Drill, Baby, Drill

Class on Monday was great!  The one thing about that class that stuck out in my mind that I have since really incorporated into my own practice is circus drills.

Circus drills are basically working the hoop from the top to the bottom of your body.  Jenny showed us to start of in different variations of lasso, neck hooping, chest hooping, rib cage hooping, and and then on down to the waist, hips, and knees.  Once you are finished, do it again in your opposite current.  Do each set for thirty seconds, or as long as you can, in your non-dominant current.

Since I’ve been working those drills into my workout, my hooping posture has gotten a little better, and really pay attention to my form checking my reflection in the patio door as a practice outside.  It’s the closest thing I have to a mirror I can practice in front of at home. 

I also drill a lot of stuff, over and over again.  I was also drilling mandalas, tossing the hoop over the back of my hand, and variations on shoulder hooping.  Drills work!  I can see improvements.

Other stuff in class?  More transitions, knee hooping, and helicopter!  I’ve started to incorporate helicopter with dance moves in my practice, too.

Speaking of being outside at home, I often notice people on the rail-to-trail outside my home glancing over and perhaps even watching me as I practice.  Two women were walking the trail yesterday, and one yelled out to me, “Hey, you’re pretty good at that!”  I thanked her.  It was nice to get a little compliment from a stranger.  After a few more exchanges, of “I couldn’t never do that,” and “You make that looks easy,” I thanked them again and they went on their way. Nice!

Going Circus Style

Ryane has us working on different styles of circus style hooping, such as swing, float (I think that’s what it’s called), and balance.  We mostly worked on swing and balance.  It was cool looking into the world of circus style hooping.  I think balance was the most fun.

Just balancing the hoop in the palm or your hand is hard enough, but it’s really neat when you can sustain that for a few seconds.  I also enjoyed balancing the hoop on the back of my hands.  I actually did the best with that technique, I believe.

It was a good class!

Otherwise, I’ve got a super-secret project that I want to unleash today.  It’s called Jennabee Hoops, and it’s purely for my budding amateur performing career.  I stress the amateur part.  I’m still am going to keep my blog here, but rather have a dedicated site as a performer.  Maybe I’ll merge them one day, I don’t know. 

Go on, take a look!