Sooooo like i told a friend onhere...i have no video camera...someone stole my only computer comapitable camera...not happy...cant send in a video for saphires contest...nothing....GRRRRRRRRRRR..sooo...advancement....
I can knee hoop!!!! thank goodness! i poped my knee out about 2 months ago and swore id never be able to do it...but glory glory...yesturday i got it...w no pain!!! but boy my stomach muscles!!! they are strianed....im working on everything i know...in the oppiste…
Added by amy on July 1, 2009 at 7:35am —
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 —
"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 —
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 —
~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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
Yesterday night I decided to videotape myself. Finally armed with a tripod, I hooked up my digital camera and set it to record video. My first experience looking at myself "performing" was hideous. My arms were doing things that I wasn't expecting, and some of the moves I thought were my "signature" were rushed, ugly, and just downright awful. I never felt worse about my hooping, suddenly thinking "people have actually WATCHED me do this?" I wanted to quit, but instead I took a few breaths and…
Added by Ashton Gannon on June 23, 2009 at 9:49am —
I see A LOT of music. I travel many miles to see bands that I enjoy. Typically, they are stand up dance-party rock shows. My favorite, of course ; ) However, from time to time it's nice to experience something different..have a little balance in the style of concert I attend. Pearl Jam is a band I love, yet have never seen. They don't tour like bands I see repeatedly on the road, and if they do, possible shows I could see are limited. When I heard Eddie Vedder was coming to my city (lead singer…
Added by Adriene on June 22, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Finally! It's nearer than last week!
Unfortunately the river is high and we may not have the boat ride the island or the walk to the sand beach! The river may go down...but I can't make any promises...
Our party is jammin' but we might just have to plan another one while were all together..
hope you all understand~
Added by Virtuous ॐ Luna on June 22, 2009 at 10:30am —
Yippee! My interview was in the local newspaper today and is fantastic, despite a couple of mistakes-- ie 3 1/4 tubing instead of 3/4. eep! I'm so proud and so happy for this opportunity to share my hoop love with my friends and neighbors. The link to the whole article still isn't working this morning, but here's the link to a short video from the interview.
Added by Tangled Macrame on June 22, 2009 at 8:12am —
Everything is finally here, but this sinusitis just won't let up long enough for me to do anything! I picked up my tubing today, so excited to get started, but my dr has given me a boatload of meds to take for the next two weeks and the husband is very rightly concerned that I not start hoop making until this never ending illness is gone.
Meanwhile I have a few folks rearing to go and a community flea market this weekend that I was hoping to sell my first hoops at. I'm still going to…
Added by Shireen Advani Lee on June 22, 2009 at 6:49am —
It's great! I feel like a child again. Learning doesn't go so smooth as in the childhood, but i love it! Well, when I practice from tutorial, trying to learn something new I hate myself some times for learning so slow. But when I have enough of everything and just start joking around with my hoop ... that's fun!! I love it! I need to make lighter one, this one is too heavy. I didn't practice every day for now. But in the morning i discovered it's nice to get my body in the move before going to…
Added by Ursa, Free bird on June 22, 2009 at 5:29am —
....I loVe IT!!
Its awesome! It has their specially designed gaffer tape! its got extra grip! I cannot wait to take this everywhere! and it came with a cool Hoopnotica strap! :)
Its so great!
Go to www.hoopnotica.com to order yours!
Choices are Pink & gold/Blue & Silver!
***SAVE 10% on your NEW travel hoop(& other gear) by using MY code! APMA0415! :) ♥…
Added by GroovinMeGzz on June 21, 2009 at 11:08pm —
June 21 for the IRONMAN In CDA, ID. 140.4 miles broken down into 2.4 swim miles, 112 bike miles, and 26 run miles.
Never been on to be being into running/marathons. But this is a big event in the small town. Over 2000 people start and a lot don't make it.
Got to watch the swim part from a boat, took some pictures, and hung out with people cheers bike riders on. I feel like a dumb ass for not getting pictures of people hooping while cheering on the riders. It was great to…
Added by Circle Light on June 21, 2009 at 10:59pm —
Wheeh! Just landed back home after a weekend of sun and spinning at the Mid-Missouri Summer Solstice Bliss Out. The camp ground was really primitive and the crowd smaller than expected, but there was a great family-vibe with lots of little ones prowling the grounds. This was my 1st festival taking the kids without my husband to help, so I took my teenage sister along. She was a great help and the kids were fantastic. They fell asleep in the nest we made near the stage where I was able to dance,…
Added by Tangled Macrame on June 21, 2009 at 1:53pm —
Two days ago I learned how to hoop with my right foot...yesterday I learned how to transfer the hoop from one foot to the other. Today I think I'll take it outside! Hopefully I'll have a video or some photos to post in the next day or so.
Happy Hooping everyone!
Added by Bonnie BonesInspired on June 21, 2009 at 10:19am —
So I've officially launched my hooping company: BollyHoop. Hoopdance fitness to Bollywood Hits! I'm super excited about starting the classes and making the hoops now that all my materials are here. It was a struggle getting it all together. I'm hoping even 1/2 of the initial 17 people who expressed interest actually show up.
But that's the thing, I have to let go of my expectations and let it happen - its true while hooping as well. The more hung up I get on making a certain trick…
Added by Shireen Advani Lee on June 21, 2009 at 12:08am —
I made a flow toy from reclaimed and random materials around my house. It is a slender staff that has tubular crinoline (also known as Cyberlox) ribbons and a bit of faux fur on both ends. It functions as a giant "devil stick" if you use your fingers and arms/etc to balance and toss it. It has excellent wind resistance so slow and flowy staff dance as well as gentle contact moves are possible. It is kind of like painting on air if you will , or even trying to move an object underwater depending…
Added by Salali on June 20, 2009 at 9:39pm —
I started with a 44 inch bodyhoop, which I love like a grandpa. It is comforting and meditative, but also heavy and cumbersome. I made a 38'' 160-si hoop which was great, but I liked the quickness on the 36" hoop that I had in 200psi.
I like the 38 each", but i could take it anymore and CUT my hoop to a 36'' in the the 160 psi. ANd I love it.
It is exactly what I was looking for in size and speed.
Like to warm up with my big hoop the go to the 160 psi to 'work'…
Added by Circle Light on June 20, 2009 at 12:38am —
WOW, yesterday was a lot.
Fruits gallor after driving across town, stop and hold at Dept of Health to drop paper work off, then home.
Hooped in the yard for a good long while, neighbor visiting action...
Dinner, outfit change
While a lot of walking to club A, some every muted dancing on the side sat and watching/waiting.
Headed to club B. The fancy resort lounge. Band playing songs drawn from a hat with an audience member singing lead. Not bad.…
Added by Circle Light on June 19, 2009 at 5:09pm —
I saw Rachel Brice on You Tube and fell in love with tribal fusion belly dance. I own about 4 belly dance dvds, 2 of which are tribal fusion. I never got the hang of it though. I'm starting to realize that when I'm in the hoop belly dancing comes more natural. In between hoop sessions I'm going to start watching the belly dance dvds again. Hopefully they'll come together for me. :)
Added by Andrea Nicole on June 19, 2009 at 4:03am —
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…
Added by Kinetic Kristen* on June 18, 2009 at 6:37pm —
- How old are you ? 20
- When did you first start hooping ? june 08
- Would you call yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced hooper ? intermediate
- How often do you hoop ? as often as i can. especially when the weather's good.
- Do you have an indoor hoop space ? a few, livingroom and foyer. I'd rather be outside or on the porch though.
- Is there a hoop group where you live ? not that i know of.
- Did you start it ?…
Added by alicia frese on June 18, 2009 at 4:39pm —
About four years ago I was in a car reck. Some guy didnt have his head lights on while I was trying to make a left turn. T-boned my car and snapped the right front axle into the tire. After getting out of the car to check if everyone was okay, the guy that hit me ( geeked out of his mind) feeling like super man moves my car. He parked his car a block from where the reck happend. After the police got there they said their was nothing they could do because it was not in its natural state. No…
Added by contessa on June 18, 2009 at 3:42pm —
I've been ignoring my hoop a little bit for the last couple weeks. This has been for a few reasons, a trip to Vancouver, a whole lot of messed up things happening in my back, and some frustration. I haven't really done much more than pick the hoop up and spin it around my waist a few times. I did have one amazing jam last week while listening to Abbey Road, but then I didn't touch the hoop until Monday.
I finally forced myself to pick up the hoop and just go. Wow. Sometimes I think…
Added by Gina on June 18, 2009 at 7:19am —
of hooping and watching Allan tape Nella's hoop. :P We got to go outside and hoop. It was nice not having to take turns. But it was also really hot today so we only spent about 30 minutes outside. I'm getting a little better at the knee hooping. I'm still a bit shaky, but the real problem is getting the hoop back up to at least my hips. I can't do it yet.
I'm already thinking about getting another 41" hoop, a 37" hoop, and twins. lol. I have an addiction problem. :P which is why…
Added by Andrea Nicole on June 18, 2009 at 6:56am —
Today I will be going to the Summer Solstice Projekt Festival for some hooping and crazy sick beats!!! I can't wait to see shpongle =)
I'm just hoping it doesn't rain all weekend!
Added by Alexa Nicole on June 18, 2009 at 6:23am —
Okay, So I am signed up to do two *HOOP A RAMA* camps thru VSU's Continuing Ed department this summer! Woo woo! The first one was supposed to be next week, so I called today to see how many kids were going to be in it so I knew how many hoops to make. Turns out, the camp needed one more kid in order to make.... so it ended up getting cancelled ***sniff***** I was pretty bummed out, because I have spent a lot of time making up a routine... makin up games, schedules, stretches, art projects...…
Added by JeNi on June 17, 2009 at 6:05pm —
So...I'd like to keep a journal to keep track of my progress as a hooper and as a blossoming socialite.
I used to sit on the sidelines at places like drumcircle wishing I could dance, do poi and even hoop but my social anxiety often kept me glued to one spot. (I won't lie though, sometimes I'm still glued!) Hooping has opened a new door for me. It has given me the freedom to be myself and feel comfortable in my own body. Who knew that moving your hips in circular motion could free the…
Added by Bonnie BonesInspired on June 17, 2009 at 5:00pm —
I'm so happy that I found Hoop City! What a great site!
I have to make a shout out to SaFire for her fantastic tutorial vids on Youtube and for showing me the way to Hoopcity.ca. You rock Sandra!
Added by Bonnie BonesInspired on June 17, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Bonnaroo was amazing, as always. I hooped my face off every day of it. Especially during Mars volta, andrew bird, Erykah Badu, Al Green, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, animal collective, bon iver, and santigold. I brought two of my hoops with me... My biggest one (brown and blue, 46 inch diameter) and my smallest one (green, yellow, and metallic gold, 36 inches) I saw some great bands and great hoopers too. I was even filmed while hooping by some woman with a very professional looking camera, haha. I forgot…
Added by Stellar Sunshine* on June 16, 2009 at 12:12pm —
. . . that with some encouragement from Allan I was able to bring the hoop up to lasso from waist hooping. And I can do it hooping in either direction!!! Finally. I'm still working on the neck hooping with out my shoulders getting in the way, but it is getting better. Hopefully, since I'm off I can make a vid on Thursday. :P
Added by Andrea Nicole on June 15, 2009 at 8:23pm —
Doesn't seem to matter what else is going on in my life or how much more important it is than hooping... all I want to do is hoop.
I really want to become a hoop dance teacher I think. I have been considering taking the Hoopnotica hoop teacher training when they come to Denver in July... but then I think about it and I am like a hoop nobody so why would anyone want to take my class.
Is it important to become notable before teaching class or do you think this is a "build it…
Added by Laura "Baila" on June 15, 2009 at 7:58pm —
When I went outside to hoop earlier this afternoon, I felt like such a dunce, as if I'd forgotten almost everything I'd learned about hooping above & beyond the basics. Ugh. Not a happy feeling.
I'm blaming it on the weather. Which doesn't bode well for the rest of the (Texas) summer: hot, hotter, MISERABLE! I guess I'll have to find a larger indoor space, or do some late night hooping to compensate. Hooping in my bedroom doesn't let me do much off the body tricks, due to the…
Added by Rachel of The Circus Freaks* on June 15, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Hello my hoop friends,
this weekend was full of hooping, hurray!, (though my husband is not so enthusiastic, had to look after the kiddies, but he supports me enough and I am grateful for it and him of course...:)))
Saturday we wend to car boot sale kind of thing, and OMG what do I see? 2 huge sparkly well used hoops! I ran to the stand asking to whom they belong. The girl said she is hooping about 1 year now with her friend in the same city as I live and last summer was…
Added by Jana from Ula Oopla land on June 15, 2009 at 3:35pm —
so ive realized with my last few practices how rockin i am getting! and i usually thought man i got a long ways to go i have no flow and i still have a long ways to go but ...im getting more confident a long the way thanks to this community and sandra. thank you guys so much for all the support, the video posts, comments, etc. ive recorded my most recent practice but when i got home the lights were so bright you couldnt see me hoop just my body founcing around lol
im supposed to have…
Added by l "lady lamb" to the inz on June 15, 2009 at 1:36pm —
Mickle-A-Muckle: when the good and the bad are so mixed up they're impossible to sort out....and Ms. Macrame goes CRAZY!
These have been energy-intensive weeks. Most the things happening are good but there’s just so much going on that I’m feeling very overwhelmed and drained. I love my summer job at the library, but when I imagined part-time summer job, I was thinking 20, maybe 25 hours a week. Working 30 hours, while my husband works full time is exhausting, especially since we only…
Added by Tangled Macrame on June 15, 2009 at 8:36am —
Yesterday was my try-out for the Drop Dead Darlings Burlesque Troupe.
I brought my Hoop and a big smile. They asked a couple cooky questions, like if I was a texture what texture would I be. I answered wool, warm but a little itchy. After the questions it was time to perform. I had no routine organized.I just winged it. During the middle of my performance, I had a mad coughing fit from being sick earlier in the week. Even though I was coughing my head off, I still kept going. The moment I…
Added by contessa on June 15, 2009 at 2:07am —
My hoop has been taped! Yesterday Allan, my boyfriend, meticulously used my dia de los muertos fabric and black electrical tape to tape my hoop. It looks so awesome! And it is soooo much easier to hoop with. I was able to shimmy the hoop from my waist to neck every once in a while with out the tape, but now it's going up more naturally with less effort all the time. It's not perfect yet, but I'm on the right track now. I think the hardest part is the neck hooping. My shoulders keep getting in…
Added by Andrea Nicole on June 14, 2009 at 7:27pm —
So I hoop when I get the chance. Lately though, I have been stuck doing homework most of the day. I just want this class to be over with, so I can have more time to unlock inner hooping excitment!
It is all about discovery!
Added by Jennifer Trigo on June 14, 2009 at 7:32am —
I'm still waiting for my second Hoopnotica video to arrive. It's kinda killing me. I bought it with a new travel hoop, and I haven't gotten that either. I'm trying super hard to be patient. I know I ordered my travel hoop after a bunch of people. It's just hard because I REALLY want that video!
I went online last night and searched for hooping instructional videos. I practiced a bit of chest hooping this morning (seriously for like five minutes, no more...enough for me to be like,…
Added by Jendell on June 13, 2009 at 4:50pm —
I finally got my hoop tubing in the mail today! I can not tell you how amazing it felt to hula with a hoop that's made just for me! Tricks that where seeming impossible with the kiddie hoops I now accomplish with greater ease!!!
Cant wait to make another one tomorrow :)
Added by Brianna Belladonna on June 13, 2009 at 6:41am —
. . . with my knee hooping. I can't keep it above my knee to long though. It ends up dropping to my shin where it stays and spins while banging up my lower leg. Ouch. I think the biggest problem is that my hoop is still naked, no tape yet. Or at least thats what my pro knee hooping boyfriend told me. lol. I tried ordering from identi-tape last night, but after picking out a billion colors (just in case) I realized they don't ship to p.o. boxes. :( boooo. So sometime next week I hope to hit up…
Added by Andrea Nicole on June 12, 2009 at 10:00am —
Today was the first time in a long time that I really tried to live the flow. With school and life and this tiny little apartment sometimes it is just hard to really get into it. I got to really let go today. I didn't worry about when my hoop hit the ceiling or my walls and laughed everytime it hit the floor. I spun so much it made me dizzy and I walked away wanting more. What a feeling to have. The freedom of it all. I have missed it, missed the sense that I get when I am not obsessing about a…
Added by Joanna on June 11, 2009 at 6:30pm —
...just wanting to express such loving gratitude to all of you amazing, beautiful, inspiring hoopers...i am so blessed to be a part of this wonderful growing community. every time i watch a video the pure expression that dances with the merging of hooper and hoop is so inspiring. each and every one of you is such a beautiful shining light! i am so touched. so filled with an energy inspiring me to keep dancing and sharing this shining light too! i feel like as we all dance and spin and play we…
Added by rhythm on June 11, 2009 at 4:47pm —
I'm super excited to be a part of this hooping community. Down here where I live, the town is small, and well... so is the amount of info from the outside world. Not a lot of people know about hooping and so far I have met only one other person that has as much love for hooping as I do. I am looking forward to getting out there and meeting more hoopers!
Added by Jennifer Trigo on June 11, 2009 at 7:58am —
. . . and now my mom wants me to order her one!!! She looked so stoked when she was trying it out. She was telling me about how when she was a kid she used to be able to do tricks. Am I the only woman who didn't know hoop tricks as a child???
lol. I'm excited that she wants one. It'll be great exercise for her and she has a very stressful, time consuming job. She's the director of a non profit group that helps better the lives of individuals with dissabilities. She also writes and…
Added by Andrea Nicole on June 11, 2009 at 4:30am —
So I finally started hooping!! I first saw hooping in January when a friend e-mailed me Safire's Paramore video. I was blown away! I really wanted to try it but didn't really know where to learn how to hoop dance. Then a few months went by and I kinda forgot about it.
The other day I was in the dollar store and saw some hula hoops for sale and I remembered the video. I bought one but sucked really bad trying to hoop with it. So I came online to find out what I was doing wrong and…
Added by meL*P on June 11, 2009 at 1:29am —
. . . my puppy wasn't terrified of my hoop. It's good that she doesn't try to play around me when I'm actually hooping, but even when it's not spinning she looks at it like it's evil. lol.
Added by Andrea Nicole on June 10, 2009 at 4:15pm —
I've been missing hooping all week, my dreaded sinus infection is nearly over. I'm finding though that hooping alone is not enough of a workout, I need to get back to strength training and toning exercises fast - I'm trying to put it all together into one workout for my hoop group workouts.
For now, I'm looking forward to a morning hoopout on the clubhouse roof. Next week, my connectors and tape arrive from the US, and then its all about hoop making.
Added by Shireen Advani Lee on June 10, 2009 at 10:27am —
"Because it's time to stop babbling the alphabet and to start speaking in complete, poetic sentences ( choreographically speaking)." -Shimarella
Added by Tangled Macrame on June 9, 2009 at 9:21pm —
So I convinced my 2 best friends, Nel and Michele, to try hula hooping. Nel ordered a hoop for herself and I ordered one for Michele as a late birthday present. :) My hooping community is growing. lol.
Last night while they were over we watched Daft Punk's Interstella 555
while we took turns hooping. I worked on getting my hands in the hoop (comfortably) while hooping at the waist, shimmying it up to my neck (so close), and hooping at the knees. My boyfriend was instantly able…
Added by Andrea Nicole on June 9, 2009 at 4:51pm —
i am sad that i still don't have a video camera to record myself :( that's ok though! i love hooping so much it doesn't really matter if anyone ever sees me--it just helps with the gratification aspect..hehe. anyway, i've really been feeling a groove with my hoop lately. i can nail any trick i put my mind to with the sun shining on me, and no worries of breaking anything else! just this month i finally got it looking good when i "pick it up" without hands, i can do double shoulder rolls…
Added by miss.sarah on June 9, 2009 at 8:29am —
. . . there was a hooping community on Guam. The only hoopers I've seen are the fire dancers at The Sandcastle, a Vegas style show. It'd be encouraging if there was a community of hoop dancers here. I guess I just got to get my friends hooked. lol.
Added by Andrea Nicole on June 9, 2009 at 2:49am —
There, I said it. hehe :-D
Added by Lulu Hoop* of Spiraling Within* on June 8, 2009 at 11:05pm —
Hung out with the neighbors and fire. Shared hoops with everyone that showed up. It is great to see the smiles.
We did not go home till almost 11pm. After some time caughting up at home/computer stuff after being away for 6 hours. I went out side to just waist hoop with the moon as the clouds passed over. MAybe 20 mins, needed that grounding a bit.
This month has been crazy. From getting a part time job with a motel, working 22 days out of the 25 days I was on the books…
Added by Circle Light on June 8, 2009 at 6:28pm —
Today marks one year in my hoop journey. Looking back I can't remember how many times the hoop has saved me from stress and the pressures of the every day. Finding the hoop was one of the best things I have ever done and from now on I shall truly celebrate this day as my own personal holiday for it shows growth both in and out of the circle. The hoop is a commitment worth keeping and I hope to forever be as happy as I am on this day. Happy hooping to all the hoopdancers of the world may…
Added by Brionna Echo* on June 8, 2009 at 5:45pm —
I've had my Hoopnotica collapsible hoop for a couple of months now, and it's showing some wear. I didn't realize, once I first got it, that I shouldn't hoop on the tarred roof or the sidewalk. While I'm more conscious about where I hoop now, my first hoop is looking a little worse for wear.
I got some grey gaffers tape, some black vinyl tape to put down as a base, and while I really wanted the Pink Fizz Holographic…
Added by Jendell on June 8, 2009 at 3:04pm —
10$ + 2.99$ warranty = heating gun
30$ online gaffers colored tapes
12$ assorted elec. tape lowes in the mean time
3$ couplings 10pcs
3$ for hack saw ( oh no linz..with a hack saw..)
total price 75-80 with tax
driving around aimlessly for 5hrs finding hoop supplys..well and i went clothes shopping..=o)
price of making hoop(s) for friends and family and new friends havnt met yet?? priceless.
gives me something…
Added by l "lady lamb" to the inz on June 6, 2009 at 3:29pm —
Lamp shade hits: 5
Lamp shades knocked right off and bulb smashed: 1 (quietly replaced without telling boyfriend)
Kitchen casualties: 1 bottle knocked off table (not broken)
New hoops made: 1 middling size
Hooping injuries: one smashed thumbnail, two fresh bruises on back of hand, several nasty pinches (chest breaks), one wallop on bare foot - the usual
People frightened by coming round corner and finding me hooping: 3 ladies on church outing
New hoop tricks: 1 -…
Added by Marie on June 5, 2009 at 3:54pm —
I feel terrible about it, but I want to confess. I'm jealous of other hoopers....
Everytime I go to hooping.org (which is practically every day) or hear about a hooper anywhere else I get jealous. Whenever I see another hooper doing what they love professionally, getting a book published, having a professional photo shoot, doing charity events, learn a new trick, have a style I don't have, can contort in ways I can't, sell hoops, can hoop full time, teach a hoop class, are thinner,…
Added by Ashton Gannon on June 5, 2009 at 2:33pm —
So I've made it a long way from where I started! I found the right piping and its waiting at the industrial supply vendor for me to pickup, connectors and tape are on their way from the US and I've got 17 potential hoopers to start with, just at my condo complex alone! The website is up and I shoot my first ever video today - I'm a bit nervous about this but I figure...what do I have to lose?
I've been working on the video routine a bit but I'm not really much of a choreographer and…
Added by Shireen Advani Lee on June 5, 2009 at 1:06am —
Ok, so that's not even my real name. But addicts lie, right? lol
I just signed up for the budding series. There is only a few tutorials left in the seeding series, I think. I have the summer off, and there are a lot more hours in the day than I remember. The tutorials seem to be coming slower than they did at first ( I know Sandra has a lot to do! no complaints here). And well... I want to learn everything I can. :-) So I upgraded to the budding series. I've been wanting to for…
Added by Lulu Hoop* of Spiraling Within* on June 4, 2009 at 4:10pm —
Hula hooping has definitely come a long ways from it's conception. My friend, Toni, turned me on to the whole Hoop City thing and she is very good at hooping. She was kind enough to make me my first hoop which by the way I couldn't even keep it going! That didn't last long, before the night was over I was able to go about 200. Went to visit with her and she showed me a trick and everything else has just happened! A group of us got together for a bbq…
Added by Doreen on June 3, 2009 at 12:22pm —
Hey lovely hoopers! I'm on the hunt for a ticket for Phish in Noblesville, IN on 6/19. I can only pay about face. If anyone can help me out please let me know! I had to sell my Alpine tickets cause I'm too broke to make that trip but plan on going down to camp at Deer Creek for a mini music fest before and after the show, now I just need a ticket! But if you're from around the area, the festival is that weekend at Green Acres campground, bunch of bands Thurs & Fri. $25 to camp, its gonna be…
Added by Alicia * of HomeSpun Hoops* on June 3, 2009 at 11:53am —
Maybe it’s the humidity or the almost over-whelming swirl of possibility, but my brain is a chaos of new ideas and fragmented poetry. I’m torn between wanting rain (to clear my head) and sunshine (to record a video for the Hoop-Mama project). Yesterday was such a muddle. I woke up to find my May Practice Video on hooping.org, so I spent waaaaay too much time neurotically checking my e-mail. I love hoop city, but I have a deep rooted tendency to vegetate into the computer. I have to be mindful…
Added by Tangled Macrame on June 3, 2009 at 8:58am —
Hello all, i am very excited i have found this site!!!! im not to terrible new to hooping but i am new to the tricks :)
Unfortunately here in vegas you can not find all the right materials you need to make a good hoop so i am stuck with kiddie ones for now :( i do have a pro made hoop but its a little too big for me!
Well i am excited to make new friends and i hope to learn a lot of good hoop tricks !
Added by Brianna Belladonna on June 3, 2009 at 5:33am —
Today I applied for enrollment at my local community college to start their Addictions Counseling program which I am super excited about :)
I already have a bachelor's, but I'm not too keen on grad school quite yet and I'm incredibly interested in chemical dependency treatment and all the upcoming (hopefully positive!) policy changes that are going to occur within this field thanks to Mr. O.
I am so excited to be starting this new chapter in my life, and continuing to move…
Added by miss megan on June 2, 2009 at 2:50pm —
I just joined Hoop City and am kind of excited!
I started hooping a couple months ago and am rather in love with it! I've tried a couple of times to take photos of myself doing it, but I never like them much. I might have to give it another go.
Added by Jendell on June 2, 2009 at 1:53pm —
I think I perfected my first favorite trick... Hooping while eating chocolate! Haha. I was out in the front yard and my mom brought my a block of dark chocolate. Instead of just standing there while eating it, I started hooping again.
Added by Cristina C on June 2, 2009 at 12:25pm —
Yay, managed to turn in both directions while hooping! I looked really awkward, but no one but the neighbor's dog was watching, so it's okay. I also go it going on my knees for a while, but that seems to have been some lucky fluke. Need to work on that...
Added by Cristina C on June 1, 2009 at 3:53pm —
I cannot believe it's already over. So many photos, yet not so many at the same time. So many more hoopers this year too. Quite unbelievable. Met new people, hopefully we can establish friendships. Bassnectar was amazing. Joe and I had lost all our friends on our way to the stage. I danced so much, my feet turned black. Demf feets. Yes. I need to move back downtown. I think tonight I'm going to make a huge hoop for tandem hooping. This has me quite curious. Thanks DE boys for taking beautiful…
Added by Sitara Bird on June 1, 2009 at 2:40pm —
well as you know i did my 1st burn on my birthday sat night..
after the insane amount of material i had read on safety and other peoples experiences and all the fire hoop videos i watched i was still unprepared for how warm and big the flames were when the wicks were lit..lol.. everything i had practiced went out of my head.. i was nervous.. ok i was scared.. but i remembered reading some where in my studies someone said " when the flames are freaking you out at the beginning, don't think…
Added by spider baby on June 1, 2009 at 10:18am —
This week was CRAZY! I started a job at a hotel (I went to school for baking and pastry arts) and I was working in the kitchen when I realized this just wasn't quite right. Getting up at 4 a.m. was messing with my schedule especially when I am not getting the time to actually bake instead of work a line. So I quit and am now working at Concerto's in Chocolate after much stress over where I was going to find a job. However, through it all I found total comfort in my hoop. One night I was even…
Added by Laura "Baila" on May 31, 2009 at 9:59pm —
i am so psyched! I am making a fire hoop to have it's ( and my) virgin burn on my 30th birthday in August...and....I just got my tickets to see Bob Dylan Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp....and...I have 4 tickets to the Northeast Kingdom Music festival in August...anyone wanna come and help me sell hoops in exchange for a ticket? not to mention...I had my first Hoop sale on Etsy....My house is clean my kids are asleep and I am making a slew of hoops for the festival, being totally inspired by…
Added by Salali on May 30, 2009 at 10:59pm —
..I'm in the middle of the exams for this semester, so there's no time left for hooping at all =(
But I made a Panda to guard my closet :P…
Added by Bianca on May 29, 2009 at 5:06pm —
tomorrow is my birthday.. finally it will be time for celebrating the day i was born..
i love birthdays.. they are just such fabulous reasons for celebration of life..
silly post but i am just so excited that it is my turn again..
kind of like watching the children shows on tv as a kid and waiting to see your name go by (really fast) for a birthday hello..
whoops having a retro moment...
might have to hoop to a melody of birthday songs tomorrow
Added by spider baby on May 29, 2009 at 1:06pm —
ok.......so i have multiple hoops....and get the difference w the ones i have...yet they are all the same gage...just different hights
but i see these people on here w some hoops that look like the size of the ones that are sold at walmart....am i right? ive seen saphire w small ones...when doing two or more???...and "the cupid" or something for sure cause there is no way i can put my hoop in my neck and grab it w my hand and shoot it! nooo way...i need a longer…
Added by amy on May 29, 2009 at 7:44am —
It may not be healthy, but I am enjoying this hoop community SO much! I love watching peoples videos and I love the feedback I have gotten on my own! Going through pictures is always fun and now that I have subscribed to Safire's classes I am learning which makes this place even more awesome!
I guess all I wanted to say was thanks hooping community for rocking my socks off!!
And a note, I will most likely be posting some videos of my progress as I go through the class so…
Added by Laura "Baila" on May 27, 2009 at 6:01pm —
This pervious weekend was Schwagstock 40. One of the best schwagstocks I've ever experienced. I had to go by myself this year. My friends that were planning to go, bailed one day before it was time to leave. I was rather worried at first, until my friend let me use his GPS. Then I knew the trip was going to be a lot easier.
Salem Mo is about 6hrs away from where I live. I had never been on a road trip by myself for 6hrs. Realizing "Hey its just me" I was more excited about the whole idea…
Added by contessa on May 27, 2009 at 1:42pm —
well my birthday is pretty darn close now and my 1st burn is still on schedule..
after trial and error twice with wire size for spokes, (1st 2 times it was just all too heavy when finished.. seriously over 3 1/2 pounds the first time..can we say over kill...)
but i believe the 3rd one will be the keeper...
i have been reading an enormous amount of fire safety articles.. as well as my boyfriends constant quizzing..(he's on the fire department here so he thinks it his…
Added by spider baby on May 27, 2009 at 1:39pm —
My first weekend at the Sedalia Area Farmer’s Market went well. Despite having a very minimal booth-set up and a small inventory, I made a little money selling both hemp and hoops. All the hoops I sold were small (25-ish inch) toddler hoops. I sell them with the explanation that:
“Most kids won’t start waist hooping till 4 or 5, but toddlers and pre-schoolers will love to toss and spin these small, colorful hoops alongside Mom or older siblings.”
However, parents seem to…
Added by Tangled Macrame on May 27, 2009 at 8:39am —
I'm in the middle of making at least three new hoops! My friend, Julie, teaches at an alternative high school. Last year she did a banned books unit and decided to have a read-in at the end of it. All the kids sat outside and read banned books. They made signs and it was wonderful. She's having one again this year and it's going to be better than ever! Not only will there being reading, but tie dye, face painting and she told her kids that I'm bringing my hoop! They are a curious bunch, so…
Added by Kit Turned Blue on May 26, 2009 at 7:44pm —
Ok. So today is my first official day of my summer. I finished calculating my student's grades, had a nice weekend with J and now he's back at work and it's just me, the cat, our apartment and the world outside. I'm done with my job at the college, schools out for summer and the woman I was replacing is coming back next fall... we think. People aren't signing up for French classes at the other school where I part-time, so aside from a private here and there, I'm unemployed for a bit. I need to…
Added by Lulu Hoop* of Spiraling Within* on May 26, 2009 at 4:39pm —
I made a new hoop last night with the gold and black tape I picked up at Canadian Tire. Its awesome, but a bit slippy. Nothing I can't fix though.
Last night I realized the best thing about getting used to the hoop on my body before tackling tricks. Every practice session is a hoop jam. No drilling tricks, just crank the music and dance my ass off.
I love love love love hand hooping over my head and dancing under the hoop. It makes me feel graceful.
Added by Gina on May 26, 2009 at 8:07am —