June 2009 Journal Entries (87)

In the beginning. . .

So I thought perhaps I should start this journal thing to keep track of progress made. And then maybe folks can give suggestions and learn from my mistakes if nothing else. I've had my hoops for about a week now. I have a 39" and a 43" travel hoop, both from Hoopnotica. Love em both. The travel one creaks a little, with all the joints it kinda makes sense. But anyway, just got the bigger one day before yesterday. And I'd say Im doing pretty good. I got waist hooping and I can move around…  

Added by Maxine Jean Claude on June 30, 2009 at 6:58pm — 2 Comments

oh becoming a dancer

"if I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it"

I have no idea who said this, but it's a quote that has meant so much to me. I've found that through hoop and belly dance that I'm being able to express myself in ways I haven't imagined. I used to get annoyed when people claimed they did something in order to express themselves, but now I think I understand so well what most people mean. through hoop dancing, I find that my self expression is not only trying to…  

Added by Ashton Gannon on June 29, 2009 at 7:36pm — 1 Comment

Class #1

Taping has now become easier. A few lessons learned, don't even attempt a deep angle with specialty tape at first. The narrower the gap between spirals, the easier it is to keep that tape even and cover the whole hoop. Another lesson learned, vinyl tape is really stretchy, don't pull it, let it do its thing.

My first class was held in the rain. I actually cancelled it, but decided to head down to the gym anyway with my hoops in case my 1 student hadn't gotten the message. Plus I was…  

Added by Shireen Advani Lee on June 29, 2009 at 6:29pm — No Comments

~i am a hoopdancer~

~i am a hoopdancer~ i dance within the sacred circle~ i have found a space to call home~ here i am fully connected to my rhythm~ earth's rhythm~ spirit's rhythm~ soul's rhythm~ nurtured~ nourished~ whole~ and complete~ here i am able to reconnect with my center~ the center of all creation~ the center of all that is true and pure~ here i have found love~

at the stillpoint in the center of the circle
one can see the infinite in all things.

~ Chaung Tzu

Added by rhythm on June 29, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments


Today, I went to the Pride Fest in St. Louis in Tower Grove Park. I brought 2 of my hoops and met my 3 of my friends there. We each had a hoop and were right by the stage and just spread out and tons of people came up and gave hooping a try. It was great! We stayed for about 3 hours. I'm kinda surprised there wasn't more actual hoopers there, but it was a great time!

Spreading the hooping love.

Added by Cady Clasby on June 28, 2009 at 10:27pm — 2 Comments

First group practice

So I just started hoop dancing yesterday. I made my hoop and started learning from the online Seeding classes. Then today I went to Barton Springs to practice with the Cirkus Arts meetup group. It was very exciting, and I learned so much. I hooped for about an hour and 45 mins, and I was exhausted driving home. I think I will be very sore and bruised tomorrow, which is fine. I just hope that I don't hurt so much that I can't practice hooping tomorrow. :)

The great things about…  

Added by Becky on June 28, 2009 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Another Euphoric experience!!!

I had another twilight moment hooping today :) It was a hot day but still had a nice breeze. I grabbed my hoops and went outside to play. I just made a REALLY big hoop and decided to test it out. OMG it was amazing! All the moves I have been trying to get down with my regular hoops just smoothly made their way into my free flow dancing. I put some Ani Difranco on and took my shoes off! I really wish I had my vid camera today but its ok because the moment (actually two hours lol) will be in my…  

Added by Nichole Bair SenseSublimity on June 28, 2009 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Farmers Market Success!

I just did my first Farmers Market selling hoops! I sold $190 worth of hoops! Wahhhoooo! It was so fun too! Not only were several people hooping with my play hoops but people were hooping with their new sparkly hoops! Now I just have to replenish my stock!!

Added by Lealyn on June 28, 2009 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

~as the fireflies danced~

the sky was tinged pink as the sun said farewell to the day while trees sillohetted the horizon welcoming the birth of the night's waxing moon. fireflies flickered their illuminescence creating their own dance as i spun circles in the damp grass. rain had fallen. thunderclouds brought more water to quench the thirst of earth's family. the air was moist. the clouds were thick. patches of blue made one last appearance as light transformed into dark. birds sang their goodnight songs and the…  

Added by rhythm on June 26, 2009 at 7:24pm — 2 Comments

Here's one for y'all...

The Charleston! hehe

I was dancing around to some old swing tunes today and I tried doing the charleston while hooping. For those of you who enjoyed the challenge of the grapevine, try this one! :-D

I also discovered that it was fun to do a Charlie Chapman impression while hooping! ehehe

Added by Lulu Hoop* of Spiraling Within* on June 26, 2009 at 6:13pm — 1 Comment

Want to do a video too! Someday...

I need to add a video...I'm so scared to post myself! I don't look anything like you guys here! Mine will end up on the Bloopers page! But I'm so inspired watching all the videos here on Hoop City. My time will come!

Added by Swivel Lass on June 26, 2009 at 3:31pm — 3 Comments

Continuous vertical walk through

At least, I think that's what it's called. Boy it looks neat! It's easier to do with my big hoop, but it keeps hitting the ground. It looks really rough right now, but it's fun to do. Ever since I got the shoulder hooping down my transitions are so much smoother. I still loose it, but I can save the shoulder hooping by shimmying it back up and then spinning. Very fun...I haven't had so much fun "exercising" ever!

Added by Swivel Lass on June 26, 2009 at 8:50am — 3 Comments

Hooping in Public!

Over in front of Macy's they've recently turned Broadway into a pedestrian promenade. Sheryl's organized something with the parks department (or whoever it is that controls that space) so that she can give free hooping lessons to folks. It's held on Thursdays from 6 to 7pm in front of Macy's if you're ever in that area and want to give it a shot. I met in person some folks I'd been talking to online for a bit which was really great! I've never really hooped before while there were so many…  

Added by Jendell on June 25, 2009 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Got the shoulder hoooping!

I finally got it! I have way less bruises in this last attempt and can actually maintain movement! I really can't wait until my Hoopnotica DVDs arrive...and I so want to get into the Seeding series. I also finally made a Hoop Mix CD to dance to outside. It makes the time go by so fast, and I find myself hooping a lot longer with the music, so hat's off to my brother for all the music he cataloged and downloaded for his sisters to use!

Added by Swivel Lass on June 25, 2009 at 2:42pm — 1 Comment

~hoopdance raindance~

on a misty rainy night in a little shoretown of rhode island i found a welcoming patch of grass just outside of the hotel we were staying at to call home as i hooped under the crying clouds. my cousin's wedding was beautiful, it was great to be surrounded by my family who i have not seen in so long, but i just had to slip away to find some peace within the circle. as voices danced in the background and more guests trickled into the hotel for some after wedding festivites i felt so completely…  

Added by rhythm on June 25, 2009 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Serves me Right...

I was so bored with my hooping. I had basics down, and was looking at trying to do more. I ordered the hoopnotica level 2 dvd

I fired it up and gave it a shot. I'd learned how to do the hand-off corkscrew a bit and I'd started chest hooping before today, but some of that other stuff that I was trying...hoo doggie! That's some difficult stuff to do! I think once I get chest hooping down, the rest might be a bit easier. here's hoping.

You know...I really should have more…  

Added by Jendell on June 24, 2009 at 9:49pm — 1 Comment

Laying down, foot hooping

I am a very active person, biking riding across town to work and run errands, three hours of swim instructions then 20 mins of laps. There are some days that I just don't want to stand up or use my legs anymore. I had knee injuries from volleyball in high school so my knees just plain have a limit.

Well last night I really wanted to play with the hoop so I laid down on the kitchen/dinning room floor and hooped with my arms. It was so fun and felt great! I could roll from one side to…  

Added by Circle Light on June 24, 2009 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

did someone say con't bunny hop?

eager beaver over here just recorded a video w/ much anticipation to show you guys on hoop city. i have just blown my socks off w/ how far i have progressed w/ hooping. i love it!!!!

for the title of my journal you may be guessing...no...she didnt pull that off. but low and behold caught

on my new recorder i have done it over three time in a row..maybe four..maybe even five. you may have to count

b/c im so excited. tomorrow ill edit the video i shorter b/c a 13min practice. the…  

Added by l "lady lamb" to the inz on June 24, 2009 at 2:27am — 5 Comments

When the good get taken advantage of :(

I just have to vent here! Last night some friends and I were spinning fire and the neighbor had a few people over that decided to come in our backyard and watch. Im always sooo happy to meet new people........Its so hard for me to grasp the concept of sick twisted selfish human beings...but that night there were a few.

So while all of us are in the backyard playing...two guys go around the house and in the front door! They stole my computer tower my brannn spankin new hd video camera…  

Added by Nichole Bair SenseSublimity on June 23, 2009 at 8:49pm — 7 Comments

Progress and my new travel hoop arrived!

I had been waiting and waiting for my new Hoopnotica Travel Hoop to arrive. It finally did on Friday!

That was, however, one day late for the hooping class I went to! If you ever get a chance to take one of Sheryl Wilson's classes, you totally should! She's a great instructor and really good at teaching multiple levels at…  

Added by Jendell on June 23, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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