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7 Day Hoop Dance Challenge-Day 1 Footwork

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!

Day 1- Focus on Footwork

Getting those feet moving: You can step in place, try some small movements or get whole foot combinations added to your hoop dance.
Want more training or personal help? Get your tootsies in a group class online or in person…or schedule some private coaching time. Value packages are available for those awesome folks who are wanting to accomplish more and commit.
Let’s Hoop This!

HOOPING 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’
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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!!! 🙂 ♥
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♥ Blessings & Happy 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 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.


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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.)

 

Finding Hoop Community Groups and Links

Finding Flow Friends is Fun!

Finding Flow Friends is Fun!

Finding Flow Friends

Other hula hoopers, spinners, flow artists

Sometimes we need a little help from our friends…or need to find some that share our common interests. Here’s some ideas to get you started:

Hooper Hookups–Facebook Group/Page and online recommendations from world-wide to city specific example:

Hooping.org
Fab Over Forty Hoop Community https://www.facebook.com/groups/649559225124084/
The Spin Summit
Colorado Hoopers https://www.facebook.com/groups/coloradohooper/
 Denver Hula Hoop Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/133467753299/ 

Check out the Community Links at http://hipthehoopla.com/events-community/

♦ Also check out hooping in your community…Google where you are at
♦ Search on Facebook
♦ Check out hoop forums
♦ Craigslist sometimes has events, teachers, or hoop makers listed
♦ Meetup.com can be helpful

You might try some of these “keywords” helpful to search for:

Hoops, Hula Hoops, Hooping, Hoopers, Jam, Classes, Instructors, Teachers, Props, Flow Community, Flow Artists, Spinners, Burners, Fire Dancers, Circus Arts

Whatever your method(s) you choose to find your flow buddies will be very helpful to you and your growth, plus you can share what you know, as well–Win/Win! Finding others in the community will increase your learning experience exponentially by exposing you to new things to try. Now go find your people! You’ll discover you aren’t so weird or alone in your process.

Good luck and happy hooping!

Hip The Hoopla offers positive humorous hula hoop dance classes, private lessons, events and hoops, too!

Finding your flow friends–happy, happy, joy, joy!

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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 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.


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Be You-No Matter What Others Say

Hip The Hoopla Hoopspirational Quotation -Grace, Humor & Innovative Recoveries

A Little Advice From The Heart

A hoop friend posted a comment that I don’t think she’s alone in… “Today I experienced feeling not liked because of my free spirit and hooping  🙁 Anyone else ever feel that?”

 

Luckily, this particular group, we like to share very positive, support, encouragement and helpful feedback.

Here’s my take on it, since I have had similar reactions and feelings. It may be simple, but sometimes the “simple” is the challenging, even though we all know in our hearts what’s the right thing for us to do, if we honor our true selves.

We’re kind of unusual people with our “plastic rings of happiness” (aka our hula hoop). People can have all kinds of reactions, as their own personal stuff come up. Most of us have some things that can trigger something else that can seem irrational or out of place in that moment. When others do this to you, it could be in defensiveness of their vulnerable selves, and they can project their insecurities on to you. It’s hard to realize that they are commenting based on their experiences and realities. It’s also really easy to take what may be their negativity, personally.

For me…I use the hoop as my “happy place,” the sacred self-space where all the bad stuff can stay outside of it, when I’m in it!


The ultimate thing you can do:
Keep being the greatest you that you know how.

 

Honor yourself in every moment you can. You not only deserve it, it is your personal right and obligation to do so. Commit to your joy, and your own path. Not everyone has to travel the same road in the same way. That’s what makes us unique, interesting, and have a different perspective to help others, too!    

Love, light and laughter to everyone who takes the time to read this. 🙂
Please share.

 

~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.


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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.)

World Hoop Day! Celebrate in Colorado

Join us all over the world to celebrate Hooping!

Join us all over the world to celebrate Hooping!

Mark Your calendars for

World Hoop Day Colorado

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015!

We’re gathering in Fort Collins, CO…

For a huge celebration of hooping, complete with our Colorado entry for the World Hoop Day choreography (think organized hoop Flash Mob). There will also be a wide array of flow art workshops, wonderful vendors, entertainment, gifting, fundraising for the WHD cause and a performers showcase.

Click here for event information:
WHD in FoCO, Saturday October 3, 2015 

…and our official

Colorado World Hoop Day website!

World Hoop Day Choreography:

We’ll be preparing for the dance in upcoming Hip The Hoopla classes and have some video support, too for our inner circle members.

Saturday, July 25th, 10am please join us for, “World Hoop Day Moves” at Hip The Hoopla* in Denver, Colorado. Getting some practice in and our Bollywood groove on for our big FoCo celebration! *And if you register now online, you get an immediate class discount!
Other World Hoop Day 2015 classes in Denver, Colorado include:
Tuesday, August 18, 6:30pm
Saturday, September 12, 10am
Tuesday, September 29, 6:30pm (with guest instructor Ashley Shelton!)
www.HipTheHoopla.com for discount pre-registration for classes.

We will also have a Free Workshop on Saturday, October 3rd in Fort Collins, Colorado before we shoot what we hope to be the largest attended World Hoop Day event video–World Hoop Day Colorado 3rd Annual Celebration. (Plus other great workshops, DJ, raffle, performer’s showcase, food, great shopping and of course our fundraising efforts to get hoops to kids worldwide for peace, health and happiness!)


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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.)

Guest Instructor and Spin Summit This week

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Please join us for two special Hip The Hoopla classes this week Tues. 6:30pm & Sat. 10am) with Guest Instructor Extraordinaire Felicia Heyn. She’ll be doing Q&A, Injury Prevention, and Mastery Move Tweaks.

Pre-registration discount: www.HipTheHoopla.com or MindBody Connect app.

*ALL Levels Welcome*
And come visit us down at The Spin Summit April 30-May 3 (day passes, camping, weekend, shows, and an array of flow, fire & fabulous world wide instructors!) (Hip The Hoopla Laughter Yoga celebration on Sunday 5/3)


 

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Three Keys to Tosses: Warning–Flying Objects!

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Tossing is a magical thing. The excitement of throwing something up in the air and seeing if you can catch it. That split second of hang time, to be so in awe of time, space, and distance, is a thrill rush of anticipation. These are some easy tips that can help with your tosses–with hoops and other flow props, as well.

The 3 simple keys to help pretty-up your tosses are:

1. Start small. If you start with wild, crazy big throws, you may spend extra time running after your hoop (or other flow prop), than tossing and catching it. Start with little releases, then when you have the technique and hang of it, go bigger.

2. The big key is in the release. I like a little “down up” motion: a little press down before your “up and release.” I also find it helpful to think of this with a little exhale (down movement) and inhale (on your up throw), and your catch as the next exhalation.

3. Keep trying! The cool thing about it is sometimes you don’t catch your flying object. Time to tweak, and make those adjustments to try it again. Try variations, as well. Use your other arm. Toss in both directions, AND on both sides. And then expand on that even further! Who said your “sides” had to be left and right…they could be front to back, or other imaginative pathways.

 

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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!
All levels welcome! Limited spaces available.)

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February News: Classes, Hoops & NEW Diamond Packages Available!

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February News, Info & Class Schedule

***FEBRUARY 2015: 2/3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24 28***

(Saturdays 10am & Tuesdays 6:30pm-Check Facebook Page/Google Calendar for immediate schedule changes-Pre-registered students will be notified)***

♥ Buddy up with a friend for February! Accountability partners help keep us on track 🙂 ♥
♥ More Hip The Hoopla info at www.HipTheHoopla.com ♥ & www.facebook.com/HipTheHoopla

♦ ♦ ♦ NEW: Diamond Membership Monthly Package ♦ ♦ ♦
Now Available! –See details below–Amazing program with LOTS of Value! Limited client slots upon approval–Huge personal benefits And great savings, all with in-depth dramatic results! BONUS Diamond Package gifts for those who sign up now! ♦ ♦ ♦

♥ Order your new personalized custom dance hoop(s)* now. Choose from a variety of options in sizes, tapes, tubing and some are collapsible for travel. We even offer some Colorado-made LED hoops, too!
*A complimentary hoop consultation is included with custom orders. You’ll acquire some invaluable advice gained from years of experience! Ready made hoops are also available at class times, by appointment during the week, and some weekend times, too!

+Custom Hoops, Classes, Private lessons, Coaching, Performing, Accessories, Gift Certificates, all available–just ask! 🙂

♥ Check online calendar for performances, classes and hoop jams! www.HipTheHoopla.com

♥ Please RSVP your classes online at www.HipTheHoopla.com or use the MindBody Connect mobile app to guarantee your class space. Drop-in’s welcome with space available.
Contact us for your own hand-crafted custom hoop, too! ♥

+Hip The Hoopla GIFT CERTIFICATES Available year round for classes, class packs, custom made hoops, private lessons, etc.

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~~~Hip the Hoopla Class LOCATION: *Red Elephant Workshop*
244 Sante Fe Drive, Denver CO 80223 (Between 2nd & 3rd on Sante Fe Drive– free on-street parking 🙂

Please allow a few extra minutes to park, sign in, and prepare to hoop. Prepaid registration gets expedited check in!

♥ SELF INVESTMENT ♥ :

☺$15 for online paid pre-registration & Quick check in
☺$18 for Drop-In Attendees
(♥ Welcome New Student Yelp Mobile App “Check In Deal”-save 20% on first prepaid class 🙂 must have app)

☺ Class pass & unlimited session packages available-
+5 Class Pack-$70 (One free class / $20 savings! Good for 3 months)
+10 Class Pack $120 (4 free classes / $60 savings! Good for 6 months)
♦ Diamond Membership Monthly Package-Save $$$ if purchased in February! Call to get your Early Bird Discount Code! ♦

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Are you a Diamond in the rough? What is your personal life journey? Hooping is a wellness, business, personal relationship and self care metaphor for all of life’s other issues. Are you just starting out? Recovering from a physical trauma or struggling with some mental hurdles? Wanting to take a deeper dive into your wellness & happiness with someone who cares and can guide you on your path of improvement and success? Ready to start moving? Getting new brain/body neural pathways created? How about growing into a more positive, happier, healthier version of who you are now? If you are…step up, strap in, and to commit to your own personal Best YOU/Best Year goals now. This may be just right for you!
♦ ♦ ♦ Diamond Membership Monthly Package-Now Available! ♦ ♦ ♦
♦ Unlimited local class attendance ($162 value)
(OR one private tutorial hour a month online $60 value)
♦ One live online class a week ($75 value)
♦ Membership into our Exclusive Private Facebook Group with interactive hoop tribe communication in our intimate safe space, with positive camaraderie, unique Hip The Hoopla motivation, humor, heart, and “Hoopspiration.” (our hoop tribe is like affordable group therapy…with added helpful, supportive peer advice) ($150 Value)
♦ Ongoing Tutorials, lessons & hoop challenges ($75 Value)
♦ “Tweak Techniques” expert advice that can take your moves from blah to polished with faster ease ($50 Value)
♦ Simple, quick Health, Wellness & Happiness Tips ($50 Value)
♦ “Belly Dance Bites” fun and variety to add to your body and knowledge toolbox ($50 Value)
♦ “Laughter Yoga Minutes”-exercises to instantly increase your happy body chemistry ($50 Value)
♦ Monthly original choreography combo ($75 value)
♦ One Live monthly Q & A ($50 Value)
♦ One Guest Expert Experience each month ($100 value)
♦ Ongoing bonuses and surprises! (Priceless! $$$)
_____Total Value $947.00!_____
Regular Price packaging:
12 months-$199/mo (save $200 if paid in full)*
6 months-$249/mo. (save $150 if paid in full)*
3 months-$299/mo. (save $100 if paid in full)*
*Call for your additional discount Early Bird discount code if purchased in February!*

What is each incremental change in your health, happiness and well being worth? Please call and see if you qualify for our initial special rate pricing for ongoing monthly exclusive package membership (minimum 3, 6 or 12 months–Get your secret bonus discount code Now.)

***BONUS Diamond Package gifts for those who sign up now!***
♦ If you are within the first 10 members signed up by February 14th, you will get a BONUS gift of one 1/2 hour Personal Focus One on One Strategy Call for your custom tailored 2015 Best YOU/Best Year goals.
♦ The first 25 members to sign up will receive a BONUS Private individualized planning goal strategy report with online feedback.
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♥ Private Coaching Sessions Available: Blast on your progress and goals. Bring your hoop and dance skills to your next best level-Fast-with Hip The Hoopla…Personalized Attention and Performance Preparation.

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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Recommendations & testimonials are very appreciated. ~Thank You 🙂

We appreciate your interaction and connectivity!
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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.

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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! ♥

Hip The Hoopla Latest Breaking News

Hey Hip The Hoopla peeps…

Here’s the HOOP NEWS scoop in the last 5 minutes, in order (lol)…

1. Looks like we are staying at our current Red Elephant Workshop 2nd & Sante Fe Denver location for a bit more (February??!).
2. Saturday January 24, 2015, we’ll be hitting up the “Other Directions” theme (bwahhahahaha–mirroring life!) at 10am Hip The Hoopla class, register online for a lower rate than walk-in: www.HipTheHoopla.com.
3. There’s a great 3 hour workshop series by visiting hooper Perkulator also on Saturday 1/24/15, 3-6pm at Boulder Circus Center–check it out! Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/361759917328857
*Have a great hooping Day & Week Y’all!*

♥ Questions, comments, booking Hip The Hoopla for classes, private sessions, our new Diamond Member Package with sooooo many valuable & helpful benefits, or ordering a new custom hand-crafted pro hoop…please contact us at:

303-980-6295 office #, Che@HipTheHoopla.com, on www.facebook.com/HipTheHoopla and of course www.HipTheHoopla.com. Thanks! ♥

 

Cracking the Whip: 3 Keys to Whippy Fast Moves!

Che Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla humorous hula hoop dance fitness

How do you get that cool “whooshing” sound with a hoop?

I’d say “Fear Not,” but alas, cannot, as ‘Whipping The Hoop’ about the cabin can be…well, fun, funny, injury-inducing, and sometimes object-destructive. I really wanna emphasize the “fun” part though, especially because it is awe-inspiring to see when done well!

Here are 3 tips though to help ya out as you learn some Whippy Hoopy Thangs.* (And, as always, these ideas are kind of a metaphor for life!) 

1. Make your life easier with the right tool for the right job…Use a lighter hoop. Yes, size matters boys and girls–especially for this stuff. It stands to reason that if your hoop is smaller AND lighter, that whipping it around quickly will be less taxing on your hands, arms, bendy body parts and nearby furniture. Recommended: Polypro or HDPE tubing. Not recommended: Toy hoops. Yes they will whip, but can be easily bent, kinked and warped much quicker than a professionally made hoop by a reputable hoop maker. (There are many qualified local hoop artisans you can support. Check your community. Hip The Hoopla covers the Colorado area and can ship, if you like).

2. Learn Good Technique–with a qualified teacher is best–in person, if possible. But you can also have an online coach (like Hip The Hoopla or many others world wide), or check out some video tutorials on YouTube. Get it slowwwwwwly. If you start just jamming on stuff right off the bat, you may need an injury lawyer–and no one wants to sue themselves.

3. You’ve got to PRACTICE! You knew that one was coming, right?! Whippy moves don’t come about by spontaneous combustion, or via fairy godmother. They take the time and energy of good ‘ole diligent practice. Technique is the main component. When you have that down, then confidence comes into play. Then there’s one more thing that you want to add to your practice…

One more little *Bonus Tip*:
****Facial Expression.**** Yep. Practice getting that scared, “oh crap” look off your face, and try smiling with confidence and ease. Yeah your brain chatter will be racing saying, “But that hoop is whipping near my face — I must close my eyes!” Don’t do that. Keep ’em open so you know which way to duck if you need to. Plus it’s way more enjoyable to watch someone with a pleasant expression…less cortisol for the viewer to stress about you. And, the fake it til you make it grin will bring more of your happy endorphins bubbling your confidence up, too!

P.S. Bonus, bonus tip: If you are new to the hoop whipping concept, start with grip moves before advancing to hand release moves for more control and less bonking of nearby valuables.

Hope these 3 tips and bonuses help increase your personal level of hoop dance. Happy Hooping!

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*Whippy Thangs can be described as very fast movements, sometimes moving so quickly that they make a whooshy sound. They can create a breeze from the hoop movement, and even more of a wind current from onlookers gasping, “Ahhhhh!” They can be moves like escalators, folds, flips, breaks, etc. Even schmears can be done at lightning speed in a whippy motion!

~Lovingly written, tongue-in-cheeky by CHO (Chief Hooping Officer) Che’ Rippinger, who’s been hooping since 2008, running Hip The Hoopla since 2011 – while teaching, performing and making pro custom hoops.

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Hey, in case you want to learn more in person, please come join us at…
“Whip It, Whip It Good: Wicked Fast Moves Made Fun & EASY!” Saturday’s 10am Hip The Hoopla theme. Jump on the Crazy Train with us: www.HipTheHoopla.com or MindBody Connect mobile app to RSVP (all levels welcome + drop-in’s too, if space available!)

Or if you prefer to work one on-one, or a private group, we can schedule an in-person or virtual meeting!

For more information, Please visit www.HipTheHoopla.com , www.Facebook.com/HipTheHoopla , or call 303-919-9280, or e-mail Che@HipTheHoopla.com and subscribe to our e-mail (no spamming–just juicy hoop goodness).
We are also on YouTube, Pinterest, Yelp, LinkedIn & Twitter #hipthehoopla.

 
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