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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It took me a year of many try to explain it to me and trying to get “leg” hooping (some do call it “knee” hooping*–but I want to name things in the most positive, safest & most accurate light–according to my own style of teaching, extensive dance training, and opinion)…Here you go with some great tips from myself & a compilation of great teachers I’ve studied with to help you get it faster, better & safer:
- *Important Safety Note: in Hip The Hoopla class, I have hoopers hoop either above or below the knees, not actually on them–because many hoops, especially the bigger heavier beginner adult hoops, can really hurt tendons in that area and increase knee problems.
1. To heck with the right to bear arms…Bare Legs!
Wear shorts–sticky is better so skin works best. Otherwise have gaffer tape on your hoop…or at least sanding, if your hoop is plain.
2. In a multi-hoops workshop, Luna Breeze finally brought it home in my thought process: use both legs & pulse them TOGETHER really fast. FYI: Get the fast pulse/beat going WITHOUT the hoop first. Your movement beat must be very steady (rhythmic tempo) and fast. Rule of thumb: waist hoop is a nice pace, hip hooping is a little faster, and thigh hooping is really moving.
3. When you do the leg beat together, you can move with the hoop–ie turn more easily.
4. It takes a lot of practice. I actually got one leg hooping way before two. (I manually started the hoop on one leg and just kept a beat.)
And Now….to get it back up…you’ve got to get your hips to bump up & up & up like a staccato shimmy (a useful belly dance move) so the hoop crawls back up the outside your legs & hips like rungs on a ladder. Now that is really helpful to do while Turning! (Remember turning in the rotational direction of your hoop is an exellent recovery method and helpful when learning new tricks…ie. the hoops rotations slow down, so you can catch up with it!)
Happy Hooping Everyone~ From Ché Rippinger of Hip The Hoopla. Many years of dance experience, learning, teaching and growing. Helping you break down the hard stuff, step by step, with a sense of humor, Laughter Yoga, child-like play and hopefully having a wonderful learning experience.
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