It's that time of year when hoopers in colder climates rejoice! No more ceilings!
Check out this video I made for you and let's rock out these moves together at the next Hoop Jam coming up on May 18/16.
Come hoop with us on May 18/16! I know there are lots of closet hoopers on PEI...let's have some fun together, bring a friend and grow our hoop dance community!
Thinking about taking a hoop class?
Get yourself booked in the next series starting on May 15/16
This month I'm exploring ways to make myself look better while hoop dancing. I'm not talking about hair and makeup or costumes...although those are FUN...I'm talking about grace and lines.
Over on my Facebook page I have a series of weekly posts rolling out this month where I pick one element for us to work on together. The challenge is to really focus on these during a song. You can add in a 2nd focus when you are ready - and if you are a total rock star then do all 5 at once...but I wanna see video of you! ;)
So here are my top 5 tips for improving your dance within your hoop:
This month I hooped it up with some beautiful hoopers in Charlottetown - Robyn of Hoop Bloom had a special workshop for us. It was all about mindfulness and our patterns. We discovered how we have these hoop dance patterns and how they can be broken - and how much freedom we can find in breaking these patterns!
The deepest message I took from this workshop was about the beginner's mindset. The idea is when we take this approach in trying a new trick, new sequence or skill, our minds take on a curiosity and openness. I thought that was so cool.
I've been hooping for 3 years and by no stretch of the imagination do I think I'm advanced...um no...one click on Youtube will shut down that idea fast! I have my my go-to tricks and I feel super skilled when I'm in that flow state just dancing. Well, I got to put this beginner mindset into practice during our workshop.
Here's how it all went down:
It only comes around twice a year. The next one is in September. I can't wait to see who will join and transform!
If you are thinking about teaching hoop dance classes...
Or maybe you already teach and wish you had something extra to offer your hoopers...
Or maybe you are hooping in isolation and want to grow your community...
I loved my Hoop Love Coach training - it was over a year ago - and at the time I thought the best thing about it was the content - video after video chalk full of content, actionable steps, practical advice and savvy strategies for crafting amazing hoop dance experiences for my community. How silly of me!
Little did I know how the most valuable part of becoming a Hooplovers Hoop Love Coach wouldn't be the actual training and unlimited access to the many many modules - it would be the group of amazing coaches that support each other through a private Facebook group. Yep - that, right there, is by far the most valuable and important piece of the training. Sure, I have over 60 flow sequences to use in classes, sure, I have over a hundred different marketing ideas to grow my community, sure, I have sample classes to refer back to when I feel like I have nothing new to teach - but the community of hoop love coaches - OH - that's where the real gold is. Deanne is actually there, commenting, sharing our content on her mega huge fb page, supporting us and offering insights to help us stay true to ourselves and our businesses.
I love this training and this group with every inch of my hoop! I know you will too <3 If you have any questions about the training please let me know - I would love to help!
THIS will be the last training you will ever need
THIS will open up opportunities you never thought you would have
THIS will inspire you to reach your potential, explore your limits and clarify your goals
THIS will be your community of supportive, encouraging and professional colleagues who all want you to succeed!
Ok, first of all - many of you are asking 'WHAT IS A HOOP JAM?'
A hoop jam is an informal gathering for all levels of hoopers - brand new beginner hoopers right through to super fancy advanced hoopers. Sometimes other flow toys show up (poi, staff, wand for example) and that's cool!
Some jams are held indoors which is great in winter or rainy weather. Duh. Outdoor jams have the advantage of a beautiful view and no ceilings. Attending a jam in a park often means there is no charge.
A Jam is a place to play, connect, explore your movement style and get inspired by other hoopers.
There is no official lesson given but hoopers by nature will tend to help you out if you are stuck and ask for feedback.
So what do you do at a jam? Usually there is music, probably there will be an extra hoop or two to borrow. It's always a polite gesture to check with the host. It is not cool to take your borrowed hoop home - this probably goes without saying - but I'll say it anyway - hula hoop materials cost money and time to create - you can ask your host about purchasing a hoop and they will be more than happy to hook you up!
For many a hoop jam is like recess - you get to let loose and do your thing inside your hoop! Hoop jams could be held during the day, evening or night (ooh LED or fire hoop jams are coming up at our retreat this summer!) Usually there are not any LED or Fire hoops available to borrow as these are costly investments and require safety!
Hoop jams are a happy space - not a place to show off or feel competitive.
In a class you can expect a warm up, exploring certain hoop moves or drills, tricks broken down and perhaps sequences of tricks. A cool down usually wraps up a class. With a hoop jam you get to determine your pace, intensity and what tricks you want to work on if any. A lot of hoopers just go with the flow and use this time to hang out and chat while waist hooping.
There are really no rules except have fun and be respectful!
I'm a list maker - if you could see my desk you would see countless post it notes, to do lists, notebooks full of important stuff (at the moment at least). I feel like I have to get it out of my head and on paper so I can remember it better...it's just how I process information - ah the visual learner! I'm sharing this because I recently was weighing the pros and cons of hooping indoors vs. outdoors. Now that I can get outside and practice I am reconnecting with some tricks that I haven't spent any time on because I've been stuck inside. I made a little video for you of 4 fun moves I like to bust out when I am outside - no ceiling limits - perhaps some wind or bumpy terrain to deal with but oh man! No ceilings! That has to be the biggest advantage to outdoor hoop dancing!
What do you like to do outside when hooping? Here is what my pros and cons list looks like for an outdoor hoop practice:
pro: no ceiling = big tosses, sunshine, beautiful locations, people see me and I get to spread the hoop love
con: hoop rolls away and it goes far, temperature / weather, surface challenges, strangers interrupting my practice, allergies
Have I missed any? Can you think of any others?
I hope you can join me this summer if you are in Charlottetown - so many fun things planned for our hoop community including a hoop retreat, a mindfulness workshop by Hoop Bloom, more hoop workshops in New London and some weekly park jams all through July and August!
Come get in on the hoop fun I dish out each month by email: http://eepurl.com/T_ZR5
There are so many variations of what a performance can be - a flowing improvisational dance, a demonstration at a trade show or other event, busking, cabaret circus style (my fav!) ...the list is endless.
Many hoop dancers perform informally and don't even know it- be it in a class, at a retreat or on their front lawn. Some performances have costumes, music, makeup and a stage - while other performances are simplified with just a connected dancer and their circular partner (their hoop of course).
photo by Dawn of Destiny Photography
Some questions you can ask yourself if you are wondering about performing and your hoop journey:
1. What motivates me? Do I dance for myself? Do I dance to connect to the music? Do I dance to nail tricks? Do I dance for others enjoyment? Do I dance to build connection with others? Do I enjoy the preparation process? You may answer yes to all of these - which is great!
2. What are my expectations when I dance? Am I setting intentions around my dance and exploring where my dance can evolve?
3. How do I define 'Performance'? A child's birthday party, a festival audience member, a live audience or video recording? A paid or unpaid gig?
4. Have I already performed and not really recognized that event for the achievement that it is?
By exploring the above you may discover how you have already performed with your hoop - be it one trick, a sequence of moves or a full song. Once you have identified where your performance journey has started you can then look at where you want that journey to go. For many, creating performing opportunities is not of interest - and for others they have discovered a passion for sharing their skill with others.
Our hoop journeys are unique - embrace yours and spin to your own rhythm!
If you are thinking about performing here is a great article I found with some tips to take your hoop journey to that next level:
I would love to know how you feel about performing! Leave me a message and share your insights! And as always you can sign up to receive my monthly email - filled with encouragement, tips, tricks and updates on what our community is up to!
Carron is passionate about all things HOOP, improving your hoop dance practice and creating a hoop dance community!