Two places have already banned hoops in Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium and The
Waiting Room. I'm really afraid that this trend is going to continue
until all venues ban hoops!
I think the ban is a combination of things:
1) There are hoopers on the dance floor WHILE people want to dance. (BUT there's a huge space where no one's dancing right? But there are always people who say "they're taking up the floor".)
2) Inexperienced hoopers hit people while their hooping. (People run into experienced hoopers too.)
3) There are just too many hoopers! (at times)
4) When the crowds are really large, people still bring their hoops.
I think we should spread hooper etiquette. I know that haved hooped in the past at inappropriate times too. & I bring my hoops everywhere... they're just so fun! But honestly, I think we need rules or something so it doesn't get out of control! I'm really afraid that if hooping becomes too popular that all places will ban hoops. WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
I definitely think that those are all great things Chelsea! Exactly my thoughts, except I love that you suggest getting on stage. I think that *showcasing* hooping by only having one or two hoopers hooping at a time instead of everyone hooping throughout the show would both save room. I like the idea to make hooping *apart* of the show, too. We should bring this up to hoopers who aren't on Hoopcity too. Or just tell them to join, lol.
I don't think I'll be using my LEDs at shows as much anymore. There's just less and less room indoors.
This leads to something more serious to discuss too. This is with all spinning in general, including hooping. The more spinners we get, the more we have to realize the importance of safety and etiquette as a whole. All it takes is a couple people to mess it up for all of us. I don't ever want to hear someone injuring themselves or others... especially seriously with fire. I feel like it's something I should step up on my end. At least to have certain information available on the Flowpulse site. Regardless, not only will an accident hurt them, all of us (spinners) will be hurt with each accident.
1) I think it's important that we all stick together...or keep in touch somehow to send important info (like this) through. We need to establish a channel to broadcast important messages to as many spinners/hoopers that we can. I would like to do the same for fire spinners. Put it all in one place. That way we can all be on the same wavelength and move this art forward in unity. Perhaps we should create a webpage for "all spinners" in our area. When we see a hooper or spinner that isn't a part of it, give them a card with a website (or facebook page). I could add a section about etiquette/safety/spinning community in the Flowpulse website... I don't really care where it's stored...the basic idea is that we all work together to stay cohesive.
2) My goal is to move away from the 'casual spinning' and create a reputation for professionalism, control and amazement. We need a strong "spokesmen" for the art that we do. I see it like where skateboarding started and where it is today. This is so very new to most of Omaha. Every move we make right now is going to impact the future and the doors that will open.It's going to move one of two ways. Either we all move as a whole and we create a very strong foundation, or we break apart individually and then we have to build our reputation individually and often competitively.
And yes...I think speaking to the venue owners is a good idea. Stay in communication before they decide for themselves.