoy every moment! :)
thanks so much. :) will u be attending?
& your words eased my worries quite a bit. because i do have fun hula hooping.