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Che Rippinger in Hooping Idol 7!

Che Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla accepted into the 21 Hooping Idol 7 Contestants

Representing Denver, Colorado and the Fabulous Over 40 Hoop Community, I’m very excited, and extremely honored to be a part of the worldwide talent pool who threw their hats in the mix to take part. It’s a life-changing and personally meaningful goal for me to make it in. Let’s see how far I can go in this global competition that is one of the highlights of our hooping communities year!

I will need viewer votes, aka lots of friends, family and colleagues casting ballots on Hooping.org to continue on in the competition. Tune in on Monday 4/17 to view my work and cast your vote.

The first theme is “70’s Week” and we all have just 4 days to create a video that showcases our dance, personality, hooping and a good story. As for who makes it to the next round, 60% is viewer/voter determined, and 40% is decided by 4 amazing internationally known professional hooper judges. 6 talented beings will be cut on the very first round! Like many competitions, there are many factors that determine success. One is how relatable and personable we are to our audience. So it’s not just technical hoop skills alone, that will determine the ultimate winner. Everyone has their own source of brilliance that make them unique.

Thank you for following me on this journey. Please enjoy the following 3 short videos:
1. My “Casting Call” audition video

2. Finding out that I made it in!

3. A little bit on voting for Hooping Idol 7 on Hooping.org.

Thanks for watching, supporting, and believing in me!

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

“Casting Call” audition video – Che’ Rippinger 2:58


Finding out that I made it in!


BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: I just made it into Hooping Idol 7!!! I'm one of 21 contestants worldwide. OMG, Eeeeek! Glee…Wow. Now to go rearrange my life for the short term. This is like American Idol , but for our huge hoop community all over the world!!!! #hipthehoopla now I really DO have to #hoopeverydamnday shout out to my #fabover40hoopcommunity #coloradohoopers #hoopinglife #hoopersofinstagram #hooplove #thingsthatglow #milehighmagic #personalchallenge #personalgoal

Posted by Hip The Hoopla on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A little bit on voting for Hooping Idol 7 on Hooping.org 


Hooping Idol 7 update…I will need your votes! I have a really fun video I'm working on for 70's Week (due on Easter Sunday:). It's a song I love and even have the original album from my mom ♡ I will post the link to vote when I have it. It will be on Hooping.org so please make a calendar note for Monday 4/17 to check in. I so appreciate the hoop love and support to see me through as far as I can go! 6 very talented beings get cut in the 1st round, so your votes, and hopefully what I do to earn them…All Count!!!#hipthehoopla #hoopeverydamnday #hoopinglife #hoopersofinstagram #hooplove #hoopingdotorg #hoopingidol #hoopingidol7 #coloradohoopers #denver #colorado #thingsthatglow #gratitudeatalltitude

Posted by Hip The Hoopla on Friday, April 14, 2017


The Story Continues…
Check out:   A Peek Into Hooping Idol 7 – 70’s Week


~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.)

New Class Series

Two New Hip The Hoopla Class Series:

www.HipTheHoopla.com Heart Body Circle Series

Heart Body Circle Series:
Tuesdays Feb. 14, 21 & 28, 6:30-7:30pm

www.HipTheHoopla.com New Class Series

Flexibility Workshop Part 1 & 2:
Thursday Feb. 16 and 23, 6:30-7:30pm

These are offered as limited space group classes at Namaste Studio at 701 Garrison, Lakewood, CO 80215

Grab your spot now at www.HipTheHoopla.com or MindBody app.

Further information:
www.HipTheHoopla.com Heart Body Circle Series  Heart Body Circle Series

Tuesday February 14th: Getting in touch with your core heart and breath center

Tuesday February 21: Moving in your body–getting in touch with your danceable parts.

Tuesday February 28: Developing your physical and mental expansion with your circle.
In each class you will learn techniques to feel more comfortable bringing your own brand of uniqueness and personal self into your hoop dance. All levels are welcome.

This series is $35 for all 3 classes* with a savings of $25 ♥ Or you can drop in to each class for $20, or $15 if pre-registered at www.HipTheHoopla.com or the MindBody app.

*Click Here to Join the e-mail list for a super special Hip The Hoopla Circle pricing.♥ ♥

www.HipTheHoopla.com New Class Series Flexibility Workshop Part 1 & 2

Thursday February 16th: Expanding your upper body and core flexibility.

Thursday February 23th: Increasing your lower body strength and dynamic range.

This workshop double header is $30 for both classes* with a savings of $10 ♥ You can drop in to each class individually for $20, or $15 if pre-registered at www.HipTheHoopla.com or the MindBody app.

Classes are taught with love and encouragement, in a positive, safe, no-judgement zone atmosphere. You are welcome to come participate at the level you can, or attend and take notes (pricing is the same). Che’ Rippinger has been teaching a wide variety of dance to dancers of many ages for 30+ years. She has and continues to study with many master teachers. With her experience, she’s developed a unique teaching style of compassion, technique and humor, increasing mental and movement blossoming with each individual, according to their needs.

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Real Changes in 4 Steps

Dance Hoop Play Sing Create Flow Be You from Hip The Hoopla

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.)

 

Holiday Deals with Hip The Hoopla

Hooping For the Holidays

Hooping For the Holidays?  Enjoy peace in the hoop instead of battling crowds, with no-pressure fun holiday deals to make your day, and someone else’s. #SHOPSMALL

Hip The Hoopla Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday Deal (Available 11/25/16-12/1/16):

Use the code SBS10 to take $10 off any class pack (5 or 10 classes), package (Fit Finesse, Polished Performer, Elite), or pro hoop over $50, (online, in person in Lakewood, or on MindBody).

After you are done with the hectic malls and big box stores, come #SHOPSMALL with us on #smallbusinesssaturday

 


Free Facebook Live Hip The Hoopla Class recording available

Check it out!

Free Facebook Live Hip The Hoopla humorous hula hoop dance class www.HipTheHoopla.com

As a little reward for Liking us on Facebook, here’s a FREE Facebook Live Class that you can watch and do! The class theme is “Hooping Indoors/Hooping in Small Spaces” and is 43 minutes of Hip The Hoopla fun! In-Joy ♥ Click here to watch now!


~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.)

 

Three Great Tips From The Hoop

When you drop the hoop, act like you meant to do that! - Che Rippinger, Founder, Hip The Hoopla

If you think things are a little hard when learning something, whether it’s hula hooping, work, or general life, remember these three great tips from the hoop.

1.) “When you drop your hoop, act like you meant to do that!” It’s your reaction to what happens that determines the results around it. We all drop the hoop, a ball, a work project, whatever.

2.) In addition, it’s helpful to remember: “If you aren’t dropping your hoop, you aren’t trying anything new!”

3.) It takes practice and repetition to get it right. If you put in the work, it starts working!

The hoop is a metaphor for life that we can learn a lot from, if you get in tune and pay attention, you can adapt and apply those lessons to the rest of your life…really!  I hope you put into play immediately these three highly useful tips from my flow world of hooping, plus teaching many years of hula hooping, dance, happiness & wellness. May the hoop be with you!

Hoop Love, Ya’ll!
~Ché Rippinger, Founder, 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.)

 

Hula Hoop Hand Grips for Interesting Hoop Dance Variations

Here’s a short tutorial video on several hoop hand grip positions with Hip The Hoopla’s Che’ Rippinger. Note: I use the names of these grips as Emma Kenna teaches–because I love the accuracy in her fun descriptions, and she is a total enjoyable hoot–plus I love to credit the original source!

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Hoop Love, Ya’ll! ~Che’ Rippinger, Founder of Hip The Hoopla
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Hand Grip Variations Video Tutorial Link

FOR THESE HAND GRIP TECHNIQUES:

There aren’t any prerequisite moves that you need to have accomplished first for these hand grips. Just know that they do flow together with each half turn, and can be used interchangeably in your hoop dance flow session. It’s good to know these on both hands, and going in both directions on each hand–so your possibilities for combining them and creating variations on new moves and dance combinations, is endless!

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-mai (http://eepurl.com/bRtK_5 )l, and check out more great hoop, health and happiness info at www.HipTheHoopla.com

~With Hoop ♥ ~Che’
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Link for this video tutorial to share: https://youtu.be/3V2bwPZuk4s

~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.)

Quick Video Hula Hoop Tutorial Trick: Inverted Scorpion Pass

Quick Tutorial-Inverted Scorpion Pass Hula Hoop Trick with Che of Hip The Hoopla

Want to know how to make a Scorpion Pass (an already ooh-ahh hula hoop trick) look even more awesome? Try adding a flexibility maneuver to it! If you practice yoga or have trained in dance, you may already know how to get an inverted standing split stretch. If you are not familiar with the safety and technique of those, please do that first! Or take out that extra element, and just practice the scorpion pass.

Having the Scorpion foot pass already accessible in your hooping tricks tool box, is very helpful.

Remember some key points in the Scorpion pass:

1. Keep your hoop hooked on a flexed foot as you drop it on to your foot from a hand pass, circle the extended leg (with flexed foot) around to the back.

2. Be ready to grab the flying hoop as you point the toe with the hoop on it.
3. With that hoop release, the hoop should transfer your hoop from foot to opposite hand.
4. Practice will help your coordination and timing of this move to pass and catch the hoop.

Hope you enjoy this and practice. If you are interested in private or group lessons, custom hula hoops, humor & health info, please connect with us at www.HipTheHoopla.com

Many Blessings to You ♥ Hoop Love, Ya’ll!

~Che’ Rippinger, Founder of Hip The Hoopla

Colorado World Hoop Day is Saturday October 1, 2016 in Fort Collins, CO
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~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.)

Hip The Hoopla is on the Move!

HipTheHooplaOnTheMoveToNamaste

We are proud to announce that Hip The Hoopla is on the move to Namasté Studio at 701 Garrison St. in Lakewood, Colorado.

Group classes will begin 7/19/16 and will run on Tuesdays at 6:30pm and Wednesdays at 7pm–FOR JULY 2016 ONLY. Please check our schedule and pre-register online at www.HipTheHoopla.com or on the MindBody mobile app to get a discount ($15 in advance or $20 at the door–class packs & value packages are available).

Starting in August 2016, classes will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm at Namaste Studio.  Please signup now and join us ♥ www.HipTheHoopla.com/classes

Questions? For fastest contact, please Call 303-980-6295 or connect with us on Facebook, or www.HipTheHoopla.com. (Or you can email Che@HipTheHoopla.com)

Exciting Changes at Hip The Hoopla!

Our First New Hip The Hoopla Newsletter Is Out

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10 Fire Hooping Safety Tips & Tricks

Hip The Hoopla Fire Hooping Safety Tips by Che Rippinger
Fire Hooping Safety for Smart People

So you want to set your hula hoop on fire and dance? Here’s some tips that will help you do that safely so you–and others–can enjoy the experience. Bonus short video demo at end!

1. ALWAYS have at least one Fire Safety.

A “Fire Safety” is a person who is watching you carefully and has proper training to calmly help alert and assist you in any situation and avert potential danger. Your fire safety should have a duvatene towel, cotton towel or wet large natural cloth to put out your fire props, you, or any area that starts on fire (if your prop hits the grass outside–try stepping on it immediately to put it out).

2. Get trained with experienced fire spinners who know what they are doing.

Their advice and experience can safe you a huge learning curve and keep you happy and healthy, too!  They can also school you on different props, including pros and cons of different styles and companies. Do your own research too! The more you educate yourself in props, techniques and safety, the more well-prepared you will be for your “Virgin Burn” (first time fire spinning). **Get your fire props from a reputable source. They are NOT toys. Spend the money and get something good–or borrow from someone to try theirs out (with their permission and supervision).

3. Do not mix any mind-altering substances with fire.

Your judgement, timing and perception can turn something fun into something very bad-very quickly (including alcohol, legal or illegal drugs or even out of control emotional state–if you know you shouldn’t get behind the wheel of a car, then the same applies to working with fuel & flame).

4. Wear proper clothing.

Make sure your clothing is made of natural materials which have a lower burn rate (no synthetics–those can easily flame up AND melt TO your SKIN–bad burns & emergency room visits!) Also you want form fitting movable clothing (not super tight and nothing loose and flapping–like ribbons or dragging pant legs).

5. Keep your fueling area safe and away from anything that can ignite it.

It should be separate from the area you “burn”, “light up” or fire dance in. This means NO cigarettes, small children, drunk/stupid people, etc. Definitely start fire spinning OUTDOORS in an open, safe, clear area. Do NOT spin fire inside, unless you have experience AND FIRE INSURANCE. You can spin on private property without insurance. You need proper insurance and a permit to spin in public places. Many spin without, but you take on a lot of safety and financial risk to do that. Anyone who is a professional or performs/takes in money, should have these.

6. Use the proper fuel.

Just because you have a fuel–that burns, doesn’t mean it is a good idea to use it with your fire props. Some can have more toxic fumes, and other consequences that are not safe or pleasant. Most of the people I know, including myself prefer Coleman’s White Camping fuel. You can get it, reasonably priced, wherever you can get camping equipment or surplus supplies (like a military store).

7. Start small and try out a fire hoop (or fire prop) WITHOUT being lit up.

There is a different weight to get used to along with some different movements that you will find better to attempt before you try everything you know in hooping/flow spinning.

8. Protect your head and hands.

Some people wet their hair. Some wear a hat or scarf and tuck their hair up and in. I learned my lesson when my fire safety said, “Your hair is on fire,” during a parade. The tail end of my long braid caught and I got it out quickly before damage was done. Since then–I’m all for not having the nasty scent of burning hair. Also, do NOT use hairspray–unless you want to pull a “Buffy The Vampire” trick and ignite very easily! As for your hands, I like leather gloves. There are other gloves, sleeves and gauntlets you can use that are natural materials that are helpful or safe choices.

9. When you play with fire, you CAN get burned…it’s FIRE, after all!

Most of us fire spinners have an injury, burn or experience to tell you about where not everything went right. It happens. Fire is a risk. We do the best we can to minimize it with knowledge, practice, safety and experience. Make sure you check your fire props BEFORE you fuel up and light up-check that all is secure and in good condition/working order. Bad connections can come loose and start fires.

Also, make sure you squeeze out excess fuel (use rubber gloves) from your wicks, and/or “spin off” in a safe area (away from others) so that you do not fling flaming fuel at anyone or anything, once you are lit up.

 

10. Keep a first aid kit easily accessible.

Burn cream, clean dry bandages, Water, and cell phone. Prevention will help way more than not planning ahead to be safe. A bonus trick someone passed along to me was some essential oil (especially lavender oil), to help heal and is pleasant smelling for burned nose hairs! Really happy I know that one now!

Bonus: By being safe, you will have more fun!

Also know that…

*FYI: Fire is loud.

* Fire is awe-inspiring.

* Fire gets your adrenaline pumping.

Performers Bonus…Here’s an important fire tip for your fire spinning tricks:

Try to do faster moves in the beginning when your wicks are more fueled (waist, leg, chest hooping), and slower ones (isolations, floats, poses, etc) when your fuel is burning out and your flame is low. Fast moves will put out your fire out faster–slower moves will extend the life of your “burn”.

Here’s a video of the Colorado Fire Tribe Performing at the 9News Parade of Lights in Denver, Colorado. (Che’ Rippinger is the fire hooper with the black beret).

♥ Blessings & Happy Hooping Health! ♥

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~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, 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.


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