If you are reading this now, it's because you are reading my hooping blog. Which I take to mean YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT -- the "it" being more hooping in your life.
You know you want it.
And I know you can do it.
Like nearly anything else we learn, hooping does not just fall into our laps. It takes practice. The great thing about hooping is, unlike some skills, it's pretty fun even right from the start.
Some hooping moves may come much more easily to some than others. And sometimes it really helps to learn the moves from someone who's already learned them or is also trying to get them down -- and/or someone who really is invested in your learning them, which would be me, which is why I took two hoopdance teacher trainings last year, so I could learn from some of my favorite teachers how best to help you learn these moves and grooves in the hoop.
Okay, admittedly part of my motivation for teaching hoopdance is selfish: I want even more hoopers in my community. I want more hooping buddies with whom to play -- to show up at music shows and fundraisers and parades and farmers markets and hoop with me. I want fellow hoopers to help me learn new moves, to turn me on to new hooping music, to join me in hooping in the city park in spring, summer and fall, to get silly hooping in the middle of the street with me late at night in the summer.
Maybe you're not (yet) coming to hoopdance class (regularly) because you think these classes are for "real" hoopers -- whatever, whoever they are. In my book, "real hoopers" are simply people who...hoop. Rarely to often. Maybe just once in a blue moon, at some special annual event where someone hands them a hoop. Maybe once in while at a party after several drinks, with friends who also like to hoop. Maybe just once a week at a hooping jam. Maybe several times a week in their kitchen while waiting for the coffee to brew, or the chicken to roast. Maybe now and again out in the backyard when the air warms up to just the right temperature, and the sun is sparkling, and the sky is that crystal clear, intense blue we get here in the desert. Maybe a few times a week, and they even watch hooping tutorials online.
My hoopdance classes are for all of you, every one of you.
My hoopdance classes are ALSO for total beginners, those of you who are interested in hooping but maybe haven't spun one around your belly since you were 7 years old. Or never have hooped, not even once in your life. But you sure are drawn to it....
In creating my hoopdance classes, I aim to offer something for each of you, from the most hesitant of beginners to the most zealous of hoopers; my classes offer layers of learning and practicing our moves and drills to offer a range of challenges for newbies to the most devout hooping practitioners.
Now let's return to our Twinkie-pounding cheerleading heroine. I ask you to overlay all this onto your image of our weekly hoopdance class. Think of me as the young girl with the Twinkie, encouraging you, cheering you on to dance and play in your hoop. Except, of course, instead of standing on the sidelines cheering with a Twinkie in hand (though that is also extremely appealing), I probably can't resist hooping with you. You get the idea....
So: what do you think? You're interested in hooping; we've established that. Don't hold back. Come to hoopdance class. Monday nights, 5:30 pm at the Granada Theater in downtown Alpine.
Don't make me come to your house and stand outside, chanting and pounding a Twinkie into my open palm.
YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT. YOU KNOW YOU CAN DO IT.