I am someone who is not a great dancer, can't really keep a beat... just not rhythmically inclined. I'm also not really an athlete (though I did do a zumba class last semester and sort of did okay).
I'm slowly learning a few tricks so I can do more than just waist hoop for hours on end but it's slow going. I don't have a "flow" and can't imagine how to start having one!
Is anyone else here a hooper who generally has no rhythm? Am I doomed? Can I learn to have rhythm? Any advice is welcome!
Close your eyes and listen to the sound of your heart beat, you have a beautiful rhythm inside of you =)
oh i love this...very very true
she's so right. Zumba was killer and i thought i was an "okay" dancer :P; i think with the range of music that one can hoop to it's really just a way to express yourself and so you will figure it out with practice. i sure know i don't have my flow figured out yet but starting to think i may be there at one point... patience and dedication
"Flow" comes with lots of practice...lots. The more you practice your tricks will start to look more smooth, and effortless. And the more tricks you know the easier it is to transition between moves. It takes time but don't worry about finding flow, you've still just beginning, enjoy the fact your still learning and take your time loving the learning process.
I posted this in another thread about linking tricks together.
"For a more direct way of learning to put tricks together you could try the Bag o' Tricks method. Write down all the tricks you know like: waist hooping,chest hooping, vortex, helicopter, one leg hooping, vertical hooping etc. on scraps of paper. Then place those scraps in a plastic bag, shake it up and pull out a couple of tricks. Then practice putting those tricks together. It's really fun and a great personal challenge. I used this method by slowly adding on tricks, I started with 3 tricks then after practicing those for a song or two I'd put them to the side and then pull 4 different tricks. After a hour of practice I would place all the tricks back in the bag and try to hoop not thinking about what I want to do but just letting go and going with my flow."
For the longest time I would practice simply waist hooping to music. I didn't think I was moving around much at all, but when I'd think of it I'd go "oh, I should try to dance at the same time" and thought that when I wasn't conscious of it I wasn't moving in a dance-like fashion. Lo and behold, I look at some video and I WAS dancing when I didn't think I was. It's just not full out. The hoop was automatically making me move in a way that gave me a rhythm. I didn't realize it.
I second Vikki. Put on some music you love, get in your hoop and just hoop your heart out. I feel like consistently doing just that will help give you a better sense of rhythmic movement and flow within the hoop.