I'm a total newbie mini hooper, and I'm working on turns.  The low reel turn is completely kicking my butt!  I'm in Sandra's minis class, and I've watched and watched and watched her class on it, and I've practiced, practiced, practiced, but I cannot get this (I'm sure very elementary and simple) move down!  I'm trying to just work on one hand at a time, and I can't even get that.  I'd like to watch some other tutorials.  Sandra is usually my go-to girl for tutorials, but sometimes you just need to watch more than one tutorial to get something to sink in!  (I think I watched 10 or more tutorials on the Vortex, and the 11th one I watched finally made it click for me!)


I know there is a huge shortage of mini tutorials.  Does anyone know if any other hooper has made a tutorial on this?  Or, if you're a low reel turn whiz, would you consider making a quick one?  I really want to nail this move so I can move on with my minis! 

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have you tried doing them with poi? in my opinion, reel turns are so much easier and make so much more sense with poi. i was completely unable to do them with hoops until i learned them with poi. once you do that, then you only need to figure out the hand switches with the minis, but at least you'll have a better idea of the general motions of the toys. this is the poi video i learned from:



btw, especially with mini hoops, this is NOT a very elementary and simple move... the hand switches still trip me up a lot!

good luck!

Thank you, Sarah!  I've been working on the poi reels with the video link you provided, and I get them with poi.  I'm going to try to get them down really well with the poi and then attempt them again with the hoops.  I've asked HoopDeDoo to make a tutorial of them and put it on her website.  If she does, I'll be sure to post a link here to help anyone else out.  Thanks also for letting me know that I'm not a complete dunce for not getting this.  It seems that turns should be so basic, but since they are part of the foundation of hooping and from them a lot of hand positions and surface switches are learned, it makes sense that they are difficult.  Hopefully once I master the turns it might make some of the more "advanced" moves a bit easier.

yes, and reel turns are infinitely useful... especially when incorporating dancing, they're super helpful for turning and linking together tons of moves.

I would like to make a tutorial for you, but I'm not sure what the low and high reel turns are.  I think I do them, but I didn't know what they are called.  Point me to a video of someone doing them and I will make a tutorial.  Check out my video on youtube called Crazy Weaves at 1:56 and :25 and let me know if that is what you are talking about.  I usually just call them turns while doing various weaves.  This video only has one turn in it, but I can do more.  Click on the link below to see the video.


Hi,  I  posted 2 new tutorials on my website last night.  They are about turns with twins.  It will continue to be a series with new tutorials added regularly.  The next one (Part 3) will be about reels.  Click on the link below to see Part 1 and when you are finished watching click on "Go to Part 2."  If you have any requests, let me know and I will make tutorials for you.  The videos have a lot of repetition on the instructions so you don't have to keep rewinding to see what I was doing.


What is a low reel turn?

It's kind of hard to explain since I can't really do it, LOL!  When you turn with the hoops going forwards, instead of kind of scooping the hoop up on the opposite side of the way you're turning and across your body to the other side, you keep the hoop by your hip and they it goes around behind you rather than in front of you.  When you're doing it with the hoops going in reverse, again, instead of temporarily stopping the hoops  and just scooping them up over your head when you turn, you kind of cross one over your head while it's spinning.  That probably makes no sense, and since there are no tutorials on it that I know of other than the one in Sandra's Minis class, I can't even direct you to one.  Maybe someone can come up with a video of mini hooping where it's done. If I find one, I'll post it.

I think I know what you mean.  I will make a video of the turns I do and you can let me know if any of them is what you are looking for.  Let me know if my Crazy Weaves video at  :25 is a turn that you are talking about.  I think it matches your description.  The link is on my reply above.  I will try to make a video tonight.

Hey Shelley,  Here's a video.  Let me know if any of this is what you're talking about.  I forgot to do the turn with forward spin where the hoop goes behind you during the turn.  Let me know.



Forgot to tell you that you can do the turns coming from spins or coming off weaves.

Okay, I replied below before looking at this.  First of all, lady, lady, lady, you are so wickedly talented with those hoops and so cute!  I LOVE the split weave!  I've never seen that before so a tutorial on that would be excellent!  I've also never seen the turns where you end up with your arms crossed - another good idea for a tutorial! It's awesome! In fact, tutorials on all your turns would be great!  Many people around here lament the shortage of mini hooping tutorials, so there's a void that needs to be filled! 


And, the best news is that the very first hoop you do in this video is what I'm looking for!  It's the low reel turn!  (Wouldn't it be helpful if all hoop moves had universal names?!) 


I really, really appreciate you taking the time to make this video and your interest in helping me (and probably a lot of other people) learn these turns!  Thank you so much!!

Hi Shelley,  Thanks for all your comments.  I will start tomorrow making tutorials for all the turns I know how to do.  I will start with the turn that is the first one on the video above.  The one that you are interested in the most.  I will try to post the first one tomorrow night.  I am happy to do it.  I love seeing other people have success with new moves.  I remember when I was learning, there weren't very many tutorials, just videos of people hooping.


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