It's such a weird thing that I, and I hope others, sometimes experience...but sometimes when I hoop publicly, or even just recording videos, I can get either self conscious about new (and sometimes old!) hoop moves I have learned, I feel like I am being too showy? It's either that, or I just totally forget that I can even do the darn things! Just wondering if others feel this, and how you have or are working on a remedy?
This might sound like a 'strange' remedy but Boiron has a Homeopathic for "Stage Freight" ... I use it before stressful events/situations where I'm really out of my element. Bach Flower Remedies also has some similar holistic compounds that are even effective for things like allergic reactions (which I have several of that are fairly intense - I've even seen it bring people out of anaphylaxes when used at the early stages which was good because it acted faster than the EMT's could get there). Both product lines have extensive websites with very specific information about each kind of symptom/issue. (I learned to use them in Europe where medications and things are seen as being less effective than natural things.)
It's involuntary to feel conspicuous when you're standing alone or with a few other people and you catch some kind of glance that makes you feel weird or alone. Performing anything whether singing or fitness or music or acting etc it's all fraught with that little glitch of 'will they like me' and my teachers/coaches always taught me to realize that most people really want to do 'something' they're good at... it may not be what YOU are doing at the moment - but when they turn away or seem to give a look don't take it personally.
Sometimes they're turning away because of time issues or because they don't want to face all the things they've given up on in life and they're judging themselves with their own disappointments - a whole host of things can be going on in someone and that just makes us more 'alike' than we are 'different'. So, in the future maybe you could practice more often in public before a 'performance' just to get used to doing it - Often 'dress rehearsals' of anything are done with family/friends to watch and give some final thoughts...
Ultimately though when you perform it's about what you want to convey and express and if you loose yourself in a move repeat a set of moves before or after it and get back to where you want to be in the song for the moves that may be timed to the music or something like that... No one else will know and they'll think it looks great so just have fun with it.
Personally I think you'll get more used to it soon with practice and experiences and it wont even be an issue anymore after a while, if it is a little holistic nerve steadying can do wonders.
Bask in your conspicuousness! How often does it happen that you really stand out in a crowd? Yes, you are being showy. So BE showy. Splash out. Put your self-consiousness aside and put on a spectacle. Make people gawk and applaud.
We all forget hoop moves in the heat of the moment. They will reappear as they become part of your muscle memory, or as you focus on practicing sequences and choreography.
agreed! I want a tshirt that says "Be Showy" :D
I feel like this when performing all the time! Or even worse, I will chicken out half way through the move (usually the bunny ear pass) and end up messing it up! I think practicing the trick in flow on camera and making a point to use that/those moves a few times when starting out may help with that
I forget hoop moves all the time! I have a set of moves I'll default to during a free-form performance, and sometimes I feel like I'm being repetitive and I get irritated with myself. When I feel myself doing that, I'll dedicate my next practice session to coming up with some new combos. to do this, I write out a bunch of the moves I know I can do (even the newest ones) on slips of paper and draw a few of them from a hat. Then I line them up in any which way and try to combine them. You can come up with some awesome transition moves this way, too. Then you've got some new combos you can drill on, and it will enhance your flow for the next performance.
Also, forcing yourself to come up with a choreography is a great way to beat repetition.
This is pretty much what I do too. I have a bunch of cards with moves on them divided up into moves I'm comfortable with, moves that need work, and moves I still want to learn. I spend some time each practice working from each group. To freshen stuff up I'll pick some cards randomly from the moves I'm comfortable with and try different ways of stringing them together. I've come up with some really fun combos this way and it's given me lots of new options for where to go from certain moves. I still forget things all the time but I just have to spend a little time thumbing through my cards and I'm ready to go.
yeah it's a great boost in general :)
This is fantastic!!! I love love love love this!! I think I am going to make my cards today!!! Thank you so much for the idea!!!!!
I forget moves all time time especially when I'm doing a video. I think its more about where you are in your journey has a hooper and what flow and moves you are into at that time. Although!!! I still dont want to forget any of the tricks I learn along the way to help me not forget on my youtube channel i have playlists.
1. Hoop Vids to Learn
2. Learned tricks <-- either of myself or someone doing the trick I know
3. Hoop Inspiration <--- Awesome vids of hoopers
thats my trick and it really helps me
Oh! I love you all!! Thank you so much!!
You can also "like" videos on Hoop City and then if you go to the Me tab there is a drop down that will take you to all your previous "Like" organized by month!