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Real Changes in 4 Steps

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You may perhaps be either pro or anti New Year Resolutions. This year, I’m taking a gentler approach: I’m incorporating 4 lovely steps I’m renaming “tenants” or “Shifts.” Plus I’m throwing in 2 more bonus steps, also.  My basic plan that is changing my perspective this year: “Shifting with My Why.”

Some of us have made the same or similar resolution list over and over. Maybe with some success, and maybe nothing happened. What if instead of a “Do or Don’t” mentality, we simply “Shifted?” We’d move more smoothly into gear and our transition could be more gradual.

In my Hip The Hoopla classes, coaching, and mentoring, I sometimes refer to it as, “Baby Steps.” Kathy Freston, author of Quantum Wellness, brilliantly calls it “Leaning In.” You can call it “toe-dipping,” or whatever the heck you like. Right now, I personally resonate with “Shifting.”

Why is my list this year, both very, and subtly different? I’ve chosen less weighty goals for some of my plan. But the real key is that for the things that I still want to work on accomplishing…I need a better strategy. So I’m building off of my success strategies of the past, and adding a new one.

Over the years, I’ve decided to drink more water, get toxic chemicals out of my house, eat more simple homemade basic healthy foods, go vegetarian, meditate, do yoga, read more, and the list goes on. The “on” part refers to works yet to have more significant progress. (Ooops, I know, that’s guilt creeping in, lol.)

Which brings me to Tennent #1 for this year:

Be Gentler on Myself

I am great at “guilting myself out,” more for what I haven’t yet accomplished, or thought I didn’t achieve “well enough.” Time to move past that. Funny how a little life seasoning will bring about this wisdom.

That brings me to Tennant #2:

Celebrate My Wins
I am literally doing a silly happy dance. A rocking business friend of mine, Rita Goodroe calls hers, “The One Minute Dance Party.” Even if I don’t physically get up to dance, laugh, or hoop, I want to at least acknowledge myself for both my big and little wins.

I used to think cleaning my office was the big accomplishment. Now I know that clearing a simple well-used drawer, to reflect easy of use and the tools I genuinely need, is just as valid to my happiness and productivity. A little work done, that is in alignment and moving me towards my goals, is Movement. And success, begets more success. I didn’t make that principle up, but like sure does attract like.

Tennant #3:

Progress, Not Perfection.
This one is a doozy! I think it is human nature to stall completion until a project is deemed “Just Right.” The problem here though, is that many of us stay in that perpetual tweaking stage of un-done, rather than move over to the threshold of “good enough” and a completion. Making excuses of why something is not done, eventually wears so thin that “This is still not done,” is the overall message. Sometimes this step of making “progress” gets messy and frustrating because there may be one step forward and 2 or more steps back, on the way to that hopeful eventual achievement.

In japanese, they have a word “Kaizen,” which means “Never-ending improvement.” This is helpful for me so I don’t nestle into a “comfortable rut” and stay in that zone for my time on this planet.

My new Tennent #4 that I’m adding more into my Shifts List this year:

Understanding and having a really significant WHY
Sure I want to declutter and clear out things that no longer suit me or my current lifestyle. But my WHY is really powerful: to create a space to do the things I really WANT to do. When I have space to do what I want, I can literally breathe easier. I have more joy making progress on my goals. I can live with a space that’s clogged energetically, or I can open it up to it’s magnificent new purpose. My life is enhanced, and those around me benefit greatly too–more enjoyment, peace, prosperity, joy and overall harmony.

It’s pretty cool looking at a new year with hope, backed by action.

Oh, and my Bonus Step/Tennant A, (that I have actually been doing for several years now):

Utilize the Soft or Running Start

For me, this is taking a running start at the new year–before it starts! In this space, I am messing with my goals and trying them out when no one is looking–in December. I don’t make any grand announcements at all. I just make a mental list of some testers and start trying them out. This is like January for the rest of the world. What happens during January and a new list for a lot of people, is some inevitible tripping points. Many throw in the towel here and quit, instead of reupping and moving along anyway.  (See Tennent # 3 of Progress Not Perfection.)

Also another bonus step/Tennant B that I need to remember, too: 

Keep Your Sense of Humor

You see, I wanted to make a simple list, and it got long, pretty quickly. So I am laughing at myself already. But I still like a challenge and there seem to be 12 months to accomplish a little change for the better, in each one. Wish me luck! I’ll need a little of that, and a little kicking myself in the katookus.  Plus the help of some accountability buddies, will do wonders for my personal and professional progress. Blessings to you in your own journey. May it be not only successful, but also, a lot of fun!

I’d love to hear from you. What are your goals, personal ways to accomplish them, and what are your stumbling blocks and eventual successes? Any short cuts or tips you can share to help me and others? Please let me know on my www.Facebook.com/HipTheHoopla page, call, text, snail or e-mail.

Hoop Love, Ya’ll!
~Che Rippinger, Founder of Hip The Hoopla



~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and founded Hip The Hoopla in 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life (30+years), Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.


Keep up with Hip the Hoopla with news, #Hoopspiration and special offers. Please sign up now for our special e-mails member list: Hip The Hoopla Circle E-mail 

Also, please follow us on Facebook. We’re even on YouTube(with our own channel), Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInYelp,and Instagram.  To contact us for group classes, private coaching, premium service packages, VIP days, events, performances or custom professional dance hoops, please call 303-980-6295, visit www.HipTheHoopla.com or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com. (Please do not add us to call/e-mail lists without permission.)

 

7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge-Day 5 Arms

Ready to get your fancy dance pants on in this great 7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge? Whether you’re just starting or a super pro, there’s always something new to learn from others. So game on– grab your hula hoop and let’s get hooping!

****Here’s our 7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge:****
(DAY 1-Focus on Footwork)
(DAY 2-Luscious Legs)
(DAY 3-Hips and Bootie)
(DAY 4-Chest and Core)

***DAY 5-Arms***

*DAY 5-ARMS* of the 7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge with Hip The Hoopla!
Thank you for joining us for this video series. I am Che’ Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla and this is a 7 day challenge of humorous hoop dance to learn, or to improve, your hula hoop skills with this 7 part focus on dance–from head to toe.
♥All levels welcome to join in! Let’s DO this!♦
Bring your hoop, positive energy and let’s hoop it out with #BroncoBellyDancer #BikiniGirl #BroncoSuperFan hoop/fire/belly dancer, Laughter Yoga leader, cartoonist/humor writer, and professional custom hula hoop maker Che (30++ years of dance experience).
Also, please join us online for classes that will work these moves in more time and depth. We would love to have you sign up for classes, value packages or book your private personal coaching appointment time. A complimentary goal session is available if you qualify to work with us! Also you can get a complimentary hoop consultation with any of our professional hand-crafted custom hula hoops. Contact us to schedule now.

 

ARM DANCE & HOOPING TIPS:

Use “Ballet/Belly dance arms” for strength conditioning and pretty flow with your hoop dancing–head lifted high, neck long, shoulders pressed Down (they’ll want to float up), elbows a little lower than shoulders, wrists a little lower than elbows…and hands a touch lower than wrists-. Make sure to have the arms reaching long and extending into a large curve (like holding a body-sized beach ball).
“Poi Arm Airplane” has the arms flowing with arms straight out and equidistant to each other the whole time throughout your movement. Try twisting the body to get the arms moving as if you are sandwiched in between two walls. FYI–your planes that you are flowing in are going to change from wheel to wall plane as you twist your body.
“Snake Arms” are really luscious to do~remember elbow leads up (slightly, like a few inches), and elbow leads down.

FORESHADOWING NOTE: We are working on hands for DAY 6 of this Hoop Dance Challenge.

HOOP DANCE TIPS:

Please warm up and cool down (head to toe!) to keep your body safe and hooping longer, hydrate, and take it sloooow! Make sure you have a nice dance posture: stand tall, shoulders back, chest and head lifted, abdominal wall in, pelvis tucked under and a slight bend in the knees. Dancer/Boxer feet–keep your weight shifted forward on the balls of your feet rather than resting back on your heels–easier for nimble movement. Try everything *without* the hoop first. Next, just hold the hoop and do the moves. Then get your fancier hoop moves in while coordinating with some basic stepping or fancy footwork dance combinations. Bring all you have to the table–your personal style, experience and sass! Stay positive and give yourself lots of credit for any and all progress! Keep a hoop notebook and take a couple of moments to write down tips and tricks that are helpful for you. Then review them right then and there, and a few minutes the next day…etc. You’ll be amazed at your progress! Please post how you are doing. Grab a buddy and stay accountable to another. And Please Share! Thanks So Much for watching! Subscribe to this channel here and our informative hoop circle news via e-mail at www.HipTheHoopla.com

~With Hoop ♥ ~Che’
www.HipTheHoopla.com
www.Facebook.com/HipTheHoopla
@hipthehoopla on Instagram and TwitterYouTube
on the MindBody app, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Yelp, etc!

Special shout outs to our fabulous hoop groups (come join us!):
Monkey See. Monkey Do., Fab♥ Over 40 Hoop Community, Denver Hula Hoop Group, Colorado Hoopers, Hoopaholics, Hooping.org, The Hooping Community of Hooping.org, Colorado World Hoop Day, The Hoop Loop, Hoop Love, and all of our other great flow groups and communities–locally, statewide, nationally and internationally!!!

Go Denver Broncos!!! 🙂 ♥
Please help support Stronghold Society~Live Life

♥ Blessings & Happy Health! ♥

*********

~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and running Hip The Hoopla since 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life, Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.


Keep up with Hip the Hoopla with news, #Hoopspiration and special offers. Please sign up now for our special e-mails member list.

Also, please follow us on Facebook. We’re even on YouTube (with our own channel), Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInYelp, Instagram and the MindBody app.  To contact us for group classes, private coaching, premium service packages, VIP days, events, performances or custom professional dance hoops, please call 303-980-6295, visit www.HipTheHoopla.com or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com. (Please do not add us to call/e-mail lists without permission.)

 

 

7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge-Day 4 Chest & Core

Ready to get your fancy dance pants on in this great 7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge? Whether you’re just starting or a super pro, there’s always something new to learn from others. So game on– grab your hula hoop and let’s get hooping!

****Here’s our 7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge:****
(DAY 1-Focus on Footwork)
(DAY 2-Luscious Legs)
(DAY 3-Hips and Bootie)

***DAY 4-Chest and Core***

Thank you for joining us for this video series. I am Che’ Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla and this is a 7 day challenge of humorous hoop dance to learn, or to improve, your hula hoop skills with this 7 part focus on dance–from head to toe.
♥All levels welcome to join in! Let’s DO this!♦
Bring your hoop, positive energy and let’s hoop it out with #BroncoBellyDancer #BikiniGirl #BroncoSuperFan hoop/fire/belly dancer, Laughter Yoga leader, cartoonist/humor writer, and professional custom hula hoop maker Che (30++ years of dance experience).

Also, please join us online for classes that will work these moves in more time and depth. We would love to have you sign up for classes, value packages or book your private personal coaching appointment time. A complimentary goal session is available if you qualify to work with us! Also you can get a complimentary hoop consultation with any of our professional hand-crafted custom hula hoops. Contact us to schedule now.

CHEST and CORE HOOPING TIPS:

Core hooping uses a lot of muscles and is a great internal organ massage. There are two methodologies for getting chest hooping. Warming up with and using a chest isolation* (horizontal rotation) will improve your body movement skills greatly as well as coordination (*Make sure you bend the knees and use hands on hips to give you a good press into the stretch movement and more range of motion). A side to side push movement may prove easier–both are valid ways to get there.  I find that most people learn “chest hooping” easier with the arms out and up above the head. This lets you concentrate on just the chest hooping movement first. The “Hot Stove” technique is a fun way to get your hand(s) and arm(s) into the hoop, to get “shoulder hooping.” Getting that alternating shoulder shrug action going will help maintain chest hooping and also help keep the hoop up (your hula hoop will “ladder” itself back up with that motion if/when it starts going down). Core hooping uses a big muscle group, so try not to hoop to exhaustion or for really long time periods (break it up with other moves), so you can live to hoop another day!

HOOP DANCE TIPS:

Please warm up and cool down (head to toe!) to keep your body safe and hooping longer, hydrate, and take it sloooow! Make sure you have a nice dance posture: stand tall, shoulders back, chest and head lifted, abdominal wall in, pelvis tucked under and a slight bend in the knees. Dancer/Boxer feet–keep your weight shifted forward on the balls of your feet rather than resting back on your heels–easier for nimble movement. Try everything *without* the hoop first. Next, just hold the hoop and do the moves. Then get your fancier hoop moves in while coordinating with some basic stepping or fancy footwork dance combinations. Bring all you have to the table–your personal style, experience and sass! Stay positive and give yourself lots of credit for any and all progress! Keep a hoop notebook and take a couple of moments to write down tips and tricks that are helpful for you. Then review them right then and there, and a few minutes the next day…etc. You’ll be amazed at your progress! Please post how you are doing. Grab a buddy and stay accountable to another. And Please Share! Thanks So Much for watching! Subscribe to this channel here and our informative hoop circle news via e-mail at www.HipTheHoopla.com

~With Hoop ♥ ~Che’
www.HipTheHoopla.com
www.Facebook.com/HipTheHoopla
@hipthehoopla on Instagram and TwitterYouTube
on the MindBody app, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Yelp, etc!

Special shout outs to our fabulous hoop groups (come join us!):
Monkey See. Monkey Do., Fab♥ Over 40 Hoop Community, Denver Hula Hoop Group, Colorado Hoopers, Hoopaholics, Hooping.org, The Hooping Community of Hooping.org, Colorado World Hoop Day, The Hoop Loop, Hoop Love, and all of our other great flow groups and communities–locally, statewide, nationally and internationally!!!

Go Denver Broncos!!! 🙂 ♥
Please help support Stronghold Society~Live Life

♥ Blessings & Happy Health! ♥

*********

~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and running Hip The Hoopla since 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life, Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.


Keep up with Hip the Hoopla with news, #Hoopspiration and special offers. Please sign up now for our special e-mails member list.

Also, please follow us on Facebook. We’re even on YouTube (with our own channel), Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInYelp, Instagram and the MindBody app.  To contact us for group classes, private coaching, premium service packages, VIP days, events, performances or custom professional dance hoops, please call 303-980-6295, visit www.HipTheHoopla.com or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com. (Please do not add us to call/e-mail lists without permission.)

 

7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge-Day 3 Hips & Bootie

 

Ready to get your fancy dance pants on in this great 7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge? Whether you’re just starting or a super pro, there’s always something new to learn from others. So game on– grab your hula hoop and let’s get hooping!

****Here’s our 7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge:****
(DAY 1-Focus on Footwork)
(DAY 2-Luscious Legs)

***DAY 3-Hips & Bootie***

*DAY 3* of the 7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge with Hip The Hoopla!
Thank you for joining us for this video series. I am Che’ Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla and this is a 7 day challenge of humorous hoop dance to learn, or to improve, your hula hoop skills with this 7 part focus on dance–from head to toe.
♥All levels welcome to join in! Let’s DO this!♦
Bring your hoop, positive energy and let’s hoop it out with #BroncoBellyDancer #BikiniGirl #BroncoSuperFan hoop/fire/belly dancer, Laughter Yoga leader, cartoonist/humor writer, and professional custom hula hoop maker Che (30++ years of dance experience).
Also, please join us online for classes that will work these moves in more time and depth. We would love to have you sign up for classes, value packages or book your private personal coaching appointment time. A complimentary goal session is available if you qualify to work with us! Also you can get a complimentary hoop consultation with any of our professional hand-crafted custom hula hoops. Contact us to schedule now.

HIP & BOOTIE HOOPING TIPS:

Keep your knees slightly bent so you have more room for the hips to move, rotate, shimmy, etc. Keep smiling–you are working your tushie–so have some fun with it and cut loose with your hips. There are lots of ways to do these moves, whether you have belly dance experience or not. The variations on these are endless–especially when you combine your body movements with hoop tricks. Remember this is about bringing DANCE (with fun and your unique personality) into your hooping–not just tricks. A hip scarf is fun for practice with coins or fringe–hearing jingling or seeing that flowy movement. Sometimes it can hinder your on-body hooping a bit though unless you have some inner hoop grip tape lining or turn in the direction your hoop is spinning to give yourself more time to move with a slower hoop rotation.

Some Fun Bootie Synonyms:

Rump, badunkadunk, bum, rear, heinie, butt, rear end, (the A part of T & A), keister, junk in the trunk, tail end, and caboose. And I call it a “bootie shelf,” lol so shake it if you’ve got it!

HOOP DANCE TIPS:

Please warm up and cool down (head to toe!) to keep your body safe and hooping longer, hydrate, and take it sloooow! Make sure you have a nice dance posture: stand tall, shoulders back, chest and head lifted, abdominal wall in, pelvis tucked under and a slight bend in the knees. Dancer/Boxer feet–keep your weight shifted forward on the balls of your feet rather than resting back on your heels–easier for nimble movement. Try everything *without* the hoop first. Next, just hold the hoop and do the moves. Then get your fancier hoop moves in while coordinating with some basic stepping or fancy footwork dance combinations. Bring all you have to the table–your personal style, experience and sass! Stay positive and give yourself lots of credit for any and all progress! Keep a hoop notebook and take a couple of moments to write down tips and tricks that are helpful for you. Then review them right then and there, and a few minutes the next day…etc. You’ll be amazed at your progress! Please post how you are doing. Grab a buddy and stay accountable to another. And Please Share! Thanks So Much for watching! Subscribe to this channel here and our informative hoop circle news via e-mail at www.HipTheHoopla.com

~With Hoop ♥ ~Che’
www.HipTheHoopla.com
www.Facebook.com/HipTheHoopla
@hipthehoopla on Instagram and TwitterYouTube
on the MindBody app, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Yelp, etc!

Special shout outs to our fabulous hoop groups (come join us!):
Monkey See. Monkey Do., Fab♥ Over 40 Hoop Community, Denver Hula Hoop Group, Colorado Hoopers, Hoopaholics, Hooping.org, The Hooping Community of Hooping.org, Colorado World Hoop Day, The Hoop Loop, Hoop Love, and all of our other great flow groups and communities–locally, statewide, nationally and internationally!!!

Go Denver Broncos!!! 🙂 ♥
Please help support Stronghold Society~Live Life

♥ Blessings & Happy Health! ♥

*********

~Che’ Rippinger is Hip The Hoopla‘s CHO (Chief Hooping Officer)/Owner/Founder and head humorist, with heart. She’s been hula hooping since 2008 and running Hip The Hoopla since 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom dance hula hoops. A dancer most of her life, Che’ has also been a humor writer/columnist, illustrator and cartoonist for The Denver Post and her Touché! Cartoons have been featured in PLAYGIRL Magazine.


Keep up with Hip the Hoopla with news, #Hoopspiration and special offers. Please sign up now for our special e-mails member list.

Also, please follow us on Facebook. We’re even on YouTube (with our own channel), Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedInYelp, Instagram and the MindBody app.  To contact us for group classes, private coaching, premium service packages, VIP days, events, performances or custom professional dance hoops, please call 303-980-6295, visit www.HipTheHoopla.com or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com. (Please do not add us to call/e-mail lists without permission.)

 

First Hip The Hoopla Online Class!

Our HipTheHoopla-Live.Laugh.Hoop.online class is starting shortly–“Float Flow” is the theme!
Che Rippinger is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Hip The Hoopla Hula Hoop Dance Class
Time: Jan 12, 2016 7:00 PM (GMT-7:00) Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/3039199280…

Or join by phone:

+1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 303 919 9280
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference…
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Hoop Tip to Keep Your Hoop UP Better!

Hoop Tip:

When you LOOK up, your hoop tends to STAY up (better).

Hoop dance, belly dance and Laughter Yoga…Oh my! 🙂
Come join us tonight for Hip The Hoopla class at 6:30pm for “Cool Hand Flow” theme. Nab your spot in this intimate setting www.HipTheHoopla.com or MindBody Connect mobile app for faster & early check in pricing!
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Photo: Hoop Tip: When you LOOK up, your hoop tends to STAY up (better).  (Hip The Hoopla's 6:30pm class theme is "Cool Hand Flow"... inspired by one of our new tribe members who you can meet tonight! Grab your spot now www.HipTheHoopla.com or MindBody Connect mobile app. All levels welcome! Limited spaces available.)

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Private Lessons: 1 person $60 per hour*
2-3 People $50.00/person, per hour*
4-10 People $40.00/person, per hour*
*Plus studio rental fee, if applicable. Travel and other expenses may apply. Please contact Hip The Hoopla for other location and pricing options.

Please contact for other special offers & group discounts.

Class/Hooping Prep-Bring/Do/Wear: ~Water ~yoga mat ~stretchy snug clothing-the hoop loves sticking to skin & stays up better! A notebook & pen are really handy to remember key moves, hints & tricks. Bring your own hoop, purchase one at class, or borrow one provided at class. FYI: you can order YOUR OWN cool custom color/personally sized hoops for your hooping style and needs–Even collapsible hoops for easy carry & traveling!

***Please Reserve your class spot at www.HipTheHoopla.com for $ savings and easy check-in!***
Please Note: A 24-hour courtesy cancellation required for the limited space class spot. You will be charged if within 24 hours of class.

RSVP/Questions/Info/Contact: Che@HipTheHoopla.com 303.980.6295

Hip The Hoopla is available for PERFORMING–special events, private/semi-private personally focused lessons & motivational meetings (way easier than walking on hot coals)… Plus bridal and bachelorette parties! And try out: Hip The Hoopla Hoop-O-Grams–better than a singing telegram–in person or virtual, and way more fun!

More info: www.HipTheHoopla.com

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2015 is such a great year to Get Your Hoop On!!!

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***♥ Upcoming PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE & Jams! ♥***
Check online calendar for performances, classes and hoop jams! www.HipTheHoopla.com

Some past performances at:
South Park Music Festival
The D-Note 2014 Winter Hafla Show
Live LiveWell Colorado Fitness Performance Event
Mercury Cafe Denver
With Blue Soul at Boulder Beer Company
Boulder IPA Festival with blues band Blue Soul and The Goonies
One Gathering with rock band Trickshot
Bellies on Fire! Show at Casseleman’s
Boulder Creek Festival after the Boulder Boulder
Lanie’s Clock Tower Cabaret’s “Mythic Summer Circus” with Bella Diva Dance.

♥ Your Personal Hooping Story Invitation ♥
How has hooping inspiring you to be a better person?? It could be laughter, weight, happiness, personal development, health improvement…what ever YOUR personal WIN(s) is (are). Tell us in one easy to type up/ text paragraph.
Please send it in now for your chance to be featured, celebrated and help INSPIRE OTHERS.
♥ ***”Your Personal Hoop Story” Participants will receive a special Hip The Hoopla gift and a discount for classes or hoops! ♥

January Jump Start – Schedule, Specials & More!

Hip The Hoopla humorous hoop dance fitness classes, performances & custom made hula hoops

Give your goals some jet fuel! Hip The Hoopla is here to help to kick butt on your wellness, weight goals and well-being (a.k.a. Happiness).

Give yourself the gift of health and humor with hooping. Here’s a sneak peak at the January Hoopla! (Warning: Hip The Hoopla promises high doses of laughter, hoop dance, positivity and motivation!)

JANUARY CLASS SCHEDULE:

Group classes (all levels welcome) Tuesdays 6:30pm & Saturdays 10am. January 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, (31-Tentative-depending if Broncos play in the Superbowl!)

JANUARY JUMP START SPECIALS:

♥ $99 January Special= 1 private lesson* + 1 Month of Unlimited Monthly Group Classes (save $71!)

♥ 5 Class Pack $65 (Save $10) (exp. 3 months from purchase)

♥ 10 Class $120 (2 classes Free-Save $30!)

♥ 30 Day Unlimited Group Class Pass $80 (Save $40+)

Stay tuned for Hip The Hoopla’s NEXT big Announcements including:

1.) ONLINE CLASSES! Yes, you asked, and they are in the works! The tentative plan is once a week with a replay (if available)…and also…
2.) ONLINE WELLNESS WORKSHOPS!
3.) A MONTHLY PLAN PACK for those dedicated to wellness and wonderment! (Including your own private sessions, and special surprises, too!)

(*Studio rental and/or on-site travel costs are extra. Private lessons priced for Lakewood location.)

For more information, Please visit www.HipTheHoopla.com , www.Facebook.com/HipTheHoopla , or call 303-919-9280, or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com

How to Get Great Layering And Coordination

Want to get a smooth combination of dance flowing WITH your hoop moves?

Here’s what I recommend at my Hip The Hoopla classes: practice and “get” the thing you want, BEFORE you put the hoop on. Each element may be easy…but when you try putting it all TOGETHER, perhaps a different story. It’s the magical practice of layering (I learned from belly dance). Video* Link Example is below.

Here’s the thing: when you try it all together, one thing will come and one–or several–things may go. Focus on getting just one element in moment. Add another in the combo, then another, then one more (try feet, then hoop, then facial expression, etc.) It’s perfectly o.k. to take a hoop move you have on “auto-pilot,” and add your new thing (footwork, arm movements, turns).

The real secret was already given away: Practice. It’s amazing how quickly we can make something look effortless, with a lot of…EFFORT! Most pros put in many hours…drilling, bonking, dropping and laughing in frustration at themselves while learning new material and making it look easy. You’re not alone.

Watch anyone’s progress. You didn’t start out with a coordinated walk out of the womb. You had to get strength to keep your head wobble up, then roll over on your belly, crawl, get some hand-holding help, then try waddling walking on your own, run into a few table corners, fall down, cry and try it again…all before you could think of hitting the dance floor. And what makes you think hoop dance would be easier than that?! LOL. You got this. I know you can!

I’ve watched some pretty remarkable progress advance with these steps:

1.) Decide you want to do it.
2.) Break down the foundational steps and work on each individually.
3.) Put it together.
4.) Practice and DO it.
5.) Enjoy it when you GET it!

And here’s 4 bonus hints to make leaps in progress:

1.) You can also help your progression along with perfectly visualizing what you want to get.
2.) Video is helpful to see what’s going on (what you ARE doing and what you THINK you are doing, may be two different things).
3.) Writing things down, also helps. (I like adding stick figures and directional arrows with my notes–my personal hieroglyphics!).
4.) Get feedback from a real person. If you can get to a class or a private lesson–in person–great! If not, we can help virtually with an online session. We’re just a click away ♥

P.S. Sanity is over-rated. Enjoy the process. When you nail the thing that’s driving you nuts, you will be so overjoyed. Then you’ll forget all about that, and be on to the next self-challenge.

P.S.S. Hooping is a metaphor for life. You’ll find the things you learn “in the circle” apply to the rest of your issues–really. Funny, but true! ♥

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Connect with Us! Hip The Hoopla offers humorous hoop dancing classes, private lessons and coaching–both in person, and virtually–for whatever level you are starting at… or want to get to!

Check calendar for Hip The Hoopla class details. www.HipTheHoopla.com/classes

*If you are interested in getting hoops: ready made, custom, twins, multis, collapsible convertibles, polypro, HDPE, or PE (black tubing)…please connect with us for a complimentary hoop consultation (by phone or in person).

Contact us: online at www.HipTheHoopla.com, Che@HipTheHoopla.com, 303-980-6295  / 303-919-9280 cell Latest info, updates, tutorials, events and “Hoopspiration” posted regularly on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/HipTheHoopla

We’re also on Twitter #hipthehoopla, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Yelp and Google+
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*Here’s that Video (as promised above) from a practice session working on getting layering and belly dance into my hoop dancing. ~Che’ Rippinger
Link: http://youtu.be/Ur_LcQgxK1o

 

YouTube vs. Personal Training

Che Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla humorous hoop dance fitness classes, hoops, performancesI received a call for a young “very advanced” hooper who might want some instruction, “if” it fit her high level of talent. I found myself vulnerably defending my skill level as advanced enough to teach this person–who, from the description, might possibly know everything from YouTube. (Link for my video proof-trying a completely new combination of sword and hoop dance below.)

If we have YouTube, then WHY would we want to pay to train with Live people, on an on-going basis??

1.) The top teachers, instructors, dance companies and various experts who just I have studied dance (30++ years) and many other fields with, have literally, thousands of years of training and experience–combined. And surprisingly, some of of them are not even on YouTube. (What?!)

2.) Next, ALL of the tremendously talented dancers I know–ESPECIALLY my teachers, keep learning, taking workshops, master classes, training, studying (plus reading, watching, observing), etc. I see them there, so I know!

Masaaki Imai wrote about the Japanese way of “Kaizen,” or continuous improvement that is known worldwide in business. A lot of time, money and energy is funneled into whatever expertise we chose to focus on, as we continue to grow, develop and learn new styles, techniques, methodologies and earn certifications. I see belly dance extraordinaire Rachel Brice (and many other brilliant luminary talents out there) at the top of her game–training with others. She has something new to bring to the table every time we come to her workshops. Each time I study with someone, I also get different things out of it, as I am at a new point in my journey as well, on any given day. Take yoga and you will quickly and mindfully “get” this concept. Teachers have teachers. Coaches have coaches. Mentors have mentors.

We all learn from others. Along the way we develop our own styles and ways of doing things that are completely unique to us. You can see me personally in someone’s beginner class (of anything), and I will STILL get something out of it. I call it a “golden nugget,” a good bit of info that I can add to my repertoire of knowledge. It could be an innovative technique of teaching, a warm up stretch, or a way of explaining something so easily, or in a different way than I do, that totally clicks. There are many “Ah-Ha!” moments in all of our paths. And the really cool thing is they can come from completely unrelated fields, and connect with us, too!

3.) Another major point of continual training, is that we do NOT know everything there is to know. No one is a perfect dancer, or perfect anything for that matter. One reason is that “perfect” is a moving target. There can also be extreme variations on what constitutes perfection, depending on who you talk to.

When I trained in martial arts, around the 3 month mark I was feeling a little bit cocky about my skills. When I earned my first black belt, I learned, as any humbled black belt achiever does, we are on the mere precipice of the enormous learning cliff out there! Centuries, cultures, styles–it would be impossible for one human to take the vastness of it all in. Every teacher doesn’t know everything, nor does every student. Hence why we share knowledge, and very often, learn from each other.

Also, even with any expert in whatever field, as the football saying goes, “On any given Sunday…” Meaning that anything can happen, even when you think you know exactly how it will go. Hoopers drop the hoop. Dancers stumble. Pro football athletes mess up their plays. Martial artists can be defeated. Business people can botch a presentation. Donald Trump can go bankrupt, more than once, and still be extremely successful, respected, and very very rich.

4.) Why train with others, instead of in our own little “Box ‘o Comfort?” Learning is Multidimensional. YouTube is a great resource and entertaining rabbit hole of (mostly free) information. It is also an internet “taste” of what many offer professionally. And though there are a multitude of dynamic educational tutorial videos available at your fingertips, is not a real face to face person, with personal two-way dialog communication and feedback, pin-pointing everything you personally want. Plus people absorb and pick up on things can be in so many ways: kinesthetic, auditory, visual, experiential, etc. There’s no “one-size-fits-all” learning, especially when trying to grasp different skills. Each of us can even bounce between styles, depending on the circumstances.

I personally took one hoop class and got hooked. For a year, I practiced on my own and watched some dvds and videos. Then, I went to a workshop with Jonathan Baxter of Hoop Path–and met other real people in the community! That’s when I got serious on my hoop journey. And as with other interests I’ve pursued, I became a sponge for great stuff from every possible source I could afford with time and money.

To be clear: That doesn’t mean that everything I am is from something else. But I combine bits and pieces of my extensive path and experience, molding them into and with my own very unique approach and style. Because I offer what I do, people come to me to help them reach their goals. I listen and do my best to tailor what they want and need, with what I have and bring.  This leads to one of the last reasons to work and train with others…

5.) By supporting others, we all help that field (whatever it is!) grow and develop overall. Since we all have bills to pay (shocking, I know!), our professional lives provide our service/product for income, which helps us continue our expertise, with honor and dignity. I understand that when I register for a workshop or take a class, I help that person get to do what they do best. Without enough warm bodies in the room to complete a minimum to keep them afloat, things get cancelled. As a result, their lives, and ours, are at a loss.

…And on one last, very important bonus note: I take classes with other people, because I want to energetically create a flowing cycle where others in turn, come out and support my classes and professional path. I know I have helped many achieve new avenues of happiness, health and breakthroughs in learning. It’s not for the money that I continue with my Hip The Hoopla business (though I really like being in financial integrity to pay my bills and honor my commitments as best as possible).  The main reason I continue this passionate, and sometimes very challenging work, is because it makes my heart tremendously happy–knowing that I can help others laugh, learn and always…always try something new!

P.S. To that young lady, and everyone else…If I can’t personally help you, I’ll bet I know of, or can get you in touch with someone who can!
♥ Where ever you are on your path, I wish you love, light and educational goodness ♥

~Che’ Rippinger is the business owner, instructor, performer, hoop maker, motivational life & business coach, personal trainer, speaker and CHO (Chief Hooping Officer) of Hip The Hoopla in Denver, Colorado, USA. She is a trained hooper, dancer, belly dancer, fire spinner, 4th degree black belt martial artist (Jeet Kune Do), Laughter Yoga Leader, professionally published magazine cartoonist & national newspaper columnist, social media marketing consultant, jewelry & costume maker. And although she holds degrees, certifications, training, and various honors…there is always room to get personally and professionally better each day!
Book something now with Che’ of Hip The Hoopla. Best way: Call 303-980-6295/303-919-9280 cell, email Che@HipTheHoopla.com or visit www.HipTheHoopla.com
She’s also on many social media platforms: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Yelp, etc.
☻Do It! Connect–You could be very happy you did ♥

Link for my video proof-trying a completely new combination of sword and hoop dance on World Hoop Day 2014, as promised:
http://youtu.be/0uGHTNQq8X4