Sunday, June 21, 2009

How Do I Decorate a Hoop with Ribbon?

My favorite way is to use a double sided tape to apply the ribbon in its spiral around the hoop. You then need to be sure that the edges are sealed either with a spiral of gaffers or vinyl. With the double sided tape you don't need the entire ribbon to have it, just as you wrap up and around the hoop place a maybe 1" or so piece of the tape on the ribbon then wrap it around. You do have the option to cover the ribbon spiral with a layer of clear vinyl before you seal the edges. I like to do this with ribbon that is very light colored or porous. it is not really to keep the ribbon on it is for protection. The same way you can cover the fancy metallic tapes -to prolong their life and beauty. some people do not even use the double sided tape they just use the edge sealing technique to keep the ribbon in place but.....I don't know .....I really like the double sided tape technique. I hope this is what you were looking for. I don't really have any secrets these are just techniques that I apply to the art of Hoop Wrapping. I don't know if you have heard of HoopCity? It is an online community for hoopers and there are discussion forums where people share this kind of information and ask questions. It is really a beautiful and supportive community if you are interested in that sort of thing.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Kristens GlowStick Hoops

I decided to suprise the girls by ordering them each a Glowstick Hoop made by our friend Kristen from Hoop City. She did a beautiful job crafting, taping and shipping the hoops and we have had so much fun with them. I want to order a set of minis for glowstick hoop- poi style hooping. How rad would that be?!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Collapsing your Hoop

Grasp the sides of the top connector,
Place your foot on the bottom connector.
You will be pushing down while twisting slightly
Press down until your hoop is in an Infinity shape on the ground,
Grasp the outer edges,
Fold in Like a Butterfly,
The Hoop will now be ready to go, you can secure the two circles with a ribbon or strip of velcro, usually we just tuck one circle behind the other and this holds them in place too.

How To Open Your Collapsible Hoop

When Opening be sure the connectors are together and pointed away from your body.
When the Hoop is first opened it will be a bit wonky. That is normal. Just twist gently on the two sides of the connector until your hoop is in a round shape. You may need to push the two ends of the connectors together slightly...this too is normal don't worry the connectors are big your hoop will not come apart!
Many Thanks to Gracie for being the model for this demonstration.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hoopdance for Homeschool Phys-ed

I homeschool my two daughters and we are taking online Hoopdance Lessons. We are using these classes to fufill part of our Phys-ed and Fine Arts curriculum. The instructor is Sandra Sommerville aka SaFire. She created an online hooping community with Forums ,Classes and Video and Photo galleries and more.
She is not only an experienced performer she is also a trained educator and an amazing human being. I recommend her classes to anyone interested in the art of Hoopdance. They are an amazing value because once you are registered for the class you have access to the materials and lessons and can work through them at your own pace. They do not ever expire. You also gain access to a wonderful and supportive community of hoopers from all over the world.

Friday, June 12, 2009

How do I know what size hoop to get? I am a beginner

The general rule of thumb for most people is that a beginner hoop should come up to at least your bellybutton. If you like you could add an inch or two or three to that number and you would have a hoop that will move slowly enough to allow you time to react and respond to what the hoop is doing in relation to your body. Then you need to decide upon the type of tubing that will be the best match for your hoop journey. Are you the type of person who wants to bliss out at a festival slowly twirling a large slow heavy hoop? Or are you more the raver- likes to dance fast and make quick breaks and reversals while rocking out in glowing cyberlox dread falls ? Or are you all circus style hooping with multiple hoops and juggling mini hooops fire hooping under the stars? Or are you all of these things : ) There are 1/2" 3/4" and 1" tubing that I am currently using :the 1/2" makes a lighter hoop that it is easier to use for/transition into off body moves and knee and neck hooping. The 3/4" makes a slightly beefier hoop it is a bit heavier than the 1/2" which makes it move slower often making learning beginner waist or chest hooping easier. the 1" makes a very thick heavy hoop. I don't often recommend these because I feel as though they are less versatile than the other hoops and they can be hard on the body. Let me know if this isn't what you needed...sometimes I ramble on and miss the point!
Blessings and Joy on your Hoop Journey-
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