Why not perform? If you enjoy hooping you should do it if you have the opportunity
Yes, maybe I also think like this. I may have to find out by trying performing :) I also meditate with the hoop and my relationship with it is deeply spiritual.
But yes, when I imagine myself performing with a hoop, it doesn't feel very good. Of course I would like to inspire others to hoop. But the thought of getting on the stage and dance with the hoop feels like I'm revealing my soul and heart to everyone. I may not be ready for it now. It feels like I would be naked in front of people. But giving so much of myself could really do good for me - I tend to be secretive.
It is very interesting to hear other people's views on this :)
JAzzy you are one of the most beautiful Hoopers I know! You perform just by being you!
My mother was a professional figure skater, and my father's family ran a multi-million dollar entertainment corp. in Switzerland, so performing is my natural way to make money off a passion of mine.
Also, I enjoy sparking interest in people. When you dance for others, you are inspiring a few members of the audience to try to hula hoop. Such as if your not performing, but rather just hula hooping in public, you will inspire some random person who notices you. Be it a little girl, or an older woman. I know that for a fact! For when I was four years old my mother took me to my first ballet show. That very night, I swore to my mother I'd grow up to be a dancer. Watching a ballet performance inspired me to dance.
I enjoy hooping outdoors. I noticed the crowds that formed and the surprise clamps from viewers in the distance, I liked it. It makes me happy, kids happy, and my mom proud =) Then one day someone asked me if I could cover their spot in a cabaret show...and thats how it started. I love a crowd of happy onlookers!
I have performed in one capacity or another most of my life, I don't mind being in front of crowds, and I love entertaining and sharing so performing just seemed rather natural. There is little that is more gratifying than getting paid to do something you'd do for free.
Truly though, my favorite thing about performing is to share the joy I get from dancing. I don't even care if people watch me, I just want them to feel me. I want to share the energy I have when I spin and the happiness it brings.
I think performing is a thing one can do that is as intertwined with hooping as it is completely separate. One can achieve performance via hooping, but one does not have to perform to hoop. You can be a great hooper and post your awesome practice vids or whatever and never perform a show in your life. (Not to say that you need to post vids to have a fulfilling hooping life either!)
If you don't feel a desire to be on stage, you might find performance stressful and unpleasant.
However, that's no good reason not to give it a shot if you're curious! :D
I perform occasionally. Never in my life did I think that I'd be performing. Got into it absolutely by accident when someone asked me if I can be in a show and that I'd be one of the main characters. Since that time, I've met so many amazing people and fellow performers. It's not a full time thing for me, but I really do enjoy performing with fellow hoopers and fire spinners. I really feed off the energy of the audience and hearing from the audience after how much they loved our act is such a great feeling!