I have only been hooping for 2 1/2 months everyday now maybe a smidgen longer. & In that time, I feel as though ive really progressed very quickly, and i fully understand the real meaning and the feel of "flow". i consider myself high intermediate level...But i also have no dance backround whatsoever. sometimes i feel at a disadvantage because even though i know tricks well and and i'm comfortable with my style, my body seems clumsy and my balance is really off. i figured it might be from my back issues. i thought hooping would help with the pain but i havnt felt any relief. does everyone who hoops have these balance issues? or is it the experience with dance that helps? Anyway, :) the main question is, does anyone else feel that because as a younger child or teen you didnt take dance lessons, ballet, or gymnastics that you have to work harder to hoop as well as people who have had dance experience?
Just trying to get some insight on my personal situation. :)
I never took dance but I always loved to dance on my own. I wish I had taken dance (you have to know the rules before you break them) but we just couldnt make it work when I was a kid.
I have a background in yoga and since hooping I started lyrical jazz and aerial silk. I love my dance class, you could start classes now...something like ballet!
oooo aerial silk that is something i would love to learn. thanks!!
I have absolutely no background in dancing and I find it really difficult too. I am literally a stiff person when it comes to dancing moves but when I first started hooing I improved more and more through the hoop. After a while of a break now I have to get started again, but I love those moments when I feel like I did something beautiful and elegant, I think it just does't look as naturally as it does for others...
Bu that is fine. Hooing is my journey and it helps me tons in every way and I will get to the point in my time. I feel the improvement ans even it it comes not as fast or looks clumsy sometimes it is way too much fun and meditation and everything...
I also have no dance background at all- I've been hooping 9 mo. I would say It was a little slow-going picking up how to groove/get dancey with the tricks, but it is something that you practice just like any other aspect of hooping. Try watching videos and copying the snippets that you like!
I've been hooping for about 2 years now (lots of breaks) and I find that the hoop really ruminates in your head even when you aren't doing it, and I do seem to be able to do more than I could before my breaks.
I think that a dance history has less to do with it than body awareness. I have no dance history but I don't find it very hard to hoop and flow because I've got good body awareness. My partner has no dance history either and has a really hard time with hooping because he doesn't seem to know where his body is going or how to get it there. But hooping has helped that, so there's no such thing as a lost cause.
A person with a dance history is more likely to have a good body awareness but you can cultivate that on your own. Yoga has helped me immensely. But a belly dancing class would probably help even more.
I think in regards to balance.. it also has to do with muscle strength. If you aren't used to standing on one leg and leaning over, your muscles have to continue to develop and grow to get you to stay still and not be shaky/toppling over, let alone spinning a hoop while at it. I have recently started taking yoga classes to improve my strength, and I am loving it. I think the stronger my ankles and legs get, the better balance I will have. That's likely what someone from a dance background has- the strength.
I feel I've progressed really slowly as a result of having no dance background. I have no coordination or balance. I've been hooping 7 months and lots of people are so much better. But I've been getting better at finding flow, slowly but surely :) I'll get there one day
:) Thanks everyone i find ur advice and experiences really refreshing. Niisha Doodle sounds like me and you need some serious yoga! :)
I feel ya on this. I used to LOVE dancing when I was younger but never got to be in any dance classes due to $$ issues. I still love dancing but I really suck at it these days. I think it will just come with more experience and experimentation. A lot of watching yourself move. I want to start up yoga as well to help with balance. Clumsy I am. Haha!
I was not a dancer when I started hooping. Now I think I might be a dancer. It has been a process (which will continue until I stop hooping and dancing) that involves learning different aspects of dance and movement from scores of teachers. It isn't too late to start your dance education and as you learn and practice the more positive changes you will discover.