The very first time I saw someone hooping, I was completely mesmerized. I stumbled across a YouTube video of a girl who went by the name of “SaFire” and I knew…in an instant, that I HAD to learn to do it too. That was a few years ago…and my desire to learn just kept getting pushed onto the back burner. In the spring of 2009, Bella and I got matching mother/daughter hoops made, and while Bella totally rocked it, I couldn’t seem to find time to figure it out…beyond just waist hooping.
Fast forward to April 2010. I finally decided that IT WAS TIME! I broke out my HoopDance DVD and watched a million YouTube videos. We went to HomeDepot and bought tubing to make our own hoops and ordered tape online. This was all during the NüRVers rally, and luckily, there were several other adventurous souls who were willing to hoop it up with me. One of my new friends helped me learn a trick that I had been working on…and once I got it, I was ecstatic! After that, it was like riding a bike…it just felt very easy and natural instead of awkward and clunky. Since then, I have loved finding new movements to try…you can never have a boring day when you have a hoop!
There is a wonderful community of hoopers around the world and they offer endless inspiration and encouragement for all those who want to learn. I am hoping to add to that community by sharing little bits of that inspiration that I discover on my own journey. As I travel the country, I will be seeking out new and exciting hooping locations and tracking down all the hoopers I can find!!
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