I've managed to get my hands on the Hoopnotica instructional videos and have gotten back into hooping. I try to get in a little bit of practice every day, though it is hard at home with my limited space. When I can, I go to the Y where there is more space to practice some of the stuff I can't do at home. But I find it hard to practice at the Y as well, where everyone is able to see me and I'm not able to just let go as much as I can at home. So I make my best progress in the comfort of home.
These videos have been so helpful! I was feeling a little bit in a rut as far as hooping was concerned, because I had learned a lot of new tricks and then hit a wall, and had no one around to teach me more tricks to work on. Hoopnotica has not only brought some more new stuff for me to learn, it's also helped me refine all the stuff I already know.
I tend to learn things really quickly, but breeze through them and don't always practice the individual moves until perfection. I realized I had done this with a lot of hoop tricks, I had learned them yes but was too eager to just hoop that I didn't spend time practicing all of them properly. After watching the Hoopnotica videos, I was really able to fix some small problems I had noticed.
And I've learned so much new stuff! I can hoop on my waist, hips, chest, shoulders, neck, and have finally got the hang of leg hooping (remember this post?). I can do corkscrews with both hands, up and down and I can do hand off corkscrews which make it look like the hoop is a cyclone around me. Most recently I have figured out angle hooping both forwards and backwards, and now I'm trying to figure out how to do a 180 turn with it. I'm also working on ways to move through the hoop.
When I watch the videos on how to do all these cool moves, it looks so easy. My brain watches and all the while it's saying, "I can totally do this!". And then I go to try it and it's a whole different story. I used to feel the same when I'd watch bellydance videos. I'm trying not to get discouraged that I don't look like the girls in the videos (who have obviously been hooping for years).....yet. Actually I should be impressed with myself for practicing so much, and I am mastering new tricks very quickly. At this rate, I'll be a great hooper in no time.
Getting the Hoopnotica videos has given me lots to work on for now, but once I've gone through those and learned all I can I'd like to start purchasing the tutorials on Hoop City. There are tons of classes there and the great thing is that you can post videos of yourself hooping plus questions and get them personally answered by the instructor.
I need to get a new hoop though. I have two, and one is too big (great for learning new tricks, but too big for me to do angle hooping because I'm short and the hoop hits the floor) and the other is too small (good for high cardio hoop dancing, but not so good for practicing tricks). Maybe after Christmas I'll buy a new hoop from my friend in town who makes them. Though what I'd really like is a travel hoop. Maybe in the new year!
I love hooping!