Hey everyone. I'm doing my first performance at my town's Fourth of July Celebration Monday night and I'm a little nervous. I chose to do it to Katy Perry's Firework, because... well, you get the idea. Fireworks. Fourth of July. It seemed fitting.
Anyway, I was practicing today and I think it'll go something like this:
It's not perfect and I was really just spending an hour trying to get a feel for what I wanted to do, what to include, what not to include, timing, etc. I've already got a few tips for myself (move the arms a little more, point the toes and think of the lines of the body, dance a little more during transitions, try not to stop in one place too much, stop doing the "rock on" symbol with my fingers, etc.).
I'm pretty nervous but I keep trying to tell myself, nearly everyone in my town is new to hoopdance, so pretty much no matter what I do, they're probably going to like it and think it's cool. Looking at this part of me is all "ehhh.... it's not that impressive" but I'm used to watching videos of amazing hoopers all the time, so I think my perspective is off perhaps.
I'm planning on wearing my red (floral-ish) romper and doing my hair in a way that I don't have to continuously brush it out of my face. Also I think having my contacts in will help my balance. I was wearing glasses today so I was blind here. If the romper doesn't seem right I'll just wear jean shorts and a flowy tank. I think I might buy some low-profile Chucks or Keds in case the grass is too stiff/spiky to go barefoot.
There will be a DJ and lots of people and when I'm done with the performance/demo others will be invited to grab a hoop and try it out. It should be fun but I'm trying to make sure I've got all my bases covered.
So, any other advice, tips, critiques? Thank you!!! Love my hooper community here. :)
i think you will do fine..
just try to get a little more momentum for the jump through, and then it will go a little more smoothy.. just speeding up will help, comes with more and more practice
and maybe add it a few vortexs
people are always amazed by something so basic!! lol
i just semi preformed (kinda by accident)
im in puerto rico on vacation and we did "San Juan night" (at midnight you walk in the ocean backwards and you get good luck or something) but before and after are a total party on the beach...
and of course being the hooper i am i brought 2 hoops on vacation with me and me and my friend were hooping with the party on the beach... needless to say i got quite a crowd.. its a little scary at 1st but everyone cheering me on made me so much more into it .. i even ended up helping a few people learn how to waist hoop lol!!!
so good luck and more than anything enjoy yourself
That's awesome about the beach hooping. Sounds like a blast.
I'm always bringing my hoops to local events (a beer fest last weekend and weekly concerts on the town green featuring cover bands that play a lot of "hits") so I'm used to getting out there and hooping in front of people, but this is the most formal it's been for me so there's a bit more apprehension. Usually once I'm in my hoop and start spinning I don't feel nervous anymore (except for the burning sensation that starts at my gut and works its way up my chest—not heartburn, just a strange sensation).
I may skip the jump through all together. I can usually do them 90 percent of the time, but I'd hate for me to be anxious enough that this is one of the times I completely trip up and fall on my face. :) Hoping to practice more tonight. Thanks for the advice!
first off, I have to say...I'm jealous of that sweet big hooping space you are in, lol! And the other nice folks here have already given you some great advice. But it looks nice so far. I did notice at the beginning you seemed a bit "stiffer" but as you started hooping & got into it your flow got better. So my advice is relax! And most defiantly smile, just enjoy yourself. I know it can be a bit intimidating to perform in front of strangers so maybe try in front of a small group to practice. Tons of luck to you on your performance, you'll do great I'm sure!
Haha, thanks! I have a pass to the local community center (I'm going to start teaching hoopdance there in September, so they wanted me to do the towns Fourth of July performance to promote my classes) and I was in a racquetball room. Perfect for hooping practice actually—don't have to worry about hitting anyone and the room is already so beat up from balls that you don't worry much about your hoop flying, other than the thunderous noise it makes. Otherwise I practice in the open gym.
I'm always taking my hoops to local places (parks, summer concert series, brew fest) to hoop in public so I'm used to being watched and crowds, but I think I'm just more nervous because this is sorta formal compared to all that. The brew fest I was at last weekend was great experience though—lots of drunks staring at you is probably way more intimidating than lots of kids and families. :)
I agree that I need to get more into it from the start and feel the music and dive in. I felt like I was sort of pausing a lot. I'll definitely be working on that! Hopefully my fiance will get the performance on film for me and I can share that afterward! Thanks for the advice!!!
An update! So I kept messing around, remembering to smile, changing up the order and finally decided I might try two hoops and cut the jump throughs (which were killer on the hardwood floor anyway). This take isn't great because I was still trying to figure out what I was going to do with two hoops (not helicopter) and was messing up at the end. I think I'll end with waist hooping with two, to waist and halo, to waist and chest, to two on the waist again, then I'll pick up both and spin them out, one in each hand and end with a chase weave. Simple but still something people will love.
You look more relaxed and energetic in this video ~ You are going to be fantastic!! Remember, most people have never seen another hooper so they'll be in awe when you just walk around with it on your waist. When you start knee and chest hooping you're already a star in their book.
Smile and have a great time!! :)