What is your goal for 2013 and why is it important? (Doesn't have to be hoop related.)
My goal is to create sustainable income for myself through performing. I have been training on aerial fabric for 11 months, which I can add to my repertoire. The income-through-performing is important as I will finally be able to leave the corporate life & pursue my dream of performing full-time & pouring every minute of my time & energy into my love.
I am also focusing on incorporating more dance & rhythmic gymnastics into my hooping. This will also go into my performance repertoire but will also help me grow as a hoop dancer.
Growing my company Leopard Dance Arts is main goal of mine. Website building, promotional materials, creating more acts, networking are all going into this goal. The idea is to get myself stabilized with my company & income and then leave the corporate life so I can dedicate those 40 hours/week to LDA.
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Lealyn's Hooper Survey How old are you? 25 When did you first start hooping? September 14, 2008 Would you call yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced hooper? Intermediate on the edge of advanced? How often do you hoop? Now I hoop during my lunch, so about 20-30 minutes a day with longer (hour to hour and a half) practices a couple times a week Do you have an indoor hoop space? Sorta. I move my coffee table to hoop in the living room but its still very cramped. I'm trying to find a gym with a dance studio and high ceilings Is there a hoop group where you live? Yes, in Nashville; not in Murfreesboro but it's only 30 minutes away. Did you start it? Nope but I'm going to try to set one up in the Boro! Would you say that you are obsessed with or addicted to hooping? (said with a Scarlett O'Hara accent) Why I do declare! Yes, I am. :-) Have you posted hooping videos? How many?Yes, quite a few :-) Do you have friends nearby to hoop with? Yeeesss and no. I have a couple of friends who hoop but I don't think they are as into it as I am. Do you teach hooping? If so, how many people have you taught? No but I would love to! What kind of songs do you listen to while hooping? Usually rock, alternative and some pop stuff. Here's a sampling: Tool, Queen, MGMT, STS9, NIN, Self, Paramore, Greenwheel.....oh, and DJ K-Tel's mixes. What is your favorite song right now?Hmm, anything Nine Ince Nails right now. It was amazing to hoop to them live at Bonnaroo Do you buy hoops or make your own? Make my own except for my first one and my PSI Hoop Have you lost weight since starting to hoop? I honestly don't know *but* I did notice my abs and thigh muscles are harder.....Pilates couldn't do that for me last summer! What size is your favorite hoop? 36" diameter. Actually, most of my hoops are in the 36" to 37" size range Are you comfortable hooping by yourself in a public place? Yes, finally! How did you learn the majority of the tricks you know today? SaFire's online classes. I'm in her Seeding, Budding, Blooming and Breaks & Reversals classes. Who is your favorite hoop teacher? It's hard for me to pick a fav, but SaFire teaches the way I do, which I love. But Caroleena and GroovinMegZz are wonderful teachers for me too! What advice would you give to to beginner hoopers? You will drop it, you will hit yourself, you will be tangled in it....it's okay! It happens to all of us, just keep hoopin'! :-) Do you fire hoop? If not, do you want to? After seeing fire hooping up close at Bonnaroo, yes I want to fire hoop but I need to learn. Do you own an LED hoop? Where did you get it? I have a PSI Hoop! Lance (my boyfriend) bought it for my 25th birthday; it's a 36" hoop with the new 3D dragonflies in the dark red/blue/UV combination and elfins on two circuits. It makes me so happy. You can see it in my profile pic! How much time do you spend on safiredance.ning? Maybe an hour or so a day but it's split into short sessions before and after work What was the first trick you learned (besides waist hooping)? Walking with the hoop and the lift from the waist....Vortex quickly followed! What is the last trick you mastered? The forward jump through and jump back! What trick so far was the hardest for you to learn? Lealyn's bunny ear pass and shoulder to shoulder hooping. Almost have both but it's still slow going Which one are you finding is almost impossible to get? So far none. But that could change soon :-) How many hoopers would you say live in your town/city? A few in the Boro but a good chunk of people in Nashville are hoopers! Have you performed hooping in front of an audience? Yes but not really intentionally. Bonnaroo is like insta-audience! Has anyone told you you were too old to be playing with a hula hoop? Nope. Probably because I'm short enough to pass for a 12-year-old that when random people see me hooping they don't think anything of it. What’s the worst injury you’ve acquired from the hoop? A busted lip from a hoop opening up on me and a bruise across my nose from a failed pizza toss catch Have you ever hooped naked? :-) Have you been to a hoop camp/retreat? Which one? No but I would love to go to one!
"Hey Kristen i live in gatlinburg! i might be coming that way soon to visit some of my friends that live in murfreesboro and go to school there. we should meet up and hoop if we are ever in eachothers town! :)
Yes, I can take photos tonight. I've been working at the gymnastics studio and training non-stop the last few days but I have some time tonight. I will say, I am 4'11" and wear between a size 0 and size 2 usually. However,…"
yea. today is a bad hoop day. i've been working on my routine for the hooprama hoop troupe audition next sunday and I can't even get simple moves right today. I keep bumping the hoop into my leg or launching it into something nearby or dropping it....everything is just going wrong! Out of about 30 attempts or so to hoop to the song, I've successfully completed one. I'm so frustrated now, I don't even know if I still want to audition. I hate choreographing moves, so my routine only has 3 small…
That's all I can think. Why. Such a wonderful person, with a great smile and, as described so accurately by Braska, an infectious laugh. I'm not bothering to stop my tears when they come, on and off for the last hour and a half since I woke up. I woke up hoping it was all a super awful nightmare or someone's sadistic idea of a prank but it's. Not. Frankie, you're really gone and I don't know why or even begin to understand.
I had a beautifully amazing time at Bonnaroo and was very sad to have to come home. There is nothing better than live music, sunshine, lotsa hooping, meeting new people and hanging out in campsites with friends; if that could be my life, I would be very very happy :-)
But I think I have a cold or maybe the Bonna-Flu now. Going from outdoors in the sun and heat to indoors with the air conditioning cranked up (at work, it's turned down at my house) has caused me to be kinda sick the…
Hi Kristen. My name is Jen I am a hooper from Erie PA. My boyfriend and I will be driving to Wakarusa going through Nashville. We were planning to stay the night there on May 28th and May 29th. We would greatly appreciate it if you could put us up for the night. We could trade some hoop tricks if you would like to jam together. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wouldn't mind helping us out. Thank you!