I've noticed a lot lately that when I'm rocking out with a regular hoop, I feel a lot more secure and confident with just dancing with the hoop, and not doing many tricks, but when night time comes and I bust out the LEDs, I feel a lot more compelled to do trick after trick, instead of just dancing and hooping around my waist/chest/knees. I feel like there is more pressure to do tricks with my LEDs because otherwise people will not enjoy watching as much. I don't feel this way when I'm by myself, but as soon as anyone else is around, I feel this pressure.
Does this feeling come to anybody else with LED hoops, or hoops in general when you are around others?
Do you notice that your style changes when you are around other people, vs being at home/alone with your hoop, LED or otherwise?
I'm not really looking for advice I guess, because I know the advice would be to not care what others are thinking, but I'm just wondering if I am alone in feeling this way!
OMGSH i feel like this EVERY time i bring out my LED hoop. and especially when other girls have their LED hoops on also, i feel like i need to compete. but then ur mind kind goes blank with the tricks u learned how to do and u just keep doing waist/chest/knee hooping cuz its the easiest to remember. lol!! and i know exactly what u mean about people not being interested...after watching the same moves over n over, i would prolly get bored too. but then we need to stop and realize that yea most ppl buy LED hoops to impress others and entertain ppl who are watching..but you hoop for YOU, not anyone else. the feeling u get when ur hooping the simple tricks is only something that YOU can feel. i guess the best thing we could do is just try to be dancy when hooping and not just standing still doing those same old moves. that way people are also looking at you & ur happiness, not just your pretty lights.
i hope this helped because i was glad to see someone else felt this way!
peace, love, & hoopiness
Yes - I especially find myself feeling that way when there are others with led hoops out!! I've even found myself once or twice being too intimidated to hoop anymore because of other's skill and trick levels with their leds. I'm glad I'm not alone in feeling this way, thanks for your input!
I sort of feel the opposite...like my LED is impressive enough (because most people have never seen one) without me having to do so many tricks, that I can just kick back and relax and do easier tricks with it :)
Hm, that's a good way to look at it! I guess part of why I might feel this way is because there are a lot of LED hoops around here! I know when I first got it, I was ok with just being relaxed with it, maybe I need to try to get back into that mind set. Thanks for your input
i second this feeling...weaves with LEDs are some of others' favorites...
I do a lot of isolations and that's more... uh, emphasized? with an LED hoop than dance footwork and nice arm/hand movements because there's more focus on the hoop than there is on you.
It also means, however, that "mistakes," less-than-clean planes, and missed catches when tossing are more obvious though, so I'm more attentive to my execution.
As for hooping around other people, I dunno... my flow is pretty constant and I figure as long as I have that going, it's going to look good.
But yes, it's not unheard of for people to consciously change their hooping because theirs doesn't quite suit a performance setting.
My style definitely changes when I'm in public vs when I'm alone, and that's natural.
I don't really do more tricks per se, but I do less on body work as I know I think LED hoops look cooler off body, specifically in the vertical plane. I also try to do more level changes. I dance just as much, but in a different way than I do with my day hoops, primarily because my LED just feels different, so it has a different flow.
I might do way more palm and z-spins, as well as smears as well. Anything that flips the the hoop around cause it looks rad!
Not caring what others are thinking I believe is a process, like everything elts.. Like me running around in a sports bra and work out skirt in my neighborhood because the sun was hitting directly on my sweet baby girls legs, so I took my shirt off to protect her.. This is a deal because I live in a stuck up mountain town with rich old people and im full of tattoos. Im not sure if they are looking to look or thinking a seat in church is empty for me. I have a tattoo complex in this town. Diffrent situation .. same feelings . I have to love and respect me and my process- to not care what people think and thats from experiances of being in the eye of the storm and dealing with letting go several times in the same hour. I hope you find your serenity in the storm, and live the bliss so your LED doesn't feel the need to preform for others. I will be there too, Im in my first month and just got my LED today. So I guess its a normal thing sence day one of hooping your eager to learn and show others ( as well as finding your special place ), then show others that, your good when your good, so they dont think your new when your not. At least I can see my self with that mentality. Thanks for reading my book LOL I hope your like aww thats cool instead of ummm ok. Good luck and keep us posted.
hahaha "i hope youre like aww thats cool instead of uummm ok" haha thats hilarious :)
Haha, no I definitely think this is a good story, I'm not feeling like "ummm ok" at all! Thank you for sharing! Hopefully I can get more comfortable with not caring what others think soon, but you are totally right.. it is a process. Thanks!
That is a good way to think of it.. You're totally right, at night nobody can really tell what exactly you're doing, just how the hoop is moving. Thanks for responding!