It happens to all of us, from the novice hoop dancer to even the most veteran of performers. You spend so much time mastering a hoop trick or flow sequence, that your brain gets stuck in the movement pattern you’ve practiced. You can see this in a hoop jam or a performance, where inevitably you fall back on the patterns that your brain and body know, the sequences that are comfortable. This can lead to stagnation, boredom, or feeling “stuck” in your hoop dance flow. Today we are going to give you 9 ways to freshen up an old trick and break out of your “hooping habits” that will re-energize your mind and just might help you invent the next amazing hoop trick.
Using our cheat, sheet, we took the basic hoop smear and modified it with speed change, body position changes, grip change, vertical position change, one leg execution and turning. And not to worry – if you want to learn the basic smear, we’ve listed tutorial resources at the bottom of the article!
When all else fails, ask a fellow hooper or hoop coach for help or ask them to show you how they perform a trick or a certain combination of tricks. You’ll find that everyone has a slightly different spin on things and watching and working with someone else can you help you get “unstuck”.
About The Author:
Leigh Little is a certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Precision Nutrition Certified. She is a hoop dance performer and regular Canyon Hoops contributor with blog articles and videos and is the creator of Canyon Hoops Hoop Fitness DVD. To work with Leigh one on one for hoop fitness, dance, or weight loss contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org