Just need to vent a bit.
Does anyone else have trouble finding 'their' style? I love hooping A LOT. But I feel like I don't know where I'm going with it at the same time. I consider myself quite different to other hoopers because, although I always hoop in public, I don't do it with other people. I hate the idea of going to workshops etc. (Hence the name The Grumpy Hooper) So consequently all my hooping knowledge comes from youtube and I feel like I've become one of those people who just learns trick after trick and never gets any real creative style.
I want to make my work more dancey without copying all the girls online, especially since there are some 'stock moves' that a lot of hoopers do which I think look stupid (I won't name them as I don't want to offend anyone; it's just my opinion! :) ) I've never (and I mean this with respect because there are some AMAZING hoopers out there) seen a video (including my own!!!) of a style that I could look at and say 'Yep, I want to hoop like that' .
Does anyone else know what I mean? How do you start finding your personal style? Does it even exist?
(I've added a video by the way so you can see my problem. It looks boring)
i am curious as the to stock moves you are talking about because i also can think of a few.mind telling me ? lol
I totally agree about the squatting thing. Practical I suppose for getting your legs out of the way of the hoop but not much on elegance. I thought I was the only one who thought that because so many people do it that it does seem like a "stock move". (There's also the one-legged version of the squat which looks like a dog peeing on a hydrant.) Then again I'm sure there are things I do that might not be pretty to others. The beauty of hooping is, who cares what people think!
Oh lmaooo, I'm like the hair fling queen hahaha.
my choice of music has helped me form my own style.
when i listen to something i REALLY like, something new flows out
when i'm hooping with others and listening to their choice of tunes, i just do repetitive stuff usually, basics. nothing too flowy or fun.
I agree^^ Music is everything. When I am just home hoopin in my living room and a really amazing song comes on I just wile out and hoop jam until i cant breathe and absolutely just need water! Find what music you really LOVE to hoop to, it makes all the difference!
yea the up, down, up vortex weave vortex does get old fast lol. Try to write down all the trick, transitions, and dance styles (ballet,jazz etc.). And really try to break it all apart. Like some of the stuff I have is lasso, reverse lasso, waist hooping, reverse current waist hooping. freestyle (wrote this down a few times to add more creativity and better transitions.), 1 handed iso. 2 handed iso etc. Put all the tricks/movements you know on small pieces of paper. This is also really fun to think of all the tricks you've learned. then put them all in a hat,box, bag etc. Then start pulling out as many as you want at a time. I like to start with 4 pieces of paper and then work my way up.
The whole purpose behind it is to help you learn of new ways to move between tricks, so when you lay out the peices you pick put them down in the order you grab them, don't move it around to make it easier on yourself or you want gain knew knowledge of creative ways to move.If this gets boring add a blindfold :D
Also check out the monthly challenges>>>>> they are also fun and great ways to play with creativity in hooping.
That's a neat idea!
The hat idea is a good one to come up with new combos. Thanks!
I think "the grumpy hooper IS your hook. Play it up, maybe eve integrating the whoosh and bounce stuff like you're try to get rid of the hoop. :) Ya know, clown it up a bit like the darn hoop won't leave ya alone.
forgot to add look into 3D style hooping, it's all about moving from the horizontal axis/plane to the vertical axis/plane vice verse. Creating shapes with your hoop. It was first developed by Rich of hoop technique, it will open you up to a new concept of hooping and transitions. Safire is awesome at it and has a thread about it some where on HC. I've been trying to surrender myself to the flow of 3D style but I'm still choppy at it. Like the arm wrap would be a beginner movement of the 3D style....can't find a tutorial over it so I shall make one.