Ok, so I normally spin 36" hoops and have been hooping for a year (always with 36" hoops, that's how I learned) but I'm interested in getting down to smaller & smaller hoops, especially since Sharna Rose suggested it may help me with my leg reversals.
I've made a naked hoop 35" and sanded the inside for grip (don't want to tape it and then cut it down more later). I can get pretty speedy with my current 36" hoops but I was wondering if anyone had tips for moving down in hoop size? I'm afraid I'll be flailing all over the place.
The smallest hoop I own is 28", and I hoop very well with it.
I have found hooping with small hoops requires more practice, than regular adult hoops. Of course it's A LOT faster & also requires a lot more turning around to really keep the speed and flow going smoothly.
Are you afraid of flailing all over the place in public, or just in general?
When I first started little hoops it was not as hard for me as some people because I am a tiny hooper. I do remember flailing all over the place sometimes, but wasn't too worried about it.
I mostly only hooped with my little hoop at home or when friends & I would go and do our own thing, and I would take the bigger ones out in public. But, PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! and now I feel confident enough to take small hoops out in public. & I would think to myself.."No one else here can do this!"
well I can't think of anything else to say so if you have any other questions Kristen just let know.
Thanks! I was more worried about flailing in general but after working with my 35" hoop I think I'll be ok to slowly work it down. I'm rather small too and tend to spin and turn alot so this may work out to my favor. Thanks for the tips :-)
So fast dancing with smaller hoops is wayyy harder than expected! Much respect to you bundle of energies that are flawless with them! Here is a sloppy practice vid if youd like to watch! It was a total blast ;)
My friends and I make a bunch for other people so there is always a variety of sizes lying around. So.. I started using multiple sizes from the get go. I particularly like 125psi with diameters 32-36''. I love using these because you can do a lot of off-body hooping easily and they glide around your body with such a lightness!
I don't have many tips for you Kristen.. except to have all sizes in your rotation! hehe I love hoop-like play on words :-)
My smallest is 27" and it only exists because I made a set for mini spinning. Naturally I *had* to try to hoop with it.
Turns out it's great for hooping in bars and crowded areas because I end up only taking the same amount of space as an average dancer. Spinning a lot and breaks and reversals become crucial with tiny hoops. Also I've noticed that moves like the jump through and step through you really end up stopping the hoop entirely, it's not longer rotating as you move through it.
Best thing of all, hooping with a small hoop REALLY cleans up your moves and makes your regular hoop feel eve easier when you pick it up again.