Luv! He had good things to say. I bet we all know these people. Its just soooo annoying.
It takes alot of dedication to learn the tricks, and even more dedication to get your flow. Teaching her a few things is not going to let her steal your show.
One thing you could do, is hold a workshop, where everyone who is interested in learning attends and invite Brittany to attend the workshop. This way people who are interested could see that it is you teaching her, not visa versa.
I'm feeling better simply knowing that other's have gone through this as well. I hope to take a little from everyones experiences and make a solution to fit mine.
Some people really take to heart the idea that imitation is a great compliment. She might not know what she's doing wrong. But other people generally see through this stuff in the end. Becoming a good hooper takes a fair amount of work, and what's more is that it takes dedication to do some practising frequently. For some people they love it love it love it and never stop, but for others they lose interest.
I'd say do a jam with her, you don't HAVE to teach her every trick you do, and if she keeps on stopping you and asking you how to do things, you can let her know that she's making what is meant to be fun, not fun.
First off, oh man is Single White Female creeepy. Secondly, honestly I wouldn't worry about this girl. I feel like this about hooping but I feel like it's applicable to a lot of things in life: if the only reason she's hooping/spinning poi etc. is to get attention and "look cool," then she's not going to be very good at it. It just takes too much time and dedication to develop flow, and she won't be able to achieve that with her shallow motives. That's something that develops from an intense love and passion and I don't think it can really be duplicated.
Good luck though, I've encountered my fair share of people like that and it can definitely get annoying!
If you're really afraid of her stealing your show, then just tell her you're really busy with school/work/whatever and that you don't have time to get together. It's not really lying, you really are too busy to spend your time teaching her tricks that she's not gonna credit you for.
I have a feeling I should just become very busy :P
ha... boy oh boy do we all experience these types of people... i can't say that i have with hooping, but with life in general, these type of people are everywhere!!! i say keep doing what you do... like you said, she'll be on to the next "cool" thing once someone else comes out with something new. and like others have said, you can't teach yourself to be awesome. you can teach yourself tricks, but the real skill comes from the passion, flow, and LOVE for something... not when you're doing it to look cool...
keep your head up... i would probably separate myself from the person, though it must be discouraging when you probably want to nurture a hooping community in your area, but you also don't want someone messing with the vibe of hoop love!
if you decide to stick around and jam out with her, just jam out... if she wants to learn something, tell her to watch and learn.
i love that you're so passionate about circus arts at a young age AND being male. i think it's amazing. =] happy hooping sweets!
you could charge her a little for lessons. So at least she didn't take your time and effort and credit for free. Otherwise I'd just decline her requests and she'll probably lose interest when the next shiny comes along.