Whatever will be, will be.
I see a lot of posts about hoopers stuck in a rut. This challenge will help.
No challenge was posted for January, so here is a bonus challenge: Put your mp3 player on shuffle and hoop to whatever songs play. No hitting the fast forward button, it doesn't matter if it's Celtic music for stress relief, Korn or Will.i.am, hoop to it. If you don't have an mp3 player, tune your radio to one of those stations that "plays absolutely everything." Every area has one.
Then consider these questions:
1) What song was the most difficult to hoop to?
2) Were you surprised that a song was more hoopable than you thought?
3) Did this challenge inspire you to add new hooping styles and moves to your usual routine?
Set yourself free and enjoy this challenge.
I did this with the radio a month or so back, and it was a fun change of pace. Most of what's in my iPod was put there for me to hoop to, so using the radio was about the only way I could challenge myself musically.
Going to a fest where you have no control over the music selection is another good way to do this, especially if there are acts at the fest you don't normally listen to. When Halimeda Hoops and I went to the USM Jazz and Blues Fest a couple of weekends ago, the group on stage wasn't in either of our Nanos, so it was the hoop equivalent of sight reading a piece of new music. If you're just doing moves and combos it doesn't really matter, but if you're doing a more interpretive style of hoopdance, not knowing the song adds to the fun factor. :)
I picked up a new move (new for me, that is); you can see it at the beginning of the video and again a little later. I'm so glad I learned something new this week. :)