Lealyn's Hooping Survey!
07-02-09: Man, I need to update this thing!
07-09-10: Time for another update, I think. I can't believe I've been on this site for over a year!
How old are you?
24 25 26
When did you first start hooping? September 13th, 2008
Would you call yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced hooper? Intermediate with a side of
beginner advanced. :)
7-9-10: I think at this point I can comfortably call myself an advanced hooper, although the longer I do this, the more the lines between "beginner", "intermediate" and "advanced" blur!
How often do you hoop? Not as often as I should anymore! The first few months I was out there for an hour a day, but since they locked up my favorite space for the winter, I've been limited to about 15-30 minutes a day on breaks at work. I need to pick my hoop up more again! This is still pretty true. I need to get off my ass and hoop more!
7-9-10: Still true. Been considering setting up a practice regiment.
Do you have an indoor hoop space? Yes,
at work and now a little bit at home since my living room's gotten straightened up.
7-9-10: Not at the moment! In between addresses.
Is there a hoop group where you live? Yeah, but it's 45 minutes away...
I still should go more! I go every week!
7-9-10: We're building more spin groups closer to home! I've made so many friends who play with all sorts of toys in my area.
Did you start it? Nope!
7-9-10: Working on plans to start a group with a friend of mine.
Would you say that you are obsessed with or addicted to hooping? I would say so. :)
Have you posted hooping videos? How many? Yes! Hmm...*counts*
Nine Ten! Wow! I didn't realize I posted that many. :)
Do you have friends nearby to hoop with? Yes, but real life makes it tough for us to get together and hoop as much as we'd like.
7-9-10: Pretty much all of my friends at this point are people I can hoop with, or spin SOMETHING with!
Do you teach hooping? If so, how many people have you taught?
No, but I think it would be a lot of fun! Yes! I started teaching at the end of April. So far, the biggest class I've had was five people, which kind of crowded the space. It's pretty fun!
7-9-10: Been teaching for over a year now, I've gotten the opportunity to teach several types of classes and several private lessons, gearing up to teach my first workshop with a group of local teachers in August.
What kind of songs do you listen to while hooping? A little bit of everything, actually. I generally like stuff with a good beat, but sometimes I like hooping to slower, more ambient songs when I want to "feel the flow" so to speak.
7-9-10: This is still true.
What is your favorite song right now? It varies so much from day to day. I've recently enjoyed hooping to Gorillaz, Splashdown and Beck. It still varies a lot! I love putting the iPod on shuffle and seeing what happens.
7-9-10: I'm digging hooping to Splashdown right now.
Do you buy hoops or make your own? DIY, baby!
Have you lost weight since starting to hoop? I think I've toned up more than I've lost weight.
7-9-10: I have lost 40 pounds since I began hooping, and I've kept it off. It wasn't just hooping that helped me drop the weight, but it definitely got the ball rolling and is a huge part of my maintenance.
What size is your favorite hoop?
My big 'ol Tabitha hoop. She's a 3/4" big "Cadillac" hoop, as I once heard it described, with two layers of tape so she's a little heavier than average. The speed created from the size and weight is just perfect, although I think she'd be even better if I added some grippy gaff tape. Maybe someday! I made myself a lightweight, 100 PSI hoop with a smaller diameter, and I love jamming with it! I'm working on "graduating" to even smaller hoops, since it seems easier to do tricks with them. I've retired poor Tabitha.
7-9-10: I keep "graduating" down, I just made myself a 32" hoop yesterday. I've been playing with a set of three 36" hoops mostly, working on getting the hang of multiple hoops.
Are you comfortable hooping by yourself in a public place? Yes, but not as comfortable as when I'm in my own space without any witnesses. One of these days I'm going to pull a Baxter and bring out a blindfold so I can't be distracted by other people watching!
7-9-10: Still feel more comfortable either hooping on my own or hooping with other hoopers. When I hoop in public these days, I can't get very far before people start approaching me to talk to me. Which I don't mind, but it impedes practice a little!
How did you learn the majority of the tricks you know today? Watching YouTube and practicing my ass off.
7-9-10: Practicing my ass off is still true. I've learned a great deal of new tricks from attending workshops and learning from some amazing teachers, as well as just watching my fellow hoopers jam.
Who is your favorite hoop teacher? I love how clearly SaFire breaks down her tricks. Caroleeena's really helpful, too, and recently GroovinMegZz has been posting a lot of great tutorials. Honestly, I love tutorials from anyone because everyone's got a slightly different take on how to make the tricks work! All this is still true, but I've recently gotten the privilege to take some workshops from Baxter, and I would be foolish not to add him to this list!
7-9-10: Baxter remains at the top of my list. I have taken several classes and workshops from him and I ALWAYS learn something new!
What advice would you give to to beginner hoopers? Don't get discouraged if you aren't picking it up right away. Keep at it, and understand that even advanced hoopers drop the hoop sometimes!
Do you fire hoop? If not, do you want to?
I don't, but I would LOVE to try. I'm hoping I'll get to play with fire hoops at Burning Man, though I'd love to pick one up sooner! I'm afraid to try them on my own, though, without experienced fire hoopers around to make sure I'm being safe. I got to fire hoop at Hoop Path Retreat '09! I played with the fire hoop twice and it was INCREDIBLE. I wish I had more chances to fire hoop so I could actually practice with it!
7-9-10: I have gotten to fire hoop a few more times since then, but I do have a group of friends who spin fire poi, and I've done that quite a bit. I still don't own a fire hoop of my own. Maybe the next time I update this I'll have one!
Do own an LED hoop? Where did you get it? Again, no, but I would LOVE one. My friends and I are looking into making some!
7-9-10: I was gifted an LED hoop from Trick Concepts earlier in the year! It's purple, pink, blue and white. Really pretty colors.
How much time do you spend on safiredance.ning? Not enough! I do so much stuff on the Internet and I have such limited time. I love watching everyone's videos and reading their blog entries, though!
7-9-10: Not as much as I used to. I used to be glued to this site, but I don't keep up with it as much as I'd like. I think it's a great resource and I recommend it to every hooper that comes through my classes!
What was the first trick you learned (besides waist hooping)? Lifting from my waist to above my head. I'll never forget the rush I felt the first time I did it and it actually worked! Such a high!
What is the last trick you mastered?
Hmm...the barrel roll, I think. Double shoulder rolls (rolling on one shoulder then the other without putting my head back in the hoop).
7-9-10: I've kind of stopped viewing my hooping progress in terms of tricks, I now monitor it in terms of control. For example, I'm working on being able to hoop comfortably and in control on my legs and waist simultaneously. I'm also working on getting more comfortable with shoulder hooping in my opposite direction.
What trick so far was the hardest for you to learn? Shoulder hooping and vertical shoulder hooping have taken FOREVER, but I finally got them down!
7-9-10: Given what I said above, I've recently mastered reverse three-beat weave and turning back and forth between normal three-beat and reverse. That took about three months!
Which one are you finding is almost impossible to get? The trick where you go from vertical hand hooping to jumping vertically into the hoop. (Like in Megz's shoulder pop trick.)
7-9-10: I still have issues with the vertical step through, actually.
How many hoopers would you say live in your town/city? Not many in my actual city, but in the surrounding area there's a fair number!
7-9-10: A LOT. I don't even know them all anymore!
Have you performed hooping in front of an audience?
Not yet! Someday! Once! The studio I teach at is actually a belly dance studio, and they have a monthly hafla. They invited me to perform, and I did...and I had such a freaking blast. Want to do it again sometime soon!
7-9-10: I've performed pretty frequently by now, in several different locations in front of various sizes of audience!
Has anyone told you you were too old to be playing with a hula hoop? Not when I'm actually hooping. :) Sometimes if I tell people I hoop, they'll say, "Isn't that for little kids?" or, "I haven't done that since I was a kid!"
What’s the worst injury you’ve acquired from the hoop? Nothing major. Smacking myself in the face a few times, and getting a little bruised on my hand.
Have you ever hooped naked? Who hasn't?
Have you been to a hoop camp/retreat? Which one?
Nope, but I'm hoping to go to hoop camp this year! YES. I got to go to the Hoop Path Retreat with Baxter and TONS of fantastic and beautiful hoopers. I had such an incredible time! I can't wait to be in a group like that again!
7-9-10: I've been to two Hoop Path Retreats in North Carolina (just got back from one), I went to Hoop Camp '09 in California, and I drove down to Austin to take Rich & Spiral's Hoop Tech workshop.
Jessica Torus* Wagstrom's Journal
Posted on October 1, 2009 at 1:57am
Slowly making my way back home from Hoop Camp. What a freaking rush. I had such an amazing time.
I'd been to Hoop Path Retreat earlier this year, so I had the chance to be around some of my hoop heroes. I think that helped prepare me for Hoop Camp, where the whole starstruck thing wore off a lot quicker. Still, I got to hoop in the presence of some hoopers I greatly admire but hadn't met yet in person, such as Hoopalicious (!!!), Bunny Hoop Star from Australia, Shatki Sunfire,…
Posted on September 15, 2009 at 2:37am
So the thirteenth of September marked my one year hoopiversary, one year from the day I made my very first hoop and gave it a spin. Since then, I've been power-teaching myself to learn as many new tricks as I can, to fill my bag with lots of toys to impress and wow people.
I think, a year in, I've done a pretty good job at trick collecting. I've also got a regular twice a week class I teach, and I'm performing for audiences at least once, if not more, a month. I've traveled to North…
Posted on May 19, 2009 at 11:43am
HOLY FREAKIN' COW. I'm video of the day on hooping.org!!!
HOW DID THAT HAPPEN???
Posted on March 31, 2009 at 10:45pm
I am so excited. Later in April I will begin teaching classes at the most perfect possible studio, and I could not be more excited!!! The studio teaches belly dance, yoga, tribal drumming, and now hoop dance!! I met with the owner tonight, and she is wonderful. I may even get to perform with their dance troupe, which would be two dreams coming true in one go!
If you are anywhere near Grand Prairie, TX and are interested in taking beginner level classes, please contact the studio!…
Posted on March 29, 2009 at 2:02am
It's been an interesting few weeks! I got laid off at the beginning of the month, so my computer time has been limited. It sounds like a bad thing, but it's really a blessing in disguise. I've never been drawn to anything like I'm drawn to hooping, and it feels like everything is pointing towards pursuing this as a career.
I was incredibly blessed to get to attend Julia's (Sassy Hoops
) free class this past Friday. She is a…